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 […]

Theology and Theophilus

Luke was the author of the gospel by the same name and also the book of Acts in the bible. He addresses them to Theophilus, or by meaning of the name, “Friend of God.” I’m not always good at being a friend. In fact, I prefer to be alone most times. In that sense, it […]

Who Mentors the Missionary?

“Be careful with people who are quick to mentor, but lack one themselves.”   This cautionary proverb was written on a friends Facebook wall today, and I’ll have to admit, it got to me.  It got to me because I don’t think I have one.  A mentor that is.  At least not in the same […]

When It Comes to Apostles and Prophets for Today, We're Still Asking the Wrong Questions.

As to determining whether or not apostles or prophets exist today, I think we have to answer some fundamental questions beforehand: These are examples of questions everyone’s answering but few are asking:

 1.  Aren’t Apostles directly appointed and authorized by Jesus Christ to be His immediate representatives on earth? (Mark 3:14; Luke 6:13; Acts 1:2, […]

'God is Raging in the Prophets’ Words.' ~ Heschel

Yesterday on twitter, I posted the following question, which ended up getting reposted on Facebook.  Can the prophetic be practiced without polarizing people? — Miguel Labrador (@Missionaries) October 13, 2013 Today I found this quote in Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Book, Insecurity of Freedom; “Prophecy is the voice that God has lent to the silent agony, a […]

If The School of Tyrannus Wasn't A Seminary, Then What Was It? Besides, What's Wrong With Seminary Anyway?

In Ephesus where Paul reasoned and taught in the synagogue until the Gospel of the Kingdom clashed with the traditions of men, he also lectured, taught, reasoned, and bore witness to Christ crucified and many other things.  Like it or not, he used various mediums which are being held in contempt by post-modern thinkers.  Yes, […]

'Redundant Foundations…' are the reason Apostles & Prophets don't exist today?

The construction of the church necessitated the foundational work Apostles & Prophets. When referring to God’s household, the church, Paul wrote: “…having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone” (Ephesians 2:20). Premise 1 – While the work of evangelists and pastor/teachers is important, only the […]