Welcome to episode 55 of The UnSunday Show. Let’s talk about obedience. Doesn’t that sound fun? I’ve found it to be true that in almost every institutional church setting, the topic of Christian obedience in one form or another, dominates the landscape. It’s peppered throughout sermons to varying degrees (most of the time, overtly), it’s written into our church membership contracts (yes, those are contracts), it’s presented as the final solution in counseling sessions, it’s used as an enforcement tactic when church leaders threaten you with excommunication, it’s used as a guilt tactic to get you to confirm to church rules and dogma and to submit to church staff, and it’s at the center of most, if not all, discipleship groups and discipleship curriculum. Wow! I think that’s the longest sentence I’ve typed so far in 2021.
In short, we’ve made a mess of “Christian obedience”. Definitions of obedience and to what or to whom we should be giving our allegiance will vary from group to group and denomination to denomination. But rest assured that in almost every definition, Bible verses will be taken out of context and used to prove that you don’t measure up, diminishing the work of Christ on your behalf, who has already made you obedient from the heart.
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 The UnSunday ShowYouTube.
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:
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.
“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.
Welcome to episode 36 of The UnSunday Show. Starting with this episode, I’m shaking things up a little with a new format. All of the past audio episodes of this show have been posted to YouTube as they’ve been published but starting today, the YouTube version of the show will be video instead of audio. I’m now publishing each episode in both audio (for the podcast) and video (for YouTube) and the episodes will be much shorter. If you haven’t seen the UnSunday YouTube channel, check it out at:
For this first audio/video episode, let’s tease out the idea of the tithe in the New Covenant? Does God require a tithe? Am I in disobedience if I’m not tithing? We’re quick to take isolated passages out of context to attempt impose a tithe on people but under the Old Covenant there were many tithes and the tithes were never money. Under the New Covenant, the tithe has disappeared. Let’s talk…
Welcome to episode 35 of The UnSunday Show. Let’s talk about the Good Samaritan. In response to Jesus’ reminder that he was obligated to love God with all his being and to love his neighbor as himself, a lawyer, in an attempt to justify himself, asked Jesus who his neighbor was. This conversation took place in Luke chapter 10. Because the lawyer was living at the time of the Old Covenant, he was under obligation to obey these commands perfectly. But he couldn’t.
Jesus’ answer revealed the failure of the Law to empower anyone to obey it while at the same time, showing that what the Law couldn’t do, God did by sending his Son. Let’s talk…
Welcome to episode 34 of The UnSunday Show with Mike & Mac. This episode is a continuation in many ways of last week’s episode. We recorded this one immediately after last week’s with the intention of making it its own episode, and here it is!
Jesus is better. That’s one of the themes of the New Testament letter to the Hebrews. Jesus is better. He’s better than the angels, he’s better than Moses, he’s better than the Levitical priests of the Old Covenant, he’s better than the Old Covenant. All of these things in the Old Testament were types and shadows that pictured Jesus, but Jesus is better. He’s a better priest with a better sacrifice, a better mediator with a better covenant. Let’s talk about it…