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<__truncato_root__>Did you know that at least 3 times in the Old Testament book of Joshua, we're told that under Joshua's leadership, the Israelites rested in the Promised Land? But when we come to the New Testament letter to the Hebrews, we're told he didn't give them rest. So what gives? Why does Joshua tell us they experienced rest but Hebrews tells us they didn't, but that the promise of rest is still pending?  Let's see if we can't untangle that a little bit in this episode.Links I mention in this episode:A shout out to Tyler, Uriah, and Hector at The Gospel Perspective Podcast. They interviewed me a while back in my excitement to unpack my recording gear a couple of episodes ago, I forgot to mention it. Shame on me! i had a great time with them! Check out the link or subscribe in your favorite podcast app.The UnSunday Show website is moving! Yes, before long the current UnSunday Show website is moving to this one: https://unsunday.buzzsprout.com/. You can bookmark it now or wait a week until unsunday.com points to it. It's part of some downsizing I desperately need to do.Facebook:Facebook has announced that they will no longer be supporting podcast pages, beginning in June. In light of that, I will be shutting down the UnSunday Show Facebook page in the very near future. Other Places You’ll Find MeTikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@unsunday.mike Instagram https://www.instagram.com/unsundayshow/ YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClJ1lcYOVaKXaj55kMp-g6Q Music: Podcast Corporate, JD-SoundLicensed for use via Audio Jungle andEnvato Pty, Ltd.-Enjoy!
The New Covenant, the cross, Jesus, church, grace, faith, a believer's identity, false ideas about the Bible and God's view of us, Matt's new podcast and YouTube channel, and Matt's story are some of the topics Matt and I talk about in this episode. This episode is packed with content that I hope encourages you and challenges you as Matt and I explore these topics that are so foundational to knowing who we are in Jesus and what we've been freely given. So grab your favorite beverage, get comfortable, and listen in.Links Mentioned in This Episode:Clash of the Covenants; Escaping Religious Bondage Through the Grace Guarantee, by Michael C. Kapler.  https://amzn.to/39mfWdb Matt McMillen's Homepage: https://mattmcmillenministries.com/Walk Talks With Matt McMillen: Can be found on your favorite podcast app.Matt McMillen's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/MattMcMillenMinistriesOther Places You’ll Find MeTikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@unsunday.mike Instagram https://www.instagram.com/unsundayshow/ YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClJ1lcYOVaKXaj55kMp-g6Q Music: Podcast Corporate, JD-SoundLicensed for use via Audio Jungle andEnvato Pty, Ltd.
A friend reached out to me recently asking about what's commonly called once saved, always saved. The mixed messages we hear in institutional religious settings can cast doubt on the sufficiency of Christ's once-for-all-time sacrifice for sins and the permanence of our salvation. In my experience, religion does this in two primary ways:By making performance-based Christianity the litmus test for spirituality.By convincing its followers that sin or failure to conform to the institution's rules can actually cause us to fall from grace and lose our salvation.Both of these are dangerous fallacies designed to keep us dependent upon religion while doubting the sufficiency of Jesus' death on the cross.Let's talk...---Other Places You’ll Find MeTikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@unsunday.mike Instagram https://www.instagram.com/unsundayshow/ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/UnSundayShow YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClJ1lcYOVaKXaj55kMp-g6Q ---Music: Podcast Corporate, JD-SoundLicensed for use via Audio Jungle andEnvato Pty, Ltd.
This episode is the last of five episodes exploring William Tyndale’s use of five words in his translation of the Greek New Testament into English, that resulted in his death at the hands of church leaders. In this series I’ve been concentrating more on the meaning of the words and their intent, than I have been about the religious climate of the day. The five words are:Elder instead of PriestCongregation instead of ChurchRepent instead of Do PenanceAcknowledge instead of ConfessLove instead of Acts of CharityTyndale (1494-1536) was killed for refusing to translate these five words the way the church wanted them translated. His refusal to conform to the institutional church’s directives, resulted in his death by strangulation, followed by his body being burned. In this episode, we look at his choice of the word love instead of acts of charity.The book I recommend in this series – William Tyndale: A Biography, by David Daniell. https://amzn.to/3BhYMr1 Follow the UnSunday ShowThe UnSunday Show is available on any podcast app or on the web at:UnSunday.comOther Places You’ll Find MeTikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@unsunday.mike Instagram https://www.instagram.com/unsundayshow/ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/UnSundayShow YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClJ1lcYOVaKXaj55kMp-g6Q Music: Podcast Corporate, JD-Sound Licensed for use via Audio Jungle and Envato Pty, Ltd.
