054 | Religion’s Priority of the Pulpit – Part 2

Welcome to episode 54 of the UnSunday Show. Let’s continue talking about pulpits and institutional religion’s obsession with the pulpit and how it’s been elevated to such a place of prominence in institutional Christianity. Charles Spurgeon said this concerning pulpits:

“The moment the church of God shall despise the pulpit, God will despise her.”

This quote is one example of several that I share in this episode to show how the system of religion has elevated the pulpit, and the person behind it to a harmful status at the expense of a healthy functioning of spiritual gifts by every member of the body of Christ. In the process we’re left with a crippling view of the body of Christ.

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053 | Religion’s Priority of the Pulpit – Part 1

Welcome to episode 53 of The UnSunday Show. This is part one of two on the subject of pulpits and institutional religion’s requirement of keeping the pulpit at the center of its Sunday events. I have a lot to say about this but my laptop battery ran down as I was recording this and I wasn’t near my charger, so I stopped where I was, making this part one of two. Part Two will drop next week.

048 | Institutional Religion’s Shady Past

Welcome to episode 48 of the UnSunday Show. Let’s take a few minutes to talk about institutional religion’s shady past. This is in response to a comment someone left back in episode 46 (Who Has Bewitched You?) that deserves some attention. The comment was actually in two parts. The first part was more of an observation when this person said, “Communities used to be built around the church, literally.” I agree with that. Entire communities existed around the centrality of the institutional church, but not always by choice.

This individual went to to ask, “Wasn’t that a good thing that bonded communities?” I think this is a really good question that can’t be answered with a simple yes or no. So let’s take a closer look at it in light of a couple of snippets in church history and let’s see if the way institutional Christianity bonded communities was a good thing that created genuine community.

43 | Morning Coffee #4: Is the System of Church a Help or a Hindrance?

Welcome to episode 43 of The UnSunday Show. In this episode, I explore the question, Is the system of institutional church a help or a hindrance to the body of Christ and the exercising of spiritual gifts? This episode is also available on the UnSunday Show YouTube Channel.

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-Mike

42 | Morning Coffee #3: Did Jesus Say Church is Indestructible?

Welcome to another edition of Morning Coffee on The UnSunday Show. Today, let’s talk about some important distinctions between the system we call church and the body of Christ, or ekklesia. Jesus never said the system we call church would never be overcome or ultimately defeated. But he did say that about the ekklesia. That difference is monumental. Let’s talk about the implications of that difference in this episode.

This episode of The UnSunday Show is also available in video format and is posted on my YouTube channel.

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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.

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

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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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