There’s a lot of it right now. Some of it is helpful…most of it isn’t.
I’m working hard to sift through the distortion to locate God’s voice. I’m listening long and am finding Him in the teachings of my diverse friends.
Here are four important sermons delivered on July 10th and in the immediate wake of a violent week in which black and white lives were prematurely extinguished. I invite you to join me in listening to the pain, the wisdom, and the exhortation of four preachers: two black and two white.
Rev. Ben McBride preached a sermon titled “Crossing the Street” at United Congregational Church in Oakland, CA. Through the Parable of the Good Samaritan, Ben emphasized the historic moment we find ourselves in and challenges us to “Join God in His work of restoration. Get your shoes dirty! God is not found in our church buildings but in the middle of the blood!”
Rev. Dee McIntosh took a moment out of her pastoral work with Philando Castile’s family and her organizing in the streets of Minneapolis to preach a sermon entitled, “Reconciler to the Core.” Delivered to the Upper Room Community, a creative, risk-taking, envelope-pushing, mostly white congregation in the suburbs, her message emerged out of Revelation 3 and God’s message to the community in Laodicea. In this moment of historical significance she challenges the Church to be present in a restorative, refreshing way and asks us to consider the implications of living out a lukewarm legacy.
Having just returned from a Global Immersion Learning Lab into Israel/Palestine and recently relocated to Phoenix, AZ, Pastor Meghan Good preached THIS sermon to her new family of faith. “Trespassing Fear” exposes fear as a powerful, contagious force that “constantly misfires” and that “cannot consistently and accurately distinguish between ‘danger’ and ‘difference.’” By sermon’s end, she offers practical insight into why we must trespass fear, how we do it, and what happens when we do.