Welcome to episode 79 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Let’s talk about suffering. Our view of God will determine our view of suffering. Is God trying to teach me a lesson through suffering? If so, am I responsible to figure out what God is trying to teach me in my suffering? Am I suffering for Jesus enough? How does our theology impact our view of, and our response to, suffering?
Welcome to episode 75 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. The New Covenant, which we enjoy living under, was first spoken to Abraham by way of promise and then confirmed to him by way of an oath (Hebrews 6:13-20). The writer of the letter to the Hebrews calls this promise and this oath, two unchangeable things. What makes them unchangeable is that God cannot lie and because God cannot lie, we have this sure hope as an anchor for the soul.
We also interact with a letter from a listener who had a question about 2 Peter 1:3-15. This passage is a gospel reminder of the same precious promises of the New Covenant and the fruit of the Spirit that comes from a relationship with Jesus. Let’s talk about it….
Welcome to episode 73 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Let’s talk about what happens when our personal preferences become hard and fast rules that we impose on others. Paul said that he wanted to know nothing among others except Jesus Christ and him crucified. But we get caught up in side issues like legalism, tribal doctrine, and religious tradition that take us away from what really matters and close down any chance for meaningful and honest conversation. Sometimes the freedom we have in Christ scares those who aren’t experiencing it to the degree that we are and as a result, we get labeled or categorized with various names and we’re considered dangerous or rogue.
We talk about these things and more in this episode as we share with you a couple of personal stories that reinforce our ability to forget our identity in Jesus and forget how free he has made us. We also reference and recommend this music video by Jason Gray – Remind Me Who I Am:
Welcome to episode 71 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Let’s talk about rest. What does it mean to enter rest? In this episode we take a closer look at Hebrews 4:11-16 where the subject matter is resting with God. Rest under the Old Covenant was a foreign concept. The work was never done. There was no rest in the true sense of the word because the Law provided no true forgiveness of sin. You couldn’t approach the Holy of Holies under the Old Covenant with confidence.
But all of that has changed under the New Covenant because a greater than Joshua is here. This Hebrews passage tells us that although Israel experienced physical rest in the promised land under Joshua’s leadership, they never experienced spiritual rest because that is something Joshua was unable to provide. True spiritual rest comes through Jesus, our New Covenant priest and substitute. Let’s talk about it.
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.
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.
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….
Welcome to episode 62 of the Grace Cafe Podcast. Let’s talk about identity theft. Not the kind we hear about in the media where our credit cards and personal information get stolen, but another kind of identity theft. Let’s talk about who we are in Jesus and what happens when someone (or even ourselves) steals that from us. Let’s talk about what happens when we forget our identity in Jesus and all that is ours in him and we look instead to our own failed performance and start to believe that’s what define us.
We also spend a few minutes in Hebrews chapter 6 to remind ourselves of the certainty of the gospel and how our hope is anchored in God himself who cannot lie.