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Author: Mike and Susan Adams

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Rediscovering grace apart from religion - You've reached the podcast home of Mike and Susan Adams, a former pastor and pastor's wife who survived a crash and burn out of rules-based religion and back into grace in 2009. What we bought before, we just can't sell.

We invite you to pull up a chair and your favorite beverage and join the conversation. We're Jesus-centered and gospel-focused (no, really!) with no strings attached. We hope you enjoy your stay. Welcome to the Grace Café Podcast!
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Welcome to episode 64 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. We hope your summer is going swell! This short episode is an important update outlining some of the changes going on with us at The Grace Cafe. In order to save on some of our monthly podcast and blog expenses, we've moved The Grace Cafe and UnSunday Show websites to a free hosting service. I've noticed that some of you prefer to download and listen to our podcast episodes via a web browser, so you're going to need this information. From this point forward, please point your web browser to the new podcast site at https://gracecafepodcast.com and it will take you to our new podcast website. The existing website will be going away soon, so please visit the new site at https://gracecafepodcast.com and subscribe to receive email notifications of new episodes if that is how you prefer to listen. If you listen on a podcast app instead of a web browser, you don't need to do anything. You'll still be notified of new episodes in your app and all of the archived episodes are still available on your app and on the new web site. The Grace Cafe Blog is now called The Grace Cafe Journal and you'll see the link to it on the new podcast site. See you again in September! -Mike
Welcome to episode 63 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. This episode is a conversation that Susan and I had with J.D. Zomer of the Jesus Unfiltered Podcast. We came away from this podcast so encouraged by our conversation and we think you will be too. J.D. not only hosts the Jesus Unfiltered podcast but he also facilitates Religion Free Ministry in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and he shared some of the current and future details of what's going on there. J.D. introduced us to Religion-Free Movement, an ever-increasing group of people who are finding authentic community in an environment unencumbered by institutional trappings. Religion-Free Movement is scheduled to launch in 2020. We hope you enjoy our conversation. You can find J.D. online at: Religion Free Ministry The Jesus Unfiltered Podcast Susan and I were recently interviewed by J.D. on the Jesus Unfiltered podcast. You can listen to that episode HERE. Please note, Susan and I are taking a much needed break from our microphones for the summer to get re-charged and refreshed. The Grace Cafe Podcast will return in September. We hope you all have a great summer and we're grateful for each of you.  See you in September!  
Welcome to episode 62 of the Grace Cafe Podcast. Let's talk about identity theft. Not the kind we hear about in the media where our credit cards and personal information get stolen, but another kind of identity theft. Let's talk about who we are in Jesus and what happens when someone (or even ourselves) steals that from us. Let's talk about what happens when we forget our identity in Jesus and all that is ours in him and we look instead to our own failed performance and start to believe that's what define us. We also spend a few minutes in Hebrews chapter 6 to remind ourselves of the certainty of the gospel and how our hope is anchored in God himself who cannot lie. Enjoy!
Why We Podcast

Why We Podcast

2019-06-2700:40:13

Welcome to episode 61 of The Grace Cafe Podcast! We were in a recent conversation with someone who asked us why we podcast, what our goals are in this podcast, and what the future of The Grace Cafe Podcast looks like. This generated some good conversation between the two of us and we wanted to share those thoughts with you in this episode. Along the way, we touch on other topics like: Community and freedom. How religion damages us and our children. Complimentarianism and patriarchy. Painful endings and new beginnings. Abba/Father. What is covertly caught vs. what is overtly taught. Shame regarding spiritual abuse and mental illness. Community and freedom don't look like religion tells us it does. Anxiety and authenticity. Anger and grief. Religion doesn't let you ask honest questions. The degradation of women in the church and how we silence half the church. Here's the link to Susan's blog about damaged children who grew up in evangelicalism and the purity culture that we talked about in this episode. Please read this. Surveying the Carnage Enjoy!
On The Road (Again!)

On The Road (Again!)

