This post was written in 2011. To get updated on Frank’s present work on the gospel of the kingdom, go here.
I grew up in the charismatic stream of Christianity. Those are my early roots. When I was in that movement, I heard all about “apostles.” Constantly. I heard about “the coming apostolic move.” About “the new apostles.” About “the restoration of the apostolic gift.” Etc. etc. etc. [Cough.]
As I grew in the Lord and began to research church history and what the New Testament had to say about the apostolic commission and church planting, I came to some very different conclusions from what my charismatic friends taught me.
I also grew highly allergic to the word “apostle” (which is a poor translation of the Greek word, which means “one who is sent.”)
When I was 23 years old, I left the institutional form of church. And I found an experience of the body of Christ . . . and an experience of the Lord Jesus . . . that wrecked me forever.[Continue Reading…]