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Author: Mike Adams

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Discovering a more authentic expression of life in Christ, apart from institutional religion. This podcast asks honest questions about the origin and validity of institutional church practices.
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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...
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 31 of The UnSunday Show. Mike received an invitation in the mail to spend a weekend listening to someone do expository preaching. Needless to say, this set off a few triggers in light of Mike's background. Add to that the fact that the picture on the invitation reminded both Mike & Mac of someone power posturing over others in the church. Mike & Mac talk about it in this episode. of The UnSunday Show. Grab your favorite beverage and listen in.
The wisdom of man and the wisdom of God, putting our confidence in people, organizations, and institutions instead of in God, and remembering what is already ours in Jesus, apart from religion or knowledge are a few of the topics Mike and Mac tackle in this episode. Along the way, you'll gain some valuable insight on coconut cake and Jesus' favorite color. Push Play and listen in. Be sure to subscribe and share The UnSunday Show with your friends.
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 28 of The UnSunday Show. At its core, The UnSunday Show is a podcast about the system we call church. To a very large extent, this system has come to us via church history, religious tradition, and theological distinction, not from the New Testament. Mike talks about that system we've inherited in this episode. He also makes an exciting announcement about the future of The UnSunday Show. Push Play and join the conversation.
Welcome to episode 27 of The UnSunday Show podcast. Way back in episode 9 we talked about 1 John 1:9 and what John meant when he said if we confess our sins [God] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. We concluded that John was targeting unbelievers within the group - those who were sin deniers and outside of the family of faith. But what about those of us who believer? What if we sin? Have we lost fellowship with God? John addressed that in chapter 2 of the same letter.  In this episode, I am bringing over a recent episode of my Grace Grace Cafe Podcast where I talked about that topic. It's in chapter 2 of 1 John, not chapter 1 where John addresses the topic of believers when we sin and he doesn't tell us to confess our sins over and over but to remember what is already ours in Jesus, total forgiveness of all of our sins, past, present, and future. Now that's good news! Grab your favorite beverage and push Play.
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...
Welcome to episode 25 of the UnSunday Show. Let's talk about your options when living in a Christian sacral society where conformity to the church's rules is required on the threat of punishment and death for non-compliance. Such was the environment the Anabaptists found themselves in as the Reformation progressed. Like their Roman Catholic counterparts, the church the Reformers created had the power of the State behind it, along with the full weight of the military to enforce the church's top-down rule. "Jesus was not killed by atheism and anarchy. He was brought down by law and order allied with religion - which is always a deadly mix. Beware those who claim to know the will of God and are prepared to use force, if necessary, to make others conform." - Barbara Brown Taylor Let's talk about it...
Welcome to episode 24 of The UnSunday Show. Since I've been absent for a while, I thought it would be a good idea to have a short refresher on some of the topics I've talked about in the past before moving on. In this episode I ask the question, "Who put pastors in charge?" How did we get so pastor-centric and pastor-dependent? Let's talk about it...
Welcome to episode 23 of The UnSunday Show. In this episode, I turn our conversation to how church became church by introducing Constantinianism and how through the Roman Emperor Constantine and his impact on Christianity as the official religion of Rome essentially moved the church from being one segment of society, where personal faith determined membership, to being all of society where personal faith fell by the wayside and membership included everyone in a geographical region as evidenced by infant baptism. Under Constantine, the church became a "Christian Sacralist" State where the church and State were one and the church now wielded the sword of the State to coerce conformity to the new State religion.
Welcome to episode 22 of The UnSunday Show. This episode is a short return to the topic of how we view church informs our view of other things. In this case, the gospel. I wanted to mention a couple of things that I didn't get to in episodes 19 and 20 and present them to you as an addendum of what Greg and I talked about in those episodes. Thanks to all of you who have reached out to me. It's always good to hear from you.
Welcome to The UnSunday Show. We turn 21 today with this, our 21st episode! That means were legal in all 50 States and around the globe. Partay! As most of you know, I co-host another podcast called The Grace Cafe Podcast with my wife. We recently interviewed J.D. Zomer from The Jesus Unfiltered Podcast and I asked J.D. if I could post that conversation here as well because while there is some overlap, this podcast reaches a slightly different group of people and I want them to hear it as well. Our conversation covered things like the Holy Spirit and Craig's List, J.D.'s Religion Free Ministry in the Dallas area, the Jesus Unfiltered Podcast, and the soon-to-be-launched Religion Free Movement. Religion Free Movement is something you're going to want to hear about and I'll let J.D. explain it in his own words. Enjoy!
