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The UnSunday Show

Religion & Spirituality Podcas

The UnSunday Show asks honest questions about the origin and validity of institutional church rules, traditions, and practices. These religious rules and practices lead us away from the simplicity of the gospel and into an exhausting performance-based experience that is designed to perpetuate itself by placing ever increasing demands on its people and are of no value in Christ. If you're exhausted from trying to keep all the religious rules that have been placed on you, listen in to these conversations as we rediscover the freedom we've been given, apart from religion and empty religious obligation.

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The UnSunday Show asks honest questions about the origin and validity of institutional church rules, traditions, and practices. These religious rules and practices lead us away from the simplicity of the gospel and into an exhausting performance-based experience that is designed to perpetuate itself by placing ever increasing demands on its people and are of no value in Christ. If you're exhausted from trying to keep all the religious rules that have been placed on you, listen in to these conversations as we rediscover the freedom we've been given, apart from religion and empty religious obligation.

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English


Episodes

What Happens When We Don't Read The Bible In Light of The New Covenant?

5/28/2023
When we read our Bibles without regard to whether the passage we're reading resides in the Old Covenant or the New Covenant, we're mis-reading it. It's common today to give little or no consideration to a New Covenant/Old Covenant context and by doing so, we end up flattening out all of scripture as though every verse or passage is of equal weight and that all of it applies to us today. This is a big mistake that blurs the lines between law and grace and ends up mixing the two and grace becomes non-grace. Let's talk about it. Other Places You’ll Find Me TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@unsunday.mike Instagram https://www.instagram.com/unsundayshow/ YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/TheUnSundayShow Music: Podcast Corporate, JD-Sound Licensed for use via Audio Jungle and Envato Pty, Ltd. Leave Me a Rating/Review

Duration:00:19:58

Our Jesus Revolution

3/12/2023
The recently released movie, The Jesus Revolution, brought back many memories for us of the early days of our lives as Jesus People because we were both there to experience some of it. Mike came to Jesus in January of 1973 in the Calvary Chapel tent at a Saturday night concert and Susan met Jesus in the summer of 1973 at an ocean baptism in Pirate's Cove. If you've seen the movie, or if you were there too, you know of these places. We didn't know each other at that time but after we married in 1974, we moved to Costa Mesa where we were part of that first Calvary Chapel. The episode artwork for this episode is a picture of us taken at Huntington Beach at the time that we lived in Costa Mesa and we were a part of the original Calvary Chapel. Here's a link to the video Susan mentioned: https://youtu.be/hw8TbEaAceE Enjoy! Other Places You’ll Find Me TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@unsunday.mike Instagram https://www.instagram.com/unsundayshow/ YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/TheUnSundayShow Music: Podcast Corporate, JD-Sound Licensed for use via Audio Jungle and Envato Pty, Ltd. Leave Me a Rating/Review

Duration:00:29:34

How Has Pastor-Centrality Crippled the Body of Christ?

2/4/2023
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 practices enhance or hinder the functioning of the body of Christ? Is pastor-centrality what Jesus has in mind for his people? Who put pastors in charge? The answer might shock you: Other pastors. Here's a link to the episode I mentioned. I hope you'll take the time to listen. https://www.unsunday.com/the-long-and-winding-road-of-institutional-christianity/ Later.... Other Places You’ll Find Me TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@unsunday.mike Instagram https://www.instagram.com/unsundayshow/ YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/TheUnSundayShow Music: Podcast Corporate, JD-Sound Licensed for use via Audio Jungle and Envato Pty, Ltd. Leave Me a Rating/Review

Duration:00:14:48

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

1/24/2023
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 varying degrees with the same outcome: by adding law to grace, they have fallen from grace. Let's talk. Other Places You’ll Find Me TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@unsunday.mike Instagram https://www.instagram.com/unsundayshow/ YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/TheUnSundayShow Music: Podcast Corporate, JD-Sound Licensed for use via Audio Jungle and Envato Pty, Ltd. Leave Me a Rating/Review

Duration:00:16:05

What is Spiritual Growth?

