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 Christ’s 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 available in both video and audio formats. The audio version is available in your favorite podcast app and the video 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.

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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Episode 33: A Contaminated Grace is No Longer Grace

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.


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Episode 32: A Smaller Version of Jesus

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….


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Episode 29: The Mike & Mac Show

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!


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Episode 26: William Tyndale, Church, and Ekklesia

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.

Let’s talk about it…


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