Pastor Rusten Harris

Pastor of Youth Community

Rusten leads our Youth Community and also provides teaching/preaching support. He and his wife live in Kingston with their three kids. He loves reading, writing, cooking, feasting, music, and family dance parties.

Episode 18 - Enter His Gates With Thanksgiving - Psalm 100

In this episode of Bible Thoughts, Pastor Rusten looks at Psalm 100 and considers the joy of gratitude and the hope that we have because of God's...

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Episode 41 - "The Vineyard is Mine"

In this episode of Sermon B-Sides, Pastor Jon and Pastor Rusten discuss the sermon and martyrdom of Stephen and how it unpacks and demonstrates a...

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Episode 17 - Can These Bones Live? - Ezekiel 37:1–14

In this episode of Bible Thoughts, Pastor Rusten looks at Ezekiel 37:1–14 and the valley of the dry bones. God confronts this seemingly hopeless...

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Episode 40 - Deacons, Women, Widows, and Work

In this episode of Sermon B-Sides, Pastor Jon and Pastor Rusten discuss the role of deacons within the church, the question of female deacons, the...

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Episode 16 - Jesus Saves. Jesus Disciplines. - Matthew 18:15–18

In this episode of Bible Thoughts, Pastor Rusten looks at Matthew 18:15–18 and considers Jesus’ teaching on Church discipline, and the context of...

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Episode 39 - The Looming Danger of "Deeds vs. Creeds"

In this episode of Sermon B-Sides, Pastor Jon and Pastor Rusten discuss the priority of the ministry of the Word in the early Church and the...

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Episode 15 - The Warning of the Watchman - Ezekiel 33:7–11

In this episode of Bible Thoughts, Pastor Rusten considers Ezekiel 33:7–11 and the responsibility that God gives Ezekiel to warn his people of...

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Episode 38 - Jesus Doesn't Produce Conflict...He Exposes It

In this episode of Sermon B-Sides, Pastor Jon and Pastor Rusten discuss Acts 5 and the imprisonment of Peter and the Apostles. In a time when the...

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Episode 14 - The Mercy of Manual Labor - Leviticus 19:9–10

In this episode of Bible Thoughts, Pastor Rusten considers how God provides for the poor and the sojourner through the gleaning laws for landowners.

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Episode 37 - 2020–2021: The Church Unhindered

In this episode of Sermon B-Sides, Pastor Jon and Pastor Rusten discuss how, even during COVID-19, Governor mandates, lockdowns, etc., the message...

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Episode 13 - Except For These Chains - Acts 26:22–29

In this episode of Bible Thoughts, Pastor Rusten looks at Acts 26:22–29 and considers how Paul's mission to proclaim the gospel confronts those who...

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SERIES:
Acts

Acts 5:17-42

But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and with his wife’s knowledge he kept back for himself some of the...

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Episode 36 - That One Time God Killed Those Church Members

Ananias and Sapphira sold their property and gave most of it away. But they lied about how much they sold the property for because they wanted...

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Episode 12 - Of Peacemakers and False Prophets - Ezekiel 13:8-14

In this episode of Bible Thoughts, Pastor Rusten looks at Ezekiel 13:8-14 and considers this question: What is the difference between a false...

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Episode 35 - Jesus' Mission Strategy: Confront Sexual Sin

In this episode of Sermon B-Sides, Pastor Jon and Pastor Rusten discuss the story of the woman at the well and the need to not avoid the subject of...

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Episode 11 - Don't Complain About the Culture? - Ezekiel 9:3-8

In this episode of Bible Thoughts, Pastor Rusten looks at Ezekiel chapters 8-9. This particular passage tells an eerie story of God showing Ezekiel...

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Episode 34 - He Ain't No "Have it Your Way" Burger King

The Church tends to easily dismiss Christ in his Kingly office, either by spiritualizing his rule, or by saying that his Kingly rule is...

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Episode 10 - Slavery by Fear and Algorithms - Exodus 14:10-14

If you don't fear God, you will fear man—whether that means craving the approval of man or fearing what man might do to you. Fearing man or death...

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SERIES:

I'd Deconstruct That...

Considerations and concerns upon recently hearing a local pastor on facebook:

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Episode 33 - The High Priest and BBQ Pit Chef

Was there a priestly role in the garden of Eden before the fall of humanity? What are all those other sacrifices and offerings, (e.g. bread...

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Episode 9 - The Way, The Truth, and The Life - John 14:1-6

In this episode of Bible Thoughts, Pastor Rusten considers a couple of the specific ways that Jesus is mocked while being crucified and what those...

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Episode 32 - Jesus is the God Revealed in the Old Testament

Have you ever heard someone tell you that the God revealed in the Old Testament is mean and grumpy and that they prefer the Jesus of the New...

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Episode 8 - Does God Even Want Him? - Matthew 27:42-44

It is worth considering why Jesus did not simply die a simple, clean, dignified death when he bore the sins of his people. Instead, Jesus dies the...

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Good Friday 2021

He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we...

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