Radical or Rooted? :: PODCAST

Presented by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance Church on 11/26/2017

Words can be fascinating. They can aid us in understanding nearly anything, or, if misunderstood they can damage nearly anything.

When I was interviewing at Curwensville for the position of pastor, I kept using a word wrong. I meant to say tenet, which means an idea or belief that I hold close. But I kept saying tenant, which is a person renting an apartment.

Laurel helped me out by casually writing both of them on a piece of paper, and crossing out the one I should stop using.

Being sure of the meaning of words is important when you are trying to communicate clearly.

In this podcast, we look at the meaning of the word radical, so we can ensure we are actually doing what we understand Jesus asks us to do


You’re Welcome at the Table

Presented by Pastor Steve (with Jenna Witherite and Drew Stoddart presenting music) on 11/20/2017 at Curwensville Alliance

This week is Thanksgiving. A week where most of us share a meal with family and friends around a table.

There’s something about gathering around a table. It connects us in ways that little else can.

Maybe that’s why Jesus used a table.

Maybe that’s why Jesus invites us to a table.

This podcast speaks about God’s perspective on tables, and invites you to join Him there.

The special music is from Jenna Witherite and Drew Stoddart. 

used by permission ccli# 1841267


Doing, Doing, Doing :: PODCAST

Presented by Pastor Steve Shields on 11/7/2017 at Curwensville Alliance

A friend of mine — a man who oversaw a chain of retail stores along the east coast — once told me that when a young couple came to him, wanting to open a store together, he would often discourage them. 

You don’t want to do this, he would say.  

They, naturally, would object, saying they had the money, the location, the energy, and the skills. So why wouldn’t he want them to open a new store?

The answer: Because the effort the two of them would put into getting the store up and running would likely damage their relationship — perhaps even ruining their marriage. 

Sure, they would be doing lots of things together. But doing, doing, doing is not the same as being. And every relationship needs times of just being together.

Even your relationship with God needs this.

Perhaps this is one of the hidden faults owned by the older son in Jesus’ Parable of the Prodigal Son.

Perhaps all of us struggle with doing things for God instead of spending time with God.

This podcast addresses this issue.