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Cru Talks

Cru Talks

By Penn State Cru
Cru Talks is a collection of talks given at Penn State Cru's weekly meetings and retreats. To listen to them live, join us on Thursday nights in Forest Resources 112 at 7pm. This podcast is also available on Apple, Google, and Spotify podcasts.
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Moving Forward Virtually: Processing Emotions
Continuing with online Cru, Hannah talks about our endless cycle of emotions through quarantine. 
April 23, 2020
Moving Forward Virtually: The Power of Prayer
Continuing our online zoom meetings, Tom gives a powerful testimony about our mindset when it comes to prayer. 
April 16, 2020
Moving Forward Virtually: Resting and Fasting
Continuing with our online zoom meetings, Josh and Kathryn walk us through the disciplines of resting and fasting. Through these practices we can experience a deeper intimacy with God as he reveals to us more about his character. 
April 09, 2020
Student Talk: Chandelle Keller
Student Chandelle Keller talks with us about how our discipline is a response to God's grace and love for us. We act in obedience because of our love for the Father. 
April 02, 2020
Moving Forward Virtually: "What Do I Have Left?"
Penn State Cru is continually learning and adapting to our new virtual reality. This week Abe talks about how Jesus is our rock. When everything feels unstable and changing Jesus is our stability and strength. 
March 26, 2020
Moving Forward Virtually: Our Response to Coronavirus
With Penn State classes moving online for the remainder of the semester and campus facilities closed, we're adapting and learning how to continue our movement virtually. In our first virtual meeting, we discuss how COVID-19 has affected us and where God is during this difficult time.
March 19, 2020
Student Talk: Chris Madeira
Student Chris Madeira walks us through what it looks like to steward your finances with a Kingdom mindset. 
February 28, 2020
James: Part 9
This week Tom walks us through James 5:13-20. He discusses how prayer is the key to experiencing joy in the midst of suffering.
February 21, 2020
James: Part 8
This week Abe is continuing our series in James 4:11-12, 5:7-12. 
February 14, 2020
James: Part 7
This week Josh is continuing our series in James 4:13-5:6.
February 07, 2020
This week, Hannah spoke about the importance of having close relationships with other believers and God to flourish in your faith.
January 31, 2020
James: Part 6
This week, Kathryn is continuing our series in James 4:1-10.
January 24, 2020
James: Part 5
We're back from break and jumping right back into our series on James. This week, Tom is walking us through James 3:13-18.
January 17, 2020
Understanding Advent: The Story of Noah
In preparation for Christmas break, we're taking another break from James. Listen as Hannah teaches us the story of Jesus from a Christmas perspective.
December 13, 2019
James: Part 4
Abe is continuing our talk series in James 3:1-12 after a short break.
December 06, 2019
James: Part 3
This week, Josh walks us through James 2:14-26.
November 15, 2019
James: Part 2
This week Josh is continuing our series in James 2:1-13.
November 08, 2019
Fall Retreat 2019: Extending Your Present (Part 4)
Listen to our talk series from this year's Fall Retreat by our guest speaker Nick Nowalk.
November 03, 2019
Fall Retreat 2019: Bloom Where You're Planted (Part 3)
Listen to our talk series from this year's Fall Retreat by our guest speaker Nick Nowalk.
November 02, 2019
Fall Retreat 2019: Lamenting (Part 2)
Listen to our talk series from this year's Fall Retreat by our guest speaker Nick Nowalk.
November 02, 2019
Fall Retreat 2019: Mindfulness (Part 1)
Listen to our talk series from this year's Fall Retreat by our guest speaker Nick Nowalk.
November 02, 2019
James: Part 1
We're kicking off a new series on the book of James. This week, Tom is introducing the book and going through James 1:1, 19-27.
October 24, 2019
Christian Basics: Sexual Wholeness
This week, we're concluding our Christian Basics series with a talk by Abe on God's design for sexual wholeness.
October 10, 2019
Christian Basics: Christian Growth
Josh is continuing our Christian Basics series this week by talking about growth.
October 03, 2019
Christian Basics: Equipped in the Spirit
Tom is continuing our Christian Basics series this week by talking about being equipped in the Holy Spirit.
September 27, 2019
Christian Basics: Empowered by the Holy Spirit
This week, Kathryn continues our Christian Basics series with a talk focused on receiving power from the Holy Spirit.
September 24, 2019
Christian Basics: Confession
This week Hannah shows us what confession looks like using examples from her own life.
September 14, 2019
Christian Basics: Assurance of Salvation
This semester, we're doing a series on the Christian Basics. Tonight, Tom starts us off by reminding us of the certainty we can have in our relationship status with God.
September 07, 2019
Cru Introduction Fall 2019
We're kicking off another year with a talk from Tom about our need for relationships.
September 02, 2019
Questioning Christianity: The Bible
As yet another semester comes to a close, we're finishing up our apologetics series. Listen as Josh Himes makes an argument for the Christian faith through Biblical prophesy.
April 26, 2019
Questioning Christianity: History
This week, intern Morgan Kolonauski leads us through the historical evidence for Jesus and the resurrection.
April 24, 2019
Questioning Christianity: Armour of God
This week, senior student Amy leads us in a talk on the Armour of God as we continue our Questioning Christianity series. This talk takes a unique look at how Christians can defend their faith by looking into the spiritual realm.
