Up Front

Posted Sep 26, 2012 by 3 Comments

Well, this will be a first for me.

In two and a half weeks, I will get up in front of thousands of people and talk about being beaten by a soaking wet tree branch in a 200 degree sauna by a half-naked Ukrainian man.

Haha… Of course, I’ll be sharing a bit more than that, but hey… Good sermons always start with attention grabbing stories!

That’s right.  I’m going to be preaching at my home church (Grace Community Church in Noblesville, Indiana) on October 13 and 14, and you are all invited.

I’m going to be sharing about a topic I’ve become familiar with because of World Next Door: systemic injustice.

The Background

For the last few years, my church has been working to clearly define what it believes about the kingdom of God and the world in which we live.

I may or may not be sharing what tarantula tastes like.

One aspect of this is in defining six “evidences of the kingdom,” such as authentic, loving relationships, peace and reconciliation, justice for the poor and marginalized, etc.

On the flip side of this are the “six broken places of the world” to which the kingdom brings healing, and GCC is launching a sermon series in October to cover each of them.

This is where I come in.  One of the six broken places is systemic injustice, something I’ve been writing about here for years.

The Details

So yeah! It’s going to be a really cool opportunity.  If you don’t go to Grace, you should totally consider coming for a visit that weekend.  It would be a great chance to meet if we haven’t already.

There are four services.  4:30pm and 6:15pm on Saturday, October 13 and 9:00am and 11:00am on Sunday, October 14.  They are all identical.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to drop me a line (barry@worldnextdoor.org).

Otherwise, I hope to see you there!

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Next Steps
    • Check out Grace Community Church’s website to learn more about this ministry (www.gracecc.org).
    • Mark your calendars for October 13/14 and don’t miss this chance to hear several WND stories live!
    • Please pray that my sermon would be influential in people’s lives. I don’t want to just get up there and sound passionate. I want to be a catalyst for change in the lives of folks listening!
    Next Steps

About the Author: Barry is the founder and Executive Director of World Next Door. A storyteller, traveller and giant nerd, he lives to compel suburban Americans to get engaged with social justice and find their place in God's kingdom revolution. His ultimate dream is to adopt a pet monkey named Kevin.

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  1. Amy Sorrells said... 


    September 26th, 2012 at 6:22 pm  

    YAY and backwards YAY!!!!! Are we allowed to shout “amen” . . . like, really LOUD? How ’bout “Preach it, brother!” Is that okay? Can. Not. Wait.

  2. JimM said... 


    September 28th, 2012 at 10:21 pm  

    Can’t wait. Amy…you wouldn’t do that.

  3. Heather Mauriello said... 


    October 1st, 2012 at 11:34 am  

    Can’t wait to hear it! And the picture with the tarantulas is totally freaking me out! EEEK!

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