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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!

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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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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Episodes

043 | Clash of the Covenants: A Conversation with Mike Kapler

1/20/2019
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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 New Testament. What in the Bible applies to us this side of the cross of Christ and what does not? We see God in the Old Testament doling out 613...

Duration:01:04:03

042 | Pictures of Jesus: Compassion and Love

1/13/2019
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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 belong to the Father as well because Jesus said that anyone who has seen him, has seen the Father and the New Testament also describes Jesus as the...

Duration:00:52:12

041 | A Look Back

1/6/2019
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Welcome to episode 41 of the Grace Cafe Podcast. Happy New Year! In this episode, Mike & Susan pause to take a look back at 14 previous episodes and recap the content of each. As this episode progresses, a common theme emerges around the importance of our identity in Jesus. How the Father views us gets skewed by false ideas, tribal doctrine, the opinions of others, and our own sense of unworthiness. This episode is a reminder that we are called sons and daughters of God, meaning that the...

Duration:00:38:07

039 | Christmas is a Rescue

12/23/2018
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Welcome to episode 39 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Christmas is upon us, so let's talk about it. God's becoming flesh wasn't done in a vacuum. It was done for a reason. Jesus was born to rescue us and his rescue was accomplished by his dying for our sin and being raised for our justification. Crucial and necessary to his dying, was his birth. The two cannot be separated. In order to die and rise again, he first had to be born. In this episode we talk about everything Christmas and the hope we...

Duration:00:37:14

038 | God Is For You

12/16/2018
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Welcome to episode 38 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Thank you for the response we received from our previous episode (37). The notes and stories you sent prompted our topic for this episode. Some of you reached out to tell us about your own journeys out of institutional religion and the effects of spending years in settings lite on the gospel and heavy on rules. In this episode, we talk about God's real opinion of us as we interact with 3 of the letters we received. Mike's been fighting off a...

Duration:00:36:54

037 | Our Journey Out Of Institutional Religion

12/9/2018
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Welcome to episode 37 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. About 2 years ago, Susan and I had a conversation about our trek out of organized religion. That conversation was episode 5 of Mike's old Ekklesia Podcast. The Ekklesia Podcast was a venue where Mike fleshed out some of his thoughts about organized, institutional religion and our involvement in it. Ekklesia is the Greek word translated "church" in our New Testaments and Mike used the Ekklesia Podcast as an ongoing conversation about the...

Duration:00:41:43

036 | Losing Our Identity Only To Find It Again: A Conversation With Greg McInturff

12/2/2018
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Welcome to the Grace Cafe! This episode is a conversation between Mike and our good friend Greg McInturff. It's a longer episode than what we usually post. I considered making it into two separate episodes but decided to leave it as one to preserve the continuity of our discussion. We've known Greg and his wife Kim for 20+ years. We lost touch with them years ago and were recently reunited only to find out we had been on the same grace journey. Our conversations are always energizing and we...

Duration:01:10:33

035 | The Increased Frequency of Spiritual Abuse

11/20/2018
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"Spiritual abusers convince the spiritually abused that there's no such thing as spiritual abuse." -Mike Adams Welcome to episode 35 of The Grace Cafe Podcast! We continue to hear from different people, detailing their stories and experiences with spiritual abuse. Spiritual abuse is real and if it hasn't happened to you, that doesn't mean it hasn't happened to the person next to you. In spiritual abuse, some people get a free pass while others are singled out and preyed upon. We've seen...

Duration:00:36:25

034 | The Cross Worked: A Conversation with Zach Maldonado

11/14/2018
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Welcome to episode 34 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. This episode is a conversation between Mike and Zach Maldonado, centered around Zach's book, The Cross Worked: Why You Can Have Confidence On The Day Of Judgment. Zach is the Communication's Pastor at Church Without Religion in Lubbock Texas and is on staff at Andrew Farley Ministries. Are you ready to hear the gospel afresh? Are you ready to be reminded that God isn't disappointed in you? Are you ready to hear all over again that the Father...

Duration:00:52:37

033 | Who Are You?

11/11/2018
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Welcome to episode 33 of The Grace Cafe Podcast! After about a six week hiatus, we're back. October saw a lot of traveling for us and a few projects around the house that kept us from the microphones. In this episode we talk about one of our trips to Lubbock Texas for the God Without Religion conference with Andrew Farley. What an encouraging time! This episode is all about our identity in Jesus. I entitled it Who Are You? because Susan and I talk about the assumptions and beliefs we tend...