April 12, 2019
Questioning Christianity: Personal Experience
One of the strongest arguments for the Christian faith is the personal stories of those who believe it. That's why we had several students share their testimonies this week. Tune in to hear their stories and why they follow Jesus.
April 01, 2019
Questioning Christianity: Science
Continuing our apologetics series, we're taking a look at how science interacts with our Christian faith. This week, student Kyle Evernham explains how science and faith are not mutually exclusive by providing examples of famous Christian scientists and how science supports the Christian faith.
March 23, 2019
Questioning Christianity: Philosophy
We're excited to be kicking off a brand new series on apologetics. Over the next 6 weeks, tune in to hear different defenses for the Christian faith. This week, Tom Sperlich walks us through some philosophical arguments that lead to the existence of God.
March 15, 2019
Living in God's Truth
This week at Cru, senior student Ceci Richardsen shares some wisdom God has taught her over the last four years. Listen as she shares what it means to live in God's truth and how trusting Him has impacted her life.
February 22, 2019
40 Days on Prayer: Praying for a Breakthrough
A study on biblical prayer wouldn't be complete without learning how Paul uses prayer in his letters to the early church. Tune in as Tom Sperlich breaks this down with us.
February 09, 2019
40 Days on Prayer: The Pattern for Prayer
We're excited to be back despite the cold weather to continue our series on prayer. Listen as Josh breaks down the Lord's prayer and speaks on the context surrounding this passage.
February 01, 2019
40 Days on Prayer: Praying with Confidence
This week at Cru, Kathryn taught us what true confidence in prayer looks like and how closely it's tied to our trust in God. As we continue our series on prayer, take some time to build your confidence in God and see how much it can affect your prayer life.
January 18, 2019
40 Days on Prayer: The Purpose of Prayer
We're kicking off a 40 Day Prayer Challenge this week with a talk on the purpose of prayer. Join us as we learn the power of prayer and begin to apply it to our lives.
January 13, 2019
The Greatest Chapter Ever Written: Sealed in the Spirit
It's Christmas time and our last meeting of the semester. Tune in as Tom Sperlich wraps up our series on Romans 8 by talking about God's love.
December 07, 2018
The Greatest Chapter Ever Written: Hope in the Spirit
This week, Josh talks about our adoption into the family of God and the steps we must take to join this new family.
December 01, 2018
The Greatest Chapter Ever Written: Life in the Spirit
"It's not about thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less." This week, Josh challenges us to set our minds on God's desires and not our own.
November 13, 2018
Bonus: Discipleship Training
Listen as Roger Hershey leads a workshop on discipleship.
November 08, 2018
The Greatest Chapter Ever Written: Freedom in the Spirit
"Biblical freedom is being released from condemnation in order to be transformed by the Spirit into the person you were created and long to be." Listen as Josh kicks off our series on Romans Chapter 8 by speaking about Freedom in the Spirit.
November 02, 2018
Are you looking for significance or a purpose in life? This week guest speaker Roger Hershey shares how discipleship transformed his life and ultimately became his career.
October 26, 2018
Ruth: A Look at Proverbs 31
Listen as Tom Sperlich walks us through Proverbs 31 and shows how this important chapter sheds a new light on the book of Ruth.
October 26, 2018
Genesis to Revelation
How do we know how to escape the rip current of life and avoid being lost at sea? Listen as Dylan from The Traveling Team walks us through escaping the pull of the world and paints a picture of God's vision for our lives.
October 22, 2018
Fall Retreat 2018: Engaging God's Kingdom Vision (Part 4)
"If you just try hard enough, you can do anything you set your mind to." While our culture thrives on self-sufficiency, scripture tells us we need help living the Christian life. In his final talk, Drew Jackson describes how the Holy Spirit can work inside of you to produce fruit for the kingdom of God.
October 10, 2018
Fall Retreat 2018: Engaging God's Kingdom Vision (Part 3)
"Jesus called his disciples first and foremost to be with him." In this talk, Drew Jackson lays out what it looks like to live out of the spirit's power and he invites us to accept that power in our lives today.
October 10, 2018
Fall Retreat 2018: Engaging God's Kingdom Vision (Part 2)
"Have you seen Jesus?" Have you been living under the reality that we serve a risen Lord? Listen as Drew Jackson outlines how the disciples reacted to the life changing news of Jesus' resurrection.
October 10, 2018
Fall Retreat 2018: Engaging God's Kingdom Vision (Part 1)
"What if the picture of the gospel that is so often painted is not the whole picture?" We tend to wonder if the good news is good enough based on the brokenness we experience. In Drew Jackson's first talk, he responds to these questions by starting at the beginning of God's story.
October 10, 2018
Brant's Testimony
We took a break this past week from our series on Ruth to listen to a student testimony. Brant Goings shared how our testimonies may not be the way we hoped, but they are still part of who God made us to be and they each paint part of the picture of God's character.
September 21, 2018
Ruth: Chapter 2
Tom Sperlich continues our series in Ruth by looking at God's provision for Naomi through Ruth's interactions with Boaz.
September 07, 2018
Ruth: Chapter 1
Hannah Verseput talks on Ruth 1 and about Ruth's incredible faithfulness to Naomi.
September 05, 2018
Series Introduction: Ruth
Tom Sperlich introduces our talk series for the fall 2018 semester and starts off with the historical context of Ruth.
August 24, 2018
Cru Introduction Fall 2018
Hannah Verseput introduces all of Penn State Cru's staff and talks about the staff's vision for our movement.
August 24, 2018