UConn RUF

UConn RUF

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Podcast from large group gatherings of Reformed University Fellowship on the UConn campus. Unless otherwise noted, all sermons are from Rev. Lucas Dourado, RUF campus minister at UConn.


Mark 10:17-31 - Jesus and Money
Nov 12 • 26 min
We look at the question “what does God want from you?” through the lens of wealth.
Mark 9:2-10 - Made For Glory
Nov 5 • 24 min
Through Jesus’s transfiguration, we see that we were meant for glory and the secret of entering into glory.
Mark 8:27-38 - The Good Life
Oct 24 • 26 min
Peter’s confession of Christ provides the opportunity to consider the good life and how submission to Jesus is the only way to be free.
Jonathan Keller - Mark 7:24-30 - Jesus Feeds the Puppies
Oct 17 • 21 min
While Jesus’s invitation to a Syrophoenician woman seems harsh, it is transformational.
Mark 6:30-44 - Food for Sheep
Oct 11 • 24 min
Jesus feeds the 5,000 and in the process gives the disciples freedom to be inadequate, the care of a faithful shepherd, and true rest in His love.
Mark 4:35-41 - Jesus and Storms
Oct 3 • 26 min
Jesus demonstrates his power over the storm, his purpose for the storm, and his presence in the storm.
Mark 4:1-20 - The Subtle Seed
Sep 27 • 28 min
Jesus’s parable of the sower gives us a key to understanding His work in the world and in our lives.
Mark 2:13-22 - Religion vs. Gospel
Sep 19 • 28 min
Through his kindness to tax collectors and sinners, Jesus distinguishes how the gospel is something new that cannot just be added on to religion.
Mark 2:1-12 - Connecting to God
Sep 13 • 27 min
We learn about connecting to God through the account of Jesus healing the paralytic.
Mark 1:14-39 - The Gospel Call
Sep 5 • 25 min
Jesus calls the first disciples and we learn what it means to follow Jesus and how we can.
Mark 1:1-13 - Why Jesus?
Aug 29 • 32 min
We examine the account of Jesus’s baptism to answer the question of why Jesus is the perfect twist in the story of the world and in our stories.
Exodus 14 - Saved
Apr 25 • 29 min
We look at the Exodus to understand the salvation we have in Christ.
Exodus 12 - Passover - Hope for the Hopeless
Apr 22 • 27 min
We view Good Friday through the lens of Passover.
Philippians 4:10-23 - The Secret of Contentment
Apr 11 • 28 min
Paul closes with a word of thanks while also offering the secret of contentment.
Philippians 4:1-9 - Standing Firm
Apr 10 • 29 min
Paul begins to wrap up his letter to the Philippians by reminding them to stand firm.
Philippians 3:12-21 - Gospel Endurance
Mar 28 • 27 min
Paul encourages us to endure in our walk with Christ.
Philippians 3:1-11 - Gospel Resilience and Joy
Mar 7 • 30 min
Paul goes over his resume and concludes that it is garbage compared to the righteousness of Christ and being found in Him.
Philippians 2:19-30 - Gospel Pursuit
Feb 28 • 27 min
We take a closer look at how the gospel changes us into those that pursue others in love through the lives of Timothy and Epaphroditus.
Romans 6:1-4 - You Died To Sin
Feb 26 • 28 min
Preached at Christ The King Presbyterian Church in Cambridge, MA.
Philippians 2:12-18 - How Christians Grow
Feb 21 • 28 min
Paul encourages the Philippians to grow in their faith and tells about how this will work.
Philippians 2:1-11 - Humility For Community
Feb 19 • 26 min
Paul calls the Philippians to unity by reminding them who they are in Christ and pointing them to His example.
Philippians 1:27-30 - Citizens of the Gospel
Feb 12 • 24 min
Paul explains the implications of the gospel in how we approach all of life.
Philippians 1:12-26 - What is Life?
Jan 31 • 26 min
Paul’s incarceration in Rome gives an opportunity to see God’s mysterious work in life, the definition of life, and the key to life.
Philippians 1:1-11 - The Gospel Changes Everything
Jan 24 • 32 min
What is the gospel and what does it do?
John 21 - Jesus and our Failure
Nov 29, 2018 • 26 min
After His Resurrection, Jesus reinstates Peter and we see how God deals with failures like us.
John 17 - Praying for Glory
Nov 29, 2018 • 26 min
Jesus prays for his disciples, for glory.
