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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.”

February 24, 2020 24
Feb 2020

You’re Not Listening

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

Good old Peter. How can somebody be so smart and so stupid at the same time?

February 17, 2020 17
Feb 2020

Exterior Sin Management [1]

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

Before we get too far into our reading for today, I want us to get one thing sorted out in our minds. It’s something I’ve been guilty of misunderstanding—a previous sermon I preached on this text relied upon this misunderstanding to make its point.

February 11, 2020 11
Feb 2020

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

When I was in seminary, the Christian church in Coffeyville gave me a small scholarship. That was the church where my grandparents went, and served as deacons and on search committees, where my parents were married, where my aunts and uncle and cousin grew up. In return, the church folks asked me to come and preach for them.

February 4, 2020 04
Feb 2020

Wasting the Teacher’s Time

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

Writing job descriptions requires some fairly unique skills. The main question is how to outline the basic duties of a position, without ruling out the possibility that the employee may be called on to do things that aren’t spelled out in the description.

January 27, 2020 27
Jan 2020

Leave

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

A very long time ago, when I was a little kid, the Peanuts comic strip had a week-long storyline about a new kid in the neighborhood with an unusual name: 5.

January 7, 2020 07
Jan 2020

Be Well

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

It seems like whenever a story about Jesus healing someone with an illness or disability shows up in a lectionary, there’s a discussion about how—or even whether—we should preach about healing.

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