095 | Our Identity in Jesus Informs Our Story

Welcome to episode 95 of the Grace Cafe Podcast. After a four month hiatus, we’re back! We thought we would pick back up by talking about how the way we view our journey out of performance-based faith continues to change, as our understanding of who we are in Jesus becomes more clear. Knowing who you are in Jesus can’t be overstated! It’s our security during times of change when life around us seems out of control. Our identity in Jesus never changes because he never changes.

We don’t rehearse the details of our story again in this episode. Those details are woven throughout this podcast in different episodes and in blog posts on the Grace Cafe Journal. We reference several of those resources in this episode and the links are below for your convenience.

Previous Podcast Episodes Related to our Story:

Previous Blog Posts Related to our Story:

-Enjoy!


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094 | Adding To The Noise

Welcome to episode 94 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. We hope that you all are coping well with this global pandemic we find ourselves in. None of us have experienced anything like this before. It’s a first for all of us and it’s normal to have fears, worries, and uncertainties. We have them too. We talk about that in this episode as well as the additional noise that social media adds to our lives and Mike’s decision to leave Facebook because of that noise.


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093 | When You Get to that One Year

Welcome to episode 93 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. This episode is the result of a lot of conversations the two of us have had over the last 5-6 weeks as the trajectory of our lives has undergone a definitive shift. A friend of ours, Matt McMillen, recently put this quote on Instagram:

“Sometimes it takes 10 years to get that 1 year that will change your life.” 

Matt McMillen

Matt’s quote was a catalyst that brought clarity and defined more precisely what we’ve been experiencing and talking about for the last 5-6 weeks. We invite you to listen in. We think you’ll be encouraged.


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092 | You Search The Scriptures…

Welcome to episode 92 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. In a conversation with the Pharisees of his day, Jesus made an amazing statement concerning the Old Testament. He told them, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness of me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.” The Pharisees of Jesus’ day believed that an academic pursuit of the Old Testament was life-giving and in so doing, they missed the point of the Old Testament, Jesus. They forfeited a relationship with the God of the Old Testament in favor of academic pursuit and achievement.

Do we do the same thing? Is the Bible a textbook to be mastered? If so, why do Group A and Group B disagree with one another on its interpretation when both are using the same Bible? Even the Pharisees and the Sadducees of Jesus’ day couldn’t agree on a consistent interpretation of the Scriptures even though both groups had the same information. This episode is an open and honest conversation about the Bible. Let’s talk…


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091 | The New Covenant Gospel: A Conversation With Matt McMillen

Welcome to episode 91 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. This episode is an energized conversation with Matt McMillen about the New Covenant and our identity in Jesus. God’s opinion of us is the first thing that gets obscured by organized religion. Here’s a sample of where our conversation took us:

  • The New Covenant and the gospel.
  • Dealing with bitterness and anger.
  • Growing in grace, maturing, and change.
  • Mixing the Old and New Covenants.
  • Setting boundaries.
  • The Christian’s identity.
  • Theology, spiritual gifts, religious hierarchy and the simplicity of the gospel.
  • Top-down authority in religious systems.
  • When did the New Covenant begin?
  • We’ve died to the law.
  • Life under law and life in the Spirit.
  • We’ve died to sin and we can be ourselves.
  • Grace is our life, not an add-on.
  • Rest
  • Social media.
  • Religion Free Movement.

Matt has authored several books with more on the way. Yes, we talked about those too. You’ll find Matt on-line at:

Matt McMillen Ministries

Grab your favorite beverage, get comfortable and join the conversation. 


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090 | Take Five: My Little Children, Remember

“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2:1-2)

Did you catch that? John, using a term of gentle affection (little children), tells us that when we sin… remember. Remember what we already have in Jesus, the forgiveness of sins. “I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake.” (1 John 2:12)

We get ourselves all worked up over sin because we think we’re supposed to confess all of our sins over and over again up to this point in time in order to be forgiven all over again up to this point in time. We don’t read past 1 John 1:9 and its context into chapter 2 to see what John tells believers to do when they sin: Remember. Let’s talk about it in this edition of Take Five


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089 | A Look Back At An Unexpected Decade

Happy New Year! Welcome to episode 89 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. In this episode we take a look back at our own journey over the past decade and our trek out of performance-based Christianity. It’s been 10+ years of healing for us after having left the different religious environments in 2009 that we were a part of for many years. 

We know many of you are on similar journeys out of toxic religious experiences and we hope our podcast provides a safe place for you to process your own experience. We hope this episode will encourage, strengthen, and remind you of the hope and love that is yours in Jesus. Click Play to listen in.


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088 | Am I Obedient Enough?

Welcome to episode 88 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. In this episode, we catch you up on some of the things that have been going on with us personally, eventually landing on the topic of obedience. But along the way we talk about Christmas, Mike’s skin cancer diagnosis (not the bad kind thankfully) and his experience under the doctor’s knife, the future of this podcast, other podcasts we enjoy and recommend, and our gratitude to you for allowing us to be a part of your lives and for listening to our show.

Links to other sites/podcasts we recommend in this episode:

We’ll be back in 2020!


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