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.
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.
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.
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.
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Welcome to episode 33 of The UnSunday Show. Why are there so many burdensome rules in organized Christian religion when Jesus promised rest and relief from those same heavy burdens? When we read the Bible as though all of it applies to us, the lines blur between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant, resulting in a fatal mixology of confusion and harm.
This fatal mixology is the springboard of our conversation in this episode. Push Play and join the discussion.
Welcome to episode 32 of The UnSunday Show. Let’s talk about the clutter that gets in between us and Jesus that ends up giving us a smaller version of Jesus. Institutional religion works hard at convincing us that Jesus alone really isn’t enough. It puts obstacles between us and Jesus that we’re told need to be there in order to be complete and remain acceptable to God. Sometimes it’s sub-mediators as we’re told we need Jesus and the pastor, priest, or leader to guide and direct us. At other times it’s things like religious obligation, accountability, service, tithing, works, or religious duty that we’re told must be consistent in our lives in order to keep peace with God.
But at the end of the day, these burdens are placed on us to keep the institution strong and when we embrace the thought that we need Jesus plus these other things, we’re settling for something smaller than Jesus. When we come alive to the reality of the life of God in us, the freedom from religious bondage that we experience makes us an instant threat to religious institutions because we realize we don’t need those institutions and in fact, they’re in the way and they’re forcing a smaller version of Jesus on us. Let’s talk about it….
Welcome to episode 29 of The UnSunday Show. Today’s episode is a relaunch of sorts for The UnSunday Show. It’s the debut of my friend Greg McInturff as co-host of the show. Yay! Mac and I will be hosting the show together from this point forward. He and I always have energized conversations and we’re looking forward to sharing them with you. Greg introduces himself in this episode as we interact with his story.
We’ve also re-branded the podcast with a new logo and the website with new graphics to reflect this change. Enjoy!
Welcome to episode 26 of The UnSunday Show. Today’s episode is a look at William Tyndale and his authoring of the New Testament in the English language. He wanted the people of his day to have a New Testament in their own language so they could read and interpret it for themselves instead of having to rely solely on the church hierarchy of the day to tell them what it meant. In his desire to remain true to the Greek text, he translated a handful of words according to their true meaning as opposed to the church’s long standing definitions. Particularly, he translated ekklesia as congregation, not church. He translated presbuteros as elder, not priest, agape as love, not acts of charity, and metanao as repent, not penance.
But this didn’t go over well with the church of his day because it exposed the true meaning of these words the church had been keeping from the people for hundreds of years. As a result, Tyndale was strangled and then burned at the stake for refusing to compromise with the top-down authority figures in the church and water down his translation of the New Testament.