Monday, December 5, 2016

60 at 60 (#060)

Welcome to the Known & Loved Podcast! Reclaiming the truth that God is not mad at you. This is episode 60, which coincided with Susan's 60th birthday, so we're calling it 60 at 60. Join us as we talk about hope. 'Tis the season to be watching Christmas movies and one thread that runs through every one of them is hope. We desperately want and need hope. Hope is vital to our survival in this dark and fallen world.

Christian, it's the Father's good pleasure to give you his kingdom. He's not mad at you or disappointed in you and he himself is our hope - an anchor for our tired and worn out souls. He will finish the work he's started in you because he loves you and has promised you he would.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

The End of Our Rope (#059)

Someone once said that God's office is at the end of our rope. In this episode of the Known & Loved podcast, we interact with a letter from a listener who reached the end of her rope and discovered God waiting there in new and refreshing ways. As is so often the case with many of us, a crash and burn is necessary to rescue us from perfomance-based Christianity and open our hearts to the grace that awaits us at the end of our rope.
We hope you enjoy the interaction in this episode as we talk about real life struggles with believing we are perfectly known and perfectly loved by a God who isn't mad at us.
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Forgiveness, Trust, and Social Closeness

NOTE: This is a blog post Susan wrote in 2010 on another site we had at the time. After a little bit of updating, we decided to share it with you here. It seems like this topic is always applicable. Enjoy!

A Pastor friend of mine recommended a book to me recently because of the chapter on forgiveness. Most of this blog will be quotes from that book because I don't think I could say it better. The book is 10 Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe by Larry Osborne.

I have been questioning what it feels like and what it means to forgive someone when there has been tremendous hurt. If there is still hurt and distrust, is it really forgiveness? How do I get past it all? What am I doing wrong? These were just some of the questions I asked my friend. Osborne addresses the false beliefs we tend to have about forgiveness. Here is one:
Some of us have been taught that forgiveness is pretending nothing happened - a head in the sand posture that ignores the obvious. Some of us think of it as a never ending series of second chances. Others view it as a fresh start with all the consequences and old baggage removed. Still others imagine it as the immediate and full restoration of a broken relationship, complete with the same level of trust and privileges that preceded the wrongdoing. But the goofiest idea of all is the widely held belief that genuine forgiveness means literally forgetting what happened - wiping the slate so clean that every memory of the transgression disappears.
He then spends time talking about how we think that God actually "forgets" our former transgressions and so we should forget it when people sin against us. But God doesn't forget in the sense that he can't remember things!
So, what does the Bible mean when it speaks of God remembering our sins no more? It means that he no longer responds to us in light of those sins. They no longer derail our relationship with him. They no longer garner his wrath. They are gone - completely - from our account. But it doesn't mean he can't remember all the things we've done. An omniscient God doesn't forget stuff.
He then talks about why this is such a big deal:
When forgiving becomes synonymous with forgetting, it tends to produce spiritual confusion and other rather unfortunate spiritual responses for those of us who have been forgiven and those of us who need to forgive.
Simply forgetting that someone has deeply hurt you or abused you, allows the door to remain open for even more hurt and abuse. While a Christian’s vertical relationship with God remains untouched in the midst of sinful actions, there are horizontal consequences in the form of broken or lost relationships that often accompany deep hurt and wounds. Osborne continues:
There's another problem that occurs when forgiving gets confused with forgetting. We tend to assume that if someone has forgiven us, whatever happened in the past should be a dead issue. The other person should just get over it and move on. But that's unreasonable. It unfairly turns the tables on the one who has been wronged. It assumes his or her pain should magically disappear. And if it doesn't, we get to write off the injured party as an unforgiving slob. Our sin is now their problem. Not a bad deal! Yet, in reality, healing takes time. Forgiveness is a decision lived out as a lengthy process. The expectation that those we've wronged should simply forget about it is not only unreasonable; it's emotionally unhealthy. People who can't remember what happened to them or who bury their pain are not spiritually mature; they're mentally or emotionally handicapped.
That really spoke to me. I think for a long time I've dismissed emotions. After all, God is Sovereign and He does everything perfectly and for my good. Yes, He is and He does, but that doesn't take away my humanity. I was created with emotions. Jesus displayed

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Re-Launch (#058)

Welcome to episode 58 of our podcast! Today we’re launching ships! Sort of. Today is the launch (or re-launch) of our podcast and web site. As we explain in this episode, starting today, the Chief Sinner Podcast is taking on a new identity. From this point forward, our name is changing from the Chief Sinner Podcast to the Known and Loved Podcast. None of the past content is changing on either the podcast or the web site, only the names are changing to more accurately reflect where we are in our journey.

That being said, this episode marks both an end of an era and the start of a new one for us. This is the last episode to be posted on Chief Sinner.  All of the Chief Sinner podcasts and blog posts, including this one, have been moved here to our new web site.

