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Ekklesia (pronounced ek-lay-SEE-a) is a transliteration of the Greek word used in the New Testament that is most commonly translated "church" in our English Bibles. The word "church" comes from an old English wording meaning "a lord's house" and is a poor translation of ekklesia. Far from referring to a location or an institutional setting, ekklesia refers to a community of people living life together with Jesus alone as the head.

Jesus-centered and gospel-focused, the Ekklesia Podcast asks honest questions about the institutional church and religious/church tradition. Join me in this journey from church to ekklesia. All of my episodes are listed below. Welcome to the Ekklesia Podcast!

Jan 7, 2018

Welcome to episode 11 of the Ekklesia Podcast. Let's talk about pulpits and pastors. Almost without exception, the pulpit is central in institutional church settings. Everything points to the pulpit. The seating is intentionally arranged facing the pulpit. The pulpit is probably on a raised platform. All of...


Jan 1, 2018

Happy New Year and welcome to episode 10 of The Ekklesia Podcast. We've broken through the single-digit episode barrier on this first day of 2018! In this episode, let's talk about community and accountability. In our various church settings, we hear a lot about community and accountability. In fact, we often hear...


Nov 5, 2017

Welcome to episode 9 of the Ekklesia Podcast. Let's talk about formal church membership. Is formal church membership necessary and why do most institutional church settings require it? Why am I viewed with suspicion if I don't become a formal member in an institutional church? Is formal church membership a neutral idea...


Oct 22, 2017

Welcome to episode 8 of the Ekklesia Podcast. As I take my place behind the podcast microphone for the first time in about 2 months, let's talk about some foundational truths that we'll be drawing on in future episodes. Let's talk about some of the major differences between the Old and New Covenants and how the church...


Aug 14, 2017

"Before I got saved, they said God loves me unconditionally. Now after I'm saved, they gave me a list of conditions and instructions."

This is a quote Rocky Glenn shared with me during our conversation about his journey out of the institutional church. It's a quote that describes the experience of so many as they...