Monday, January 01, 2018

Moderator Notes

Hi, my name is Paul Kohler (Rev. Paul S. Kohler MS BSed, Retired Math Teacher (Ret), Owner of Kohler Computer Service Systems, Pastor of the Champaign Church of The Brethren, Champaign, Illinois). I am the new Moderator of the Illinois and Wisconsin District of the Church of the Brethren. I'm seventy-six years old and in reasonable health for my age. I am currently studying Syriac Eastern Archaic (Jesus’ native language), Syriac Western Archaic (The native language of Jerusalem), and of course the literature and religious writings of the earliest Christians (Mashiachim).

The purposes of these Notes are for your encouragement, information, education, entertainment, and amusement. In short, the things that are on my mind and which I think might be interesting to you. First, mark your calendar for: November 2 and 3, 2018, at Cerro Gordo, Illinois, for the annual District Conference. November 2nd will include worship and the 3rd will have some educational material and the business of the District (including eggs which could be sold at very high prices and some very good handicrafts). I attended the first planning meeting this past Saturday. It started at 10 a.m. and ended by noon. The Program and Arrangements committee and Cerro Gordo Church of the Brethren are intent upon giving their best for District Conference and are creating a memorable time.

While studying for the sermon to be delivered on the 14th (the second Sunday after the epiphany). The word “epiphany” originates from Greek: “epi” means beneath or below, as in epidural, beneath the skin. “Phany” means “spirit” or “soul”, from which we get phantom. This can be translated as UNDER or reinforcing the SPIRIT. Now I have some questions: Why did the originators of the lectionary put passages on sexual immorality and the calling of apostles during the second week of Epiphany? With that in mind, whose epiphany does this refer to? I'll give you a clue. Don’t engage in immorality because it is a waste of your time (really, read it in 1 Corinthians 6:12-20) and follow Jesus (John 1:43-51) because it will be entertaining. And nothing about Jesus’ book of the Law, for Jesus that would be the Mishna. All in all, very interesting!