On this episode of the Ephesiology Podcast, Michael and Andrew discuss a new video game that does battle with Satan. The beta release has received criticism as it gamifies Jesus. Players are invited to be Jesus and battle Satan by filling their Holy Spirit meter and casting down fire from heaven. The game leaves one thinking about the the platforms we use to engage culture. See the Christianity Today article here.
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Michael is the missiologist in residence with East West where he focuses on equipping and empowering church leaders in evangelism, discipleship, leadership, and catalyzing church planting movements in the most difficult to reach places on the planet. He is the author of Ephesiology: The Study of the Ephesian Movement.
Andrew is a pastor, husband and father who desires all to know the one true King. He happily serves at Neartown Church in Houston, TX with a vibrant and growing community. He is the co-host of the Ephesiology Podcast. He is currently a Doctor of Ministry student at Kairos University.
Worldview apologetics is a form of apologetics that focuses more on the paradigms/ worldviews that drive the way people think, act, order life and live rather than on cultural issues that cause people to argue, debate and separate. Join Dr. Steve Leston to learn how to take the first steps to building trust with people so that through the act of building trust you can have worldview level conversations in order to share the good news of the gospel and a heart level.
Ephesiology: A Study of the Ephesian Movement
If you want to understand principles for the growth of Christianity in the first century, the place to begin is the city of Ephesus. In this winsome study, Ephesiology offers readers a comprehensive view of the empowering work of the Holy Spirit in the most significant city of the New Testament, and compels us to ask the question: how can we effectively connect Christ to our culture?
“Masterfully handling the book of Ephesians and using its content as a definitive guide, Michael Cooper lays a theologically strong foundation that is both corrective and directive to disciple making movements. The principles he gleans from the book of Ephesians and related texts, help to ensure the on-going multiplication and maturation of a movement. Because these are supra-cultural principles, they are applicable anywhere in the world.”
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