2019-06-1400:33:44

Welcome to episode 60 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. We're finally back in the podcast booth following our most recent road trip and recovering from a fresh bout with sickness. We recap some of our trip and a couple of conversations we had along the way. We also broach these new topics: The Brene Brown Netflix Special. Fear and engineering smallness. Be careful quoting church fathers (we don't need another hero). Hebrews 3 and an introduction to Moses. And more! Push play and give it a listen! Slide over to iTunes and leave us a review. 
Coffee Shop Encounter

Coffee Shop Encounter

2019-06-0601:05:40

Welcome to episode 59 of the Grace Cafe Podcast! After a 3-week road trip to see family and friends, followed by sickness, we're slowly climbing back into the podcast saddle. This is one of our favorite episodes from our old Known & Loved Podcast. It's a conversation from a couple of years ago with our friends Greg and Kim about our coffee shop encounter that happened in June of 2015. We've known Greg and Kim for close to 30 years but hadn't seen them for years until our random coffee shop encounter on that June day. Little did any of us know the similarities in our stories that would surface that day as we began to talk. Here's the full story.... Enjoy!
Chattanooga Chat

Chattanooga Chat

2019-05-1901:15:02

Welcome to episode 58 of The Grace Cafe Podcast! I (Mike) managed to finish editing this episode which is a conversation with two of our friends who live in Chattanooga Tennessee, USA. We hadn't enjoyed a face-to-face conversation with Chris Stapleton (not the country musician) and Josh Scott (he's not a country musician either) in about a year, so we got them on the line and recorded it. Yes, they knew we were recording it. Our conversation went all over the place so I'm just calling this episode Chattanooga Chat. Because self-control seemed to go out the window, we're rating this episode E, as in not for everyone. Grab your favorite beverage, pull up your favorite chair, and be encouraged!
Welcome to episode 57 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Jesus is better. That's the theme we see in the New Testament letter to the Hebrews. As the writer of this amazing letter writes to his Jewish friends who were born and raised under the Old Covenant, his purpose is to show them that Jesus is the New Covenant fulfillment of all that the Old Covenant only pictured. Jesus is a better priest with a better sacrifice with a better covenant built on better promises. In short, Jesus is better. In this episode, we crack open the Book of Hebrews and begin looking at it from the perspective of its original recipients, Jews born under the Old Covenant and committed to the Law of Moses, who had heard about Jesus and the gospel, but were undecided concerning the veracity of what they were hearing. This letter to the Hebrews is the most thorough letter in the New Testament explaining the details of the Old Covenant and its Law and showing their complete fulfillment in Jesus. It is finished and Jesus is better. Enjoy!
Undiluted Grace

Undiluted Grace

2019-04-2100:33:00

Welcome to episode 56 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Our freeform conversation in this episode goes all over the place. We just grabbed the mics and started talking. Here's a few of the topics that came up as we talked: We've been made obedient from the heart. Did Paul preach law and gospel? The Law increases law-breaking. God did for us what the law couldn't do. Were non-Jews ever under the Law? Is anyone under the law today? Does the new heart mean you can now keep the law? Is Jesus a new lawgiver with a new law? In Adam, all die. In Christ, we're made alive. Faith expresses itself in love. Thomas Aquinas' view of women typifies so much of church history.  Here's the links to the 2 books we talk about in this episode: A Church Building Every 1/2 Mile: What Makes American Christianity Tick? No Will Of My Own: How Patriarchy Smothers Female Dignity & Personhood We also give a shoutout to Mike's new podcast, The UnSunday Show. The UnSunday Show is up and running and is a podcast where Mike explores in more detail, our journey out of institutional religion. Visit The UnSunday Show and subscribe in Apple Podcasts or in your favorite podcast app. A personal note: with summer upon us, we may be unable to drop new episodes every week as we do now. But we're still here and will drop new episodes at every opportunity. Tell a friend about us! -Enjoy!
Finding Rest in Grace Alone

Finding Rest in Grace Alone

2019-04-1400:25:04

Welcome to episode 55 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. This episode is a continuation of sorts of our last two episodes as we continue to talk about the impact of forgetting our identity when it comes to theological talking points like perseverance, suicide, and calling unclean that which God has cleansed. What is perseverance and if a Christian commits suicide, were they really a believer? Is it up to me to get myself safely into heaven by working hard to keep God's favor? Does persevering to the end mean I'm sweating for Jesus more and more in order to win the prize of eternal life? Can anything separate us from the love of God in Christ? Will Jesus ever abandon us, even in our darkest hour? Is his grace sufficient in bringing me safely into his kingdom or am I responsible to work with God in getting myself there? Let's talk about it....
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