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Best Gracecentered podcasts we could find (updated January 2020)
Best Gracecentered podcasts we could find
Updated January 2020
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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 91 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. This episode is an energized conversation with Matt McMillen about the New Covenant and our identity in Jesus. God's opinion of us is the first thing that gets obscured by organized religion. Here's a sample of where our conversation took us: The New Covenant and the gospel. Dealing with bitterness a…
 
"My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world." (1 John 2:1-2) Did you catch that? John, using a term of gentle affection (littl…
 
Happy New Year! Welcome to episode 89 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. In this episode we take a look back at our own journey over the past decade and our trek out of performance-based Christianity. It's been 10+ years of healing for us after having left the different religious environments in 2009 that we were a part of for many years. We know many of y…
 
Welcome to episode 88 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. In this episode, we catch you up on some of the things that have been going on with us personally, eventually landing on the topic of obedience. But along the way we talk about Christmas, Mike's skin cancer diagnosis (not the bad kind thankfully) and his experience under the doctor's knife, the futur…
 
Welcome to episode 87 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Sarah Knaub joins Susan in this episode as they talk about the church's dismissive view of women. This excellent conversation was prompted by John MacArthur's "go home" statement directed toward Beth Moore. Susan and Sarah's conversation is loaded with rich and important content. Roles, submission, s…
 
Welcome to episode 86 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. The phrase "the Word of God" appears several times in the New Testament. I had always heard and believed that "the Word of God' was a reference to the Bible. I assumed that the Bible is the Word of God and that the phrase "the Word of God" was another way of saying the Bible. When Paul told Timothy t…
 
Welcome to episode 85 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. We've had some recent conversations with others who've related their stories to us about how asking honest questions resulted in being shunned, shamed, and even asked to leave the group they were in. When our journeys take a turn away from performance and toward a more genuine experience with grace, …
 
Welcome to episode 84 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. When John wrote, "For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ" (John 1:17), was he giving us a formula to keep grace in check with truth? Does grace need balanced with truth in order to keep it manageable? Is truth somehow opposed to the free operation of Grace? I l…
 
Welcome to episode 83 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Fear and doubt. These are two emotions we can all relate to and we all experience to varying levels and at different times. In performance-based, top-down religious environments, fear and doubt are common byproducts because the spotlight is on our own failed performance. At the same time, fear and do…
 
Welcome to episode 82 of the Grace Cafe Podcast. In this edition of Take Five, Mike talks about taking up our cross and following Jesus. When Jesus said, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me" (Matthew 16:24) was he referring to a spiritual discipline that involves denying my own needs and bearing …
 
Welcome to episode 81 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Joel Brueseke joins us on this episode as we talk about what it means to be rooted and grounded in grace. Joel is co-host, along with Mike Kapler, of The Growing in Grace podcast and Joel also has a solo podcast and blog called Grace Roots. Our conversation took us into the many things that so easily…
 
Welcome to episode 80 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. In this edition of Take Five, let's talk about what is often referred to as spiritual disciplines. Specifically, the assumed discipline of dying daily. Paul told the Corinthians he died daily. I believe we have incorrectly inserted ourselves into that passage in an attempt to make dying daily a spiri…
 
Welcome to episode 79 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Let's talk about suffering. Our view of God will determine our view of suffering. Is God trying to teach me a lesson through suffering? If so, am I responsible to figure out what God is trying to teach me in my suffering? Am I suffering for Jesus enough? How does our theology impact our view of, and …
 
Welcome to episode 78 of the Grace Cafe Podcast and this edition of Take Five. Let's talk about how to have a Jesus-lite theology of the New Covenant and the dark side of making the New Covenant more about our performance than Jesus' shed blood. This episode is based on a blog post I wrote by the same title. For your convenience, here's a link to t…
 
Welcome to episode 77 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. This episode is a recent conversation we had with Pooja Chilukuri. Pooja was born and raised in India and now resides in the U.S. She reached out to us several weeks ago and told us a little bit of her story and pointed us to her book, And Then There Was Jesus, which chronicles her journey out of Hin…
 
Welcome to episode 76 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Susan takes the mic again in this edition of Take Five to talk about loving those who are deconstructing and/or reconstructing their faith. This deconstruction/reconstruction is going on all around us. Susan speaks from her own experience with this reminder to stand down and love one another instead …
 
Welcome to episode 75 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. The New Covenant, which we enjoy living under, was first spoken to Abraham by way of promise and then confirmed to him by way of an oath (Hebrews 6:13-20). The writer of the letter to the Hebrews calls this promise and this oath, two unchangeable things. What makes them unchangeable is that God canno…
 
Welcome to episode 74 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Let's talk about performance-based Christianity in this edition of Take Five. Nothing will destroy you quicker than a view of God that sees him as never satisfied and always demanding more. But that's how performance-based Christianity views him whether we admit it or not. In performance based Christ…
 
Welcome to episode 73 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Let's talk about what happens when our personal preferences become hard and fast rules that we impose on others. Paul said that he wanted to know nothing among others except Jesus Christ and him crucified. But we get caught up in side issues like legalism, tribal doctrine, and religious tradition tha…
 
Welcome to episode 72 of The Grace Cafe Podcast! In this edition of Take Five, let's talk about the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has a bad reputation in many Christian circles. We've been told, and we tend to believe, that the Holy Spirit is policing our sin and policing our every move, anticipating our next failure and waiting in the wings to brin…
 
Welcome to episode 71 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Let's talk about rest. What does it mean to enter rest? In this episode we take a closer look at Hebrews 4:11-16 where the subject matter is resting with God. Rest under the Old Covenant was a foreign concept. The work was never done. There was no rest in the true sense of the word because the Law pr…
 
