A few weeks ago, Carolyn Shields came to Steve and I with an idea: a sermon themed around the Netflix series, Stranger Things. I think we both surprised her because we jumped on it and where we landed was not just a sermon, but a whole sermon series!
If you’ve seen Stranger Things, you know it’s a pretty weird show. Without any spoilers, the basis of the show is something like this: “Set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, in the 1980s, the first season focuses on the investigation into the disappearance of a boy amid supernatural events occurring around the town including the appearance of a girl with psychokinetic abilities who helps in the search. The nearby Hawkins National Laboratory ostensibly performs scientific research for the United States Department of Energy, but secretly does experiments into the paranormal and supernatural, including those that involve human test subjects. Inadvertently, they have created a portal to an alternate dimension called "the Upside Down". The influence of the Upside Down starts to affect the unknowing residents of Hawkins in calamitous ways.”
How could we not do a series about how strange church is and the radical idea of an upside-down kingdom of God in which we follow Jesus in his wild and crazy gospel of justice-love? So we won’t have any spoilers, like I said, but we’ll do some play on Stranger Things words and phrases, so true fans might catch on.