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June 5, 2023 05
Jun 2023


Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

Most people, at least most girls and women, of a certain age grew up with the stories Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote about her childhood on the frontier of Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, and—briefly—Kansas. We read these stories over and over, absorbing every detail: what it was like to live in a log cabin or a dugout on a creek bank, how the shiver went down a child’s spine when she heard a wolf howl or Indians chant, the way the family got through hard times, the music Pa played on his fiddle and sang as they rode out a long, hard winter.

May 30, 2023 30
May 2023


Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

Fred Craddock was a student preacher in a little town near Kingfisher, Oklahoma, in the early 1960s. The nearest local newspaper was in Kingfisher, and they had an Arapahoe columnist by the name of Molly Shepherd. Molly wrote about Arapahoe and Cheyenne customs in English that was, in Fred’s words, both broken and poetic.

May 22, 2023 22
May 2023

“Anything Goes?”

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

“Yes, may I speak to Sharla, please?”
“This is she.”
“Sharla, this is Lori Rimbey with Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. I have reviewed your application and would like to schedule an interview with you. We’ll be interviewing candidates on Thursday; can you be here at 11:30?”
“Thursday at 11:30? Yes, that should be fine.”
“I’ll look forward to meeting you on Thursday, then.”
“I look forward to it too. Thank you.”

So, I have a job interview…now what?

May 15, 2023 15
May 2023

“Boastful Christians”

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

My first year of college, I dated a fellow who turned out to be a narcissist. Whether he had the actual personality disorder, or just thought more highly of himself than he ought, I’m not qualified to say; but I didn’t stay with him long because everything was all about him, all the time.

May 8, 2023 08
May 2023

“You oughta be ‘shamed”

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

Not long after I moved to Iowa, one of my church ladies and I came down to Kansas City for the General Synod/Assembly. As we made our way around the convention center over the course of those days, I kept seeing people wearing these t-shirts that had one word on them: “called.”

May 1, 2023 01
May 2023

“Set Apart”

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

The late Frederick Buechner once spoke at the anniversary celebration of a church in New England. “When you invited me to come speak at this anniversary of your founding as a church,” he said, “you had no way of knowing that the minister who founded you, a man named George Shinn, happened to be my wife’s great grandfather, and it pleases me to think that maybe that was not entirely a coincidence.

April 25, 2023 25
Apr 2023

“You get a Savior! Everybody gets a Savior!”

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

Is there anything you don’t like to eat? Were you picky as a kid? Are you picky now?
My mom says I was a pretty easy kid to feed, because I would eat just about anything…except zucchini. Still can’t eat that. Even as a preschooler I liked sauerkraut, particularly when served on top of mashed potatoes; and I still have it that way from time to time. But I just can’t quite manage zucchini.

April 18, 2023 18
Apr 2023

“Let’s get to it””

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

Last week the angel, and then Jesus himself, told the women to go tell the rest of the disciples—who were still hiding in fear, after what had happened to Jesus on Friday—to head on out to Galilee, because Jesus was going to meet them there. This week we have gone with them as they go to the place where Jesus directed them to go.

April 10, 2023 10
Apr 2023

“Shaken, Not Stirred”

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

The year was 1815.
Napoleon Bonaparte, the self-styled Emperor of France, had been defeated; but he had escaped imprisonment and led another army into Europe.
If he couldn’t be stopped, Europe could only look forward to another long and bloody war.

April 3, 2023 03
Apr 2023

“Trick Rider”

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

The people who say there isn’t humor in the Bible ought to go back and read it again.
The book of Jonah is a hoot—imagine the prophet, who didn’t really want to call the city of Nineveh, the capital of Israel’s archenemy Assyria, to repentance because he knew that if they did, God would forgive them. So when they do repent, he sits down outside the city and pouts.

March 27, 2023 27
Mar 2023

“Is this going to be on the test?”

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

It’s funny how different teachers approach giving tests. Some will give students a detailed study guide so they know exactly what’s going to be on the test. Others refuse to give any hint at all—you’d better just study everything, they tell the class. There are teachers on various points in between these two—maybe they’ll mention that one or two concepts are going to be very important for the upcoming test, but they don’t tell you everything.
Which would you rather have?

March 20, 2023 20
Mar 2023

“The Big Day”

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

“She said yes.”
That’s what the caption on the picture said, the picture that went out on the “save the date” cards for their wedding.
Jon had done everything right. He had asked Frances’ father for his blessing. He had organized a photographer for the proposal, and had his parents, brothers, and sisters, and Frances’ parents and sisters—all but Daisy, who was tasked with getting Frances to the park where she thought she was going to be meeting her sisters for a picnic—along with some of their friends join them for the evening.

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