John 15 - The Vine
Oct 31, 2018 • 26 min
Jesus is the true vine, the one who can restore His people and He calls us to abide in Him.
John 13 - Washed To Love
Oct 24, 2018 • 27 min
Jesus washes his disciples’ feet, symbolizing His deep love for them and setting an example for the radical ways in which they are called to love.
John 11 - The Resurrection and the Life
Oct 17, 2018 • 30 min
Jesus waits, weeps, and wakes Lazarus from the dead to show the realness of sadness and the hope of His resurrection.
John 10 - The Good Shepherd
Oct 10, 2018 • 30 min
Our need for a shepherd and how Jesus is the good shepherd that we need.
John 9 - The Light of the World
Oct 3, 2018 • 29 min
True sight and true blindness, as viewed through the lens of suffering.
John 6 - The Bread of Life
Sep 26, 2018 • 28 min
Jesus is what we really need to be satisfied.
John 5:1-18 - Do you want to be healed?
Sep 19, 2018 • 23 min
Jesus uses the occasion of healing an invalid to interact with the religious leaders about their hearts.
John 4:1-26 - Living Water
Sep 12, 2018 • 31 min
Jesus talks with an outcast woman about thirst and reveals where true life is found.
John 3:1-21 - Born Again
Sep 5, 2018 • 29 min
Jesus shows a religious leader that he is not enough and must be born again.
John 1 - In the Beginning was the Word
Aug 29, 2018 • 30 min
John’s gospel begins by demonstrating the centrality of Christ, and we look at what that means for us.
Acts 2 - The Coming of the Spirit
Apr 19, 2018 • 27 min
We look at Pentecost as the culmination of God’s saving work and what it means for us today.
Acts 1 - The Ascension
Apr 12, 2018 • 24 min
We look at how the ascension now means that we are in Christ and He is in us.
Luke 24 - The Resurrection
Apr 5, 2018 • 22 min
We look at the fact of the resurrection, the meaning of the resurrection, and the power of the resurrection in Luke’s account.
Luke 23:32-49 - The Crucifixion
Mar 29, 2018 • 23 min
Luke’s account of the crucifixion and what it means for us.
Matt 21:1-11 - The Humble King
Mar 22, 2018 • 24 min
We look at our need for a King and how Jesus is the humble King that we need.
Psalm 51 - Guilt
Mar 1, 2018 • 28 min
From the life of David, we learn about guilt and how our guilt can be removed.
Philippians 4 - Anxiety
Feb 22, 2018 • 26 min
We look at the topic of anxiety, and the tools the gospel gives to overcome it as we think about our future.
John 15:9-17 - Friendship
Feb 15, 2018 • 32 min
Jesus shows us what true friendship is and enables us to enter into true friendship.
Ecclesiastes 4:7-12 - Loneliness (Jeb Ralston)
Feb 8, 2018 • 34 min
The difference between isolation and loneliness, and how God overcomes our isolation and loneliness in Christ.
Song 7 - What is Sex?
Feb 1, 2018 • 25 min
Sex is good and sex is marital
Genesis 3 - The Challenge of Relationships
Jan 25, 2018 • 25 min
Nakedness, shame, disconnection, and God’s solution for restoring relationship
1 John 4:7-12 - Made For Love
Jan 18, 2018 • 28 min
We were made for love!
Luke 19:11-27 - The Ten Minas
Nov 16, 2017 • 27 min
What does Jesus want from us while we wait for His Kingdom to come in fullness?
Luke 18:9-14 - The Pharisee and the Tax Collector
Nov 9, 2017 • 29 min
Where does ultimate happiness and contentment come from and how do we get there?
Luke 18:1-8 - The Persistent Widow
Nov 2, 2017 • 26 min
Jesus teaches about how knowing the Father’s heart will make us more dependent on Him in prayer.
Luke 16:19-31 - The Rich Man and Lazarus
Oct 26, 2017 • 30 min
Jesus shows how self-deception is at the heart of being lost, and we see the solution found in Christ.
Matthew 25:1-13 - The Ten Virgins (Jeb Ralston)
Oct 19, 2017 • 31 min
Jesus’s parable of the ten virgins reminds us of the goodness of the feast to come and the importance of being watchful.
Luke 15:11-32 - Prodigal Sons part 2
Oct 12, 2017 • 25 min
Grace that empowers older brothers to love and pursue the lost.
Luke 15:11-24 - Prodigal Sons part 1
Oct 5, 2017 • 28 min
The Father’s love is revealed in the wandering and return of His son.
