Cru Talks

28 EpisodesProduced 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 Freeman Auditorium (HUB Movie Theater) at 7pm. This podcast is also available on Apple, Google, and Spotify podcasts.

28 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

Questioning Christianity: The Bible

April 26th, 2019


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 …

Questioning Christianity: History

April 24th, 2019


This week, intern Morgan Kolonauski leads us through the historical evidence for Jesus and the resurrection.

Questioning Christianity: Armour of God

April 12th, 2019


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 …

Questioning Christianity: Personal Experience

April 1st, 2019


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 …

Questioning Christianity: Science

March 23rd, 2019


Continuing our apologetics series, we're taking a look at how science interacts with our Christian faith. This week, student Kyle Evernham explains …

Questioning Christianity: Philosophy

March 15th, 2019


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. …

Living in God's Truth

February 22nd, 2019


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.

40 Days on Prayer: Praying for a Breakthrough

February 9th, 2019


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 …

40 Days on Prayer: The Pattern for Prayer

February 1st, 2019


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 …

40 Days on Prayer: Praying with Confidence

January 18th, 2019


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 …

40 Days on Prayer: The Purpose of Prayer

January 13th, 2019


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.

The Greatest Chapter Ever Written: Sealed in the Spirit

December 7th, 2018


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.

The Greatest Chapter Ever Written: Hope in the Spirit

December 1st, 2018


This week, Josh talks about our adoption into the family of God and the steps we must take to join this new family.

The Greatest Chapter Ever Written: Life in the Spirit

November 13th, 2018


"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.

Bonus: Discipleship Training

November 8th, 2018


Listen as Roger Hershey leads a workshop on discipleship.

The Greatest Chapter Ever Written: Freedom in the Spirit

November 2nd, 2018


"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 …


October 26th, 2018


Are you looking for significance or a purpose in life? This week guest speaker Roger Hershey shares how discipleship transformed his life and …

Ruth: A Look at Proverbs 31

October 26th, 2018


Listen as Tom Sperlich walks us through Proverbs 31 and shows how this important chapter sheds a new light on the book of Ruth.

Genesis to Revelation

October 22nd, 2018


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 …

Fall Retreat 2018: Engaging God's Kingdom Vision (Part 4)

October 10th, 2018


"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 …

Fall Retreat 2018: Engaging God's Kingdom Vision (Part 3)

October 10th, 2018


"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.

Fall Retreat 2018: Engaging God's Kingdom Vision (Part 2)

October 10th, 2018


"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.

Fall Retreat 2018: Engaging God's Kingdom Vision (Part 1)

October 10th, 2018


"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 …

Brant's Testimony

September 21st, 2018


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 …

Ruth: Chapter 2

September 7th, 2018


Tom Sperlich continues our series in Ruth by looking at God's provision for Naomi through Ruth's interactions with Boaz.

Ruth: Chapter 1

September 5th, 2018


Hannah Verseput talks on Ruth 1 and about Ruth's incredible faithfulness to Naomi.

Series Introduction: Ruth

August 24th, 2018


Tom Sperlich introduces our talk series for the fall 2018 semester and starts off with the historical context of Ruth.

Cru Introduction Fall 2018

August 24th, 2018


Hannah Verseput introduces all of Penn State Cru's staff and talks about the staff's vision for our movement.

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