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.
The Long and Winding Road of Institutional Christianity
How did we get to where we are today in an institutional church culture so firmly planted in the centrality of the pastor? This episode is a look at a few key moments in the history of institutional Christianity that have brought us to where we are today - into a church culture of top-down authority where the pastor has been handed all authority and cannot be questioned.
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The New Covenant Starting Point and The Four Biographies
Greetings everyone! This last-day-of-2021 episode is an unscripted rambling by yours truly about the dawn of a new year, what is ours in the New Covenant, the importance of having an Old Covenant/New Covenant distinction when reading Scripture, and how much gospel is actually in the gospels? Push Play to join in!
Links I mention in this episode:
My Interview on The Resolute Warrior podcast: https://soundcloud.com/user-998585685/episode-20-mike-adams-of-the-unsunday-show?utm_source=clipboard&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=social_sharing The UnSunday Show on TikTok: https://firstname.lastname@example.org? The UnSunday Show on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unsundayshow/ The UnSunday on Facebook Podcasts (Best Viewed on Mobile Devices): https://www.facebook.com/UnSundayShow/ The Growing in Grace Podcast: https://www.growingingrace.org/ Book to Recommend: Clash of the Covenants: Escaping Religious Bondage Through The Grace Guarantee by Michael C. Kapler
Happy New Year! I wish you and yours all the best in 2022!
An Open Conversation About Institutional Christianity
My wife Susan joined me on this episode as we delved into our thoughts together about institutional Christianity and institutional religion and the effects and impact it leaves on people. Our view of institutional Christianity isn't neutral. Our view of God is directly impacted by our view of institutional Christianity in so many ways. This conversation explores some of the ways this happens, whether overtly, or covertly. -Enjoy!
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 a pastor, carrying out the duties we see modern institutional church pastors doing. They insist that Paul's directive to Timothy to "preach the word" is one indication that Timothy was a pastor, meaning that like modern institutional religion, Timothy got behind a pulpit week after week and did expository, verse-by-verse preaching of the Bible.
But is that what Paul meant when he penned those words to Timothy or is this another instance of us imposing our modern church practices back onto what we read in scripture in order to justify what we do? Was Timothy a pastor? Let's talk about it.
Institutional Church Pastors and Their New Testament Counterparts - Part One
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. I flipped the order of this to talk about the differences first and then next week, I'll be taking a look at Timothy while continuing to build on the differences.
Comparing the differences between how modern institutional church pastors function and the function of pastors in the New Testament is like comparing apples to oranges. One of these is not like the other. So let's talk about it.
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 get there and what does it imply? This episode is a bit of a rant as I talk about a couple of differences between church and the body of Christ, the ekklesia.
Helpful and thought provoking
This podcast digs into scripture to examine our beliefs about “church”. I find the questions asked insightful, and the scripture given to support the answers offered accurately applied and helpful.
If you are on a journey of examining our cultural “church” context in search of a deeper and more scripturally based enjoyment of Christian community, this podcast should prove helpful.
Perfect Find For my Spiritual Questions
As a child raised Sunday School and every bible study I have come to have am any questions in my adulthood. I am very grateful to have found this podcast to help me flourish and research deeper into my faith. This podcast is uncomfortable, especially if you are currently apart of a church that subscribes to what he discusses in the podcast. However, he opens up dialogue that many DONT. Great listen!
I love how the host and his guests dissect traditions in the church to see whether traditions (and theological stances like tithing) are biblical, cultural or simply handed down because it’s tradition. He challenges us to examine scripture in context and isn’t afraid to ask hard questions.