What does counter-cultural faithfulness look like in the turmoil, division, and confusion of 2021? What does it look like to build in practices to combat the passive formation of the world around us?

In this episode, we’ll explore 5 core practices and postures for living as counter-counter witnesses, of an upside-down king in our time and place.

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Martin Luther identified the enemies of spiritual growth as the world, the flesh, and the enemy. In the face of those forces of coercion, the question is not “are you being formed?”, but “who or what are your being formed into?” And, how do each impact our goal of becoming a faithful family.

In this episode, we’ll be looking at the coercion of the enemy, how it forms us, what it’s saying, what Scripture has to say about it, and how we live in light of those realities.

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Martin Luther identified the enemies of spiritual growth as the world, the flesh, and the enemy. In the face of those forces of coercion, the question is not “are you being formed?”, but “who or what are your being formed into?” And, how do each impact our goal of becoming a faithful family.

In this episode, we’ll be looking at the coercion of the self, how it forms us, what it’s saying, what Scripture has to say about it, and how we live in light of those realities.

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Martin Luther identified the enemies of spiritual growth as the world, the flesh, and the enemy. In the face of those forces of coercion, the question is not “are you being formed?”, but “who or what are your being formed into?” And, how do each impact our goal of becoming a faithful family.

In this episode, we’ll be looking at the coercion of the world, how it forms us, what it’s saying, what Scripture has to say about it, and how we live in light of those realities.

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It wouldn’t done the disciples any good, if when Jesus called them to follow him, if they didn’t actually leave their nets and start walking. So, what is Jesus actually inviting us into?

In this episode, we’ll explore the profound and provoking call from Jesus that changes our whole lives.

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What if following Jesus was more than just showing up at church occasionally? What did Jesus mean when we he said “come, follow me?”

In this episode we explore the call from Jesus then, and now.

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What’s our problem with Christians? First of all, Jesus didn’t call for Christians, but disciples.

But, if you were to walk into a room full of 100 Christians and say the word “discipleship” and you might get 100 different definitions or explanations of what that word means.

In this episode we explore what is and isn’t a Christians, and what Jesus was actually talking about when he said “come and follow me.”

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What would it look like to not just survive, but the thrive? Not just endure, but mature? In the midst of hardship, trouble, setbacks, disappointment, or in the language of the Bible ‘various trials’, how can we not just make it through, but flourish?

In this episode we explore what it looks to grow, not in spite of, but because of the hard things around us.

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If you know me, it’s no secret I’m a reader. It wasn’t always like this. In fact, I didn’t become a “reader” until just a few years ago.

I wasn’t that interested in readung during elementary, middle, and high school. And it became a necessary evil during college — even bible college! (Am I allowed to admit that out-loud?)

But, something clicked after graduation; maybe my impending marriage — and wanting to appear (or actually become) smarter than I was; my re-entry into vocational church ministry — and the chasm between what I felt prepared for and what was ahead…

Bert Alcorn

Husband to Sherry, Dad to Calvin, Truman, and Emerson, and Pastor to Anthem.

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