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 four kids. He loves reading, writing, cooking, feasting, music, and family dance parties.

Christ, Our Second Adam

I have a problem called Scotch broom. Every year, hideous gray-green shrubs swarm the perimeter of my property spewing their seeds — and don’t try...

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Episode 35 - Is Christ Divided? - 1 Corinthians 1:10–13

Within the Church, there are good kinds of unity and bad kinds of unity. There are good kinds of division and bad kinds of division. While the...

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Episode 57 - Herod, Governor Sergius & Two Kingdom Theology - Acts 12–13

King Herod killed James and continued to persecute Christians because it was politically advantageous. God later strikes him down. Shortly after this,

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Revelation 7

After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, that no wind might blow on earth...

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Episode 56 - Cornelius and the Elementary Principles - Acts 10–11

Jew and Gentile. Circumcision, food laws, and the ceremonial law. The Holy Spirit and the conversion of the Gentile centurion Cornelius and his...

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Episode 34 - Thankful for the Mess That Is the Church - 1 Corinthians 1:4–9

The church in Corinth was a mess! Divisions, incest, and drunkenness at the Lord's Supper are a few of the problems we learn are going on there....

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Revelation 6

Now I watched when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder, “Come!” And...

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Episode 33 - Love Your Enemies - Luke 6:27–36

Jesus commands his disciples to love their enemies because he wants them to reflect the kindness and love of God expressed in the Gospel. In this...

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SERIES:
Acts

Acts 13:1-12

Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of...

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Revelation 5

Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a...

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Episode 55 - Saul: Lightning Rod for Controversy - Acts 9:19–31

Soon after meeting Jesus and beginning to preach that he was the Christ, Saul was on a hit-list. In Acts 9 we read of two separate conspiracies to...

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Episode 32 - He is Able to Keep You From Stumbling - Jude 1:24-25

The letter of Jude is a letter of warning. It seeks to convict, equip, and strengthen its readers to stand against the temptations of unbelief...

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Revelation 4

After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come...

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Episode 54 - Sovereign Grace and the Damascus Train Wreck - Acts 9:1–19

When Saul met Jesus on the Damascus Road, everything changed. The sovereign grace of God met Saul and made a train wreck of his life as it was. He...

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Episode 31 - A Call to Persevere - Jude 1:17-23

There is a sense in which the gospel of Jesus is both "against the world" and "for the world." This isn't just a theoretical tension, but a tension...

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Episode 30 - "Woe to You, When All People Speak Well of You" - Luke 6:26

Who doesn't want to be liked? Who doesn't want to be thought of as wonderfully winsome and radically relevant by all people? It's a temptation for...

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Revelation 2

“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden...

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Episode 29 - "Thine is the Kingdom" - 1 Chronicles 29:11

The doxology we often hear at the end of the Lord's Prayer, "For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen," may not have...

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SERIES:
Acts

Acts 9:19-31

For some days he was with the disciples at Damascus. And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.” And all...

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Episode 53 - The Silence of God and the Maturing of our Faith - Psalm 44

Why is it that God sometimes rescued his people in obvious and miraculous ways, but at other times God had them take part in battles and conflict...

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Episode 28 - "Lead Us Not Into Temptation" - Matthew 6:13

After Jesus teaches his disciples to pray for forgiveness, he teaches them to pray, "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." In...

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Episode 52 - The Fight of Faith vs. Misplaced Lament - Psalms 42 & 43

Sometimes, circumstances and conflict reveal that we've founded our hope on something that isn't solid. In this episode of Sermon B-Sides, Pastor...

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Episode 27 - "Forgive Us Our Debts" - Matthew 6:12

When Jesus teaches his disciples to pray, he also teaches them to pray for forgiveness. Did Jesus intend for us to pray this every day? What does...

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Episode 51 - The Lessons of Suffering - Psalm 41

Moments of distress and affliction remind us of our need for help and reveal what we are putting our trust in. In this episode of Sermon B-Sides...

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