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Kerfuffle among brothers

Webster-Merriam People’s Favorite Words and how the Bible might have something to say about it.

English: Their First Quarrel, a 1914 print by ...

English: Their First Quarrel, a 1914 print by Charles Dana Gibson. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Kerfuffle – disturbance, fuss! To create a scene and attract lots of attention. A social brouhaha.

alteration of carfuffle, from Scots car- (probably from Scottish Gaelic cearr wrong, awkward) + fuffleto become disheveled

First Known Use: 1946
I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. Philippians 4:2
Euodia and . . . Syntyche: probably deaconesses in the church here in Philippi. These two women were the source of some sort of quarrel in the church. Instead of taking sides or trying to “solve” their problem, Paul simply tells them to be of the same mind in the Lord. Whatever the dispute was about, Euodia and Syntyche had forgotten what their common ground was in Jesus Christ. They forgot that everything else was less important than that common ground. They had a falling out or disagreement over some point of doctrine or practice, and the animosity between them had become a problem in the whole church. Paul simply tells them – hey ladies, stop fussing and find a common in the Lord.
Okay, I don’t know what kind of fuss you are in today, but I entreat you to get along with your spouse, your boss, your friend, colleague?  I don’t know what kind of fuss you are trying to create today! But I urge you to stop creating a scene and attracting lots of attention. I see this happen all the time. Christian bloggers, let us not fuss among ourselves. Let’s find common ground in Christ and lift up one another.


  1. Good word, friend. If we are one in Christ Jesus, then division within the body should be great cause for alarm. While I must admit there are causes that must be addressed, most ‘kerfuffling’ I see is over issues that really don’t matter… such as that Paul spoke of in Romans 14. Thanks friend and God bless.


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