1/17/2023
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 the New Covenant scriptures? If so, how is it gauged? What's the standard and how do I know if I'm doing it or doing it right? Let's talk. Other Places You’ll Find Me TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@unsunday.mike Instagram https://www.instagram.com/unsundayshow/ YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/TheUnSundayShow Music: Podcast Corporate, JD-Sound Licensed for use via Audio Jungle and Envato Pty, Ltd. Leave Me a Rating/Review

Duration:00:08:31

Religion and Rest Are Incompatible

1/10/2023
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 our new identity. Much like oil and water, religion and rest don't mix. I want to give a much overdue shoutout to Joel Brueseke at the Growing in Grace podcast. He was kind enough to have me on his podcast for 2 episodes several months ago. In fact, it was last year! We had a fantastic conversation that went a little long so Joel made it into 2 episodes. Thank you Joel! Here are the links to those 2 episodes: The State of the Church, Part 1The State of the Church, Part 2Other Places You’ll Find Me TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@unsunday.mike Instagram https://www.instagram.com/unsundayshow/ YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/TheUnSundayShow Music: Podcast Corporate, JD-Sound Licensed for use via Audio Jungle and Envato Pty, Ltd. Leave Me a Rating/Review

Duration:00:15:29

Five Regrets of a Former Pastor's Wife

9/11/2022
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 beverage, pull up a chair, and listen in. Here they are in the order we talked about them: Other Places You’ll Find Me TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@unsunday.mike Instagram https://www.instagram.com/unsundayshow/ YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/TheUnSundayShow Music: Podcast Corporate, JD-Sound Licensed for use via Audio Jungle and Envato Pty, Ltd. Leave Me a Rating/Review

Duration:00:34:39

The UnSunday Show Website Makeover

9/8/2022
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 leave me a voice message up to 2 minutes long. You can use this to ask questions, leave comments, suggest new topics, etc. Just be nice. This episode is also available in video. You can find the video on YouTube at https://youtu.be/jlDUX4SKJLw Other Places You’ll Find Me TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@unsunday.mike Instagram https://www.instagram.com/unsundayshow/ YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/TheUnSundayShow Music: Podcast Corporate, JD-Sound Licensed for use via Audio Jungle and Envato Pty, Ltd. Leave Me a Rating/Review

Duration:00:07:06

A Militarized Faith

8/7/2022
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 military-style pecking order of top-down authority in the body of Christ. A quote I share in this episode is a clear illustration of this where the pastor is said to be the Company Commander who gets his or her orders directly from the Commander-in-Chief (Jesus) and we're obligated to follow them without question. Seriously. Just push Play. Other Places You’ll Find Me TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@unsunday.mike Instagram https://www.instagram.com/unsundayshow/ YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/TheUnSundayShow Music: Podcast Corporate, JD-Sound Licensed for use via Audio Jungle and Envato Pty, Ltd. Leave Me a Rating/Review

Duration:00:24:37

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

7/28/2022
James:James 2:24Paul:Romans 3:28Mike Kapler and Joel Brueseke from the Growing in Grace podcast join me in this episode as we examine the topic of justification. Is our justification by faith alone as Paul said or is it a combination of faith and works as James said? Did James and Paul disagree on this important subject of justification? Listen in as we open the scriptures and compare the writings of both James and Paul concerning justification as well as the historical accounts dealing with this topic recorded in Acts 15, Acts 21, and Galatians. Links mentioned in this episode: Growing in GraceClash of the CovenantsEnjoy! Other Places You’ll Find Me TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@unsunday.mike Instagram https://www.instagram.com/unsundayshow/ YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/TheUnSundayShow Music: Podcast Corporate, JD-Sound Licensed for use via Audio Jungle and Envato Pty, Ltd. Leave Me a Rating/Review

