Skip to main content
The Anchor Of The Week

The Anchor Of The Week

By Zac & Courtney
The Anchor of the Week is an initiative of Hope + Anchor Community Church in London, UK. Each week we’ll discuss different topics relevant to faith and Christianity in today’s culture as we build a space for the church to share our experiences and challenge one another to grow in living life like Jesus.
Listen on
Where to listen
Apple Podcasts Logo

Apple Podcasts

Breaker Logo

Breaker

Google Podcasts Logo

Google Podcasts

Overcast Logo

Overcast

Pocket Casts Logo

Pocket Casts

RadioPublic Logo

RadioPublic

Spotify Logo

Spotify

ON THE STREETS: WHAT ARE WE CHASING?
In today’s episode we’re back on the streets (or more specifically, the park) to ask the locals of London: what gets you out of bed in the morning? Wether we’re aware of it or not, we all have something that we’re chasing and working towards that keeps us going each day.  We received a variety of answers that caused us to think and reflect on our own motivations and had some great conversations about society at large. Join us as we hear what our community has to say about what motivates them!
40:52
June 15, 2021
WHAT FUELS SOCIETY? FT. SINEM KARTAL
Have you ever stopped to consider what exactly it is that gets you out of bed in the morning, what motivates you to continue to reach your dreams, your responsibilities, your goals? Have you ever stopped to wonder what gets others out of bed in the morning? In the first installment of our newest series, we are asking ourselves and people from our community the introspective question: what motivates you? Our goal is to see beyond ourselves and hear challenging thoughts, opinions and experiences to better understand what is fueling our society as a whole so that we can better love, champion and help grow those around us.   In today’s episode we sit down with small business owner and creator of community, Sinem Karatal, in her coffee house, Chapel Market Roastery. The Turkey-born and London-raised former teacher talks leaving her job to pursue her passion, focussing on the small things in life and so much more as we ask her: what motivates you?
47:49
June 8, 2021
PERSPECTIVE & CHAOS: WHERE ARE OUR EYES FIXED?
In a continuation of our series on chaos, we dive deeper into the conversations that we had the past two weeks on the streets. As we hoped, our perspectives were challenged on how we view chaos, especially on the line of: can chaos be good for us? And how do we differentiate chaos and confusion? Join us as we unpack these ideas and so much more on today’s episode!
28:35
June 1, 2021
ON THE STREETS: CHAOS PART 2
We had such good, deep conversations about chaos on the streets of Camden Town, London that we couldn’t fit it into one episode! So join us for part two as we hear more about what our community is living and how they perceive chaos on both a personal and global level.
22:39
May 25, 2021
ON THE STREETS: CHAOS
This week we’re continuing the conversation on chaos and taking it back to the streets to hear what YOU have to say! We asked people on the streets of Camden Town, London what chaos is to them, how they perceive it in their lives and in the world, and what they’re doing about it. We hope that you’re as challenged and inspired as we were by what our community has to say on a topic that affects us all.
30:37
May 18, 2021
FINDING GOD AMONGST CHAOS
Everywhere we look, whether inside of ourselves or at the world around us, it’s easy to say that things can seem chaotic. But where is God amongst it all? Over the next several weeks we’re taking a deep dive into this topic, starting with today’s discussion on how we personally deal with chaos and reconcile a God of order in a world that can seem so out of control at times. Join us as we talk about allowing God to work in our mental, emotional and circumstantial chaos and how we can bring that stability to the world around us.
38:43
May 11, 2021
MENTAL & EMOTIONAL HEALTH WITH FEDERICO PARENTE
In today’s episode we’re joined by Federico Parente of Hope Community Support. In a culture that has begun to normalize the conversation around mental and emotional health, Federico chats to us about how we need to make sure that the conversation continues. Sit down with us as we discuss how to be proactive in our mental and emotional well-being and how we can encourage others to do the same.
33:11
May 4, 2021
CREATING CULTURE
Many times we underestimate how much authority we have to create a healthy culture where people can thrive. It may seem daunting, especially when cultures have already been established, but we can walk into any situation knowing that the Holy Spirit empowers us to bring change. So whether it’s large scale like the culture of celebrity and fame or small scale like the culture of your school or workplace, join us as we discuss how we can create culture!
30:48
April 27, 2021
YOU ARE NOT WHAT YOU DO
In today’s episode we expand last week’s conversation - what are you doing this for? - and take it a step further. We discuss how easy it is for our worth to become wrapped up in the things that we do and produce, which in turn affects how we perceive ourselves and project ourselves to others. Join us as we refocus and remember that who we are needs to be rooted in God and not limited by our capacities.
34:42
April 20, 2021
WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS FOR?
