Dr. Michael Macchia

Dean of the School of Theological Studies
New Testament Mission Specialist
International experience:
  • Dominican Republic
  • Haiti
  • Mexico
  • Philippines

Education

Doctor of Philosophy, New Testament, Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago, IL
Master of Theology, Biblical Studies, Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago, IL
Master of Divinity, McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL
Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Bio

As a professor, Dr. Michael Macchia has more than ten years of experience teaching New Testament and Philosophy at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition, he has served for more than thirty years in pastoral ministry. He also has real-world experience working as a chemical engineer. His mission experience includes time serving in Haiti, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and the Philippines. His doctoral dissertation was a narrative approach to the healing of blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52). Dr. Macchia and his family reside in Indiana, US.

Participation in the Misso Dei

With God’s mission, not the Church’s mission or agenda, at the center, the Church, both as a body and in each individual believer goes out into the world to bear witness to Christ. As believers, we are called to follow Christ. To follow Christ means to imitate Christ. Paul writes to the Thessalonians in 1:6 that they had become imitators of Paul and the Lord. Paul also writes in  Eph. 2:10 that we have been created in Christ for good works. 

Our participation in the mission of God is twofold: first, we are witnesses to Christ to the world. This includes modeling Christ in our actions and in our words, and in acts of mercy and kindness. I believe every believer should live as citizens of God’s kingdom today. This involves an emphasis on the plight of the poor, the oppressed, and those in prison (Lk. 4:17-21), and acting as good stewards of God’s creation (Rev. 11:18). Our witness will also include evangelism to those who have not received the Gospel. What God is doing in the world today need not be at odds with God’s plan for the eternal restoration of all things (Rom. 8:22-25). 

A missional education can help believers navigate the challenges they will face in the world as witnesses to Christ. Truth has moved from the realm of the absolute to the relative in today’s modern world and sharing the Gospel in the workplace is generally not accepted. Allowing our lives to serve as an epistle to Christ is always the best place to begin. Paul writes that the Corinthians were an “…epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit  of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.” All of this being said, I believe we can carry out the mission of God most powerfully by living as citizens of  God’s kingdom today, which means following Jesus as servants of God and of our neighbors  (Phil. 2:1-11). In other words, following the one who gave his life a ransom for many (Mk. 10:45).

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