cool word#1 Synoptic

The first word in a new series i am thinking of starting.

syn·op·tic   (s-nptk)

also syn·op·ti·cal (-t-kl) definition.
1. Of or constituting a synopsis; presenting a summary of the principal parts or a general view of the whole.
2. a. Taking the same point of view.
b. often Synoptic Relating to or being the first three gospels of the New Testament, which share content, style, and order of events and which differ largely from John.
3. Meteorology. Of or relating to data obtained nearly simultaneously over a large area of the atmosphere.

Of the 10 most popular sites for “synoptic” , 9 refer to the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke) and 1 refers to weather in Australia. I’m glad to see that in the church, there are still some cool words that are postmodern, holistic and haven’t been swiped from the business world.

I am reading Doug Pagitt’s book, Reimagining Spiritual Formation, which takes a synoptic view of church life in his community – multiple views and multiple voices, all at the same time (synchronic).


Andrew Jones has been blogging since 1997. He is based in San Francisco with his two daughters but also travels the globe to find compelling stories of early stage entrepreneurs changing their world. Sometimes he talks in the third person. Sometimes he even talks to himself and has been heard uttering the name "Precious" :-)


  • I’m liking Doug’s book. I think the comments from Dustin are great, because they’re usually somewhat antagonistic or at least a little bit of self-awareness and poking fun at Solomon’s Porch’s uniqueness.

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