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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

Chattanooga Chat

5/19/2019
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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 we got them on the line and recorded it. Yes, they knew we were recording it. Our conversation went all over the place so I'm just calling this...

Duration:01:15:00

Jesus is Better: An Introduction to the Book of Hebrews

4/28/2019
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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 only pictured. Jesus is a better priest with a better sacrifice with a better covenant built on better promises. In short, Jesus is better. In...

Duration:00:39:11

Undiluted Grace

4/21/2019
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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: Here's the links to the 2 books we talk about in this episode: A Church Building Every 1/2 Mile: What Makes American Christianity Tick?No Will Of My Own: How Patriarchy Smothers Female Dignity & Personhood We also give a shoutout to Mike's new podcast, The UnSunday Show. The...

Duration:00:32:59

Finding Rest in Grace Alone

4/14/2019
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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 suicide, were they really a believer? Is it up to me to get myself safely into heaven by working hard to keep God's favor? Does persevering to the...

Duration:00:25:03

What God Has Cleansed

4/7/2019
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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 instructing him to not call anything unclean that God has cleansed. There is no "one size fits all" when it comes to the body of Christ. Part of the...

Duration:00:26:32

Two Mouths; One Voice

3/31/2019
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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. But that didn't stop her from joining me in the high-tech podcast studio for this episode. Hence the title, Two Mouths; One Voice. Susan joins me...

Duration:00:35:57

Rethinking Formal Church Membership

3/24/2019
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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 honest questions about what formal church membership is, why it's there, and who benefits. If The UnSunday Show is something that tweaks you, it can be...

Duration:00:49:40

Finding the Freedom to be Authentic

3/17/2019
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“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. Allison has been on our show twice before, in episodes 10 and 11 and Nora joined Susan on the previous episode, 50. The theme of freedom in last...

Duration:00:56:57

Finding Freedom Apart From Religion: A Conversation With Nora Shaw

3/10/2019
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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 freedom Jesus and the New Testament writers talk about is a freedom apart from performance, religious or otherwise. Breaking away from what binds us,...

Duration:00:28:21

Recovering From Spiritual Abuse

3/3/2019
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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 family relationships. Loss of confidence. Loss of identity. Loss of hope. What now? How do you start to rebuild following spiritual abuse at the...

Duration:00:26:24

048 | The Intentional Brutality of Spiritual Abuse

2/24/2019
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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 name a few. Spiritual abusers cannot be reasoned with. Once a victim of spiritual abuse speaks up, their character will be assassinated and they...

Duration:00:34:53

047 | A Conversation About Spiritual Abuse

2/17/2019
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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 makes its victims think there is something wrong with them when in reality, there is something wrong with the abuser. But the abuser is skilled at...

Duration:00:35:03

046 | Humility, Jesus, and Top-Down Authority in the Church

2/10/2019
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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 authority environments, power flows down while money flows up and those at the top work feverishly to keep that power by convincing those at or...

Duration:00:44:40

045 | Modern-Day Pharisees

2/3/2019
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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 toward these religious people. Jesus described the Pharisees of his day as blind guides and those who tie heavy burdens on other people's backs with...

Duration:00:40:45

Recovering From Spiritual Trauma

2/3/2019
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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 family relationships. Loss of confidence. Loss of identity. Loss of hope. What now? How do you start to rebuild following spiritual abuse at the...

Duration:00:26:24

044 | Jesus and Women: Lessons For a 21st Century Church

1/27/2019
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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 where a man could divorce his wife for any reason at any time. Women had no voice in that culture and within that society. They were completely...

Duration:00:39:55

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