These are the ruminations of a post-Young Life Episcopal priest whose desire is to help people walk with the triune God. I bloviate on various topics including: youth ministry, multi-ethnic church planting, and Anglican issues. I post rants, resources, and things that make me smile.
I am married to Kari. We have two children, Ellie and Luke. I like the Phoenix Suns and sailing. My paying gig is “Canon for Youth and Young Adults” for the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona. This job title is a catch-all for about ten things, at least nine of which I really enjoy, including the Youth Ministry Apprentice training program (www.youthministryapprentice.com). I also lead the multi-ethnic church planting team at St. Jude’s in Phoenix (www.mystjudes.com).
“The Gospel side,” for my low-church friends, is the side of a traditional 2-pulpit church from which the Gospel is read…as opposed to “the Epistle side” from which the Epistles are read. Assuming the sanctuary faces East (towards the rising sun and the Son at His return), the “Gospel side” was the North, or left side. It was from this place the story of Jesus was proclaimed and the implications of that Good News expounded upon in the sermon. The people were then tasked with extending the glory of God by carrying His message to the world. Currently the Gospel is proclaimed from the center of the church, among the people. Jesus was in the midst of the people, rather than off to the sides. I seek to live my life the same way.
People want to know where folks are coming from. So let me say up front that I am an unrepentant kyriarchist. Kyriarchy is a term from feminist theology with highly negative connotations – sort of a catch-all term for power inequities. It is a combination of the Greek words: “Kyrios” (Lord) and “archy” (rule). It is literally the “rule of the Lord.” The first creed among the followers of Jesus was, “Jesus is Lord.” It was a response to the cry “Caesar is Lord,” mandated to be shouted by the crowds as Roman rulers would pass through town. The followers of Jesus were forced to sign statements saying “Caesar is Lord” during persecutions. To say, “Jesus is Lord” was to defy all illegitimate human authority and power systems for another, higher obedience. I hereby reclaim the word kyriarchy and claim myself as one seeking to right wrongs by placing my life under the gracious leadership of the Lord, Jesus Christ and inviting others to join me in knowing the freedom of the reign of God in their lives.
Matt Marino+ August 24, 2012