Duration:01:02:24

Announcement: The UnSunday Blog

7/4/2022
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 overnight. Relationships were lost, friendships were lost, and in the process my passion for writing and speaking evaporated. Recently, that passion has returned. There's a lot more to that story but perhaps another time. Today, I'm announcing the launch of my new blog, the UnSunday Blog. The UnSunday Blog is a companion site to the UnSunday Show and should complement it well. For those of you who prefer reading over listening to a podcast, the UnSunday Blog will give both you and me an opportunity to dive deeper into the topics I share. Here's the link to the UnSunday Blog: https://www.unsundayblog.com/ Other Places You’ll Find Me TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@unsunday.mike Instagram https://www.instagram.com/unsundayshow/ YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/TheUnSundayShow Music: Podcast Corporate, JD-Sound Licensed for use via Audio Jungle and Envato Pty, Ltd. Leave Me a Rating/Review

Duration:00:04:32

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

6/26/2022
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 this issue of the law is simply "Why?" Why do we tend to think the law, defined in scripture as "weak and useless", and given only to a specific people group in another obsolete covenant, is in some way binding on us today in the New Covenant? Some theological traditions slice the law up into sections in order to get some of it into the New Covenant, calling part of it "moral law" and insist that only this "moral" section applies to us in the New Covenant. But why do we tend to be so preoccupied with bringing Moses into the New Covenant? Where did this come from and why is it there? I also correct something that I believe I said in error in the last episode during my conversation with Joel. This has to do with being dead to the law. -Enjoy! Other Places You’ll Find Me TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@unsunday.mike Instagram https://www.instagram.com/unsundayshow/ YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/TheUnSundayShow Music: Podcast Corporate, JD-Sound Licensed for use via Audio Jungle and Envato Pty, Ltd. Leave Me a Rating/Review

Duration:00:29:16

The Law: Fulfilled and Abolished

6/19/2022
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?". While most within the grace community would agree that it has been fulfilled by Jesus, not all agree that it has been abolished. Grab your favorite beverage and press Play as we explore this important question together. Our conversation led us to passages like Matthew 5:17-18, Colossians 2:13-14, and Galatians chapters 3 and 4. Joel, along with co-host Mike Kapler on the Growing in Grace podcast recently completed an excellent series on this subject. You'll find it in episodes 857-862 of their podcast at https://www.growingingrace.org/ or in your favorite podcast app. I recommend it to anyone interested in exploring this important topic. -Enjoy! Other Places You’ll Find Me TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@unsunday.mike Instagram https://www.instagram.com/unsundayshow/ YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/TheUnSundayShow Music: Podcast Corporate, JD-Sound Licensed for use via Audio Jungle and Envato Pty, Ltd. Leave Me a Rating/Review

Duration:00:50:09

Teaching as Commands, The Traditions of Men

6/5/2022
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 God. But the problem of religious tradition has been around longer than that. Jesus confronted this issue with religious Pharisees of his day when they question why his followers didn't observe their religious traditions: "Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, 'Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat.' He answered them, 'And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?'" (Matthew 15:1-3) What are some of the religious traditions we've inherited from church history that organized religion has told us are necessary to keep God happy with us, but are nothing more than empty obligations to a system of conformity? Let's talk... Other Places You’ll Find Me TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@unsunday.mike Instagram https://www.instagram.com/unsundayshow/ YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/TheUnSundayShow Music: Podcast Corporate, JD-Sound Licensed for use via Audio Jungle and Envato Pty, Ltd. Leave Me a Rating/Review

Duration:00:30:14

If Joshua Had Given Them Rest...

5/15/2022
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, we're told he didn't give them rest. So what gives? Why does Joshua tell us they experienced rest but Hebrews tells us they didn't, but that the promise of rest is still pending? Let's see if we can't untangle that a little bit in this episode. Links I mention in this episode: The Gospel Perspective Podcast https://unsunday.buzzsprout.com/unsunday.comFacebook: Facebook has announced that they will no longer be supporting podcast pages, beginning in June. In light of that, I will be shutting down the UnSunday Show Facebook page in the very near future. -Enjoy! Other Places You’ll Find Me TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@unsunday.mike Instagram https://www.instagram.com/unsundayshow/ YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/TheUnSundayShow Music: Podcast Corporate, JD-Sound Licensed for use via Audio Jungle and Envato Pty, Ltd. Leave Me a Rating/Review

