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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 Some say that the Old Testament models of Prophets are no longer valid.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 […]

Organic Learning Within The Church.

You may have heard of “Organic Church.”  Most of the time it’s positioned or offered as something contrary to “Institutional Church.”  If that’s confusing, then let’s look at a couple of cursory descriptions of each, and take it from there.   Institutional church, at its core, is the most visible and culturally recognizable manifestation of […]

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, […]

Training Every Believer For Mission, Not Just Pastoral Care For Congregations

Today, my friend Marty, on his blog “CHOSENREBEL’S BLOG,” reposted an article written back in February of 2011.  It’s titled; “LESLIE NEWBIGIN’S RADICAL INSIGHT INTO SEMINARY CURRICULA.”  The Thesis of the article is;  Seminaries are not Structured to Deliver the Right Kind of Graduate for the Mission of the Church.  You can read the complete […]

If the Church is built upon the foundation of apostles and prophets. Why are so many trying to build it on the foundation of pastors?

Possible Points of Considerations: There’s only one church and Jesus is it’s Chief Cornerstone. There’s only one foundation to the church.  We can’t lay foundations over foundations. Prophets & Apostles are no longer needed. Someone’s got to step in. The Bible has been completed and there’s no more special revelation. They existed in their time […]