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EFCA Theology Podcast

The EFCA Theology Podcast encourages pastors and church leaders to stay passionate about the gospel and faithful to the Scriptures. Episodes help listeners understand, share and live out our most important beliefs.

You can look forward to new episodes from a number of different categories, including:

- Past and upcoming EFCA Theology Conferences
- Past and upcoming EFCA One Conferences
- Audiobook chapters of Evangelical Convictions
- New content created specifically for the podcast

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January 16, 2019
Most recent episode

Episode 168: Pablo Cachon and Bryan Lair, What It Means to be Evangelical in the EFCA, Part 2

In the fall of 2018, a number of pastors and leaders from across the EFCA gathered at the national office for the annual Missional Summit. Our theme for the Summit was “What it Means to be Evangelical,” which was the topic of the opening lecture.

On this episode, we include the second session, part 2, which includes messages from Pablo Cachon and Bryan Lair, with a more focused and specific message to us, “What It Means to be Evangelical in the EFCA.” The speakers addressed the following questions: What are the challenges or positive aspects you face in reaching your community because of the name evangelical? Does this term cause barriers or does it open doors? Do church members and attenders know the rich history of evangelicalism or do you need to take time to explain what the word evangelical means? How do you share with someone: Who you are? Why you exist? What it is you believe and do as an Evangelical Free Church? The speakers provided practical insights from their own ministry contexts that helped us to think through how we can better serve the gospel of Jesus Christ in the EFCA.

Pablo Cachon serves as Latino Ministries Pastor at New Hope Church, New Hope, Minnesota, and Bryan Lair serves as pastor at Trinity City Church, St. Paul, Minnesota.

January 09, 2019

Episode 167: Ken Young and Jenni Key, What It Means to be Evangelical in the EFCA, Part 1

In the fall of 2018, a number of pastors and leaders from across the EFCA gathered at the national office for the annual Missional Summit. Our theme for the Summit was “What it Means to be Evangelical,” which was the topic of the opening lecture.

On this episode, we include the second session, part 1, which includes messages from Ken Young and Jenni Key, with a more focused and specific message to us, “What It Means to be Evangelical in the EFCA.” The speakers addressed the following questions: What are the challenges or positive aspects you face in reaching your community because of the name evangelical? Does this term cause barriers or does it open doors? Do church members and attenders know the rich history of evangelicalism or do you need to take time to explain what the word evangelical means? How do you share with someone: Who you are? Why you exist? What it is you believe and do as an Evangelical Free Church? The speakers provided practical insights from their own ministry contexts that helped us to think through how we can better serve the gospel of Jesus Christ in the EFCA.

Ken Young serves as Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ministries at the University of Northwestern, St. Paul, Minnesota, and Jenni Key serves as Director of Women and Prayer ministries at EvFree Fullerton, Fullerton, California.

January 07, 2019

Episode 166: David Dockery, What It Means to be Evangelical

In the fall of 2018, a number of pastors and leaders from across the EFCA gathered at the national office for the annual Missional Summit. Our theme for the Summit was “What it Means to be Evangelical”. Considering societal turmoil, the word "evangelical" has developed various meanings, some which are not favorable.

On this episode of the podcast, we share the opening message from the Summit by David Dockery, in which he chronicles the history of evangelicalism and where he sees evangelicalism today. In his message, David also provides a look forward with a focus on some ways we in the EFCA can respond in order to be a beacon of hope and light in an increasingly challenging world.

Since 2014, David has served as President of Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois — the educational arm of the EFCA.

December 18, 2018

Episode 165: Steve Wellum, God the Son Incarnate: Christmas and the Incarnation

During this Advent and Christmas season, Christians and churches remember and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. This emphasizes his full humanity. As we remember the birth of Jesus Christ, we also worship him. This emphasizes his full deity. This is the heart of who Jesus Christ is, God the Son incarnate, fully God and fully man.

In our EFCA Statement of Faith we confess, “4. We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus—Israel's promised Messiah—was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.”

To guide us in our thinking about the incarnation this Christmas season, Steve Wellum joined me for a discussion on Christmas and the Incarnation. A couple of years ago he wrote a masterful book on this topic entitled, God the Son Incarnate: The Doctrine of Christ.

Steve serves as Professor of Christian Theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, a role he has held since 1999. Prior to his ministry as a professor training pastors, Steve served as a pastor in the EFCA.

July 26, 2018

Episode 164: Gender Dysphoria: Toward a Pastoral Response

In 2016, EFCA pastors and church leaders gathered in Des Moines, Iowa, for the annual Theology Conference. The focus of the postconference was on the theme, “The Ministry of the Gospel and Gender Dysphoria.” On this episode of the podcast, we share the third and final message from Mark Yarhouse, “Gender Dysphoria: Toward a Pastoral Response.”

Mark is the Hughes Endowed Chair and professor of psychology at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he is a core faculty member in the doctoral program in clinical psychology. Mark is also the founding director of the Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity.

July 12, 2018

Episode 163: Gender Dysphoria: Scientific – Biological, Psychological and Sociocultural Considerations

In 2016, EFCA pastors and church leaders gathered in Des Moines, Iowa, for the annual Theology Conference. The focus of the postconference was on the theme, “The Ministry of the Gospel and Gender Dysphoria.” On this episode of the podcast, we share the second message from Mark Yarhouse, “Gender Dysphoria: Scientific – Biological, Psychological and Sociocultural Considerations.”

Mark is the Hughes Endowed Chair and professor of psychology at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he is a core faculty member in the doctoral program in clinical psychology. Mark is also the founding director of the Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity.

June 28, 2018

Episode 162: Gender Dysphoria: Foundational Considerations (Key Terms and Biblical Perspectives)

In 2016, EFCA pastors and church leaders gathered in Des Moines, Iowa, for the annual Theology Conference. The focus of the postconference was on the theme, “The Ministry of the Gospel and Gender Dysphoria.” On this episode of the podcast, we share the first message from Mark Yarhouse, “Gender Dysphoria: Foundational Considerations (Key Terms and Biblical Perspectives).”

Mark is the Hughes Endowed Chair and professor of psychology at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he is a core faculty member in the doctoral program in clinical psychology. Mark is also the founding director of the Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity.

June 28, 2018

Episode 161: The Ministry of the Gospel and Gender Dysphoria: Introduction

In 2016, EFCA pastors and church leaders gathered in Des Moines, Iowa, for the annual Theology Conference. The focus of the postconference was on the theme, “The Ministry of the Gospel and Gender Dysphoria.” On this brief episode of the podcast, we share the introduction to this topic from Greg Strand.

June 04, 2018

Episode 160: Who Are the Real Muslims?

On this episode of the podcast, we share a message from that preconference by Roy Oksnevad, “Who are the real Muslims?” Roy serves as Director of COMMA Network, a Coalition of Ministries to Muslims in North America, and ReachNational All People Director of Muslim Ministry.

May 11, 2018

Episode 159: What Do Muslims Believe with Mike Urton

In 2018, EFCA pastors and church leaders gathered in San Antonio, Texas, for the annual Theology Conference. The focus of the preconference was on the theme, “Understanding Islam, Loving Our Neighbors.” On this episode of the podcast, we share a message from that preconference by Mike Urton entitled, “What do Muslims Believe?”

Mike serves as Associate Director of the COMMA Network, a Coalition of Ministries to Muslims in North America, and ReachNational All People Muslim Ministry.