Calvary Life Podcast
How to Read the Bible with Craig Hill- Rebroadcast

How to Read the Bible with Craig Hill- Rebroadcast

July 5, 2020

How do you read the Bible? Isn't it just like any other book? It may seem like a silly question on its surface, but it has far-reaching implications. On today's episode of the Calvary Life Podcast, Eric is joined by pastor, professor, and biblical scholar Craig Hill to explore this very topic! 

Together, Craig and Eric discuss what it takes to read the Bible well, and how anyone can do it. They talk about studying the Bible vs reading it devotionally, the importance of approaching Scripture with humility, and how our culture and location can influence what we read in the biblical text. Craig also gives his recommendations for resources and tips to read the bible well.

If you are interested in any of the resources mentioned in this episode, or if you would like to discover others, check out the Corner Bookstore at Calvary on Sundays before and after the service, throughout the week, and at calvarylife.org/corner.

The Necessity of Cultural Conversations with Victor Milan

The Necessity of Cultural Conversations with Victor Milan

June 3, 2020
When the Bible calls us to consider others as more important than ourselves (Philippians 2:3), how does this influence how we have conversations about race and culture? Are we willing to risk feeling uncomfortable for the sake of understanding our brothers and sisters in Christ?
 
Calvary Church is a community that is Better Together. And while cultural differences bring depth and beauty to every group, they can also provide opportunity for misunderstandings, hurt, and division. 
 
In a continuation of last week's theme, Eric sits down with Victor Milan, one of Calvary's Hispanic Ministries pastors, to discuss racial justice and cultural diversity. They discuss how multitudes of small interactions can build up to big emotions, what it's like to not feel a sense of belonging to any one culture, and how a correct understanding of the Gospel is key to healing the woundings and bridging the gaps that can divide us all. 
 
If you'd like to learn more about Calvary's Hispanic ministries, visit them online here.
Racial Injustice with Courtnie Dowdy

Racial Injustice with Courtnie Dowdy

May 28, 2020

Ahmed Arbery. George Floyd. These names have dominated headlines in the past weeks for the tragedy and injustices they suffered. So as believers, how do we respond? How are we called to act when we encounter racial discrimination and oppression? 

Today, Eric discusses this topic with Calvary's High School Pastor, Courtnie Dowdy. Together, they explore the idea and meaning of privilege, Courtnie's experience growing up as a black woman in predominantly white spaces, and what Jesus' life tells us about how we should respond to and work against racial injustice. 

If you would like to explore this topic further, check out the resources Courtnie and Eric discussed below: 

Books- I'm Still Here by Austin Channing Brown, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, Insider Outsider by Bryan Loritts

Accounts to Follow- Jackie Hill Perry: InstagramTwitter; Bryan Loritts: Instagram, Twitter; Jo Saxton: Instagram, Twitter; Albert Tate: Instagram, Twitter

When to Submit to Government

When to Submit to Government

May 20, 2020

When the United States government restricts the gathering of people, is that an infringement on our religious freedom? What do we do if we believe our government leaders are foolish and wrong? What does the Bible say about how to behave when those in authority over us are hard to respect? 

On this week's episode of the Calvary Life Podcast, Eric explores how we should consider our current circumstances as the Body of Christ- how we love the people we disagree with, submit to the government officials in authority over us, and protect our right to worship the Lord. In times as turbulent and challenging as these, it is vital we seek Biblical guidance on how to proceed in grace, truth, and love. 

If you would like to learn more about how Calvary is serving our community in this time, or if you would like to sign up to give or receive aid, visit us online at calvarylife.org/help and calvarylife.org/pantry

What is the Church?

What is the Church?

May 14, 2020

It's common to hear someone say that they "go to Church", but is the church a location? When we're not able to gather in person, what does that mean about the Church? 

In today's episode of the Calvary Life Podcast, Eric discusses the idea of the Church being a people, not a building. He explores what that means for re-entering normal life, how we fulfill our role in the body of Christ, and how that impacts our understanding of community. 

