10 episodes

Weekly teaching ministry of Epiclesis, an Ancient-Future Faith Community.

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    • 4.7, 9 Ratings

Weekly teaching ministry of Epiclesis, an Ancient-Future Faith Community.

    Will People Come Back to Church?

    Will People Come Back to Church?

    In a first-ever three-way telephone conversation on Ancient-Future Faith, Chris talks with Dr. Steve Pinson and Dr. Ellen Koehler about our current pandemic's effects on the church. Steve gives insights about the health-related concerns from his perspective as a veteran anesthesiologist, and Ellen reflects on potential ramifications for worship from her perspective as Epiclesis' Pastor for Worship and Liturgy.

    Toward the end, Chris asks the big question on so many pastors' minds these days: Will people come back to church?

    • 25 min
    A Word from the Church Fathers: Courage to Deny Self?

    A Word from the Church Fathers: Courage to Deny Self?

    Does it require courage to deny self? Yes, say the church fathers. In a narcissistic age that prizes comfort and wealth, we would do well to listen to the courageous voices from our ancient Christian past-- brothers and sisters who lived through surprisingly similar times to ours. Be challenged today to deny self.

    • 1 min
    Finding Jesus in the Feasts, Part 3

    Finding Jesus in the Feasts, Part 3

    Part three of a trio of a conversations with Dr. Teresa Gardner about the fall retreat she's leading for us titled "Finding Jesus in the Feasts." Teresa is the director of the Zion Center for Worship and the Arts and is coming to Sacramento with ten of her dancers on October 16-17, 2020. In this final installment, Teresa talks about the third feast we'll be focusing on: Tabernacles. Did you know that Teresa is bringing a troupe of dancers with her to help us learn and celebrate the feasts?!

    • 25 min
    Finding Jesus in the Feasts, Part 2

    Finding Jesus in the Feasts, Part 2

    Part two of a conversation with Dr. Teresa Gardner about the retreat she's leading for us in the fall titled "Finding Jesus in the Feasts." Teresa is the director of the Zion Center for Worship and the Arts and is coming to Sacramento with ten of her dancers on October 16-17, 2020. In this episode, Teresa talks about the second feast we'll be focusing on: Pentecost. Did you know that Pentecost also has images and echoes of a wedding? Join us!

    • 25 min
    60 Seconds with Robert Webber: Narcissistic Worship

    60 Seconds with Robert Webber: Narcissistic Worship

    In this short audio clip, theologian Robert Webber talks about narcissism and the focus on self in worship. He asks, for the narcissist, from where does worship arise? Listen and find out.

    • 1 min
    Finding Jesus in the Feasts, Part 1

    Finding Jesus in the Feasts, Part 1

    Part one of a conversation with Dr. Teresa Gardner about the retreat she's leading for us in the fall titled "Finding Jesus in the Feasts." Teresa is the director of the Zion Center for Worship and the Arts and is coming to Sacramento with ten of her dancers on October 16-17, 2020. In this installment, Teresa gives a broad overview of the retreat then talks about the first feast we'll be focusing on: Passover. Join us!

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Dylan Bowes ,

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!

dla@AFFN ,

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. CMP II ,

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.

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