The Monkey and the Fish

During my doctoral studies in the early 2000s, Paul Hiebert shared a story that I have never forgotten.  Dr. Hiebert was a master at using illustrations and case studies to highlight essential missiological principles. His years of experience in India and as a world renowned missiological anthropologist made those attending his classes sit on the edge ofContinue reading The Monkey and the Fish

Ep 72: Who Is Your CoVid Neighbor?

Looking for a loophole, (the religious scholar) asked, “And just how would you define ‘my COVID neighbor’?” (Luke 10:29ish). Join us on this Ephesiology Podcast, as Andrew and Mattas look into God’s call to love our neighbors faithfully through this crazy season we still find ourselves in. To comment on this episode and future episodes, beContinue reading Ep 72: Who Is Your CoVid Neighbor?

Ep 70: Crisis at the Capitol, Crisis in the Church

The events in Washington D.C. last Wednesday were troubling and tragic. The political, economic, and societal turmoil in the United States continue to find new expressions in 2021. While we all have high hopes for the new year, the reality of Wednesday’s shocking display of utter disregard for the democrat process makes us wonder ifContinue reading Ep 70: Crisis at the Capitol, Crisis in the Church

Ep 68: The Non-Hierarchical Leadership of the New Testament Church

Contemporary church leadership tends to model itself after various social structures of leadership whether in business or politics. The DNA of the New Testament church looked altogether different as Jesus instituted a leadership style that was counter-cultural and unique for His church. Join Matt, Andrew, and Michael as they continue to discuss the non-hierarchical leadershipContinue reading Ep 68: The Non-Hierarchical Leadership of the New Testament Church

Ep 66: The Dark Side of Hierarchical Leadership

Leadership is one of the most important issues confronting the church today. In this podcast, Andrew, Matt, and Michael address the distinction between hierarchical and flat leadership. A discussion originating with a recent blog on the topic, Michael focuses attention on how the Trinity is a model for the body of Christ and how JesusContinue reading Ep 66: The Dark Side of Hierarchical Leadership

Team Essentials: Teacher

I am absolutely convinced that there has never been a genuine missional movement—the kind that has both exponential growth as well as transformational impact across a wide domain—that does not have APEST ministry. APEST, which stands for Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Shepherd and Teacher, comes from Ephesians 4, and I strongly believe movements need all fiveContinue reading Team Essentials: Teacher

Team Essentials: Shepherd

I am absolutely convinced that there has never been a genuine missional movement—the kind that has both exponential growth as well as transformational impact across a wide domain—that does not have APEST ministry. APEST, which stands for Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Shepherd and Teacher, comes from Ephesians 4, and I strongly believe movements need all fiveContinue reading Team Essentials: Shepherd

Ep 65: Kingdom-Minded Church Planting

On this week’s Ephesiology Podcast, Michael talks with Jeff Christopherson about his upcoming course on Church Planting. Jeff brings years of experience and wisdom from his career as a serial church planter. The course, based on his book Kingdom Matrix, focuses on equipping church planters in fundamentals based upon Kingdom concepts. Jeff explains that churchContinue reading Ep 65: Kingdom-Minded Church Planting

Team Essentials: Evangelist

I am absolutely convinced that there has never been a genuine missional movement—the kind that has both exponential growth as well as transformational impact across a wide domain—that does not have APEST ministry. APEST, which stands for Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Shepherd and Teacher, comes from Ephesians 4, and I strongly believe movements need all fiveContinue reading Team Essentials: Evangelist

Team Essentials: Prophet

I am absolutely convinced that there has never been a genuine missional movement—the kind that has both exponential growth as well as transformational impact across a wide domain—that does not have APEST ministry. APEST, which stands for Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Shepherd and Teacher, comes from Ephesians 4, and I strongly believe movements need all fiveContinue reading Team Essentials: Prophet

Team Essentials: Apostle

I am absolutely convinced that there has never been a genuine missional movement—the kind that has both exponential growth as well as transformational impact across a wide domain—that does not have APEST ministry. APEST, which stands for Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Shepherd and Teacher, comes from Ephesians 4, and I strongly believe movements need all fiveContinue reading Team Essentials: Apostle

Hand washing and Politics

Jesus was often counter-cultural. He upset a lot of people because He would frequently break the status quo and do the will of His Father (Matthew 12:50) instead of “following the rules” society had established. On the heels of the vice presidential debate and the “super spreading” event that caused the hospitalization of the presidentContinue reading Hand washing and Politics

Ep 63: Christianity and the Government

This week’s podcast dials in on Christianity’s relationship to governments as Andrew and Michael explore a subject appropriate for Christians around the world. Based on a lecture from an Ephesiology Master Class, The Church in Times of Crisis, Michael unpacks four areas in the New Testament where we learn about this important topic: Jesus, ActsContinue reading Ep 63: Christianity and the Government

