About

Ichthus Ministries is an online inter-denominational ecumenical parachurch ministry started and maintained by Chaplain Kenny, sharing Christ Jesus love worldwide through daily devotions and lectionary scripture readings. Parachurch in that we work outside and across denominations to engage in evangelism and carry out our mission independently of church oversight. We are associated with Christian Leaders Alliance, an ecuministry organization.

Chaplain Kenny

Chaplain Kenny holds a Bachelor of Divinity (BDiv) degree from Christian Leaders College—where he continues as a Teaching Assistant for the schools Biblical Interpretation courses—and a Master of the Arts degree in Ministry (MMin) from the now defunct Laurel University. He is ordained as a Deacon and Chaplain Minister through Christian Leaders Alliance, certified as a Pastoral Counselor through Saint Gregory Academy and commissioned as Chaplain for the American Legion and VFW in Oconto, Wisconsin. Chaplain Kenny volunteers as a Veteran-to-Veteran Care Companion Minister with Unity Hospice in De Pere, Wisconsin, and as a One-on-One Visitation Minister at Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, Michigan.

Chaplain Kenny

ICHTHUS

ICHTHUS is the Greek word for FISH. At least four of the apostles were fishermen. Can this be part of the reason that one of the earliest and most prominent Christian symbols was the fish? The Greek word ICHTHUS formed the acrostic: Iesous Christos Theou Uios Soter.

ΙΧΘΥΣ (Ichthys or Ichthus) is a backronym/acrostic for
Ίησοῦς Χριστός, Θεοῦ Υἱός, Σωτήρ,” (Iēsous Christos, Theou Uios, Sōtēr), which translates into English as Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior.
  • Iota (i) is the first letter of Iēsous (Ἰησοῦς), Greek for Jesus.”
  • Chi (ch) is the first letter of Christos (Χριστός), Greek for anointed.
  • Theta (th) is the first letter of Theou (Θεοῦ), Greek for Gods,” the genitive case of Θεóς, Theos, Greek for God.”
  • Upsilon (u) is the first letter of (h)uios (Uἱός or Υἱός), Greek for Son.
  • Sigma (s) is the first letter of sōtēr (Σωτήρ), Greek for Savior.”
The  ichthus as a symbol consists of two intersecting arcs, the ends of the right side extending beyond the meeting point to resemble the profile of a fish. It was used by early Christians as a secret Christian symbol and is now known colloquially as the sign of the fish or the Jesus fish.



Mission Statement

“As members of the body of Christ and because of God’s unconditional love, Ichthus Ministries primary mission is to be used by God intentionally to bring lost persons to full life in Christ.”

Lectionary Scripture Readings

One of the fundamental features of Jewish and Christian worship, since the very beginning, is the public reading of the scriptures. Why? Because until the nineteenth century, books were too expensive. The only exposure ordinary people had to God’s Word was hearing it read aloud in public.

Even though times have changed, many churches still obey 1 Timothy 4:13 and read the scriptures aloud in church.

The lectionary omits duplicate stories in the Old Testament, most of Leviticus and Chronicles, and all the genealogies. The purpose is not to cover every verse, but to cover the entire message. It’s primarily a preacher’s tool, so it covers the preachable texts.

The concept of the lectionary was inherited by Christianity from Judaism. The Jewish lectionary calls for the Torah to be read aloud in its entirety once each year. The end of the lectionary is marked by the holiday called Simchat Torah.

The Consultation on Common Texts issued the Common Lectionary in 1983 and the Revised Common Lectionary in 1992. The members of the Consultation on Common Texts are as follows:

American Baptist Churches USA
Anglican Church of Canada
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Christian Reformed Church in North America
Church of the Brethren
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod
Mennonite Church
North American Lutheran Church
Polish National Catholic Church
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Presbyterian Church in Canada
Reformed Church in America
The Episcopal Church
The United Methodist Church
Unitarian Universalist Christian Fellowship
United Church of Canada
United Church of Christ
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

Revised Common Daily Lectionary Readings
The Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings is a three year cyclical lectionary. We are currently in Year B. Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent in 2021, we will be in Year C. The year which ended at Advent 2020 was Year A.

These readings complement the Sunday and festival readings: Thursday through Saturday readings help prepare the reader for the Sunday ahead; Monday through Wednesday readings help the reader reflect and digest on what they heard in worship.