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June 11, 2024 11
Jun 2024

“Hangry”

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

I have to confess that, out of all the spiritual disciplines we’re going to be looking at this summer, the one before us today is my least favorite.

June 3, 2024 03
Jun 2024

“Not a Vending Machine”

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

I know I don’t have to stand up here and tell you that you should pray.  It goes without saying that if you’re a Christian, you pray.  It’s just part of what it means to be a Christian.  I also don’t want anybody thinking there’s only one right way to pray.

May 28, 2024 28
May 2024

“Sometimes I sits and thinks”

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

I learned something a couple weeks back.
We’ve all seen, in Western movies and TV programs, tumbleweeds blowing around. A lot of the time they symbolize something: desolation, emptiness, perhaps a lead character’s aimlessness.

May 20, 2024 20
May 2024

“We’re one, but we’re not the same”

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

Pastor Joe McTaggart answered the knock on his study door with a weary sigh.
Things had gotten so bad in his church, the First Christian Church of Corbin City, Kansas, that or the first time in his life he was seriously thinking about leaving the ministry, retiring, moving to a quiet lake somewhere to finish out his days fishing and writing. It wasn’t that he didn’t love the people there—he’d spent the last decade living and working among them, sharing their joys and sorrows, watching their children grow up, helping them raise up new leaders.

May 13, 2024 13
May 2024

“A Christian Home”

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

I was in my first or second year of college when ,just before Easter, I became aware that there are New Testament scholars who believe Jesus was not actually raised from the dead.  I didn’t know any of the details, and didn’t know the names of any of those scholars, but I’d heard this little snippet of information as I went about my everyday business.

May 6, 2024 06
May 2024

“What’s Love Got to Do with It?”

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

This might be a very appropriate confession to make on Cinco de Mayo, when we’re about to go downstairs for a fellowship dinner celebrating the occasion: I love tacos. Absolutely love them. Carne asada, carnitas, al pastor, tinga, birria, you name it, I love them. I love the ground beef ones like you get at Taco Bell, too. Apart from any that might be made from tongue or some kind of guts, I love tacos.

April 29, 2024 29
Apr 2024

“Has Christ been divided?”

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

It seems like just about every church has a personality. In some churches everyone dresses very formally, and in others people are quite casual—even to the point, now and then, of elders getting up to pray at the communion table in shorts. In some churches all ideas are supposed to come from the pastor, and in others most of the best ones come from members of the congregation.

April 22, 2024 22
Apr 2024

“Turning the world upside down?”

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

Most kids go through various phases as they grow up. Some of these have to do with food: they will only eat, for instance, macaroni and cheese, every meal, every day, for weeks on end. Or maybe they’re about clothing: when my nephew was really little, he wanted to wear a Power Rangers costume every day. Eventually he outgrew the costume, and my sister thought that would be the end of it; but a friend of hers had the same costume in a bigger size.

April 15, 2024 15
Apr 2024

“Notice”

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

When Mike and I lived in Oregon, even though we had a car, we liked to get up sometimes of a Saturday morning and go on a bus adventure. Mike generally rode the bus to work in those days, so he bought a monthly pass that allowed him to ride any bus or train to anywhere in the Portland metro area. At the time it cost him under $50 each month—substantially less than the upkeep of another vehicle. And I would buy a day pass that allowed me to do the same thing, just for the day.

April 8, 2024 08
Apr 2024

“…to the ends of the earth”

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

The first human being walked on the moon three days after my first birthday. My dad says I watched it on TV, but I don’t remember it.
The three astronauts on the Apollo 11 mission carried cameras with them, and they took a number of photos that have become iconic. One of the most haunting was taken by Michael Collins, as he orbited the moon in the command module Columbia while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin went to the moon’s surface in the lunar module, the Eagle. The picture has been called “Every human being except Michael Collins.” It shows the lunar lander on its way to the moon, with Earth rising in the distant background.

April 1, 2024 01
Apr 2024

“I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out”

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

I’m not a real big sports fan—other than college basketball, baseball, hockey…and curling. Most of those I am happy to watch on TV, but not hockey.
It’s just not possible for the camera to be in the right place when the fight starts. And there’s always a fight. I think they’ve done a bit to reduce that over the years, and fighters do have to do their time in the penalty box, but hockey is an intense game and there is at the very least a good amount of aggressive shoving of opposing players into the walls of the rink.

March 25, 2024 25
Mar 2024

“I am your king.”

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

One of my seminary professors used to introduce lessons from time to time by imagining phone conversations between movie studio execs and Cecil B. DeMille as he worked on his epic films about the Bible.

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