Have You Made a Religious System to Cope with Fear? :: PODCAST

Presented on 10/1/2017 at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve Shields

In his book, What’s Wrong with Religion, Skye Jethani suggests that a lot of religious systems have been developed to help us manage our fear. Fear of the wilderness we find ourselves inhabiting. 

I think he’s right.

And I think even the most seasoned veterans of Christian faith can find themselves creating religious mechanisms to keep them “safe”.

This is never what God has in mind. And it’s never effective.

In this podcast, I try to identify what a religious mechanism looks like and how we can turn from them to the personal God who makes us safe.
-Pastor Steve


PODCAST: Marks of Credible Ministries

Presented July 12, 2015 by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance Church

We live in a day where it’s hard to discern credibility. We’re actually bombarded by people making claims regarding political figures, scientific controversies, and faith issues. Perhaps more than any generation previous, ours is one that requires extensive use of brain power in order to sort through the myriad of opinions coming our way.

Or maybe not. Maybe this is a more timeless problem than we might imagine. Over and over, when reading the New Testament, you come across passages that help you distinguish trustworthy teaching from the rest. Could it be that this problem be one that every person in every generation must address?

In his writings, the Apostle Paul was sometimes placed in the awkward position of being forced to defend himself, or to establish some credibility. As he does this, under the leading of the Holy Spirit, we get a picture of what credible ministers and ministries look like.

This podcast looks at the opening verses of 1 Thessalonians 2, and uncovers some marks of credible ministries.