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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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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