Welcome to episode 78 of the Grace Cafe Podcast and this edition of Take Five. Let’s talk about how to have a Jesus-lite theology of the New Covenant and the dark side of making the New Covenant more about our performance than Jesus’ shed blood. This episode is based on a blog post I wrote by the same title. For your convenience, here’s a link to that blog that serves as a loose transcript for this episode.
Welcome to episode 76 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Susan takes the mic again in this edition of Take Five to talk about loving those who are deconstructing and/or reconstructing their faith. This deconstruction/reconstruction is going on all around us. Susan speaks from her own experience with this reminder to stand down and love one another instead of trying to fix one another or give up on one another.
Welcome to episode 74 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Let’s talk about performance-based Christianity in this edition of Take Five. Nothing will cripple you faster than a view of God that sees him as never satisfied and always demanding more. But that’s how performance-based Christianity views him whether we admit it or not. In performance based Christianity, how I think I’m performing at any given moment is the barometer for what God thinks of me and my identity in Jesus gets lost in the shame and guilt. Let’s talk about it….
Welcome to episode 72 of The Grace Cafe Podcast! In this edition of Take Five, let’s talk about the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has a bad reputation in many Christian circles. We’ve been told, and we tend to believe, that the Holy Spirit is policing our sin and policing our every move, anticipating our next failure and waiting in the wings to bring heavy-duty conviction when we sin.
But is the Holy Spirit treating believers like convicts? Does he convict us of our sins or guide us deeper into truth? Let’s talk about it…
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.
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.
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.