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.
Hello friends! We’re starting something new at The Grace Cafe beginning with this episode. We’re going to start publishing short episodes between the regular weekly episodes that Susan and I do and this episode is the first one of those. Our hope is that these short monologues will serve as a middle-of-the-week reminder of who you are in Jesus and of the Father’s unending affection for you.
We’re calling these episodes Take Five. So let’s take five right now and talk about Jesus.
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 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.
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 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.
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!