Weekly teaching ministry of Epiclesis, an Ancient-Future Faith Community.
Radical Reorientation to the Word
Are you angry? On this third Sunday of Epiphany, we took a look at one of the most radical reorientations that ever happened to the Children of Israel. They had every reason to be angry with others, but their repentance and radical reorientation to the word made for one of the most seminal moments in their history. The Jews of Jesus' day also had an opportunity for radical reorientation to the Word, but did they seize the opportunity? Join us for an important teaching about what we believers in this day and age must do.
Mercy, We Need Mercy
Mercy, we all need mercy. But mercy is not a "mood" of God, as biblical prayer counselor Brenda Zamorano says. It's one of His attributes. And just why do we need mercy? What is mercy, really? Join us for a wonderful conversation about shame and pain and, surprisingly, pride.
An Invitation to Your Own Wedding
In a previous sermon, we looked at the ways that Jesus brought about a renewal of creation at His Baptism. Now, at His first miracle at the Wedding of Cana, we see a similar thing-- and more. Why was Jesus' first "sign" a miracle at a wedding? And how might His miracle both fulfill prophecy and point to a future feast? Join us!
Re-Creation at the Jordan River
Jesus does a breathtaking work of re-creation at the time of His baptism. On the annual Sunday that we focus on the Baptism of Jesus, Pastor Chris took a close look at the remarkable ways that Christ renews the whole of creation. Can you find earth, air, fire, and water-- the classic elements of creation-- at the Jordan River? Yes! Join us for a deep look at some very important theological truths, and then discover what they mean for walking out our baptisms in the world.
Snap Out of It! (And Find Peace)
Do you need to find peace? On this fourth Sunday of Advent, the Sunday of Peace, Pastor Chris took a look at what he called "peace's opposite:" Striving. Along the way he talked about the symptoms of striving (you're going to want to hear those) and then the antidote. Where do you find peace? Join us!
The Advent Equation
On the third Sunday of Advent Pastor Rick asked, “What if some of us miss the other half of joy?” Looking at the season of Advent as an equation, we discover there are three “Rs” that are necessary for us to experience and express true joy and peace.
To access the musical refrain/chorus, "The Joy of the Lord," that Pastor Rick referred to, please click here.
Excellent biblical teaching and wisdom
This podcast is an honest, refreshing, and enlightening exploration of what we can learn from the early church and how that informs our lives as Christians today. Some of the podcasts are recorded sermons while others are interviews with other pastors or thinkers. Pastor Chris Alford is sincere, wise, and funny. I was able to spend a summer in the Epiclesis congregation in Sacramento and it was by far the best church experience in my life. I miss it dearly. But at least I can listen to the podcast! Thanks Epiclesis and Pastor Chris. Keep the blessings coming!
What Was Finished?
This is a most interesting and well presented teaching. It is so refreshing to hear God's wonderous story and how we can become part of it - that it is all about God's story and not ours! It is great to hear someone focus on the themes that run through the entirety of the bible and reinforce that they all point to the person and work of Jesus Christ. These podcasts are a breath of fresh air and yet are packed with good theology and teaching. Keep 'em coming!!
Dr. Carl Peters
The dialogue that takes place between pastor and people in these teachings is engaging and refreshing. Saint Augustine taught that, "The Old Testament is in the New revealed and the New Testament is in the Old concealed." In keeping with this understanding, the messages presented here are thoroughly immersed in the narrative of Salvation History. From the excited responses of the congregation, it seems clear that this approach creates a most lively interaction with the Scriptures! Thank you for sharing this beautiful time with us.