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The UnSunday Show

Mike Adams

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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Bringing Moses Into The New Covenant: Additional Thoughts On The Law Abolished
Today
Bringing Moses Into The New Covenant: Additional Thoughts On The Law Abolished
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. Other Places You’ll Find MeTikTok Music: Podcast Corporate, JD-SoundLicensed for use via Audio Jungle andEnvato Pty, Ltd.-Enjoy!
Bringing Moses Into The New Covenant: Additional Thoughts On The Law Abolished
Today
Bringing Moses Into The New Covenant: Additional Thoughts On The Law Abolished
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. Other Places You’ll Find MeTikTok Music: Podcast Corporate, JD-SoundLicensed for use via Audio Jungle andEnvato Pty, Ltd.-Enjoy!
The Law: Fulfilled and Abolished
1w ago
The Law: Fulfilled and Abolished
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 or in your favorite podcast app. I recommend it to anyone interested in exploring this important topic.Other Places You’ll Find MeTikTok Instagram YouTube Music: Podcast Corporate, JD-SoundLicensed for use via Audio Jungle andEnvato Pty, Ltd.-Enjoy!
Teaching as Commands, The Traditions of Men
Jun 6 2022
Teaching as Commands, The Traditions of Men
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...
If Joshua Had Given Them Rest...
May 15 2022
If Joshua Had Given Them Rest...
__truncato_root__>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:A shout out to Tyler, Uriah, and Hector at The Gospel Perspective Podcast. They interviewed me a while back in my excitement to unpack my recording gear a couple of episodes ago, I forgot to mention it. Shame on me! i had a great time with them! Check out the link or subscribe in your favorite podcast app.The UnSunday Show website is moving! Yes, before long the current UnSunday Show website is moving to this one: You can bookmark it now or wait a week until unsunday.com points to it. It's part of some downsizing I desperately need to do.Facebook: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. Other Places You’ll Find MeTikTok  Instagram  YouTube  Music: Podcast Corporate, JD-SoundLicensed for use via Audio Jungle andEnvato Pty, Ltd.-Enjoy!
My Conversation With Matt McMillen
May 1 2022
My Conversation With Matt McMillen
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 Guarantee, by Michael C. Kapler.   Matt McMillen's Homepage: Talks With Matt McMillen: Can be found on your favorite podcast app.Matt McMillen's YouTube Channel: Places You’ll Find MeTikTok  Instagram  YouTube  Music: Podcast Corporate, JD-SoundLicensed for use via Audio Jungle andEnvato Pty, Ltd.
Once Saved Always Saved and Falling From Grace
Apr 20 2022
Once Saved Always Saved and Falling From Grace
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:By making performance-based Christianity the litmus test for spirituality.By convincing its followers that sin or failure to conform to the institution's rules can actually cause us to fall from grace and lose our salvation.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 MeTikTok  Instagram  Facebook  YouTube  ---Music: Podcast Corporate, JD-SoundLicensed for use via Audio Jungle andEnvato Pty, Ltd.
Five Words That Drove The Church to Kill William Tyndale, Pt 5: Love, not Acts of Charity
Mar 13 2022
Five Words That Drove The Church to Kill William Tyndale, Pt 5: Love, not Acts of Charity
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:Elder instead of PriestCongregation instead of ChurchRepent instead of Do PenanceAcknowledge instead of ConfessLove instead of Acts of CharityTyndale (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.  Follow the UnSunday ShowThe UnSunday Show is available on any podcast app or on the web at:UnSunday.comOther Places You’ll Find MeTikTok  Instagram  Facebook  YouTube  Music: Podcast Corporate, JD-Sound Licensed for use via Audio Jungle and Envato Pty, Ltd.
Five Words That Drove The Church to Kill William Tyndale, Pt 4: Acknowledge, not Confess
Mar 6 2022
Five Words That Drove The Church to Kill William Tyndale, Pt 4: Acknowledge, not Confess
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:Elder instead of PriestCongregation instead of ChurchRepent instead of Do PenanceAcknowledge instead of ConfessLove instead of Acts of CharityTyndale (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.  Follow the UnSunday ShowThe UnSunday Show is available on any podcast app or on the web at:UnSunday.comOther Places You’ll Find MeTikTok  Instagram  YouTube  Music: Podcast Corporate, JD-Sound Licensed for use via Audio Jungle and Envato Pty, Ltd.
Five Words That Drove The Church to Kill William Tyndale, Pt 3: Repent, not Penance
Feb 27 2022
Five Words That Drove The Church to Kill William Tyndale, Pt 3: Repent, not Penance
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:Elder instead of PriestCongregation instead of ChurchRepent instead of Do PenanceAcknowledge instead of ConfessLove instead of Acts of CharityTyndale (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.  Follow the UnSunday ShowThe UnSunday Show is available on any podcast app or on the web at:UnSunday.comOther Places You’ll Find MeTikTok  Instagram  YouTube  Music: Podcast Corporate, JD-Sound Licensed for use via Audio Jungle and Envato Pty, Ltd.