Luke 15:1-10 - Lost Sheep and Coin
Sep 28, 2017 • 22 min
Parables of the lost sheep and lost coin
Luke 14:12-24 - The Great Banquet
Sep 21, 2017 • 28 min
The Kingdom of God is a great feast for those that desperately need it.
Luke 12:13-21 - The Rich Fool
Sep 14, 2017 • 29 min
Jesus’s parable shows that in the face of the instability of our world, we can either store up treasure for ourselves or be rich toward God. We can be rich toward God because in Jesus we come to know that we are HIS treasure.
Luke 10:25-36 - The Good Samaritan
Sep 7, 2017 • 31 min
Jesus’s interaction with a religious leader concerning how to get eternal life.
Luke 7:36-50 - The Two Debtors
Aug 31, 2017 • 31 min
Jesus’s parable of the two debtors, in which we see a new understanding of faith, sin, and God, and ultimately learn where love comes from.
Genesis 22 - The Test
Apr 20, 2017 • 27 min
God shows that He can be trusted when faith is hard, and obedience is harder still.
Genesis 15 - The Covenant
Apr 13, 2017 • 30 min
The God who can handle doubts enters into covenant to show the depth of his love and commitment to His people.
Genesis 12 - The Call
Apr 6, 2017 • 28 min
The call of Abram - What is the call of God and how do we receive it?
Psalm 38 (Jeb Ralston)
Mar 30, 2017 • 34 min
Psalm 38 uncovers the darkness of sin and separation from God, and points us to the mercy of God found in Christ who overcomes sin at the cross.
Psalm 8 (Jeb Ralston)
Mar 23, 2017 • 30 min
The wonder and challenge of humanness.
Genesis 11 - Resisting Grace
Mar 2, 2017 • 26 min
The tower of Babel story gives us a glimpse into the ways we try to save ourselves and how God comes down to save us in spite of our rebellion.
Genesis 6-9 - Grace in the Flood
Feb 23, 2017 • 27 min
God’s covenant grace emerges in a story about judgment of sin.
Genesis 4 - Sin’s Spread and God’s Grace
Feb 16, 2017 • 30 min
The first murder show’s us the hiddenness of sin, the viciousness of sin, and the way that God overcomes sin by His grace.
Genesis 3 - The Terrible Lie
Feb 2, 2017 • 31 min
Sin enters the world and we examine the essence of sin, the effects of sin, and how God puts an end to sin in Christ.
Genesis 2 - Being Human
Jan 26, 2017 • 30 min
Genesis 2, situated before Adam and Eve rebelled against God, gives us a picture of human life as God intended. It shows us what we were made for, and we get glimpses of how true humanity can be recovered.
Genesis 1 - The Beginning
Jan 19, 2017 • 30 min
We begin our series, The Story of Life, by looking at the creation account in the first chapter of the Bible. In it, we learn about God, about our world, and about ourselves.
Matt 7:21-27 - Build Your House on the Rock
Nov 17, 2016 • 23 min
Jesus concludes the Sermon on the Mount by giving the bottom line. Invest your life in Him and His Kingdom.
Matt 7:13-20 - Two Ways
Nov 10, 2016 • 28 min
As Jesus begins to wrap up the Sermon on the Mount, He gives two ways to respond.
Matt 7:1-5; 12 - Judge Not
Nov 3, 2016 • 17 min
Jesus speaks about judging others and how God’s Kingdom ultimately demands that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us.
Matt 6:19-34 - Jesus and Your Future
Oct 27, 2016 • 27 min
Jesus talks about the dangers of pursuing worldly wealth for security and gives us His way of living in light of the Father’s loving care.
Matt 6:1-13 - Prayer
Oct 20, 2016 • 24 min
Jesus talks about prayer, highlighting the importance of the Fatherhood of God in prayer.
Matt 5:31-37 - Integrity
Oct 6, 2016 • 23 min
Jesus deals with the topics of divorce and oaths and the depths of those commands, showing us the importance of integrity in the life of a disciple. Integrity comes as we come to know the trustworthiness of the Lord.
Matt 5:27-30 - Lust
Sep 29, 2016 • 25 min
As Jesus continues to address practical matters of life, he addresses lust. We address what the Bible says about sex, the essence of lust, and a way forward for those with lustful hearts.
Matt 5:17-26 - Fulfilling The Law
Sep 22, 2016 • 26 min
Jesus addresses His attitude toward that law and how He fits with the rest of the Bible, giving the example of anger and murder for how the law is meant to take root in our hearts.