It’s easy to lose focus, to get caught up in the mundane of life and forget why we do what we do. A question we all need to ask ourselves is “what am I doing this for?” In every area of our lives, we need to take time to examine our motivations so we can do whatever God has asked us to do with purpose. So whether you need to be reminded of the big picture or check the attitude of your heart in the small things, join us as we ask each other - WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS FOR?
36:26
April 13, 2021
ON THE STREETS
Today we’re taking the conversation to YOU! We hit the streets of Camden Town in London to find out what hope means to the people passing by and what they’re expecting for the upcoming year. It’s easy to get stuck in our own thoughts, so we invite you along as we challenge ourselves to see life from the perspective of others and how we can move forward in Hope as a community.
26:20
April 6, 2021
SURRENDERED & SACRIFICIAL: LIVING A LIFE THAT’S NOT ABOUT US
While living in a way that is not centred around ourselves seems counter-culture, it is the way that Jesus modelled for us. So why is it such a challenge to lay down our lives and follow him? In this tension, we need to remember that nothing of value comes without a cost. Join us for this week’s conversation as we dive into what a surrendered life looks like and what it means to be a living sacrifice.
31:49
March 23, 2021
SINGLENESS, MARRIAGE AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN WITH THE JOHNSONS
In today’s episode we sit down with Ina and Eric Johnson as they share about their journey from friends to husband and wife. A topic that is often talked about in church settings but sometimes lacks authenticity and relatability, the Johnsons are here to discuss how to put God first in relationships in a way that feels like long-time friends sitting around the kitchen table. Pull up a chair and join us for this refreshingly down to earth and personal take on singleness, relationships and marriage.
52:21
March 16, 2021
TRUTH: RELATIVE VS ABSOLUTE
Now more than ever, the idea of relative truth has permeated the fabric of our society. The idea that we are all entitled to our own “truth” seems inclusive at first glance, but a deeper look reveals that this perspective is actually isolating and divisive. Join us for today’s epeisode as we consider why there is a need for absolute truth, and why as Christians, it is crucial that we are firmly rooted in Truth himself - Jesus.
32:16
March 9, 2021
PUSHING PAST SUPERFICIALITY
The temptation to be superficial is one that we all battle from time to time, especially now in the online age. Keeping our relationship with God, others and even ourselves at a surface level is always the easier option, but anything that stays on the surface can never make a lasting impact. Join us in today’s episode as we talk about why pushing for depth is always worth the effort even if it’s uncomfortable. When everything around us is telling us that settling for the superficial is enough, let’s be people that always break past the surface to where real, meaningful life happens.
34:09
March 2, 2021
A LIFE OF WORSHIP WITH ALLAN BARBAZZA
In today’s episode we sit down with special guest Allan Barbazza, worship leader and assistant pastor of Kings Cross Baptist Church. Join us as we talk about his journey from police officer in Brazil to leading a church in London, and learning about a life of worship outside of the Sunday morning setting along the way.
39:12
February 23, 2021
PASSION, PATIENCE & PERSEVERANCE
Passion, patience and perseverance are qualities that seem good in theory, but when we’re in the thick of life, tend to be some of the harder characteristics to live out on the daily. Why is this? And why are they so key to living out our purpose? Join us for today’s episode as we ask ourselves these questions and dive into how all three are dependent on one another as we go after the things God has put on our hearts.
30:31
February 16, 2021
TRUTH, UNITY & SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
In a time of social media activism, it is easier now more than ever to be a part of social movements. It’s a great way to be active members of society that stand up for justice, but it also brings with it the challenge of not getting swept up in the emotions of a movement that lead to polarization and division, especially within the Church. Join us as we discuss what it looks like to navigate the movements of our time in a way that stands on God’s truth and love, and ultimately brings unity.
31:43
February 9, 2021
CANCEL, CALL OUT & KINGDOM CULTURE
Cancel and Call Out Culture are rampant in these days of social media activism, where everyone is speaking out on what they believe to be right.  It can be overwhelming to discern opinion from truth and to know when and how to speak up ourselves. In today’s episode we talk realistically about these cultures and what Kingdom Culture looks like in the midst of them.
29:25
February 2, 2021
LIVING WITH A VISION
Don’t let failed expectations of last year stop you from having hope for this year. Whether you’re sceptical of the point of New Year’s resolutions, you’ve lost faith that God will move in 2021, or you just need a dose of encouragement, join us as we discuss the importance of living with a vision.
35:50
January 26, 2021
HINDSIGHT IS 2020