This episode is the fourth of five episodes exploring William Tyndale’s use of five words in his translation of the Greek New Testament into English, that resulted in his death at the hands of church leaders. In this series I’m concentrating more on the meaning of the words and their intent, than I am about the religious climate of the day. The five words are:Elder instead of PriestCongregation instead of ChurchRepent instead of Do PenanceAcknowledge instead of ConfessLove instead of Acts of CharityTyndale (1494-1536) was killed for refusing to translate these five words the way the church wanted them translated. His refusal to conform to the institutional church’s directives, resulted in his death by strangulation, followed by his body being burned. In this episode, we look at his choice of the word repent instead of doing penance.The book I recommend in this series – William Tyndale: A Biography, by David Daniell. https://amzn.to/3BhYMr1 Follow the UnSunday ShowThe UnSunday Show is available on any podcast app or on the web at:UnSunday.comOther Places You’ll Find MeTikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@unsunday.mike Instagram https://www.instagram.com/unsundayshow/ YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClJ1lcYOVaKXaj55kMp-g6Q Music: Podcast Corporate, JD-Sound Licensed for use via Audio Jungle and Envato Pty, Ltd.
This episode is the third of five episodes exploring William Tyndale’s use of five words in his translation of the Greek New Testament into English, that resulted in his death at the hands of church leaders. In this series I’m concentrating more on the meaning of the words and their intent, than I am about the religious climate of the day. The five words are:Elder instead of PriestCongregation instead of ChurchRepent instead of Do PenanceAcknowledge instead of ConfessLove instead of Acts of CharityTyndale (1494-1536) was killed for refusing to translate these five words the way the church wanted them translated. His refusal to conform to the institutional church’s directives, resulted in his death by strangulation, followed by his body being burned. In this episode, we look at his choice of the word repent instead of doing penance.The book I recommend in this series – William Tyndale: A Biography, by David Daniell. https://amzn.to/3BhYMr1 Follow the UnSunday ShowThe UnSunday Show is available on any podcast app or on the web at:UnSunday.comOther Places You’ll Find MeTikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@unsunday.mike Instagram https://www.instagram.com/unsundayshow/ YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClJ1lcYOVaKXaj55kMp-g6Q Music: Podcast Corporate, JD-Sound Licensed for use via Audio Jungle and Envato Pty, Ltd.
This episode is the second of five episodes exploring William Tyndale’s use of five words in his translation of the Greek New Testament into English, that resulted in his death at the hands of church leaders. In this series I'm concentrating more on the meaning of the words and their intent, than I am about the religious climate of the day. The five words are:Elder instead of PriestCongregation instead of ChurchRepent instead of Do PenanceAcknowledge instead of ConfessLove instead of Acts of CharityTyndale (1494-1536) was killed for refusing to translate these five words the way the church wanted them translated. His refusal to conform to the institutional church’s directives, resulted in his death by strangulation, followed by his body being burned. In this episode, we look at his choice of the word congregation instead of church, to describe the body of Christ.The book I recommend in this series – William Tyndale: A Biography, by David Daniell. https://amzn.to/3BhYMr1 Follow the UnSunday ShowThe UnSunday Show is available on any podcast app or on the web at:UnSunday.comOther Places You’ll Find MeTikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@unsunday.mike Instagram https://www.instagram.com/unsundayshow/ YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClJ1lcYOVaKXaj55kMp-g6Q Music: Podcast Corporate, JD-Sound Licensed for use via Audio Jungle and Envato Pty, Ltd.
This episode is the first of five episodes exploring William Tyndale's use of five words in his translation of the Greek New Testament into English, that resulted in his death at the hands of church leaders. The five words are: Elder instead of PriestCongregation instead of ChurchRepent instead of Do PenanceAcknowledge instead of ConfessLove instead of Acts of CharityTyndale (1494-1536) was murdered by church officials for refusing to translate these five words the way the church wanted them translated. His refusal to conform to the institutional church's directives, resulted in his death by strangulation, followed by his body being burned. In this episode, we look at his choice of the word Elder as opposed to Priest.The book I recommend in this series - William Tyndale: A Biography, by David Daniell. https://amzn.to/3BhYMr1 Follow the UnSunday ShowThe UnSunday Show is available on any podcast app or on the web at:UnSunday.comOther Places You'll Find MeTikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@unsunday.mike Instagram https://www.instagram.com/unsundayshow/ YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClJ1lcYOVaKXaj55kMp-g6Q Music: Podcast Corporate, JD-Sound Licensed for use via Audio Jungle and Envato Pty, Ltd.
How did we get to where we are today in an institutional church culture so firmly planted in the centrality of the pastor? This episode is a look at a few key moments in the history of institutional Christianity that have brought us to where we are today - into a church culture of top-down authority where the pastor has been handed all authority and cannot be questioned.Links I mention:UnSunday Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unsundayshow/ UnSunday TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@unsunday.mike UnSunday Twitter: https://twitter.com/unsundayshow UnSunday Home: https://unsunday.com -Enjoy!
