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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Sept. 13, 2021

Institutional Church Pastors and Their New Testament Counterparts

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. …

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Sept. 6, 2021

Church and Ekklesia: One of These Is Not Like The Other

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 …

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Aug. 25, 2021

The Obedience of Faith: Why You Measure Up Regardless of Your Perform…

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 t...

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July 25, 2021

Religion's Priority of the Pulpit - Part 2

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...

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July 18, 2021

Religion's Priority of the Pulpit - Part 1

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 …

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July 11, 2021

The Pitfalls of Professional Christianity

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 ...

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July 4, 2021

Agenda-Driven Groups

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 t...

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June 27, 2021

Spiritual Disciplines: Flexing For God

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 lis...

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June 20, 2021

Whose Faith Is It?

Let's talk about faith. In the letter to the Hebrews we're told that without faith it's impossible to please [God]. That sounds a little daunting. Does that mean I'm responsible to fabricate a certain amount of faith every da...

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June 7, 2021

Institutional Religion's Shady Past

Let's take a few minutes to talk about institutional religion's shady past. This is in response to a comment someone left back in episode 46 (Who Has Bewitched You?) that deserves some attention. The comment was actually in t...

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May 29, 2021

Have We Forsaken The Assembling of Ourselves Together? A Second Glanc…

Let's talk about Hebrews 10:25. I don't know about you but in my experience, this verse has been used over and over again as a proof text to convince me that leaving institutional religion was more than just a bad …

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May 23, 2021

Relaunch, Pt. 2: Who Has Bewitched You?

In Galatians 3:1 Paul asked the Galatian believers, "Who has bewitched you?" This bewitching was a result of the Galatian's mixing of New Covenant grace with Old Covenant law. Or as Paul put it, "Having begun in the Spirit, a...

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May 16, 2021

Relaunch, Pt 1: Religious Obligation Isn't Based on Faith

This is part one of a two-part relaunch of the show. In this episode I talk about religion's failure to deliver and how our systems of religion diminish who we are in Jesus. Add to that, a misunderstanding of how …

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April 30, 2021

Relaunch of the UnSunday Show

I'm checking in with you on this episode to let you know I'm still here and that the UnSunday Show is going to get a facelift soon. These last few months have kept me busy with things like launching a …

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Oct. 17, 2020

Morning Coffee #4: Is the System of Church a Help or a Hindrance?

In this episode, I explore the question, Is the system of institutional church a help or a hindrance to the body of Christ and the exercising of spiritual gifts? This episode is also available in video format on the UnSunday …

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Oct. 11, 2020

Morning Coffee #3: Did Jesus Say Church is Indestructible?

Welcome to another edition of Morning Coffee on The UnSunday Show. Today, let's talk about some important distinctions between the system we call church and Christ's ekklesia . Jesus never said the system we call church would...

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Sept. 24, 2020

Morning Coffee #2: What Is A Pastor?

Welcome to our second Morning Coffee together. Let's start a discussion about pastors and ask the question, what is a pastor? This is going to ultimately open up a plethora of related subjects on the topic which can serve as …

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Sept. 21, 2020

Morning Coffee #1: Is The Body of Christ an Institution?

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 ...

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Aug. 23, 2020

Is Church Discipline a New Covenant Practice? (Part 2)

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 …

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Aug. 16, 2020

Is Church Discipline a New Covenant Practice?

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 …

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May 28, 2020

Did God Abandon Jesus at the Cross?

"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 …

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May 19, 2020

Is There a Tithe in the New Covenant?

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 …

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March 29, 2020

What The Law Couldn't Do, God Did

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 …

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