On our last episode of the year, we take a moment to see how, amidst all of the challenges, we have seen God move in 2020. Join us as we focus on what He has done with thankfulness and look forward to what He will do in the new year with expectation!
26:15
December 29, 2020
CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
Join us for a very special Christmas episode! We reflect on the miracle of the birth of Jesus and seek God for a new revelation of what that means for us today. Merry Christmas from all of us at The Anchor of the Week!
28:45
December 22, 2020
THE POWER OF THANKFULNESS
From an early age we are taught to say “thank you” - but true thankfulness goes way beyond politeness. Join us for today’s episode as we discuss how a posture of thankfulness deepens our relationship with God and transforms the world around us.
28:49
December 16, 2020
OVERWHELMING PRIDE WITH HUMILITY
The tension between walking in humility and in pride is a daily struggle we all face, whether or not we may realize it. In today’s episode, we discuss the importance of a posture of humility and how to practically live victoriously over our pride.
29:56
December 8, 2020
THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY
In today’s society, independence is praised and sought after by Christians and non-Christians alike. However, the Bible tells us that we were made to live in relationship with God and others - but what does that look like practically? Why can it be such a struggle to choose community over independence? How can we live rooted in community in a healthy way? Sit down with us as we discuss all of this and more in this week’s episode!
26:50
December 1, 2020
POLITICS: GOD'S HEART FOR OUR GOVERMENT
In today’s episode we are diving into one of the most divisive topics in today’s culture - politics. As Christians, it’S important for us to have this conversation in a way that doesn’t bring disunity but rather challenges us to ask God how we should move in our current political climate. Join us and special guest Micah Orsetti as we discuss God’s heart for our governments!
29:43
November 24, 2020
HEART vs MIND
Our heart and our mind are powerful things that can shape our perceptions, reactions and decision making. In today’s episode we dive into how we were never meant to live led by our logic (mind) or emotions (heart), but rather reconcile them as tools that God gave us as we live led by His Spirit.    The Anchor of the Week is an initiative of Hope + Anchor Community Church in London, UK. Each week we’ll discuss different topics relevant to faith and Christianity in today’s culture as we build a space for the church to share our experiences and challenge one another to grow in living life like Jesus.   Subscribe and follow us on your favourite podcast platform so you never miss an episode! [ Find The Anchor of the Week on: Spotify, Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Breaker, Castbox, Overcast, Pocket Casts and RadioPublic ]
29:07
November 10, 2020
GETTING REAL ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA
Have you ever wondered what our role is as Christians in our social media drenched culture? Then this episode is for you! We sit down with special guest Andrès Puras and talk about how we can resist becoming consumed with social media without completely running away from it, being wise in using it as a platform to show what authentic living actually looks like.
35:22
November 3, 2020
MATURING IN OUR GIFTS & TALENTS
This week we’re sitting down to distinguish the difference between gifts and talents, two words that are often thrown around as synonyms. But as we unpack their meanings, we gain a clearer view of how God wants to grow us in both as we mature in our journey with Him.   The Anchor of the Week is an initiative of Hope + Anchor Community Church in London, UK. Each week we’ll discuss different topics relevant to faith and Christianity in today’s culture as we build a space for the church to share our experiences and challenge one another to grow in living life like Jesus. Subscribe and follow us on your favourite podcast platform so you never miss an episode! [ Find The Anchor of the Week on: Spotify, Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Breaker, Castbox, Overcast, Pocket Casts and RadioPublic ]
26:15
October 27, 2020
COMPARISON: THE KILLER OF CALLING
In this week's episode we confront comparison within ourselves and the church and how, when left undealt with, it can prevent us from walking in the fullness of God's calling. The Anchor of the Week is an initiative of Hope + Anchor Community Church in London, UK. Each week we’ll discuss different topics relevant to faith and Christianity in today’s culture as we build a space for the church to share our experiences and challenge one another to grow in living life like Jesus.
22:45
October 19, 2020
EVANGELISM
In our premier episode we dive into the topic of evangelism, a subject that comes with many different viewpoints both within and outside of Christian culture. Join us as we peel back the perceptions to see what God really says about evangelism and how to live it out. The Anchor of the Week is an initiative of Hope + Anchor Community Church in London, UK. Each week we’ll discuss different topics relevant to faith and Christianity in today’s culture as we build a space for the church to share our experiences and challenge one another to grow in living life like Jesus.
22:44
October 9, 2020