Don't Just Take my Word for It
Pastor Lenny Ducan's sermon is more important than mine, as the things happening in the world around us affect him more directly. You should listen to his words, and watch his short facebook video that is a call to action.
David dances naked in 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19, and Herod has a party in Mark 6:14-29. Although we should party in church, both of these Biblical parties are not without complications. Listen to learn some Bible stories, and to see how they might relate to life today.
If You're ready to Do More
We all can't be activists, and we all can't leave our lives and go to events. However, many of us can share our resources with those working for change in the world. I invite you to share your resources generously with these two groups.
Black Lives Matter Chicago's demands for Harith Augustus (Found at this link.)
No justice, no peace!
Come out Monday at 6 to demand justice for Harith “Snoop” Augustus. He was shot and killed in South Shore. he was a barber, beloved community member, and father of a 5 year old daughter. He was shot 7 times in the back because officers said he was “exhibiting the characteristics of an armed man”
When people began to protest at the scene on 71st and Jeffrey, CPD responded by aggressively pushing the crowd. They jumped their own barricades to beat protesters with batons. There were 100 police officers using full force against peaceful demonstrators. People were shoved and attacked, and some people were arrested. Check out this twitter thread from Nader Issa, Suntimes Reporter, for videos and pics from Saturday night: https://twitter.com/naderdissa/status/1018284580250488832?s=21
-the release of the officer’s name
-her immediate arrest
-the release of the names of all officers that attacked protesters last night and their arrest
-drop the charges against all protesters
From Monica Trinidad at this link.
His name was Harith Augustus, but went by Snoop. He was a local barber in the South Shore neighborhood. He had a 5 year old daughter that he often brought to work with him. He was shot and killed by CPD today.
As soon as I arrived to the scene and starting giving hugs to friends, the cops rushed their own barricade and charged at us, batons swinging in the air. I was shoved to the ground while running away, but others got it extremely worse, including dear friends and co-organizers of ours.
What You Can Do Right Now:
1) Donate to Black Lives Matter Chicago. Any and all donations received will be used to bail any folks out. All remaining will be donated to the revolving bail fund by Chicago Community Bond Fund. PayPal.me/BLMCHI
2) Go to the vigil tonight (7/15) at 5pm. 71st and Chappel, where Snoop was killed.
3) Come to a press conference about yesterday’s shooting and the brutality that followed on Monday morning at 9am at 71st and Jeffrey.
4) Keep working and organizing towards a world without police.
There are groups working toward solving community problems without violence and militarized police. They advocate for things such as mental health response teams, and building up resources in communities so that people have options outside of violence to get ahead or feel safe in life. The link below is a facebook post of mine with MANY more resources on this topic. I know the topic is new for many people, so please do your research before you judge.
This sermon is mostly about Jesus and church renewal. We can look at how Jesus spread his message in his day and time, and figure out how to reset our churches now. The disciples told stories, and told his disciples to stay away from those places where the message could not be accepted.
Most of us fear rejection by our family and friends. Even Jesus was rejected in his home town. We are in good company. The church today can see what happens when those in the community were unable to listen or to tell the story.
Who's life can you learn more about today? Who might feel rejected and not listened to in your congregation? Who's stories are heard, and who's stories are missing?
Listen to this sermon and explore with me concepts related to telling the story and listening to others.
Sermon on Mark 6:1-13 preached at Trinity, Des Plaines, IL.
Preached at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Aurora, IL on June 24, 2018 on Mark 4:35-41. Notice how when the disciples are anxious, they blame Jesus. Blaming each other doesn't often help. But what will?
Preached on Mark 4:26-34, which you can read here and can listen to me read below. I was at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Chicago, IL. Topics include immigration, asylum, humanity, mustard, and the Kingdom of God.
There are so many things going on in this sermon! Here's some background for you. The text was Mark 3:20-35. Although historically some have believed that this text was about suicide being the unforgivable sin, I preach that the unforgivable sin is really labeling something that brings healing, restoration, and love as from the Devil instead of God. Shout out to Matt Skinner at Working Preacher.
Also, the congregation I preached at, Fellowship Lutheran Church in Tulsa, OK, is working on their Mission, Vision, and Values this summer. Pastor Alan Fox preached last week that Mission is who we are, and my part for this week was Fellowship with God. Plus, there's this cool intro video to the Mission Possible summer theme.
Finally, I've also included my welcome to communion on this recording if you wait a few seconds after the end of the sermon.
I want everyone to know that they are loved, valued, and included by God no matter what, even if you come to church suicidal. I have training in being with people who are suicidal, so if you want to reach out to me, send me a message here and we can talk. Also, you can check out the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or text the word CONNECT to the Crisis Text Line at 741741. Also, especially for LGBTQIA+ Youth, there's the Trevor Project and a crisis intervention and suicide prevention phone service is available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386. Since the church also often has something to do with people in that community feeling suicidal, we need to start helping instead of hurting. Church, let's communicate love above all else.
Unfortunately, being welcoming to everyone doesn't pay the bills or help me find a full time call, and Supply Preaching doesn't pay all the bills, either, so you can help support this blog and sermon podcast here.
Preached on Mark 2:23-3:6 at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Arlington Heights on June 3, 2018.
Topics include why we need Sabbath, and also, congregational renewal. What does Jesus invite us to give up to gain healing for all?
Epiphany, Matthew 2:1-12, a sermon that mentions Reiki, Wicca, and Welcome!
In this sermon, people got into partners and gave each other a Star Word. Give yourself one if you're listening online. Scan the list of words, and find one that touches you, and use that as your Star Word for the year.
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