Bright City Church

Ike and Sharon Miller

Welcome to the podcast of Bright City Church. We are a community in Raleigh-Durham, NC seeking to see lives changed by Jesus because people changed by Jesus change the world. If you would like to learn more about Bright City, or about how you can get involved, visit us at

All Episodes

How does a church develop their values for corporate worship? Listen to Pastor Sharon discuss how Bright City Church determined their worship values and why it's important for the community in corporate worship.

Nov 25

40 min 55 sec

What do you do when Sunday morning worship makes you feel uncomfortable? What do you do when you feel foolish during worship? Join Pastor Alex Regalado in a sermon all about worshiping God with your mind, your body and your emotions. This message will help you understand common roadblocks in worship and how to freely worship alongside other believers at church.

Nov 18

36 min 27 sec

What is corporate worship? Why do we need it as believers? Listen to Pastor Ike introduce a brand new series about what it looks like to worship in the church.

Nov 13

29 min 18 sec

The ways of Jesus are much higher than our own including His compassion for sinners. Listen to pastor Ike Miller speak from Isaiah 55 and what it means for God to have compassion on His people.

Nov 5

35 min 8 sec

What does it mean that Jesus will never cast us out? Listen to guest preacher Josh Magee in the continuation of the Gentle and Lowly series based on Dane Ortlund's book Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers.

Oct 28

40 min 35 sec

In the Old Testament, high priests were responsible for making sacrifices to atone for sins committed unintentionally. Understanding this Old Testament practice is vital for understanding Jesus' heart for sinners and sufferers.

Oct 20

33 min 42 sec

Does Jesus understand what it means to be fully man? Check out this message by Pastor Sharon discussing how Jesus can fully understand and sympathize with sinners having committed no sin Himself.

Oct 14

38 min 18 sec

How does Jesus feel about sinners? Listen to Pastor Ike share Jesus' encounter with a leper and how it demonstrates the true heart of Jesus. This message is based on Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane Ortlund.

Oct 6

30 min 31 sec

Celebrating 3 years at Bright City is the perfect time to hear the testimonies of the church! Listen to four stories from people who call Bright City Church their home. We hope this encourages and reminds you of what God is doing in the community.

Sep 29

43 min 1 sec

Join Pastor Sharon Miller for a new series based on Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane Ortlund. The only passage in the New Testament that talks about the heart of Jesus is found in the book of Matthew. What does knowing Jesus' heart teach us about God?

Sep 29

34 min 51 sec

Proverbs 6:6-8; 11:24-25, 28; 21:17; 22:9 23:4-5

Sep 16

36 min 18 sec

Proverbs 10:19, 15:4.

Sep 6

44 min 17 sec

Proverbs 13:20

Sep 6

44 min 48 sec

Proverbs 4:6-7

Aug 9

37 min 35 sec

As we take steps toward regathering regularly, we took some time this week to refocus as a community on our vision. Our vision is based in the three broken relationships that the Gospel heals. We desire to see people restored to God, restored to others, and restored in themselves. This week we look at 3 areas of urgency related to the three aspects of our vision, and how you can be involved. As we are rebuilding our lives, are we putting the right things back into our lives? 

Aug 4

35 min 34 sec

In the final week of our series, Quick to Listen: The Art of Communicating So Others Feel Heard, we take a look at responding well. In the midst of heated, confrontational, or divisive conversations, how do we respond well? The key is learning how to deescalate the argument so that you can move the conversation in a more productive direction.  In this message, we look at 6 points on how to deescalate difficult conversations, whether it be with your spouse, a co-worker, a friend, or in a small group.

Jul 26

35 min 56 sec

In this episode, licensed counselor Shannon Plate gives us tools for how to listen so others feel heard. This includes the role of empathy, how to respond non-judgmentally, how to prepare internally and externally to listen well, and how to apply all of this with children as well. Shannon Plate is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a private practice in Palatine, IL.  She is an author and speaker, teaching on how to improve communication and demonstrate understanding in personal relationships, in business, and in ministry.  She has a passion for empathy in all forms and believes it to be a vital part of how we can fight disconnection and show care for others in our fast-moving world.

Jul 20

37 min 22 sec

Pastor Ike begins the first message of this 3-part series on Listening by providing a theology of listening. Listening is not something we do just because it is a good relationship skill to have. We listen well because it is rooted in God's action toward us. Our God is a God who listens well. Pastor Ike then gives us 4 differences between Good listening and Bad listening that help us understand why learning to listen well is so very important.

Jul 15

39 min 11 sec

This is a special Q&A Sunday where we took your questions and answered them! This weeks questions were: 1. If God knew Adam/Eve would sin, why did he give them a choice anyways? Why couldn’t God just not put that tree in the garden? 2. If all it takes is just faith to go to heaven, why can’t we just live how we want to now and “turn back” when our time is up? 3.If Jesus will say to some who called on him, "I never knew you," how can we have assurance of our salvation?

Jun 27

37 min 56 sec

As fathers, we leave messages for our children about themselves. The question is, what are the messages we are leaving them, and are they the messages we want to leave them?  This sermon looks at 3 ways we leave messages for our children about themselves and how we can communicate the messages we really want to leave them.

Jun 21

28 min 16 sec

Ephesians 6:10-24

Jun 17

28 min 53 sec

Ephesians 6:1-9

Jun 7

34 min 7 sec

Ephesians 4:17-32

Jun 3

39 min 19 sec

Ephesians 5:15-33

May 31

41 min 39 sec

Ephesians 5:1-14

May 24

35 min 56 sec

Ephesians 4:1-16

May 13

40 min 35 sec

Ephesians 3:1-21

May 13

33 min 57 sec

Ephesians 2:11-21

May 13

48 min 45 sec

Ephesians 2:1-10

May 13

35 min 51 sec

John 11: 1-44

Apr 6

32 min 38 sec

Mar 29

27 min 43 sec

Ephesians 1: 15-23

Mar 23

39 min

Ephesians 1: 3-14

Mar 16

44 min 1 sec

Ephesians 1: 1-2

Mar 8

50 min 3 sec

Psalm 2, 16, 22 

Mar 2

39 min 36 sec

Psalm 130

Feb 22

44 min 50 sec

Psalm 3: 1-8

Feb 16

41 min 30 sec

Psalm 13, 39, 126

Feb 9

39 min 9 sec

Psalm 109

Feb 2

34 min 43 sec

Psalm 91

Jan 25

46 min 46 sec

Jeremiah 17: 5-8

Jan 11

37 min 14 sec

Matthew 26: 36-46

Jan 5

49 min 56 sec

Isaiah 9: 6-7

Dec 2020

30 min 49 sec

Psalm 110:1-3

Dec 2020

23 min 2 sec

Genesis 22:1-18

Dec 2020

34 min 57 sec

Genesis 3:1-15

Dec 2020

36 min 20 sec