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.
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 56 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Our freeform conversation in this episode goes all over the place. We just grabbed the mics and started talking. Here’s a few of the topics that came up as we talked:
We’ve been made obedient from the heart.
Did Paul preach law and gospel?
The Law increases law-breaking.
God did for us what the law couldn’t do.
Were non-Jews ever under the Law? Is anyone under the law today?
Does the new heart mean you can now keep the law?
Is Jesus a new lawgiver with a new law?
In Adam, all die. In Christ, we’re made alive.
Faith expresses itself in love.
Thomas Aquinas’ view of women typifies so much of church history.
Here’s the links to the 2 books we talk about in this episode:
We also give a shoutout to Mike’s new podcast, The UnSunday Show. The UnSunday Show is up and running and is a podcast where Mike explores in more detail, our journey out of institutional religion. Visit The UnSunday Show and subscribe in Apple Podcasts or in your favorite podcast app.
A personal note: with summer upon us, we may be unable to drop new episodes every week as we do now. But we’re still here and will drop new episodes at every opportunity. Tell a friend about us!