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You’ve reached the new website for The Grace Cafe Podcast. All of our past episodes are here and new episodes will post here as they become available. Feel free to use the contact page to reach out to us anytime. We hope you enjoy your stay!

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070 | Take Five: Depression and Suicide

Welcome to episode 70 of The Grace Cafe Podcast! This 70th episode marks the 3rd episode of our new Take Five episodes. As if that weren’t exciting enough on its own, this edition of Take Five is Susan’s first! Listen in to this short episode as she talks about a topic close to her heart: mental health, depression, and suicide. 

Enjoy and be encouraged!


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069 | What’s Wrong With Law-Based Christianity?

Welcome to episode 69 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Let’s talk about law-based Christianity and its affects. What happens when we become duty-focused and rules-based in our relationship with God? Some of the results are shame, self-loathing, and self-righteousness, where many eventually give up. We become judges of ourselves and others based on individual performance. 

But in the gospel, apart from law, our righteousness and acceptance is by grace alone, apart from any work, and that never changes. Jesus came to set the captives free, not to give them a to-do list. Let’s talk about it.

We also interact with an email we received from a listener concerning duty-laden churches that exhaust its members.


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068 | Take Five: Does God Require Progress?

Welcome to episode 68 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Let’s take five and talk about Jesus. We hear messages of moral improvement, behavior modification, and moral progress all around us all the time. The message of progress has replaced the message of the gospel. We’re told that God himself is measuring our progress and the more progress we make in doing the right things, the more pleased he is with us.

But that’s a lie. Here’s the truth: God requires perfection, not progress, so he gave us a Substitute, not a goal. Christian, you are complete in Him already, apart from what you do or don’t do. Pull up a chair. Let’s take five and talk about it.


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067 | Jesus Is For You

Welcome to episode 67 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Our goal in this episode was to talk about Hebrews 2:14-18 and we eventually arrive there after a fuller conversation about our new identity in Jesus, the downside of moralistic religion and behavior modification, the positives of deconstruction and reconstruction, and getting stuck in bad religious environments that control our ability and freedom to think outside those environments and asking the questions that need to be asked to find true freedom.

-Thanks for joining us!


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066 | Take Five: Christ is the End of the Law

Hello friends! We’re starting something new at The Grace Cafe beginning with this episode. We’re going to start publishing short episodes between the regular weekly episodes that Susan and I do and this episode is the first one of those. Our hope is that these short monologues will serve as a middle-of-the-week reminder of who you are in Jesus and of the Father’s unending affection for you.

We’re calling these episodes Take Five. So let’s take five right now and talk about Jesus.


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065 | What About Good Works?

Welcome to episode 65 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Let’s talk about good works. It’s a topic that’s surrounded by a lot of misunderstanding and confusion. When Jesus was asked what needed to be done in order to do the works of God he replied, “This is the work of God, that you believe on the one he has sent.” All these years later, we’re still asking that same question as though good works were a list of things we need to perform in order for God to like us more.

But what if good works aren’t the result of rigid spiritual discipline but simply the product of the fruit of the Spirit as he expresses Christ in and through us while we simply live our lives apart from feelings of shame or guilt for feeling like we’re not doing enough or doing it wrong? Let’s talk about it….

Shout out to Chris Stapleton for letting us use a soundbite from the Relevant Church Podcast in Chattanooga, TN. Bear down my friend… or not!


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064 | An Important Update From The Grace Cafe

Welcome to episode 64 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. We hope your summer is going swell! This short episode is an important update outlining some of the changes going on with us at The Grace Cafe. In order to save on some of our monthly podcast and blog expenses, we’ve moved The Grace Cafe and UnSunday Show websites to a free hosting service. I’ve noticed that some of you prefer to download and listen to our podcast episodes via a web browser, so you’re going to need this information.

From this point forward, please point your web browser to the new podcast site at https://gracecafepodcast.com and it will take you to our new podcast website. The existing website will be going away soon, so please visit the new site at https://gracecafepodcast.com and subscribe to receive email notifications of new episodes if that is how you prefer to listen.

If you listen on a podcast app instead of a web browser, you don’t need to do anything. You’ll still be notified of new episodes in your app and all of the archived episodes are still available on your app and on the new web site.

The Grace Cafe Blog is now called The Grace Cafe Journal and you’ll see the link to it on the new podcast site. See you again in September!

-Mike


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