Greetings everyone! This last-day-of-2021 episode is an unscripted rambling by yours truly about the dawn of a new year, what is ours in the New Covenant, the importance of having an Old Covenant/New Covenant distinction when reading Scripture, and how much gospel is actually in the gospels? Push Play to join in!Links I mention in this episode:My Interview on The Resolute Warrior podcast: https://bit.ly/3g7IJ5C The UnSunday Show on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@unsunday.mike? The UnSunday Show on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unsundayshow/ The UnSunday on Facebook Podcasts (Best Viewed on Mobile Devices): https://www.facebook.com/UnSundayShow/ The Growing in Grace Podcast: https://www.growingingrace.org/ Book to Recommend: Clash of the Covenants: Escaping Religious Bondage Through The Grace Guarantee by Michael C. KaplerHappy New Year! I wish you and yours all the best in 2022!Mike 
My wife Susan joined me on this episode as we delved into our thoughts together about institutional Christianity and institutional religion and the effects and impact it leaves on people. Our view of institutional Christianity isn't neutral. Our view of God is directly impacted by our view of institutional Christianity in so many ways. This conversation explores some of the ways this happens, whether overtly, or covertly.  -Enjoy!
This is the concluding part of what I introduced last week concerning how modern institutional religion requires pastors to be something we don't see in the New Covenant scriptures. Church tradition tells us that Timothy was a pastor, carrying out the duties we see modern institutional church pastors doing. They insist that Paul's directive to Timothy to "preach the word" is one indication that Timothy was a pastor, meaning that like modern institutional religion, Timothy got behind a pulpit week after week and did expository, verse-by-verse preaching of the Bible.But is that what Paul meant when he penned those words to Timothy or is this another instance of us imposing our modern church practices back onto what we read in scripture in order to justify what we do? Was Timothy a pastor? Let's talk about it.
I received a note from David, one of the listeners to this podcast, who asked for my take on Timothy as a pastor and how the function of modern church pastors differs from the function of their New Testament counterparts. I flipped the order of this to talk about the differences first and then next week, I'll be taking a look at Timothy while continuing to build on the differences. Comparing the differences between how modern institutional church pastors function and the function of pastors in the New Testament is like comparing apples to oranges. One of these is not like the other. So let's talk about it.
Let's talk about institutional church and the ekklesia because one of these is not like the other. Did you know Jesus never used the word church? And yet the word church is all over our New Testaments. How did it get there and what does it imply? This episode is a bit of a rant as I talk about a couple of differences between church and the body of Christ, the ekklesia. -Enjoy!
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. Let's talk. 
Let's continue talking about pulpits and institutional religion's obsession with the pulpit and how it's been elevated to such a place of prominence in institutional Christianity. Charles Spurgeon said this concerning pulpits:"The moment the church of God shall despise the pulpit, God will despise her."This quote is one example of several that I share in this episode to show how the system of religion has elevated the pulpit, and the person behind it to a harmful status at the expense of a healthy functioning of spiritual gifts by every member of the body of Christ. In the process we're left with a crippling view of the body of Christ.Let's talk...
This is part one of two on the subject of pulpits and institutional religion's requirement of keeping the pulpit at the center of its Sunday events. I have a lot to say about this but my laptop battery ran down as I was recording this and I wasn't near my charger, so I stopped where I was, making this part one of two. Part Two will drop next week.
Let's talk about some of the pitfalls of professionalizing Christianity and relegating our time together to the professionals we've hired in our institutions and relying on them to do what all of us should be doing. The body of Christ suffers in this scenario because it's impossible for every member to function and exercise their spiritual gifts. It also assumes one person in the assembly is more qualified to participate than the others and it creates a false level of separation in the body of Christ we call clergy/laity.
Agenda-Driven Groups

Agenda-Driven Groups

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Let's talk about how institutional religion often uses the small group setting as another way to promote itself by making the group agenda-driven and insisting that the agenda remains at the heart of the group. Whether it's to review Sunday's sermon, have an institutionally-sanctioned Bible study or book study, or to discuss the institution's doctrinal statement, institutionally-imposed rules governing our time together are at the heart of the group meeting. Getting to that agenda each week is the real reason we're allowed to meet and everything else that happens during our time together is an add-on. The simplicity of just living life together and enjoying it, gets lost in this kind of environment. Let's talk...
Let's talk about spiritual disciplines. Spiritual disciplines are a group of activities that vary from group to group or church to church, that we're told we need to be doing to ensure spiritual maturity. It's an activity list of things like reading your Bible, prayer, giving, sharing your faith, etc. that institutional environments use as a vehicle for tracking accountability and compliance to preset standards of behavior.In this episode I interact a little with this article:12 Spiritual Disciplines That Will Make Your Faith StrongLet's talk...
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