Before All Things

Preacher: Nathan Hosler Scripture: Amos 8:1-12; Psalm 52; Colossians 1:15-28 Our passages in Amos and Psalms challenge pride and power. Common, perhaps worn out, themes in this town. With the prophet Amos we could say, Hear this, you that trample on the needy, and bring to ruin the poor of the land, Surely [the Lord]…

We need resurrection

Preacher: Nathan Hosler Scripture: Luke 24:1-12, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 We need a resurrection. We need a resurrection. I first thought this phrase while in church last Sunday, feeling beleaguered and discouraged in this very sanctuary. We need a resurrection. The next day on Monday, the 5th Anniversary of the abduction of 276 schoolgirls from Chibok…

Come to the Waters (embracing bounty)

Preacher: Nathan Hosler Scripture: Isaiah 55:1-9, Corinthians 10:1-13, Luke 13:1-9 In the book of Exodus, the once inarticulate Moses faces the Pharaoh backed by the power of God first appearing to him in a burning bush in the desert. As the Hebrew people head into the wilderness, they are followed by the Egyptian army which…

Seraphs (each with 6 wings), Fishes (so many)

Preacher: Nathan Hosler Scripture: Isaiah 6:1-8(9-13), 1 Corinthians 15;1-6, Luke 5:1-11 Isaiah, when facing God’s majesty, said “I am not worthy” An angel came and touched his lips with a coal to purify him and take away his guilt. Paul, when considering his call as an apostle, said “I am unworthy because I persecuted God’s…

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…

Epiphany

Preacher: Nathan Hosler Scriptures: Isaiah 60:1-6, Matthew 2:1-12 As a child my family always had a Christmas celebration with extended family. My grandparents would have meal at their home. This included, as one might expect, a meal and gifts. It also included riotous beat-up golf cart and mini-bike riding through their meadow and a Christmas…

Small Money and Biscuit

Preacher: Nathan Hosler Scripture Readings: 1 Kings 17:8-16; Mark 12:38-44 We have a penny and a biscuit. This is what we have to work with and then we are finished. The widow in Mark’s Gospel has the equivalent of a penny (year of inflation value not noted in my translation). The widow of Zarephath has a…

Blessed

Preacher: Nathan Hosler Scripture Readings: Job 42: 1-6, 10-17; Hebrews 7: 23-28; Mark 10:46-52 We often speak about or at least read our scriptures in light of the injustices and pain of the world. We often seek to embrace Jesus’ hard words of discipleship. This Sunday’s lectionary texts seemed to gather around the theme of…

Sow Thusly

Preacher: Nathan Hosler Scripture Readings: Psalm 1, James 3:13-4:10 “My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.” My…

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…