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May 26, 2020 26
May 2020

What Are Our Essentials?

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

I was the second Disciple to attend my seminary. The first was actually a transplant from the United Church of Christ, much more recently than I had been transplanted from the American Baptist Church.

May 19, 2020 19
May 2020

Does anybody love anybody, anyway?

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

I have a really low tolerance for sensory overload. I’ve also discovered that I generally prefer things quiet (although you’d think otherwise if you were ever in the car with me and there was music on).

May 11, 2020 11
May 2020

Who do you belong to?

1 Corinthians 1:10-18 The church in Corinth, which Paul started, seems to have had an infinite capacity for division. It seems that this is the main reason why Paul wrote 1 Corinthians, and he starts addressing the problem right off the bat. Verse 10 of chapter 1, where our reading […]

May 4, 2020 04
May 2020

Guilt by Association

Acts 17:1-9 It’s a staple in political campaigns. Candidates are criticized for the company they keep. In 2008, much was made of Barack Obama’s association with a former 1960s radical, not to mention his membership in a church with a pastor who had said some things in sermons that a […]

April 27, 2020 27
Apr 2020

“I haven’t got any money”

April 26, 2020 Acts 3:1-10 It took me awhile to find a church when I moved from Coffeyville to Wichita to go to college. I had grown up in an American Baptist church, but the American Baptist churches in Wichita weren’t anything like that one. For awhile I went to […]

April 21, 2020 21
Apr 2020

“Catching Flies”

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

April 19, 2020 Acts 1:1-14 A few years ago, when I was at my folks’ house for Christmas, I caught part of a show they liked to watch, Undercover Boss. I’m not sure if it’s still on (reality shows really aren’t my thing, other than a couple of cooking competitions), […]

April 15, 2020 15
Apr 2020

“…wait…what?”

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

Mark 16:1-8 There are a lot of people who aren’t sleeping very well right now. Maybe you’re one of them. I know I have been. When things are uncertain, we don’t know who might get sick or when, and we don’t know how bad it will be, and we worry […]

April 7, 2020 07
Apr 2020

King of Fools

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

Palm Sunday is a great day in church. Kids march in waving palm branches while we sing “All Glory, Laud, and Honor.” More palms wait in vases up front, and we’re all ready to shout a joyful “Hosanna.” We sing, and we shout, and we have a wonderful morning as we begin Holy Week. But today we’re not in church.

March 31, 2020 31
Mar 2020

THE END IS NEAR

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

One night in November of 1983, my church youth group met at our leaders’ house to watch a TV movie. Normally we met at the church, of course; but in those days you couldn’t necessarily watch a TV movie at the church, and I think our leaders wanted us in a more comfortable environment, because the movie was going to be pretty troubling.

March 23, 2020 23
Mar 2020

Going to Bed Hungry

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

When we hear the story of the widow’s mite, that’s usually a sign that it’s stewardship season. A stewardship sermon would hold her up as a model of sacrificial giving, and urge us to give similarly. But as is the case with most passages of Scripture, if we expand the reading beyond the four verses that contain the story, the picture looks a whole lot different.

March 18, 2020 18
Mar 2020

Whose Head Is This?

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

Lately I’ve been watching a British archaeology show called Time Team. The show ended in 2014 after a 20-year run, but all the episodes and specials they produced during that time are on YouTube.

March 2, 2020 02
Mar 2020

Follow the Money

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

It’s not because of any details in this text, but based on details from Matthew’s and Luke’s versions of the same story, that we call this man the “Rich Young Ruler.”

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