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.

SERIES:
Acts

Acts 17:16-34

Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. And Paul went in...

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Episode 64 - Christ impacts Economics, Civics, and the Family

It is popular among Christians today to reduce the Gospel to personal "spiritual" application only. We believe that Christ has no plan to make an...

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Episode 63 - Loving Your Neighbor, and Not Loving the World

Today, the Church faces constant pressure to redefine loving our neighbors to fit with the world's definition. This tendency can undermine the Gospel.

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Episode 37 - Maintaining the Distinction between Church and World - 1 Corinthians 5:9-6:5

Crucial to the witness of the Church in the world is maintaining the distinction between the Church and the world. In this episode of Bible...

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Episode 62 - We Will Judge Angels?

What does the Bible teach about angels? Why do the stories of Christ's birth have so many scenes with angels? In this episode of Sermon B-Sides...

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Episode 61 - Time, History, Waiting, and Advent

Merry Christmas! At the fullness of time, Christ was born in Bethlehem. The coming of Jesus was the long-awaited fulfillment of the promise given...

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Episode 60 - What Child is This, Anyways?

Merry Christmas! What exactly happened on that first Christmas? Was that baby that in the manger also God? Is Jesus also a human? Did the Old...

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Angels We Have Heard On High

When was the last time you read good news in a headline and didn’t feel the need to receive it with extreme suspicion? In an age of contested news...

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Angels We Have Heard On High

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them...

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Episode 59 - Worshipped as Zeus and Hermes... then Stoned - Acts 14

To the Jew first, and then to the Gentile—we see that pattern throughout the book of Acts. The mission starts in the synagogues until Peter or Paul...

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Episode 36 - Born Thy People To Deliver - Matthew 2:13–21

The Gospels often say that Jesus fulfills prophecy, but we don't always understand how. For example, how does Jesus fulfill the prophecy "Out of...

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Episode 58 - The Sermons of Acts: OT Heavy and Punchy - Acts 13:13–52

Have you ever noticed how different the sermons preached in the book of Acts are from the sermons you might hear today? Rather than being mere...

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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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