Matt 5:13-16 - Salt and Light
Sep 15, 2016 • 28 min
Jesus explains the purpose of disciples living out the life of the Kingdom in God’s world.
Matt 5:1-12 - The Upside Down Kingdom Part 2
Sep 8, 2016 • 26 min
We look at the second half of the beatitudes to examine the effects of a heart changed by Christ.
Matt 5:1-12 - The Upside Down Kingdom Part 1
Sep 1, 2016 • 29 min
We look at the first half of the beatitudes where Jesus gives his radical portrayal of what Christians are meant to be like.
Ephesians 6:10-24 - The Armor of God
Apr 21, 2016 • 38 min
Paul closes his letter by encouraging the Ephesians to put of the armor of God.
Ephesians 6:1-9 - Grace and Authority
Apr 14, 2016 • 27 min
As he winds down his letter to the Ephesians, Paul explores the implications of the gospel on authority and submission.
Ephesians 5:22-33 - Grace and Marriage
Apr 7, 2016 • 32 min
Paul applies the grace of the gospel to marriage, specifically explaining the roles of men and women in marriage.
Guest Speaker Jarrett Allebach - John 20:1-18
Mar 31, 2016 • 32 min
Guest preacher Jarrett Allebach of Grace Worcester unpacks the resurrection of Christ and its transforming power.
Ephesians 5:1-21 - Imitating God
Mar 24, 2016 • 28 min
Intimacy with God leads to imitation of God. Paul highlights walking in love, walking as light, and walking in wisdom.
Ephesians 4:17-32 - The New Self
Mar 10, 2016 • 27 min
The old self, the new self, and putting on the new self.
Ephesians 4:1-16 - Grace for Unity
Mar 3, 2016 • 31 min
The gospel of grace is what creates unity. Unity includes sameness and a love of differences. Unity makes us beautiful together.
Ephesians 3:14-21 - Strength Outside Ourselves (Jeb Ralston)
Feb 25, 2016 • 29 min
Strength from God is desperately needed by His followers, received in the love of Christ, and is for the purpose of serving in community among God’s people.
Ephesians 3:1-13 - The Surprise of Grace
Feb 18, 2016 • 30 min
We can live out our calling as Christians only as we go deeper and deeper into the surprise of God’s grace, which Paul shows us.
Ephesians 2:11-22 - One in Christ
Feb 11, 2016 • 24 min
God’s grace shown to us in Christ not only reconciles us to God but also to each other.
Ephesians 2:1-10 - How Grace Works
Feb 4, 2016 • 26 min
Paul puts a microscope on grace to show how it works: we were dead in sin, but God made us alive because He is full of mercy and love.
Ephesians 1:15-23 - Knowing Grace
Jan 28, 2016 • 24 min
Paul’s prayer for the believers in Ephesus, that they might know the riches of God’s grace.
Ephesians 1:1-14 - Grace Grace Grace
Jan 21, 2016 • 27 min
Paul begins his letter to the Ephesians with an outburst about God’s grace.
Numbers 6 - The Blessing of God
Apr 30, 2015 • 21 min
We wrap up our series on Exodus by looking at the blessing of God in Numbers 6.
Exodus 40 - God With Us
Apr 23, 2015 • 24 min
God’s desire to dwell with His people and how He ultimately accomplishes it.
Exodus 33 & 34 - The God of Glory
Apr 16, 2015 • 3 min
God reveals who He truly is.
Exodus 32 - The Golden Calf
Apr 9, 2015 • 26 min
The idolatry of God’s people and His response.
Exodus 17 - Water From The Rock
Mar 26, 2015 • 27 min
God goes on trial before His people to enable them to trust Him to quench their thirst.
Exodus 14 - The Exodus
Feb 26, 2015 • 25 min
How God saves His people
Exodus 12 - The Passover Lamb
Feb 19, 2015 • 29 min
How the Passover points us to our ultimate salvation in Christ
Exodus 7-10 - Who is the LORD?
Feb 12, 2015 • 28 min
How God’s plagues demonstrate who He really is, and His purposes for His people.
Exodus 6 - Trusting God in Trying Times
Feb 5, 2015 • 26 min
How can you trust God when He seems to be making things worse?
Exodus 3 - Encountering God
Jan 29, 2015 • 27 min
What happens when you meet God?
Exodus 1 & 2 - The Beginning of Salvation
Jan 22, 2015 • 29 min
What is God’s underlying purpose behind salvation?