An interesting conversation caught my attention recently.

We were trying to define the word “church”. 

Apparently King James, when he was establishing a translation of the Bible, required that the word “church” be used instead of “congregation.”  The reason:  congregation was too democratic.  While we see his effort to provide a standard translation as a unifying thing for the country, there may also have been a bias towards controlling the country through the office of the King.

Over the years, “church” has become a part of what many people revile:  organized religion.  In some cultures the word is pictorially represented by teaching – or cynically we would say indoctrination or brainwashing.  Membership is pictorially seen as related to business.

But the Bible seems to have a different approach to “church.”  I like the definition that was expressed:

When you are cut, we all bleed.