Duration:00:28:17

My Conversation With Matt McMillen

5/1/2022
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 talk about in this episode. This episode is packed with content that I hope encourages you and challenges you as Matt and I explore these topics that are so foundational to knowing who we are in Jesus and what we've been freely given. So grab your favorite beverage, get comfortable, and listen in. Links Mentioned in This Episode: Clash of the Covenants; Escaping Religious Bondage Through the Grace Guaranteehttps://amzn.to/39mfWdbhttps://mattmcmillenministries.com/https://www.youtube.com/c/MattMcMillenMinistriesOther Places You’ll Find Me TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@unsunday.mike Instagram https://www.instagram.com/unsundayshow/ YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/TheUnSundayShow Music: Podcast Corporate, JD-Sound Licensed for use via Audio Jungle and Envato Pty, Ltd. Leave Me a Rating/Review

Duration:00:45:39

Once Saved Always Saved and Falling From Grace

4/20/2022
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 sacrifice for sins and the permanence of our salvation. In my experience, religion does this in two primary ways: Both of these are dangerous fallacies designed to keep us dependent upon religion while doubting the sufficiency of Jesus' death on the cross. Let's talk... Other Places You’ll Find Me TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@unsunday.mike Instagram https://www.instagram.com/unsundayshow/ YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/TheUnSundayShow Music: Podcast Corporate, JD-Sound Licensed for use via Audio Jungle and Envato Pty, Ltd. Leave Me a Rating/Review

Duration:00:27:14

Five Words That Drove The Church to Kill William Tyndale, Pt 5: Love, not Acts of Charity

3/13/2022
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’ve been concentrating more on the meaning of the words and their intent, than I have been about the religious climate of the day. The five words are: ElderCongregationRepentAcknowledgeLoveTyndale (1494-1536) was killed for refusing to translate these five words the way the church wanted them translated. His refusal to conform to the institutional church’s directives, resulted in his death by strangulation, followed by his body being burned. In this episode, we look at his choice of the word love instead of acts of charity. The book I recommend in this series – William Tyndale: A Biography, by David Daniell. https://amzn.to/3BhYMr1 Other Places You’ll Find Me TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@unsunday.mike Instagram https://www.instagram.com/unsundayshow/ YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/TheUnSundayShow Music: Podcast Corporate, JD-Sound Licensed for use via Audio Jungle and Envato Pty, Ltd. Leave Me a Rating/Review

Duration:00:14:16

Five Words That Drove The Church to Kill William Tyndale, Pt 4: Acknowledge, not Confess

3/6/2022
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’m concentrating more on the meaning of the words and their intent, than I am about the religious climate of the day. The five words are: ElderCongregationRepentAcknowledgeLoveTyndale (1494-1536) was killed for refusing to translate these five words the way the church wanted them translated. His refusal to conform to the institutional church’s directives, resulted in his death by strangulation, followed by his body being burned. In this episode, we look at his choice of the word repent instead of doing penance. The book I recommend in this series – William Tyndale: A Biography, by David Daniell. https://amzn.to/3BhYMr1 Other Places You’ll Find Me TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@unsunday.mike Instagram https://www.instagram.com/unsundayshow/ YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/TheUnSundayShow Music: Podcast Corporate, JD-Sound Licensed for use via Audio Jungle and Envato Pty, Ltd. Leave Me a Rating/Review

Duration:00:22:35

Five Words That Drove The Church to Kill William Tyndale, Pt 3: Repent, not Penance

2/27/2022
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’m concentrating more on the meaning of the words and their intent, than I am about the religious climate of the day. The five words are: ElderCongregationRepentAcknowledgeLoveTyndale (1494-1536) was killed for refusing to translate these five words the way the church wanted them translated. His refusal to conform to the institutional church’s directives, resulted in his death by strangulation, followed by his body being burned. In this episode, we look at his choice of the word repent instead of doing penance. The book I recommend in this series – William Tyndale: A Biography, by David Daniell. https://amzn.to/3BhYMr1 Other Places You’ll Find Me TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@unsunday.mike Instagram https://www.instagram.com/unsundayshow/ YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/TheUnSundayShow Music: Podcast Corporate, JD-Sound Licensed for use via Audio Jungle and Envato Pty, Ltd. Leave Me a Rating/Review

Duration:00:19:03