Welcome to episode 20 of the UnSunday Show. This episode is a continuation of my conversation with Greg McInturff from the previous episode as we continue our dialog regarding ways our view of church informs our view of what God is like, either good or bad. In this second part, we talk specifically about the downsides of formal church membership and Bible verses that get taken out of context and used to guilt us into staying in an institutional environment when the Lord may be leading us out of that setting. Grab your favorite beverage and listen in!
Welcome to episode 19 of the UnSunday Show. My friend Greg McInturff joins me in these next two episodes as we talk about how our view of church informs and/or mis-informs our view of God. Now that I'm a Christian, is God really satisfied with me? Am I enough? Am I doing enough? Should I be doing more and giving more? Is God watching and waiting for me to mess up? Often, the moralistic messages we hear from pulpits weigh us down and make us feel condemned or ashamed because they are heavy on performance and light on grace. We hear a lot about our failures but little to nothing about our identity in Jesus. Institutional religion is performance based and employs the tools of guilt, shame, and condemnation to keep us on a performance treadmill in order to ensure the longevity of the institution. Many have had enough of this kind of system and are walking away from the institutional church in search of a more authentic experience and have come to realize that this type of performance based Christianity has given us a wrong view of what God is like. Join Greg and I in part 1 of this topic as we begin a discussion about how church informs our view of God, either for good, or for bad. Enjoy!
Welcome to episode 18 of The UnSunday Show. This episode is a conversation I had earlier today with my friend, Bonnie Petroschuk about her recent journey out of the institutional church and into Ekklesia. In her own words, Bonnie was known as "Mrs. Church" and was shocked by her own journey as she began to see and understand the significant differences between the two and realized she could no longer stay in the institutional system. I think you'll be encouraged by Bonnie's story and parts of it will be like your own. You'll find Bonnie's blog at: http://goodnewsofgodsgrace.blogspot.com/ We also talked about, and I recommend: The Growing in Grace Podcast Clash of the Covenants: Escaping Religious Bondage Through the Grace Guarantee, by Michael C. Kapler Enjoy!
Welcome to episode 17 of The UnSunday Show. I've listened to two different podcasts over the last couple of weeks that asked the question, "Can fallen pastors be restored?" One was from a former mega-church pastor who had an emotional affair with someone and in the process of working through that, several people surfaced with other charges of arrogance and pride that led to his being removed from that position. The second was an interview with a former pastor who admitted to having an affair and both podcasts were asking the same question, can a fallen pastor be restored? I believe this question is symptomatic of a larger problem that plagues most institutional churches in the west. It assumes there is a valid top-down position of authority in the Ekklesia and in both of these podcasts, restoration meant climbing back into a role of being in charge. It's another indication that Christ's words, "it shall not be so among you" with regards to top-down authority in the church he's building, have become meaningless to us. I also continue my interaction with Jon Zens' book, A Church Building Every 1/2 Mile: What Makes American Christianity Tick? Here are a couple links to my articles I reference in this episode. Why Is There a Pulpit? The Pastor-Driven Church Let's talk about it...
Welcome to episode 16 of The UnSunday Show! I'm taking a short break in this episode from my interaction with Jon Zen's book because I'm recovering from pneumonia and I don't have much of a voice right now. So instead, I'm bringing over one last episode from my old Ekklesia Podcast and I'm calling it Bringing Moses To Church, because I think that's what we do and in so doing, we cause a lot of confusion about how God views us, where we stand with God in any given moment, and how we view God. In this episode I touch on some foundational topics like: Christ's ekklesia (or church) never existed historically until Acts 2.  Why does God look so different in the Old Testament? The Old Covenant pointed to the New Covenant. The Old and New Covenants cannot be mixed. They are incompatible with one another. The New Covenant has made the Old Covenant obsolete. Stop bringing Moses to church! The Old Covenant was temporary and historically time-bound. The Old Covenant produced a physical people where only some within it knew the Lord. The New Covenant produces a spiritual people where everyone in it knows the Lord. To be in Christ is to be in the New Covenant. -Enjoy!
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