Welcome to episode 86 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. The phrase “the Word of God” appears several times in the New Testament. I had always heard and believed that “the Word of God’ was a reference to the Bible. I assumed that the Bible is the Word of God and that the phrase “the Word of God” was another way of saying the Bible. When Paul told Timothy to preach the word, it’s assumed he meant preach the Bible.
But the Bible never calls itself the Word of God. That phrase is reserved in Scripture for Jesus (Rev. 19:13) and the gospel (1 Thessalonians 2:9, 13), as determined by context. Tradition has given the Bible the title, the Word of God, but the Bible itself never does.
That topic is sandwiched in the middle of this episode from our old Known & Loved podcast that originally aired in March of 2017 and was a conversation that took us in several directions. Shout out to our friend Rocky Glenn in this episode who wrote us a letter that we interacted with. We hope this episode encourages you.
Welcome to episode 85 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. We’ve had some recent conversations with others who’ve related their stories to us about how asking honest questions resulted in being shunned, shamed, and even asked to leave the group they were in. When our journeys take a turn away from performance and toward a more genuine experience with grace, the resulting freedom that accompanies that experience is scary to those who haven’t discovered it yet and asking questions or expressing new opinions based on your new-found freedom, is a threat to those in charge or those whose journey is all about performance.
Welcome to episode 83 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Fear and doubt. These are two emotions we can all relate to and we all experience to varying levels and at different times. In performance-based, top-down religious environments, fear and doubt are common byproducts because the spotlight is on our own failed performance. At the same time, fear and doubt are not allowed to be expressed in that environment because they’re counterproductive to it. In performance-based Christianity, fear and doubt require us to wear masks and pretend we’re something we’re not, increasing our level of fear and doubt. The goal is to clean it up and get back to pretending.
Welcome to episode 79 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Let’s talk about suffering. Our view of God will determine our view of suffering. Is God trying to teach me a lesson through suffering? If so, am I responsible to figure out what God is trying to teach me in my suffering? Am I suffering for Jesus enough? How does our theology impact our view of, and our response to, suffering?
Welcome to episode 75 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. The New Covenant, which we enjoy living under, was first spoken to Abraham by way of promise and then confirmed to him by way of an oath (Hebrews 6:13-20). The writer of the letter to the Hebrews calls this promise and this oath, two unchangeable things. What makes them unchangeable is that God cannot lie and because God cannot lie, we have this sure hope as an anchor for the soul.
We also interact with a letter from a listener who had a question about 2 Peter 1:3-15. This passage is a gospel reminder of the same precious promises of the New Covenant and the fruit of the Spirit that comes from a relationship with Jesus. Let’s talk about it….
Welcome to episode 73 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Let’s talk about what happens when our personal preferences become hard and fast rules that we impose on others. Paul said that he wanted to know nothing among others except Jesus Christ and him crucified. But we get caught up in side issues like legalism, tribal doctrine, and religious tradition that take us away from what really matters and close down any chance for meaningful and honest conversation. Sometimes the freedom we have in Christ scares those who aren’t experiencing it to the degree that we are and as a result, we get labeled or categorized with various names and we’re considered dangerous or rogue.
We talk about these things and more in this episode as we share with you a couple of personal stories that reinforce our ability to forget our identity in Jesus and forget how free he has made us. We also reference and recommend this music video by Jason Gray – Remind Me Who I Am:
Welcome to episode 71 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Let’s talk about rest. What does it mean to enter rest? In this episode we take a closer look at Hebrews 4:11-16 where the subject matter is resting with God. Rest under the Old Covenant was a foreign concept. The work was never done. There was no rest in the true sense of the word because the Law provided no true forgiveness of sin. You couldn’t approach the Holy of Holies under the Old Covenant with confidence.
But all of that has changed under the New Covenant because a greater than Joshua is here. This Hebrews passage tells us that although Israel experienced physical rest in the promised land under Joshua’s leadership, they never experienced spiritual rest because that is something Joshua was unable to provide. True spiritual rest comes through Jesus, our New Covenant priest and substitute. Let’s talk about it.
Welcome to episode 69 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Let’s talk about law-based Christianity and its affects. What happens when we become duty-focused and rules-based in our relationship with God? Some of the results are shame, self-loathing, and self-righteousness, where many eventually give up. We become judges of ourselves and others based on individual performance.
But in the gospel, apart from law, our righteousness and acceptance is by grace alone, apart from any work, and that never changes. Jesus came to set the captives free, not to give them a to-do list. Let’s talk about it.
We also interact with an email we received from a listener concerning duty-laden churches that exhaust its members.