Ep 61: QAnon and Conspiracies

Next on the Ephesiology Podcast, Andrew and Michael are talking with John W. Morehead about QAnon. The right-wing conspiracy theorist(s) has found his way into the mainstream and sadly many evangelicals are listening. John, Andrew, and Michael discuss why evangelicals are susceptible to conspiracy theories and how we might be able to constructively engage thoseContinue reading Ep 61: QAnon and Conspiracies

No More Weeping

Yesterday was national daughter’s day. I’m not sure when that national day came into being, but we have a daughter who merits being recognized for at least one day out of a year if not every day. Michaela and I were having another one of our great theological conversations. They are getting increasingly rare, notContinue reading No More Weeping

Fighting for Freedom of Religion?

If you have been following the news regarding Grace Community Church and its pastor John MacArthur’s battle in the courts of California, you might be thinking this is one of those complex issues confronting Christian churches across the country.  Watch the latest video at foxnews.com The claim that California is prohibiting the freedom to worshipContinue reading Fighting for Freedom of Religion?

Ep 59: The State of Theology

Over the past four years, Ligonier and Lifeway Research have published the State of Theology surveys as a resource for understanding what Americans think about important religious statements. Join Matt, Andrew, and Michael as they take a detailed look at several statements on the 2020 survey and offer insights in what they communicate about evangelicalismContinue reading Ep 59: The State of Theology

Ep 57: When Evangelicals Sneeze

Are you struggling with American evangelicalism? It’s gotten to the point where it is difficult to recognize a theological tradition that has been around for nearly 500 years. In his recent book, Dr. Cooper shares his concerns for loosing the American evangelical identity. Michael shares: You’ll read about how the majority of evangelicals live outsideContinue reading Ep 57: When Evangelicals Sneeze

Ep 53: race relations, the president, and current crises in the United States

These are interesting days. COVID-19, George Floyd, President Trump and his Trumpgelicals. We address all of these in a spontaneous podcast that is challenging us to think about our allegiance. Join Matt, Michael, and Brian – an unsuspecting guest to the podcast cast – as they discuss race relations, the president, and current crises inContinue reading Ep 53: race relations, the president, and current crises in the United States

Ep 52: The State of Education and Ephesiology Master Classes

COVID-19 has provided many opportunities for us to rethink how we equip people for ministry and we have some big news! We’re excited to announce the launch of Ephesiology Master Classes! We’ve been thinking about what it will take to get to movement in the US and how we can support movements around the worldContinue reading Ep 52: The State of Education and Ephesiology Master Classes

Is Movement Possible?

Many are wondering if a movement of churches is even possible in the United States. While the criticism of the movements we are seeing around the world has at times been sharp – accusations of theological shallowness, immature leaders, irresponsible evangelism – observers of the US evangelical landscape are beginning to recognize the same critiqueContinue reading Is Movement Possible?

Ep 38: Restoration Church

On this week’s podcast, hear what Matt Till is doing at Restoration Church. It isn’t perfect, but they are seeing a community committed to prayer, Scripture, fellowship, worship, and missions. Join our podcasters to learn more about Restoration Church. To comment on this episode and future episodes, be sure to login. Find Us On: Search “Ephesiology” onContinue reading Ep 38: Restoration Church

Ep. 31: Unwrapping the First Christmas

Have you ever wondered about the origins of Christmas and the traditions celebrated in Western cultures? Join our podcasters as they talk about the new book, Unwrapping the First Christmas, and begin to peel back the layers of traditions that have come to define the Western celebrations of Christmas. To comment on this episode and futureContinue reading Ep. 31: Unwrapping the First Christmas

Ep 29: The State of the Church in America – Part 2

Are buildings, butts in seats, and bucks the measure of success for the church today? What about transformation of lives resulting in cultural impact? Join us as we continue our conversation on the state of the church in America. Keelan Cook joins our podcast to help us think through the shift needed for gospel impact.Continue reading Ep 29: The State of the Church in America – Part 2

Ep 28: Maturing Disciples in a Movement, Part 1

Defining “disciple” and “discipleship” presents interesting issues in contemporary Christianity. Join our podcasters as they look at the New Testament understanding of what it means to be a disciple. Their study of the early Christian movements highlights several key characteristics for what it means to be a follower of Christ. To comment on this episodeContinue reading Ep 28: Maturing Disciples in a Movement, Part 1

Ep 27: Leading a Movement, Part 2

The growth of the church will rise and fall on leadership and having the right team will position the church for continued growth. Join us in the riveting episode when our podcasters unpack the roles of apostles, prophets, evangelists, and shepherd-teachers. Leadership in the church in Ephesus adopted forms from the culture that contributed toContinue reading Ep 27: Leading a Movement, Part 2