41 | Morning Coffee #2: What Is A Pastor?

Welcome to our second Morning Coffee together. Let’s start a discussion about pastors and ask the question, what is a pastor? This is going to ultimately open up a plethora of related subjects on the topic which can serve as future editions of Morning Coffee. But this episode will serve to start us down that path as we talk about how we’ve institutionalized the pastor and made him or her the central figure in most of our institutional settings.

If this episode tweaks you, you might like my article, Rethinking Religion, Part 1: What is a Pastor? on the Grace Cafe Journal.

This episode of Morning Coffee is available in video as well and can be viewed on:

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40 | Morning Coffee #1: Is The Body of Christ an Institution?

Welcome to episode 40 of the UnSunday Show. This episode marks the beginning of what I’m calling Morning Coffee. Morning Coffee is an informal conversation with yours truly over coffee about different subjects pertinent to The UnSunday Show. In addition to the normal audio podcast format, this and future episodes of Morning Coffee are and will be available in video format on YouTube, Facebook, and here, on the UnSunday Show website.

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39 | Is Church Discipline a New Covenant Practice? (Part 2)

Welcome to episode 39 of the UnSunday Show. This episode is a continuation of the topic of church discipline that I started in the last episode. I continue my look at Matthew 18:15-20, which is used as a proof text by church leaders for the practice of modern church discipline. I wrap up a couple of loose ends in this episode that I think need to be added to this discussion because I believe we’ve brought an Old Covenant practice into the New Covenant assembly. Here are the links I mentioned:

– Mike


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38 | Is Church Discipline a New Covenant Practice?

Welcome to episode 38 of The UnSunday Show! The topic of what we call church discipline has been on my mind the last couple of years. I’ve tried writing down my thoughts about it but writing just isn’t my thing any more. At least not right now. It’s easier to talk about it than to write about it. Here are some of my initial thoughts on church discipline in light of my understanding of the New Covenant.

Matthew 18:15-20 is the go to passage most often used as a proof text for the validity of church discipline. It’s the one that I was trained to use and that I used. But what if this passage, like so many others in the first four books of the New Testament, belongs in the Old Covenant, not the New Covenant? What if we’ve incorrectly inserted ourselves into it?

I cover four main ideas in this episode concerning church discipline that have brought me to the conclusion that Matthew 18:15-20 belongs in the Old Covenant. 

  • The word ‘church’ isn’t in this passage.
  • The passage is laced with Old Covenant language spoken to Old Covenant Jews.
  • Israel was under Roman rule and subject to Roman laws and control.
  • The process explained in this passage is not repeated in the New Covenant scriptures even though there were times it could have been.

I’m sure I’ll be talking more about this in the future as I’m only scraping the surface of where my thoughts have taken me the last couple of years with this topic.

-Mike


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The UnSunday Show Facebook Page Re-Launch

Hey friends, no audio this time, just a quick note to let you know I’ve re-launched the UnSunday Show Facebook page. I’m slowly loading it up with past episodes of the show. If you’re interested, check it out at https://www.facebook.com/TheUnSundayShow/. Thanks for subscribing to and listening to my podcast. There’s more on the way!

Stay safe…. Mike


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Did God Abandon Jesus at the Cross?

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” These words of Jesus on the cross have led many to the conclusion that God left Jesus while he was dying on the cross. That because Jesus had become sin for us, the Father turned away from him because he can’t look on sin. But is that what was happening? Let’s talk about it.

Reminder: the video version of this episode is available on the YouTube UnSunday Show channel.