Episode 11 | Pulpits and Pastors

Welcome to episode 11 of the Ekklesia Podcast. Let’s talk about pulpits and pastors. Almost without exception, the pulpit is central in institutional church settings. Everything points to the pulpit. The seating is intentionally arranged facing the pulpit. The pulpit is probably on a raised platform. All of the instructions associated with the Sunday event are pulpit dependent and originate from one person or a select few. We’re told when to stand, when to sit, when to sing, when to say hi to people, when to eat the cracker and juice/wine, and when to give. The pulpit is central and our Sunday morning instructions and lecture originate there. Is this the ekklesia? Is this community?

Is this healthy for the assembly, or harmful? Let’s talk about it. This episode is based on two short blog posts I’ve written.

-Enjoy!

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Episode 10 | Community and Accountability

Happy New Year and welcome to episode 10 of The Ekklesia Podcast. We’ve broken through the single-digit episode barrier on this first day of 2018! In this episode, let’s talk about community and accountability. In our various church settings, we hear a lot about community and accountability. In fact, we often hear them referenced in conversation as two components of the same thing. We’ve been told that accountability is the vehicle that gets us to genuine community so we climb aboard the accountability bus, thinking it’s going to take us to community only to find that bus is traveling in the wrong direction.

All things being equal, most of us warm up to the idea of community. Most of us desire genuine community that’s based on love and affection but we cringe at hearing the word accountability. And rightly so. More often than not, accountability kills genuine community because instead of being based on love, it’s based on conformity to rules and it employs rewards for conformity to those rules and punishments for failure to conform.

This episode is loosely based on a paper I wrote entitled, Rethinking Church: Community and Accountability. You can download that paper at https://ekklesiablogs.wordpress.com/2017/10/17/rethinking-church-community-and-accountability/. It’s part of a five-part series I wrote called Rethinking Church. You can see the entire series at https://ekklesiablogs.wordpress.com/category/rethinking-church-series/.

-Enjoy!