Cru Talks

Cru Talks
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.

Questioning Christianity: The Bible
Apr 26 • 32 min
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.
Questioning Christianity: History
Apr 23 • 33 min
This week, intern Morgan Kolonauski leads us through the historical evidence for Jesus and the resurrection.
Questioning Christianity: Armour of God
Apr 11 • 37 min
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.
Questioning Christianity: Personal Experience
Apr 1 • 44 min
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.
Questioning Christianity: Science
Mar 23 • 37 min
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…
Questioning Christianity: Philosophy
Mar 15 • 46 min
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.
Living in God’s Truth
Feb 21 • 39 min
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
Feb 9 • 39 min
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.
40 Days on Prayer: The Pattern for Prayer
Jan 31 • 43 min
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.
40 Days on Prayer: Praying with Confidence
Jan 17 • 40 min
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…
40 Days on Prayer: The Purpose of Prayer
Jan 12 • 43 min
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
Dec 6, 2018 • 40 min
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
Dec 1, 2018 • 33 min
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
Nov 12, 2018 • 36 min
“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
Nov 7, 2018 • 89 min
Listen as Roger Hershey leads a workshop on discipleship.
The Greatest Chapter Ever Written: Freedom in the Spirit
Nov 1, 2018 • 37 min
“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.
Oct 26, 2018 • 42 min
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.
Ruth: A Look at Proverbs 31
Oct 26, 2018 • 35 min
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
Oct 22, 2018 • 36 min
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.
Fall Retreat 2018: Engaging God’s Kingdom Vision (Part 4)
Oct 10, 2018 • 38 min
“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…
Fall Retreat 2018: Engaging God’s Kingdom Vision (Part 3)
Oct 10, 2018 • 49 min
“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)
Oct 10, 2018 • 50 min
“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)
Oct 10, 2018 • 49 min
“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…
Brant’s Testimony
Sep 21, 2018 • 32 min
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…
Ruth: Chapter 2
Sep 7, 2018 • 30 min
Tom Sperlich continues our series in Ruth by looking at God’s provision for Naomi through Ruth’s interactions with Boaz.
Ruth: Chapter 1
Sep 5, 2018 • 38 min
Hannah Verseput talks on Ruth 1 and about Ruth’s incredible faithfulness to Naomi.
Series Introduction: Ruth
Aug 24, 2018 • 26 min
Tom Sperlich introduces our talk series for the fall 2018 semester and starts off with the historical context of Ruth.
Cru Introduction Fall 2018
Aug 24, 2018 • 15 min
Hannah Verseput introduces all of Penn State Cru’s staff and talks about the staff’s vision for our movement.