Weekly teaching ministry of Epiclesis, an Ancient-Future Faith Community.
You Are Not Alone, Christian Dissident
You are not alone. Christian dissidents may feel lonely, but they are never alone. There is a great cloud of witnesses, the Bible promises. Pastor Chris takes a look at several encouraging places in Scripture that remind us that “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
Power is Powerful
Power is powerful, and the world is intoxicated with it. And for no other reason than that, we must be terribly careful how we handle it. Turns out the struggle for power and misunderstanding the nature of God's Kingdom is something that's been going on since Jesus' time on earth. Join us as we continue our series on what it means to be a Christian dissident. Along the way, Pastor Chris also gave some examples of turning points in recent Christian history when believers were tempted to use the tactics and tools of the world to try and advance the Kingdom.
Soft Totalitarianism and Christian Dissidents
What is soft totalitarianism? Dr. Ellen Koehler was in the studio to talk about an upcoming retreat, "Live Not By Lies," with author Rod Dreher, and gave some surprising insights into that intriguing question. Join us for a conversation about what it means to be a Christian dissident and how we can identify some of the ways that soft totalitarianism creeps into everyday life.
The Antidote to Worry
Worry will strangle you! Do you know about the roots of the word "worry"-- and did you know that there is a biblical antidote? Join biblical prayer counselor Brenda Zamorano and Pastor Chris as they have a conversation about the strangling effects of worry in our lives.
4 Biblical Hacks to Stay in the James 5 Zone
On this Sunday we explore James 5:13-20 where we are instructed to participate actively in prayer, praise, accountability and fellowship. But… fear, worry and the chaos of life often disrupt our ability to stay in this zone. Thankfully, the Bible provides practical “spiritual life hacks” that enable us consistently to be salt and light to a broken world.
Letting Fears Go
In this final installment of a series, Pastor Chris walked the congregation through a focused, intentional time of naming and getting rid of fears. The congregation had a special guided litany, a supplement to their morning worship liturgy, that we want to make available to you, too. Take some time to listen to the first three in the series of fear sermons, then use this podcast recording to confess and get rid of your own fears.
Here is the print-ready booklet version of the litany (Print front and back and use landscape setting). And here is a one-page-at-a-time view (use portrait setting).
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.