Welcome to episode 98 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Let’s talk about some of the ways institutional Christianity has trained us to weaponize our faith and to weaponize our understanding of the Bible, especially when dealing with others whose opinions differ from our own and with whom we disagree.
Welcome to episode 97 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. This episode is a free-flowing conversation about our own detox from institutional religion and ways our thinking has changed over the years as we’ve distanced ourselves from performance-based Christianity and religious obligation. Our conversation revealed to us how much influence, control, and manipulation organized religion can have over us, all in the name of Jesus, while keeping us from fully experiencing Jesus. We hope you find encouragement in this episode as you listen in.
This is our last episode for 2020. Starting in 2021, we will be dropping two episodes per month. We hope your holiday celebrations are the very best and we will see you again in 2021.
Welcome to episode 96 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. After a much needed break, we settled in behind the podcast mics to talk about life during these weird Covid times and the importance of being kind to yourself. This free-flowing conversation touches on many subjects related to life under a global pandemic as we catch you up a little with what’s been going on with us. Links we talked about in this episode:
- Audacity Bootcamp: Beginner to Advanced (Mike’s online video course on podcast editing)
- Surviving Spiritual Abuse (The Nomad Podcast)
It’s good to be back. Enjoy!
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:
- 03 – Paul, Timothy, and Women in the Church
- 05 – Out of My Chains and Into Your Mercy
- 35 – The Increased Frequency of Spiritual Abuse
- 37 – Our Journey Out Of Institutional Religion
- 46 – Humility, Jesus, & Top-Down Authority in the Church
- 47 – A Conversation About Spiritual Abuse
- 48 – The Intentional Brutality of Spiritual Abuse
- 49 – Recovering From Spiritual Abuse
- 52 – Rethinking Formal Church Membership
- 68 – Does God Require Progress?
- 70 – Depression and Suicide
Previous Blog Posts Related to our Story:
- Rethinking Religion (6-part series)
- Out of My Chains and Into Your Mercy
- Church, Ativan, and Gospel Misfits
- My Valentine’s Day Performance Massacre
- When Grace Shows Up
- Bruised Jars of Clay
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.
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:
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.
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…
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.
- 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:
Grab your favorite beverage, get comfortable and join the conversation.