Please let us know what you think of the new look and feel. If you are a subscriber on the old site, please take a moment to subscribe to the new site while you’re here. If you listen to our podcast on iTunes or a podcast app, you won’t need to do a thing. You’ll notice the title change in the next week or so. All future podcasts and blogs will be posted here and soon, the chief sinner site will auto-forward to this site. Thanks so much for all of your support!

Welcome to our New Home

Welcome! We're Mike and Susan Adams and you've found the new home of the Chief Sinner Blog and Podcast! Welcome to Known and Loved. We've been busy moving all of our Chief Sinner content over here. All of our future posts and podcasts will be posted here from now on. The Chief Sinner web site will soon re-direct to this one, our new home.

Be sure to subscribe using the "Follow by Email" form in the sidebar to be notified of new posts here. If you are a subscriber to the Chief Sinner podcast in a podcast app (like iTunes), you don't need to worry. You will continue getting new episode updates but the name of the podcast will magically change to Known and Loved. You don't need to do a thing.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Whatever Happened to Kindness? (#057)

In his letter to the Ephesian churches, Paul reminded them,
"Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you."
But what happens when we move away from that? What happens when we lose sight of being kind to one another and how does our lack of kindness show itself to others? What happens when our agenda turns from being kind to one another and instead focuses on being right or being militant at the expense of kindness in the name of defending the faith? What happens when faith turns toxic?

Join us as we address these topics in asking the question, "Whatever happened to kindness?"


Monday, October 31, 2016

Sometimes You Just Have to Get Out of Dodge (#056)

An older friend of mine who was a pastor for many years and whom I respect and admire, once told me, "Sometimes, you just have to get out of Dodge." He spoke those words to me shortly after I told him my crash and burn story and how it led to us leaving a church we had helped plant. No condemnation. No judgment. Just, "Sometimes, you just have to get out of Dodge." His words were a reference to Dodge City, Kansas, a popular and recognizable town in many old westerns from the 1950s - the 1970s. You know you were having a bad day if the Marshal told you it was time to get out of Dodge.

But sometimes the smartest, safest, and only thing to do was to get out of Dodge. Likewise, if there's abuse going on from the pulpit and/or behind closed doors, sometimes the smartest, safest and only thing to do is leave that church. Sometimes, you just have to get out of Dodge.

In this episode of the Chief Sinner Podcast, we interact with a letter we received - a letter detailing one couple's decision to leave a local church following repeated spiritual abuse from the pulpit and behind closed doors. These stories are common and if you're going through similar circumstances we want you to know you are not alone. We hope you find encouragement in this story as we read and interact with it. It's ok to get out of Dodge. Sometimes it's your only option when there is ongoing spiritual abuse. Something better awaits you in your journey.


Monday, October 24, 2016

Brocast (#055)

Welcome to episode 55 of our podcast! In this episode, we grabbed a couple of our local friends and chased down a few friends from The Simple Gospel Podcast and Relevant Church Chattanooga in Chattanooga Tennessee to do an episode with us. There were seven of us for this episode. It's our first sevencast! We talked about a lot of stuff, both light-hearted and more serious subjects. We had a great time together and are so glad to share this episode with you.

 How do you respond when other Christians around you, including your local church, don't understand your gospel emphasis? How do we deal with that when you find yourself alone or on the outs in your church? What about the broken or stressed relationships that a proper emphasis on the gospel can sometimes produce? What about becoming a Pharisee toward Pharisees? Grab your favorite beverage, sit back and join us.

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

When Grace Starts to Percolate (#054)

Welcome to episode 54 of the Living Loved Podcast! We're glad you're here. In this episode we interact with an email we received from a listener about some of the ways her fresh understanding of grace and the gospel are impacting her. In her words, it's starting to percolate.

But what do you do when others around you are on a different journey and don't really get what you're going through or understand your gospel emphasis? How do you handle it when you find yourself in that situation and you feel alone? Join our conversation as we talk about what it can be like when grace starts to percolate in an atmosphere of performance-based Christianity given to to-do lists.


Thursday, September 29, 2016

A Relevant Gospel (#053)

Welcome to episode 53 of the Living Loved podcast. In this episode we asked our friend Chris Stapleton to join us and tell us a little bit about his story. Chris is the pastor of Relevant Church in Chattanooga, TN. We were introduced to Chris within the last year via The Simple Gospel Podcast that he co-hosts along with Joshua Scott and Daniel Hampton. We highly recommend their podcast. We can't really consider it our sister podcast because they're a bunch of bros, but we do consider it our brother podcast. Do you see what I did there? Clever, I know. This conversation with Chris is the first opportunity we've had to meet him and talk face to face. The bond was instant and the conversation just flowed. Pull up a comfy seat and your favorite beverage and join us as we talk with Relevant Chris about a relevant gospel and the Father's love for broken sinners.

We apologize for the low audio on Susan's mic. We fixed it about 12 minutes into the podcast. The Relevant Church website is Chris's weekly messages are available via the Relevant Church Chattanooga podcast and on soundcloud at You will find the Simple Gospel Podcast anywhere podcasts can be found. Chris is also on Twitter at