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Jesus-centered and gospel-focused, the Ekklesia Podcast asks honest questions about the modern institutional church and what 2,000 years of religious/church tradition has given us. Are the churches we build a true expression of the one Jesus is building? My name is Mike Adams and I am a former pastor in institutional church settings and host and producer of The Ekklesia Podcast.

Join me in this journey from Church back to Ekklesia.

Jun 28, 2017

Welcome to the third episode of the Ekklesia Podcast! I'm still feeling my way through the newness of this podcast. Thanks for joining me on this journey. In this episode, I interact with Jon Zens' latest book entitled, Jesus is Family: His Life Together as I talk about pastors in the ekklesia and the detriment that top-down authority structures are to authentic life in the assembly. We seem to be ignoring Jesus' words, "It shall not be so among you" when it comes to power and control in the institutional church. Zens' book is one of the best I've ever read on the ekklesia. I recommend it without hesitation.

Ekklesia (pronounced ek-lay-SEE-ah) is a transliteration of the Greek word used in the New Testament that is most commonly translated "church" in most of 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. We will no doubt, flesh this out more as future episodes unfold.

This episode has "UnSunday" in the title because it's the 3rd of 4 episodes that were originally on my old UnSunday Podcast. I'm shutting that podcast show down and have moved here instead. I think "Ekklesia" is a better reflection of the things I want to say than "UnSunday" was.