Oddities of the Holy Spirit

Preacher: Jennifer Hosler Scripture: Acts 16:9-15; John 14:23-29 At times, I am reminded that following Jesus is a bit strange. I’m trained in scientific methods as a community psychologist and I’m working to develop specific hypotheses for my dissertation. My research will be descriptive – describing what exists in the world – but it will…

Recognizing God

Preacher: Jeff Davidson Scriptures: John 21:1-19, Acts 9:1-20 One of the classic adventure books that I remember reading as a kid “The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood” by Howard Pyle. It might have been in the Reader’s Digest abridged books. My mom and dad subscribed to those for many years, and it let me read…

Getting Voice

Preacher: Nathan Hosler Scripture: John 2:1-11 On Monday Garba and I were taken around the Dutse Uku area of the city of Jos in Middle Belt region of Nigeria. Dutse Uku means “3 Stones” in Hausa. Jos is approximately a 4 hour drive northeast from the centrally located capital of Abuja, a city, like DC…

Without the Spirit, The Body of Christ Is Just a Corpse!

Preacher: Micah Bales Scripture Readings: 1 Kings 8:1, 6, 10-11, 22-30, 41-43, Ephesians 6:10-20, & John 6:56-69 “The flesh is useless.” In the Gospel according to John, Jesus says, “It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless.” This is what the en-fleshed Word of God says to us. “The flesh is useless.”…

Be Wise(ish)

Preacher: Nathan Hosler Scripture Readings: Proverbs 9:1-6, Ephesians 5:15-20, John 6:51-58 The stories we tell are usually more action/adventure than “wisdom.” Christian Peacemaker Team’s Art Gish, with bushy white brethren beard and red CPT hat standing arms wide in front a tank in an attempt stop the destruction of a vegetable market in the city…

More Than We Can Ask or Imagine (or, There Will Be Leftovers)

Preacher: Jennifer Hosler Scripture Readings: 2 Kings 4:42-44; John 6:1-15; Ephesians 3:14-21 I ate a lot of leftovers this past week, while Nate was away at National Youth Conference. These leftovers were not, however, a sign of desperation or scarcity; they were a sign of abundant love. I had three types of leftovers. The first…

Trinity Sunday—We have had enough of sermons from pulpits

Preacher: Nathan Hosler Scripture Readings: John 3:1-17; Romans 8:12-17 “We have had enough of sermons from pulpits.” We have had enough of sermons from pulpits. This rings in my ears. Weeks ago, the Great March of Return was mounted to nonviolently protest unjust treatment in Gaza. Gaza has been under Israeli blockade, surrounded by an electric…

How Can I Know When I’ve Seen A Real Miracle?

Preacher – Micah Bales Scripture Readings – Acts 10:44-48, 1 John 5:1-6, & John 15:9-17 One of my favorite movies is Pulp Fiction. When it first came out, I was a kid, so of course I wasn’t allowed to see it. My parents watched it, and they told me that they thought it was terrible. Way…

This is a Wilderness Road

Preacher: Nathan Hosler Scripture Readings: Acts 8:26-40, 1 John 4:7-21, John 15:1-8 Yesterday morning, somewhere between 5:30 and 6, I made the connection that my sermon was titled “This is a wilderness road” and that I would spend the day before preaching it running on trails. Though the race was not a surprise (it took some…

I HAVE SEEN THE LORD!

Preacher — Micah Bales Scripture Readings – Isaiah 25:6-9, Acts 10:34-43, and John 20:1-18 He is risen! Hallelujah! Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. (Can I get an amen?) God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the…