Five Words That Drove The Church to Kill William Tyndale, Pt 2: Congregation, not Church
Feb 20 2022
Five Words That Drove The Church to Kill William Tyndale, Pt 2: Congregation, not Church
This episode is the second 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:Elder instead of PriestCongregation instead of ChurchRepent instead of Do PenanceAcknowledge instead of ConfessLove instead of Acts of CharityTyndale (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 congregation instead of church, to describe the body of Christ.The book I recommend in this series – William Tyndale: A Biography, by David Daniell.  Follow the UnSunday ShowThe UnSunday Show is available on any podcast app or on the web at:UnSunday.comOther Places You’ll Find MeTikTok  Instagram  YouTube  Music: Podcast Corporate, JD-Sound Licensed for use via Audio Jungle and Envato Pty, Ltd.
Five Words That Drove The Church to Kill William Tyndale, Pt 1: Elder, not Priest
Feb 13 2022
Five Words That Drove The Church to Kill William Tyndale, Pt 1: Elder, not Priest
This episode is the first 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. The five words are: Elder instead of PriestCongregation instead of ChurchRepent instead of Do PenanceAcknowledge instead of ConfessLove instead of Acts of CharityTyndale (1494-1536) was murdered by church officials 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 Elder as opposed to Priest.The book I recommend in this series - William Tyndale: A Biography, by David Daniell.  Follow the UnSunday ShowThe UnSunday Show is available on any podcast app or on the web at:UnSunday.comOther Places You'll Find MeTikTok  Instagram  YouTube  Music: Podcast Corporate, JD-Sound Licensed for use via Audio Jungle and Envato Pty, Ltd.
The Long and Winding Road of Institutional Christianity
Jan 16 2022
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.Links I mention:UnSunday Instagram:  UnSunday TikTok:  UnSunday Twitter:  UnSunday Home:  -Enjoy!
The New Covenant Starting Point and The Four Biographies
Dec 31 2021
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:  The UnSunday Show on TikTok:  The UnSunday Show on Instagram:  The UnSunday on Facebook Podcasts (Best Viewed on Mobile Devices):  The Growing in Grace Podcast:  Book to Recommend: Clash of the Covenants: Escaping Religious Bondage Through The Grace Guarantee by Michael C. KaplerHappy New Year! I wish you and yours all the best in 2022!Mike
An Open Conversation About Institutional Christianity
Dec 20 2021
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?
Sep 19 2021
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
Sep 13 2021
Institutional Church Pastors and Their New Testament Counterparts
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
Sep 5 2021
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. -Enjoy!
The Obedience of Faith: Why You Measure Up Regardless of Your Performance
Aug 25 2021
The Obedience of Faith: Why You Measure Up Regardless of Your Performance
Let's talk about obedience. Doesn't that sound fun? I've found it to be true that in almost every institutional church setting, the topic of Christian obedience in one form or another, dominates the landscape. It's peppered throughout sermons to varying degrees (most of the time, overtly), it's written into our church membership contracts (yes, those are contracts), it's presented as the final solution in counseling sessions, it's used as an enforcement tactic when church leaders threaten you with excommunication, it's used as a guilt tactic to get you to confirm to church rules and dogma and to submit to church staff, and it's at the center of most, if not all, discipleship groups and discipleship curriculum. Wow! I think that's the longest sentence I've typed so far in 2021.In short, we've made a mess of "Christian obedience". Definitions of obedience and to what or to whom we should be giving our allegiance will vary from group to group and denomination to denomination. But rest assured that in almost every definition, Bible verses will be taken out of context and used to prove that you don't measure up, diminishing the work of Christ on your behalf, who has already made you obedient from the heart. Let's talk.
Religion's Priority of the Pulpit - Part 2
Jul 25 2021
Religion's Priority of the Pulpit - Part 2
Let's continue talking about pulpits and institutional religion's obsession with the pulpit and how it's been elevated to such a place of prominence in institutional Christianity. Charles Spurgeon said this concerning pulpits:"The moment the church of God shall despise the pulpit, God will despise her."This quote is one example of several that I share in this episode to show how the system of religion has elevated the pulpit, and the person behind it to a harmful status at the expense of a healthy functioning of spiritual gifts by every member of the body of Christ. In the process we're left with a crippling view of the body of Christ.Let's talk...
Religion's Priority of the Pulpit - Part 1
Jul 18 2021
Religion's Priority of the Pulpit - Part 1
This is part one of two on the subject of pulpits and institutional religion's requirement of keeping the pulpit at the center of its Sunday events. I have a lot to say about this but my laptop battery ran down as I was recording this and I wasn't near my charger, so I stopped where I was, making this part one of two. Part Two will drop next week.