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Feb. 4, 2023

How Has Pastor-Centrality Crippled the Body of Christ?

What has centuries of pastor-centered practices done to the body of Christ? Why is the institutional church so pastor-centered? How has pastor-centrality contributed to the crippling of the body of Christ? Do pastor-centered ...

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Jan. 24, 2023

Modern-Day Judaizers, Law/Gospel, and How to Fall From Grace

the Judaizers in Paul's day insisted that the Old Covenant law of Moses had to be obeyed in addition to faith in Jesus. They mixed law with gospel. Unfortunately, there are modern-day Judaizers who do the same thing to varyin...

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Jan. 17, 2023

What is Spiritual Growth?

What is spiritual growth? What does that term mean? More often than not, it's a term that gets weaponized to force conformity to a preset standard of rules or activities. But is there such a thing as spiritual growth in …

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Jan. 10, 2023

Religion and Rest Are Incompatible

Religion diminishes who we are in Jesus by adding layers of obligations on top of the finished work of Jesus on the cross and in his resurrection. There is no rest in religion but in Jesus, rest is part of …

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Sept. 11, 2022

Five Regrets of a Former Pastor's Wife

My wife Susan joins me in this episode to talk about five regrets of a former pastor's wife. These speak to the damage done as a direct result of having spent years in institutional church leadership. Grab your favorite bever...

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Sept. 9, 2022

The UnSunday Show Website Makeover

The UnSunday Show podcast website has received a major makeover and there are new features and tools there now that make it easier for us to communicate. Among the new tools, there's now a voice mail feature that enables you …

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Aug. 8, 2022

A Militarized Faith

This episode sprang from a conversation Susan and I had about the impact Christian nationalism has had on the body of Christ throughout its history. The use of military jargon within institutional religion has given us a mili...

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July 28, 2022

Justification by Faith or Works: Did James and Paul Disagree?

James: "You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone." ( James 2:24 ) Paul: "For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law." ( Romans 3:28 ) Mike …

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July 4, 2022

Announcement: The UnSunday Blog

I lost all my drive and passion to write following my crash and burn in 2009. As a pastor who spent years in performance-based Christianity, I hit a wall of performance in 2009 and I went from full-on to full-stop …

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June 26, 2022

Bringing Moses Into The New Covenant: Additional Thoughts On The Law …

In this episode I talk through some additional thoughts and recap some topics from last week's episode with Joel Brueseke on the law abolished. In addition to what I talk about in this episode, my biggest question concerning ...

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June 19, 2022

The Law: Fulfilled and Abolished

Joel Brueseke of the Growing in Crace Podcast joins me in this episode for a conversation about the Law of Moses, as we explore the important question, "Has the Law of Moses been abolished in addition to being fulfilled?". Wh...

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June 6, 2022

Teaching as Commands, The Traditions of Men

If there's one thing reading church history has shown me, it's that we're swimming (or drowning) in 2,000+ years of religious traditions that we've been told are a necessary to stay in a good place or in good standing with …

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May 15, 2022

If Joshua Had Given Them Rest...

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, …

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May 1, 2022

My Conversation With Matt McMillen

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 tal...

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April 20, 2022

Once Saved Always Saved and Falling From Grace

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 ...

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March 13, 2022

Five Words That Drove The Church to Kill William Tyndale, Pt 5: Love,…

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’v...

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March 6, 2022

Five Words That Drove The Church to Kill William Tyndale, Pt 4: Ackno…

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...

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Feb. 27, 2022

Five Words That Drove The Church to Kill William Tyndale, Pt 3: Repen…

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’...

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Feb. 20, 2022

Five Words That Drove The Church to Kill William Tyndale, Pt 2: Congr…

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...

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Feb. 13, 2022

Five Words That Drove The Church to Kill William Tyndale, Pt 1: Elder…

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 ar...

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Jan. 16, 2022

The Long and Winding Road of Institutional Christianity

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 …

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Dec. 31, 2021

The New Covenant Starting Point and The Four Biographies

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...

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Dec. 20, 2021

An Open Conversation About Institutional Christianity

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 Christianit...

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Sept. 19, 2021

Preach the Word: Was Timothy a Pastor?

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 ...

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