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August 10, 2020 10
Aug 2020

“Plan B, C, D…”

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

Jeremiah 18:1-11 When my sister and I were kids, we and the other neighbor kids—there were almost a dozen of us at one point—used to spend a lot of time playing in the creek that ran behind our house. One summer, we discovered that in one place in the creekbank […]

August 3, 2020 03
Aug 2020

“The End Is Not the End”

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

Isaiah 11:1-16 It’s safe to say we—not just in the United States but all of Western civilization—are living in a cataclysmic time right now. That’s not just because we are in the middle of a pandemic, a brand-new infectious disease that we are learning about in real time, just figuring […]

July 28, 2020 28
Jul 2020

“Far from Home”

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

Deuteronomy 29:16 — 30:14 If you have even a nodding acquaintance with Irish and Scottish folk music, you know that emigration and exile are pretty prominent parts of the tradition. Both of those countries, under English control, ended up seeing many of their people leave, for a variety of reasons. […]

July 20, 2020 20
Jul 2020

“A Nickel is a Nickel and a Dime is a Dime”

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

Hosea 1:2-9 “Hesitation Blues” is a very early blues song, probably most famously recorded by Jelly Roll Morton in the 1920s.  Some people claim Jelly Roll wrote it, but it appears to be traditional, and there are several versions of it out there that were published before Morton’s; and lots […]

July 14, 2020 14
Jul 2020

“This Is Who I Am”

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

Exodus 33:12 – 34:9 Thursday night, after my Zoom class ended, I went downstairs and joined Mike, who was watching TV.  First he was watching something about the philosophy and practice of “eugenics” in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, which was wildly popular in the United States until […]

July 6, 2020 06
Jul 2020

Vows

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

Deuteronomy 29: 10-15 Once upon a time, a man moved his entire extended family—seventy in all—into Egypt to get away from a famine. That man was Jacob, also known as Israel, the grandson of Abraham and Sarah, whose story we heard two weeks ago. Jacob’s second-youngest son Joseph had, through […]

June 15, 2020 15
Jun 2020

Get Off The Boat

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

Genesis 9:8-17 Seems like every time there’s a flood somewhere, somebody is on the news needing to be rescued after they drive into water over the road. There are a whole bunch of reasons not to do this, of course. For one thing, roads occasionally wash out when it floods. […]

June 9, 2020 09
Jun 2020

Building a House

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

2 Samuel 7:1-17 Recently I got a large envelope in the mail from Phillips Seminary, where I will be starting my Doctor of Ministry program this month. It contained the student handbook and a whole bunch of forms I need to sign and send back. There’s one that says, yes, […]

June 2, 2020 02
Jun 2020

Stone Soup

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

(“Stone Soup” is a European folktale of unknown origin. It was first published in French in 1720 and English in 1806. www.stonesoup.com has a complete account of the tale’s development and publication over time, as well as derivations known in popular culture today. This retelling is entirely mine, based on my remembrance of hearing the story read by my third-grade teacher.)

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.

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