Welcome to episode 70 of The Grace Cafe Podcast! This 70th episode marks the 3rd episode of our new Take Five episodes. As if that weren't exciting enough on its own, this edition of Take Five is Susan's first! Listen in to this short episode as she talks about a topic close to her heart: mental health, depression, and suicide. Enjoy and be encoura…
 
Welcome to episode 69 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Let's talk about law-based Christianity and its affects. What happens when we become duty-focused and rules-based in our relationship with God? Some of the results are shame, self-loathing, and self-righteousness, where many eventually give up. We become judges of ourselves and others based on indivi…
 
Welcome to episode 68 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Let's take five and talk about Jesus. We hear messages of moral improvement, behavior modification, and moral progress all around us all the time. The message of progress has replaced the message of the gospel. We're told that God himself is measuring our progress and the more progress we make in doi…
 
Welcome to episode 67 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Our goal in this episode was to talk about Hebrews 2:14-18 and we eventually arrive there after a fuller conversation about our new identity in Jesus, the downside of moralistic religion and behavior modification, the positives of deconstruction and reconstruction, and getting stuck in bad religious …
 
Hello friends! We're starting something new at The Grace Cafe beginning with this episode. We're going to start publishing short episodes between the regular weekly episodes that Susan and I do and this episode is the first one of those. Our hope is that these short monologues will serve as a middle-of-the-week reminder of who you are in Jesus and …
 
Welcome to episode 65 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Let's talk about good works. It's a topic that's surrounded by a lot of misunderstanding and confusion. When Jesus was asked what needed to be done in order to do the works of God he replied, "This is the work of God, that you believe on the one he has sent." All these years later, we're still asking…
 
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 noti…
 
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 Da…
 
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 ha…
 
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 th…
 
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. B…
 
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 enc…
 
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…
 
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 o…
 
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 c…
 
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 …
 
Welcome to episode 54 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Guess who's back? Susan eases back into her podcast chair as her voice continues to slowly return. We revisit some of the topics that came up in the last episode that Susan wanted to talk about, now that her voice is starting to return. More specifically, God's words to Peter in Acts chapter 10 instr…
 
Welcome to episode 53 of The Grace Cafe Podcast! That pesky flu virus I told you about last week has exited our home but some of its side effects are lingering. Namely, Susan is still without a voice. There's a lot of whispering going on around here and note-writing on Susan's part. Needless to say, our conversations have been a little one-sided. B…
 
Hello friends and welcome to episode 52 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. The flu bug has hit our house pretty hard and we were unable to record a fresh episode for you so I (Mike) reached over to my recently launched UnSunday Show and grabbed an episode from there to share with you. This episode centers around formal church membership and asks some hones…
 
“While the church served its purpose, I probably was asleep for many years. And now I’m waking up to living.” -Allison Stanley Welcome to episode 51 of The Grace Cafe Podcast! Not to be confused with Area 51. Well, there may be a few similarities. This episode is a conversation between Susan and two of our friends, Allison Stanley and Nora Shaw. Al…
 
Welcome to episode 50 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. This episode captures Susan's conversation with her friend Nora Shaw. Nora talks of her journey into the freedom of the gospel and some of the ways organized religion inhibits that freedom. Religion forces us to fit in while never really belonging because we can't be our true selves there. The freedo…
 
Welcome to episode 49 of the Grace Cafe Podcast! Let's talk about picking up the pieces and rebuilding your life and identity following spiritual abuse. You've suffered such loss at the hands of an abuser, someone you trusted but who ended up weaponizing your story against you, resulting in so much loss. Loss of friends. Loss of reputation. Loss of…
 
Welcome to episode 48 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Let's continue our conversation about spiritual abuse. Like abusers in other forms of abuse, spiritual abusers act with intentionality and purpose. They are skilled and accomplished in silencing their victims using tools such as shaming, shunning, bullying, power posturing, lying, and gossiping, to n…
 
Welcome to episode 47 of the Grace Cafe Podcast. Let's talk about spiritual abuse. Spiritual abuse leaves no physical marks. It's a silent abuse that usually happens behind closed doors or in settings where no one else sees it occurring, or only the select few leaders witness it but don't see it for what it is, spiritual abuse. Spiritual abuse make…
 
Welcome to episode 46 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Let's talk about humility. Humility is an ingredient that's missing in abusive top-down authority environments where misinformed leaders believe it is their job to manipulate others through the use of punishments and rewards; punishments for failing to comply and rewards for compliance. In top-down a…
 
Welcome to episode 45 of the Grace Cafe Podcast. We're continuing our look at Jesus' encounters with various people and this week we look at his interaction with the Pharisees, specifically in Matthew 23. The Pharisees were legalistic, hypocritical teachers of the Law. Some of Jesus' harshest and most critical words and warnings were directed towar…
 
Welcome to episode 44 of the Grace Cafe Podcast. Let's turn our attention to a few of Jesus' encounters with women of his day as we continue our theme of Pictures of Jesus. The culture of Jesus' day was steeped in patriarchal tradition where women had no rights and were subservient to the male-dominated culture. Society had digressed to the point w…
 
Welcome to episode 43 of the Grace Cafe Podcast. This episode is a conversation with Michael C. Kapler about his book, Clash Of The Covenants: Escaping Religious Bondage Through The Grace Guarantee. If you've been around Christianity for more than a week, you've probably noticed the confusion that exists concerning grace and law; Old Testament and …
 
Welcome to episode 42 of the Grace Cafe Podcast. In this episode we take a look at some snapshots of Jesus in the New Testament. We don't mean literal pictures but short snippets some of the New Testament writers give us regarding Jesus' compassion and love for humanity. We then remind ourselves that these same attributes of compassion and love bel…
 
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