What is the Five Fold Bible dot Com?

The Purpose of fivefoldbible.com is to expand the paradigms
of Apostle – Prophet – Evangelist – Shepherd – Teacher
through Christ, Culture, Community and Creativity

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Telling The Five Fold Story

Five Fold Bible Update: Good Times Ahoy!

Hello readers! I saw this morning that there was a new feed subscriber - Welcome, Scott - and I felt the weight of not having posted in a while. This morning, we are moving into a new home, which marks our post- Hurricane Harvey recovery goal. It's a great day and a...

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A Prophet Looks At Forty

Ok, first, if you thought about Jimmy Buffet when you read the title, so did I. I’ve always loved the song, “A Pirate Looks At Forty.” It’s something we do as we grow up, look at the life that formed us and and reflect on what we’ve become. This is a song that captures a snapshot of what that process is like. For a pirate.
When I started this blog, it was really to explore the Scriptures from the perspectives of the five fold gifts: Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Shepherds and Teachers (here’s an example).

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Four Prophetic Voices That Make Things New

In a recent article on Alan Hirsch’s 5Q Blog, Tim Catchim, co-author of The Permanent Revolution, thoughtfully described four archetypes of the prophet: The Auditor, The Awakener, The Performer and The Protester. We are going to interact with those archetypes much in the same way as you experience in the Teacher post, “Five Teachers That Explode The Paradigm.” However, whereas Catchim compares these four types to recent religious personalities, I’m going to do what I always do and spill them over into popular culture.

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How Does APEST Help You See The Church?

Every so often, I’m struck with a metaphor for something five-fold and I just can’t shake it until I blog it! Should I make that into a T-shirt? When inspiration strikes, you know…start printing shirts that no one wants! That’s what I always say.

Aside from being one of my guilty pleasure favorite movies, National Treasure contains one of the most obvious APEST metaphors around. There’s a scene and sub-plot that helps us understand not only what the five-fold gifts do, but how they can change the way we see the church through them.

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Who Are Your Ride Or Dies?

The Shepherd isn’t a custodian. They aren’t a counselor. They aren’t a chaplain or caretaker. We have custodians, counselors, chaplains and caretakers to do that. 

Toretto’s place is on the road…with other drivers.

His example leads others to want to drive like he does; wants to love their family like he does; wants to lead their tribe like he does.

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An Apostolic Review of The Greatest Showman

Every so often, a movie comes along and just blows me away. The Greatest Showman did that. I have to confess that I have a really really useful Musical Theater degree, so I have a soft spot for the occasion singing number, but dang!!! What a surprise!

Here are four ways that The Greatest Showman can provide useful inspiration for the Church.

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Blog: Guerrilla Wordfare

Does God Get Mad When I Say Bad Words?

Does God Get Mad When I Say Bad Words?

It’s Guerrilla Wordfare. PG-13 edition. Don’t let Alexa read near 8 year olds. I’m going to quote the President. This is the beginning of a feeble response to the President’s careless and racist commentary toward the people of Haiti, El Salvador and Africa.

There is no defense in the Biblical worldview. None. There is no room for racism in the heart of God. None.

(What follows is more of a bible study on race reconciliation than rant, but still. I’ll post and then clean up as a feel. Guerrilla Wordfare is messy business.)

Breaking Free From Church, Inc™

Breaking Free From Church, Inc™

In a couple of posts on the Shepherd, I’ve alluded to Church, Inc™, the idea that the super-nature of the church can be reduced to mere nature; that calling is reduced to hiring, pastor is reduced to employee, elder is reduced to board member, sermon is reduced to entertainment, worship is reduced to music, ministry is reduced to volunteering…it goes on an on.

Knowledge Isn’t What You Think

Knowledge Isn’t What You Think

It’s no secret that the stats say the Church in the West isn’t doing well. Oooh! Great blog post! I didn’t know that! Thanks. There’s an easy fix to it, though. Well, it’s simple, actually I’m damn pretty damn sure that it isn’t easy. In fact, I’ll probably get death...

When Your Relationship Becomes Your Religion

When Your Relationship Becomes Your Religion

Let’s look at a couple of reasons why it’s such a terrible idea for your Girlfriend to Become your God -or- your boyfriend to go from your sexy beast to sacred blessing…just…Oooh.

I Would Serve More, If I Got To Play Guitar

I Would Serve More, If I Got To Play Guitar

My hat is off to Carey Nieuwhof. When it comes to blog posts that equip leader like never beofre, he is knocking them out of the park. In a recent post titled, Basic Mistakes Churches Make Over And Over Again (which if you haven't read yet, then click the link...we'll...

Who’s A Rockstar? You Are!

True Confession: The Replacements bring me joy! Yeah! He's going to connect The Replacements to Pastoral Ministry. GenX for everyone. I'm handing it out. Song number 3 on Side one of Pleased To Meet Me is called "I Don't Know." I've...