On this episode of the Ephesiology Podcast, we interview Dr. Randy Newman about his new book Mere Evangelism: 10 Insights from C.S. Lewis to Help You Share Your Faith. Dr. Newman walks us through Lewis’ ideas of engaging our culture with the gospel. We talk about pre-evangelism which paves the way for evangelism. Randy suggests Lewis was a wonderful model of this pattern in his radio program and fiction writing. Continue reading Ep 101: The Movement of God to Disciple the Nations
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It is no secret that the American evangelical church finds herself in turmoil. As attendance and membership decline in spiteContinue reading Lessons from Calvin: Is it Time for Another Reformation?
This week on the Ephesiology Podcast Andrew, Matt, and Michael discuss the interesting topic of a biblical worldview. With moreContinue reading Ep 100: Is there a Biblical Worldview?
This week on the Ephesiology Podcast we talk about what unites us. Andrew, Matt, and Michael are joined by FatherContinue reading Ep 99: What Unites Us?
On this Ephesiology Podcast, Andrew and Michael discuss the recent Barna study on the American Worldview. The shocking, but notContinue reading Ep 98: The changing American Worldview
On this episode of the Ephesiology Podcast, we interview Dr. Randy Newman about his new book Mere Evangelism: 10 Insights from C.S. Lewis to Help You Share Your Faith. Dr. Newman walks us through Lewis’ ideas of engaging our culture with the gospel. We talk about pre-evangelism which paves the way for evangelism. Randy suggests Lewis was a wonderful model of this pattern in his radio program and fiction writing. Continue reading Ep 97: Mere Evangelism
Over the past 10 years, social media use has exploded and provided people with platforms to voice their thoughts andContinue reading Ep 96: Can we Talk Civilly?
We continue in our series After Evangelicalism, What? with the provocative topic of church planting. Starting new churches has longContinue reading Ep 95: Church Planting Where the Church is Planted?
In this Ephesiology Podcast, Andrew, Matt, and Michael begin a conversation about what might come after evangelicalism. Many have beenContinue reading Ep 94: After Evangelicalism, What?
In 1988, my best friend asked me to join him on a clandestine mission to smuggle the Jesus Film intoContinue reading Our Graves a Stepping Stone
One only needs to consult an online job board to observe the vast number of staff openings in churches acrossContinue reading The Solution to Your Church Staffing Needs
American evangelicals are clearly divided over social justice. In one of its recent expressions, critical race theory (CRT) has garneredContinue reading Is critical race theory a threat?
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Much has been written in recent days about “white evangelicals” and there is just as much emotion conjured up whenContinue reading Are White Evangelicals Really the Problem?
The imagery and symbols are clear. Church and state have never truly been separated in the United States. From itsContinue reading Seven Sins of American Evangelical Civil Religion
Critical race theory (CRT) is finding expression in various social issues around the world. Its renown recently received an unlikelyContinue reading Christianity, Critical Race Theory, and Relational Ethics
During my doctoral studies in the early 2000s, Paul Hiebert shared a story that I have never forgotten. Dr. Hiebert wasContinue reading The Monkey and the Fish
The German theologian and martyr, Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), has captured the attention of Americans, if not also many others aroundContinue reading Bonhoeffer, Theology, and Social Justice
Could there not be a more important topic at the beginning of the third decade of the second millennia thanContinue reading A Reorientation to Discipleship
Sitting on the credenza behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office is the bust of Latino civil rights leaderContinue reading Hang On! It’s going to be another bumpy four years!!
On January 6th while the 117th Congress gathered to certify the 2020 election, an individual who identifies himself as CrazyContinue reading “We’re Storming the Capitol Guys”
The Christian movement in Asia Minor is a wonderful example of a group of churches and APEST leaders who tookContinue reading A Day After Christmas in Revelation
On this third Sunday of Advent, our family gathered together in the living room for a devoted time of prayer,Continue reading Good News for All People: The Three ‘Advents’ of 2020
It seems to be a regular occurrence these days. Another evangelical pastor falls into moral failure. Carl Lentz is theContinue reading The Dark Side of Hierarchical Leadership
I am absolutely convinced that there has never been a genuine missional movement—the kind that has both exponential growth asContinue reading Team Essentials: Teacher
I am absolutely convinced that there has never been a genuine missional movement—the kind that has both exponential growth asContinue reading Team Essentials: Shepherd
I am absolutely convinced that there has never been a genuine missional movement—the kind that has both exponential growth asContinue reading Team Essentials: Evangelist
I am absolutely convinced that there has never been a genuine missional movement—the kind that has both exponential growth asContinue reading Team Essentials: Prophet
I am absolutely convinced that there has never been a genuine missional movement—the kind that has both exponential growth asContinue reading Team Essentials: Apostle
Jesus was often counter-cultural. He upset a lot of people because He would frequently break the status quo and doContinue reading Hand washing and Politics
Years ago when I was a student involved in Cru at Texas A&M, a single photocopied sheet circulated among studentsContinue reading Are We On the Brink of Revival?
It is sometimes refreshing to look back in Christian history to be reminded once again of those events upon whichContinue reading The Christian Roots of America
I believe in God’s sovereignty, not in a fatalistic way or a double predestination one. Rather, God superintends His creationContinue reading The Lesser of Two Evils and God’s Sovereignty
Yesterday was national daughter’s day. I’m not sure when that national day came into being, but we have a daughterContinue reading No More Weeping
If you have been following the news regarding Grace Community Church and its pastor John MacArthur’s battle in the courtsContinue reading Fighting for Freedom of Religion?
With less than 60 days until the 2020 presidential election, who would Jesus vote for? Both evangelical Democrats and RepublicansContinue reading Who Would Jesus Vote for?
Leadership sets the tone for the direction of a movement. In fact, one might argue that a movement will riseContinue reading The Dangers of Charismatic Leadership
Social justice has become a polarizing term that has set Christians against each other. Contributing to the confusion are socialContinue reading What is Social Justice Anyway?
In early November 2019, I sat in a room of Christians comprised of various traditions: Coptic, Orthodox, Syriac, Catholic, andContinue reading Why I Resigned from Evangelicalism
Are you struggling with American evangelicalism? It’s gotten to the point where it is difficult to recognize a theological traditionContinue reading Ep 57: When Evangelicals Sneeze
During the course of my research for When Evangelicals Sneeze: Curing the American Church from the Plague of Identity Loss,Continue reading The Effect of Our Witness
The Bible might be a good place to start when attempting a definition of evangelical. After all, every Christian denominationContinue reading Were there Evangelicals in the Bible?
The July 8, 2020 release of the Barna Group’s latest study on the State of the Church has confirmed whatContinue reading What would you do if you knew that one-third of your friends would leave church?
Many are wondering if a movement of churches is even possible in the United States. While the criticism of theContinue reading Is Movement Possible?
Theology attempts to answer the questions of what and why we believe as we do. In answering those questions, theology formsContinue reading The Evangelical Identity, Part 2 of 4
Cultural fragmentation, pluralization and globalization have raised the issue of evangelical identity in fresh ways. These factors, along with the explosiveContinue reading The Evangelical Identity, Part 1 of 4
“We are perfectly designed to achieve what we are seeing.” Join us as we explore this profound statement in ourContinue reading Ep 35: Interview with Alan Hirsch
Over the month of December, the American political environment opened an opportunity for many to discuss – perhaps debate orContinue reading Can Evangelicalism be Saved?