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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!

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...


Aug 6, 2017

Welcome to episode 6 of The Ekklesia Podcast! So much of what we encounter in the institutional church setting has its roots in the Old Covenant. Sanctuaries, special days, special places, special people who alone, can intercede between God and the people, tithing, and observance of Old Covenant rules and regulations...


Jul 31, 2017

Welcome to Episode 5 of the Ekklesia Podcast! The is the first episode in our new home at The Ekklesia Podcast. My wife Susan joins me again for this episode as we talk about our journey out of the institutional church setting and into a more authentic and genuine experience of the ekklesia. We both hit a wall...