The Benjamin Button Church Fallacy

There’s a tendency to hold that the early church must have been the most accurate in its doctrines. That tendency is often matched by the desire to force a pet contemporary theology into the early church framework. I see a couple of problems here, but I’ll ask these question first: Is the church’s understanding of […]

Let’s Rescue Missionaries from the ‘Pastorate.’

Insanity, according to Albert Einstein; is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. The ‘pastorate,’ is one of those same things.  ‘The Pastorate’ is usually made up of a select group of professionals who have met the requirements of a particular denomination or group, have gone to seminary, been ordained, […]

Of Ordinary and Extraordinary Missions and Missionaries.

John Gill, (23 November 1697 – 14 October 1771) was an English Baptist pastor, biblical scholar, and theologian.  Born in Kettering, Northamptonshire, he attended Kettering Grammar School where he mastered the Latin classics and learned Greek by age 11. He continued self-study in everything from logic to Hebrew, his love for the latter remaining throughout his […]

I No Longer Know What APEST I Am

What’s APEST? It’s an acronym for the people gifts in Ephesians 4:11. Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Shepherds and Teachers. Forget for a moment that there is adamant pushback against two of these (Apostles & Prophets) and slight disdain for one (Evangelists). There are still large segments of the Church that put ALL of the emphases on Pastors […]

The 5-Failed Ministry #APEST

“And men gave the extra-biblical 5-fold ‘ministry’ of theologians, philosophers, seminarians, professors and academics, to paralyze and burden both saint and sinner’s alike; for the work of religion, to the perpetuation of infancy in the body of Christ; until as many attain to the disunity of schism and the knowledge of speculation, to an enduring […]

Is It Time For A DNR on APEST?

What’s a DNR? A DNR is an order not to resuscitate a person who has stopped breathing by trying to breathe life back into them. What’s APEST? APEST in an acronym for the people gifts in Ephesians 4:11 ~ “So Christ himself gave the Apostles, the Prophets, the Evangelists, the Shepherd/pastors and Teachers.” What’s more […]

A Crisis of Sorts Regarding APEST

First, what’s APEST?  APEST in an acronym for the people gifts in Ephesians 4:11: “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherd/pastors and teachers.” The purpose of these gifts are for the current equipping of God’s people for works of service, for the building up of God’s body (Church), for reaching towards unity […]

Are You Seeing Ephesians 4:12, 13, 14, 15 And 16 Happening In Your Midst? Or, Is It More Like Jenga?

Are you seeing: God’s people around you being equipped in such a way that they manifest the characteristics of deacon? (Acts 6:1-6) (1 Timothy 3:8-12) God’s people being built up as individuals and as a community? (Colossians 2:7) God’s people demonstrating genuine unity in faith? (Luke 7:9) God’s people demonstrating genuine unity in knowledge? (2 […]

I might be willing to reconsider church hierarchies, if…

This post is a contribution to the April Synchroblog “Bridging The Divide”.  This month’s bloggers were encouraged to offer ideas on ways to heal divisions in the church.   If you’ve read any of my articles before, you know I’m sort of critical on hierarchical systems within the Church. There are many reasons for this, […]

Can’t I Just Be The Warrior Prophet That God Wants Me To Be?

I’ll have to admit that I get a little stirred up when others say “how” my prophetic gift should be practiced. Some say that the Old Testament models of Prophets are no longer valid. In part, I agree. Mostly because I would probably have been stoned by now for saying something which didn’t come to […]