Welcome to episode 23 of The UnSunday Show. In this episode, I turn our conversation to how church became church by introducing Constantinianism and how through the Roman Emperor Constantine and his edict decreeing Christianity as the official religion of Rome essentially moved the church from being one segment of society, where personal faith determined membership, to being all of society where personal faith fell by the wayside and membership included everyone in a geographical region as evidenced by infant baptism. Under Constantine, the church became a “Christian Sacralist” State where the church and State were one and the church now wielded the sword of the State to coerce conformity to the new State religion.
Welcome to episode 3 of the new UnSunday Show! This episode is an episode from my old Ekklesia Podcast that I brought over to share with you.
We hear it all the time and it’s used in so many ways that we don’t think to question it. We assume it’s true because we’ve been told it is for so long. I’m talking about the clergy/laity distinction. Far from being a help, the clergy/laity caste system stands in the way of a church where every believer is a priest. It reduces the priesthood of all believers to a priesthood of a select few “professional” Christians. It creates an “us and them” mentality that adds a new layer of separation within the the assembly and renders most of the church passive while the professional segment of the church assumes more and more power.
I am more convinced more than ever that the clergy/laity distinction and its resulting top-down authority structure is a key enabler of abuse in the church that needs jettisoned.
Let’s talk about it.
Welcome to episode 2 of this newly launched UnSunday Show! In this episode, I begin taking a look at pastors. What does the New Testament say about pastors? What is an elder? What is a bishop? What is an overseer? The New Testament letters use these terms to describe certain individuals within the assembly, but how do we know who’s who and how do we sort it out? Does the New Testament employ these terms as honorific titles and/or career paths to be pursued?
These are subjects we will return to often as we continue to peel back layers of church tradition and ask honest questions about some of our practices and assumptions within 21st century institutional Christianity. Here’s a paper I wrote containing some of the issues I talk about in this episode:
Thanks for joining me!
Welcome to episode 1 of The UnSunday Show with Mike Adams. This episode is an introduction to The UnSunday Show and an introduction of yours truly. I present some topics to you in this first episode that we will return to over and over again as we peel back more layers. In fact, every episode will include new topics as well as previously discussed topics re-visited. Let’s get this show started!