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.
Welcome to episode 67 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Our goal in this episode was to talk about Hebrews 2:14-18 and we eventually arrive there after a fuller conversation about our new identity in Jesus, the downside of moralistic religion and behavior modification, the positives of deconstruction and reconstruction, and getting stuck in bad religious environments that control our ability and freedom to think outside those environments and asking the questions that need to be asked to find true freedom.
Welcome to episode 65 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Let’s talk about good works. It’s a topic that’s surrounded by a lot of misunderstanding and confusion. When Jesus was asked what needed to be done in order to do the works of God he replied, “This is the work of God, that you believe on the one he has sent.” All these years later, we’re still asking that same question as though good works were a list of things we need to perform in order for God to like us more.
But what if good works aren’t the result of rigid spiritual discipline but simply the product of the fruit of the Spirit as he expresses Christ in and through us while we simply live our lives apart from feelings of shame or guilt for feeling like we’re not doing enough or doing it wrong? Let’s talk about it….
Welcome to episode 62 of the Grace Cafe Podcast. Let’s talk about identity theft. Not the kind we hear about in the media where our credit cards and personal information get stolen, but another kind of identity theft. Let’s talk about who we are in Jesus and what happens when someone (or even ourselves) steals that from us. Let’s talk about what happens when we forget our identity in Jesus and all that is ours in him and we look instead to our own failed performance and start to believe that’s what define us.
We also spend a few minutes in Hebrews chapter 6 to remind ourselves of the certainty of the gospel and how our hope is anchored in God himself who cannot lie.
Welcome to episode 61 of The Grace Cafe Podcast! We were in a recent conversation with someone who asked us why we podcast, what our goals are in this podcast, and what the future of The Grace Cafe Podcast looks like. This generated some good conversation between the two of us and we wanted to share those thoughts with you in this episode. Along the way, we touch on other topics like:
Community and freedom.
How religion damages us and our children.
Complimentarianism and patriarchy.
Painful endings and new beginnings.
What is covertly caught vs. what is overtly taught.
Shame regarding spiritual abuse and mental illness.
Community and freedom don’t look like religion tells us it does.
Anxiety and authenticity.
Anger and grief.
Religion doesn’t let you ask honest questions.
The degradation of women in the church and how we silence half the church.
Here’s the link to Susan’s blog about damaged children who grew up in evangelicalism and the purity culture that we talked about in this episode. Please read this.
Welcome to episode 60 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. We’re finally back in the podcast booth following our most recent road trip and recovering from a fresh bout with sickness. We recap some of our trip and a couple of conversations we had along the way. We also broach these new topics:
The Brene Brown Netflix Special.
Fear and engineering smallness.
Be careful quoting church fathers (we don’t need another hero).
Hebrews 3 and an introduction to Moses.
And more! Push play and give it a listen! Slide over to iTunes and leave us a review.
Welcome to episode 57 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Jesus is better. That’s the theme we see in the New Testament letter to the Hebrews. As the writer of this amazing letter writes to his Jewish friends who were born and raised under the Old Covenant, his purpose is to show them that Jesus is the New Covenant fulfillment of all that the Old Covenant only pictured. Jesus is a better priest with a better sacrifice with a better covenant built on better promises. In short, Jesus is better.
In this episode, we crack open the Book of Hebrews and begin looking at it from the perspective of its original recipients, Jews born under the Old Covenant and committed to the Law of Moses, who had heard about Jesus and the gospel, but were undecided concerning the veracity of what they were hearing. This letter to the Hebrews is the most thorough letter in the New Testament explaining the details of the Old Covenant and its Law and showing their complete fulfillment in Jesus. It is finished and Jesus is better.