If you are interested in learning more about how Calvary is doing Sunday services in this time, visit us at calvarylife.org/live

Corona Convictions

Corona Convictions

May 6, 2020

In this season of raised tensions, conflicting opinions, and what seem to be incredibly high stakes, how do we love people that disagree with us? Is there a way to re-enter the next "normal" as a united family and with respect for everyone's comfort levels? 

On today's episode of the Calvary Life Podcast, Eric discusses the importance of understanding the perspective of others as we begin to look at ending shelter-in-place orders and deciding what culture will look like after lockdown. Whether you believe we should have ended it weeks ago or you feel it would be safer to keep it going for a few more months, we can learn from one another and engage in respectful, caring, Christ-honoring conversation about it. 

If you would like to know more about how Calvary is serving our community in this time, visit calvarylife.org/help. And if you are in need of someone to talk to or pray with, check out our free counseling options at calvarylife.org/counseling. 

Marriage, Relationships, and Quarantine with Chris and Alisa Grace

Marriage, Relationships, and Quarantine with Chris and Alisa Grace

April 22, 2020

When you're stuck in a house with someone for months at a time, tensions can rise and conflict can multiply. Small irritants can turn into world-ending issues, leaving you wondering why you ever thought it was a good idea to live with this person. So what can you do to handle this well? 

On this week's episode of the Calvary Life Podcast, Eric and Bea Wakeling discuss exactly this with Chris and Alisa Grace, the founders and directors of the Biola University Center for Marriage and Relationships! They talk about how to reframe your thinking to encourage grace in your home, ways to counter the natural desire to criticize, and how to engage well in difficult discussions.
 
If you would like to access any of the resources of the CMR or learn more about what they do, visit them at their website at cmr.biola.edu. And if you'd like to find out more about counseling options at Calvary, check us out at calvarylife.org/counseling.
Words of Wisdom with Dr. Tim McAveney

Words of Wisdom with Dr. Tim McAveney

April 15, 2020

For this week's episode of the Calvary Life Podcast, we're hearing from our very own Dr. Tim McAveney, Chief of Cardiology for Kaiser Permanente, Orange County, on our Words of Wisdom Facebook Live video with Shannon Reese. So tune in to hear all about Coronavirus from a medical viewpoint, what we should and shouldn't be concerned about, and how to respond in a spirit of faith in the Lord.

Be sure to check back to Calvary's Facebook  for new live content on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights, as well as on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am for our regular weekly worship service!

Words of Wisdom with Dr. Andrea Ganahl

Words of Wisdom with Dr. Andrea Ganahl

April 1, 2020

For this week's episode of the Calvary Life Podcast, we're hearing from a familiar voice- the wonderful Dr. Andrea Ganahl. We were lucky enough to have her be the first guest on our Words of Wisdom Facebook Live video with Shannon Reese, and it was so great that we wanted to share it with you here! So take a listen, because there's no shortage of new things to learn about anxiety, where it comes from, and how to handle it well when you're hearing from Dr. Ganahl. 

Be sure to check back to Calvary's Facebook  for new live content on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights, as well as on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am for our regular weekly worship service!

Anxiety with Dr. Anny Ganahl- Revisited

Anxiety with Dr. Anny Ganahl- Revisited

March 25, 2020

In the stress of this current season, it can be easy to fall in to panic, anxiety, and hopelessness. So for this week's episode of the Calvary Life Podcast, we wanted to revisit one of our most popular episodes which just so happens to be filled with some very pertinent wisdom for this time. 

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, over 40 million adults in the United States suffer from clinical anxiety. But if the Bible tells us to be "anxious for nothing" (Phil. 4:6), what can we do to deal with this overwhelming issue? 

In today's episode of the Calvary Life Podcast, Eric and Matt Davis sit down with Dr. Andrea Ganahl to discuss this very topic. They talk about tips to manage your anxious thoughts, what it means for Christians to live with anxiety, and how we can help support one another in a world that can often cause us to be anxious. 

If you'd like to learn more about anxiety, or hear more from Dr. Ganahl, you can visit her website at andreaganahl.com. You can also learn more about and sign up for counseling services at Calvary by visiting calvarylife.org/counseling.

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