087 | A Frank Discussion About Women in the Church

Welcome to episode 87 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Sarah Knaub joins Susan in this episode as they talk about the church’s dismissive view of women. This excellent conversation was prompted by John MacArthur’s “go home” statement directed toward Beth Moore. Susan and Sarah’s conversation is loaded with rich and important content. Roles, submission, spiritual gifts, personal preference, teaching, marriage, men, children, strength, and theology are just a few of the topics this episode covers. Push play and join the conversation. Share it with a friend and subscribe in your favorite podcast app or on iHeartRadio.

We interviewed Sarah once before in episode 18 where we talked about the church and mental illness.

-Enjoy!


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081 | Rooted and Grounded in Grace: A Conversation With Joel Brueseke

Welcome to episode 81 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Joel Brueseke joins us on this episode as we talk about what it means to be rooted and grounded in grace. Joel is co-host, along with Mike Kapler, of The Growing in Grace podcast and Joel also has a solo podcast and blog called Grace Roots. Our conversation took us into the many things that so easily distract us and lure us away from what it means to be rooted and grounded in grace alone, apart from performance. You can find Joel on line at:

We hope this episode encourages you like it did us.

Enjoy!


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077 | And Then There Was Jesus

Welcome to episode 77 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. This episode is a recent conversation we had with Pooja Chilukuri. Pooja was born and raised in India and now resides in the U.S. She reached out to us several weeks ago and told us a little bit of her story and pointed us to her book, And Then There Was Jesus, which chronicles her journey out of Hinduism, into Christianity, and then to Jesus. And Then There Was Jesus is divided into 3 parts that help the reader know in advance where the story is going:

  1. There was Hinduism
  2. There Was Christianity
  3. And Then There Was Jesus

This conversation with Pooja is one of our favorites! As worded on her website, it’s her journey from India to the USA, from Hinduism to Christianity, her struggles with both religions, and a subsequent chance encounter with Jesus. She talks openly and honestly about her experiences in Hinduism and performance-based Christianity and how religious systems prevent us from knowing what God is really like. In the book’s introduction, she writes:

“If you believe that God is displeased with you at the slightest deviation from what your church or pastor preaches, and you have never been consumed by the overwhelming love of God, this book is for you.”

Our conversation with Pooja merely scratches the surface of the full story outlined in her book. Here are some helpful links to her book and for getting in touch with Pooja:

And Then There Was Jesus – on Amazon

And Then There Was Jesus – on Facebook

Pooja’s Website

-Enjoy!

063 | Jesus Unfiltered: A Conversation with J.D. Zomer

Welcome to episode 63 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. This episode is a conversation that Susan and I had with J.D. Zomer of the Jesus Unfiltered Podcast. We came away from this podcast so encouraged by our conversation and we think you will be too. J.D. not only hosts the Jesus Unfiltered podcast but he also facilitates Religion Free Ministry in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and he shared some of the current and future details of what’s going on there. J.D. introduced us to Religion-Free Movement, an ever-increasing group of people who are finding authentic community in an environment unencumbered by institutional trappings. Religion-Free Movement is scheduled to launch in 2020. We hope you enjoy our conversation. You can find J.D. online at:

Susan and I were recently interviewed by J.D. on the Jesus Unfiltered podcast. You can listen to that episode HERE.

Please note, Susan and I are taking a much needed break from our microphones for the summer to get re-charged and refreshed. The Grace Cafe Podcast will return in September. We hope you all have a great summer and we’re grateful for each of you. 

See you in September!

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059 | Coffee Shop Encounter

Welcome to episode 59 of the Grace Cafe Podcast! After a 3-week road trip to see family and friends, followed by sickness, we’re slowly climbing back into the podcast saddle. This is one of our favorite episodes from our old Known & Loved Podcast. It’s a conversation from a couple of years ago with our friends Greg and Kim about our coffee shop encounter that happened in June of 2015. We’ve known Greg and Kim for close to 30 years but hadn’t seen them for years until our random coffee shop encounter on that June day. Little did any of us know the similarities in our stories that would surface that day as we began to talk.

Here’s the full story…. Enjoy!


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058 | Chattanooga Chat

Welcome to episode 58 of The Grace Cafe Podcast! I (Mike) managed to finish editing this episode which is a conversation with two of our friends who live in Chattanooga Tennessee, USA. We hadn’t enjoyed a face-to-face conversation with Chris Stapleton (not the country musician) and Josh Scott (he’s not a country musician either) in about a year, so we got them on the line and recorded it. Yes, they knew we were recording it. Our conversation went all over the place so I’m just calling this episode Chattanooga Chat. Because self-control seemed to go out the window, we’re rating this episode E, as in not for everyone.

Grab your favorite beverage, pull up your favorite chair, and be encouraged!


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051 | Finding the Freedom to be Authentic

“While the church served its purpose, I probably was asleep for many years. And now I’m waking up to living.” –Allison Stanley

Welcome to episode 51 of The Grace Cafe Podcast! Not to be confused with Area 51. Well, there may be a few similarities. This episode is a conversation between Susan and two of our friends, Allison Stanley and Nora Shaw. Allison has been on our show twice before, in episodes 10 and 11 and Nora joined Susan on the previous episode, 50. 

The theme of freedom in last week’s episode continues in this episode as the conversation turns toward losing our own authenticity as a result of needing approval from others. The freedom to be ourselves, which is ours in Christ, is lost when we find ourselves in an environment where we compromise who we really are in order to fit in. We hide parts of our true selves for fear of losing the approval of others. This is nowhere more evident than in religious settings where the emphasis is on sameness based on one person’s or one group’s theology or doctrine.

But many of us are finding the freedom to be who we really are regardless of the opinions of others. We’re learning that fitting in is a poor substitute for belonging and true freedom is the result of being who we really are without pretense or seeking the approval of others at the expense of being who we really are. We’ve traded our authenticity for approval long enough.

-Enjoy!


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050 | Finding Freedom Apart From Religion: A Conversation With Nora Shaw

Welcome to episode 50 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. This episode captures Susan’s conversation with her friend Nora Shaw. Nora talks of her journey into the freedom of the gospel and some of the ways organized religion inhibits that freedom. Religion forces us to fit in while never really belonging because we can’t be our true selves there. The freedom Jesus and the New Testament writers talk about is a freedom apart from performance, religious or otherwise. Breaking away from what binds us, while sometimes painful and difficult to do, is the first step to finding the freedom to be truly free. The freedom to be yourself that comes only through Jesus, apart from religion.

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:35–36)

-Enjoy!


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