Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Ephesus School Network for Orthodox Bible Teaching Podcasts

Deacon Enoch Elias (left) and Fr. March Boulos (right) of the Ephesus School Network

 This last year or so, my spirituality and commitment to Christ has been greatly enriched by the Ephesus School Network, which provides excellent Bible teaching podcasts. There are two programs offered by the Ephesus School- The Bible as Literature by Father Marc Boulos, a priest in the Orthodox Church of America, and his friend lay Bible Scholar Dr. Richard Benton, and The Tewahido Bible Study, by Deacon Enoch Elias of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church.

I listen to both podcast series every week. Right now, Fr. Marc and Richard are going through the Gospel of Mark, and Deacon Enoch is in the St. Paul's letter to the Romans.

I appreciate both of these teaching series. What they both have taught in the big picture is the centrality of the Teaching of God in Scripture, and the continuity of the Older and Newer Testaments. Both series underscore the importance of the Older Testament for believers in Eyesus Kristos. Both series challenge us to live according to Scripture and Torah, and not just profess Christ.

In the most recent broadcast this week of the Bible as Literature podcast teaches us that Jesus is not looking for fans, but obedience to the Word. He is Lord, he is not trying to win a popularity contest. Fr. Marc says in the broadcast that all we need is $10 and to buy the cheapest Bible at Barnes and Noble, and to obey the Word therein.

Deacon Enoch reminds us this week in his teaching on Romans 10 that when we read "all who call upon the name of the Lord will be saved (Romans 10.13)," we have to bear in mind also Matthew 7, "not everyone who says to me 'Lord, Lord, will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of my Father (Matthew 7.21)." Deacon Enoch also reminds us, this week, and in other podcasts, that we are citizens of the Kingdom of God first, and that nationalism is an idolatry.

I highly recommend both podcasts of the Ephesus School for sound Bible teaching from an Orthodox Christian perspective. There is no cheap grace offered in the broadcasts, but a call to costly discipleship and devotion to Torah (the Teaching) and the Word of God as revealed in Scripture. These teachers are providing us an unadulterated presentation of the Teaching for these momentous times.

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