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
Telling The Five Fold Story
Today we are going to focus on a Bible passage that I bet you skip when you read. If you don’t skim over it now, I bet you used to. I’m just being honest here: until I began studying alongside Alan’s writing, I didn’t even know it was there. Reading this passage was like reading English, English, English, then (what?) Klingon, Klingon, Klingon, then (ahhhh) English again.read more
For far too long, in our Christian echo chambers, we have talked about about non-Christians like they are super-villains bent on the destruction of the Universe; people who, by their very nature desire nothing more than the corrosion of our timeless morals and values; disrupting the habits and rituals of the faithful with their liberal practices of freedom. We have talked about “them” like they had a disease, like they were another species. You know I’m not lying.
In our mythology, Christians are the good guys, the superheroes tasked with overcoming evil in all of its forms, but we know that’s not true.read more
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...read more
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).
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.read more
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.read more
Blog: Guerrilla Wordfare
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.)
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.
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...
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.
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...