Duration:00:31:19

032 | The Matrix Unloaded

10/1/2018
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Welcome to episode 32 of The Grace Cafe Podcast! In this episode we're boldly going where we've never gone before as we talk about images of the gospel, grace, legalism, law, religion, church, spiritual abuse, religious bullying, and more, as seen in the 1999 hit movie, The Matrix. To pull this off, we interact with our friends from The Gospel Picture Show. The Matrix was the subject of The Gospel Picture Show's first episode. We enjoyed it so much that we asked them if we could grab some...

Duration:00:49:02

031 | Always Be Producing and Other Religious Myths

9/24/2018
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Welcome to episode 31 of the Grace Cafe Podcast! In this episode, we continue the conversation we started last time regarding some of the things we hear in religious settings that take away from or diminish who we really are in Jesus. The opinions of those in pulpits, small groups, or conversations in general can become authoritative in our lives and if those opinions infringe upon our identity in Jesus rather than reinforce it, it's time to rethink and reevaluate what we're hearing. If we...

Duration:00:29:56

030 | Denying Yourself and Other Religious Myths

9/17/2018
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Welcome to episode 30 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. This is the first of who-knows-how-many episodes dealing with things we've heard within organized religion that are accepted without question as true. Some of the things we hear may be true, but many are not and those can be devastating and destructive if accepted unquestionably as truth. In short, if it takes away from, diminishes, or alters your identity in Jesus and the freedom you have in him, question it. Let's talk about...

Duration:00:40:57

029 | Momma Tried

9/3/2018
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Welcome to The Grace Cafe Podcast. This episode is one of our favorites from our old Chief Sinner Podcast. It originally aired in June, 2016 and is a conversation between Susan and her friend Val. Their important conversation is centered around the exhausting and unending obligations placed on us by most organized religions. They talk about everything from personal encounters with abusive top-down leadership to endless attempts at pleasing others. There's no room in religious obligation for...

Duration:00:43:18

028 | Shame, Guilt, and Condemnation

8/27/2018
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Welcome to episode 28 of the Grace Cafe Podcast. Join Susan and me in a conversation about shame and shaming others. The gospel itself rests on a foundation of no shame. Paul said, "Hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us." -Romans 5:5 He went on to say, "...as it is written, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense; and whoever believes in him will not be put to...

Duration:00:32:58

027 | Getting to a Place of Honesty With God

8/21/2018
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Welcome to episode 27 of the Grace Cafe Podcast. This episode is one of our favorites from our old Known & Loved Podcast that was recorded in May, 2017. We were joined by Chris Stapleton and Josh Scott of the Simple Gospel Podcast, who spent a few days visiting us in sunny Arizona. While they were here, we fired up the podcast machine and recorded this conversation. Our conversation was centered around an email we had received from a listener who asked us if we ever get angry with God and...

Duration:00:48:37

026 | The Law Functioned as a Temporary Placeholder

7/31/2018
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Welcome to episode 26 of the Grace Cafe Podcast. Let's take a closer look at Galatians and the temporary nature of the Law of Moses. Paul wrote in Galatians 3 that the Law was put in charge to lead us to Christ. Is the common interpretation, that the Law functions in our lives to bring us to faith in Christ, what he meant? A second look at the context may bring us to a different conclusion. What if Paul wasn't talking about the Law functioning in such a way as to bring us to personal,...

Duration:00:43:41

025 | The Law is Opposed to Rest

7/16/2018
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Let's talk about the good things law steals from us, not the least of which is the ability to rest and enjoy the secure relationship we have in Jesus. Law pushes us on to always be doing more and the doing is never finished. Religion requires us to jump through hoops to be pleasing to God, but God tells us the striving is over and we can rest. In this episode 25 of The Grace Cafe Podcast, we continue our conversation about the 10 Commandments, law, and grace, and the good things law won't...

Duration:00:46:28

024 | The Toxicity of the Law

7/9/2018
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We're back!!! In this episode of The Grace Cafe, you'll hear about what's kept us away - our house flood of 2018. Our podcast room has been packed away while house repairs were underway, keeping us from podcasting and a lot of other things we like to do. But that's behind us now and we're back at it. Join our conversation as we talk about the 10 Commandments, the Old Covenant Law of Moses, and the toxic byproducts of thinking we have to keep that law. When we hear about the Law, our minds...

Duration:00:37:31

023 | Forgiven!

5/21/2018
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Welcome to the Grace Cafe Podcast. We begin this episode by interacting with a letter we received from a long-time listener who shared with us her struggles with reading Scripture. These struggles stem from viewing the Bible through the legalistic lens she was taught to use years ago, prior to her own grace awakening. She mentions, "I'm thinking that taking a break from reading the Bible might be needed to give myself time for God to replace my old mindset with the freedom I have in...

Duration:00:45:26