This past weekend I had the privilege of giving a sermon on the topic of systemic injustice at my home church, Grace Community Church in Noblesville, Indiana.

In many ways it was an ideal environment to share some of what I’ve been learning while writing and traveling for World Next Door, and it should come as no surprise that several stories and ideas from my travels found their way into the message.

6 broken places – My church is doing a series on the “Six Broken Places” of our world and I was asked to cover the issue of systemic injustice.

The feedback I’ve received has been incredibly positive, and I’ve been thrilled to hear stories of people who are choosing to take some initial steps of faith in caring for the poor and marginalized.

More about GCC

If you haven’t heard me talk about it before, my church is awesome. We have a very active congregation that is involved and serving all over the world.

This month, in fact, the church is taking the “Hunger Challenge,” where we commit to eating only rice and beans for a week, living on the equivalent of food stamps for a week, coming together to collect thousands of pounds of food for local pantries and partnering with Kids Against Hunger to pack thousands of food packs bound for Haiti.

With all of that in mind, it was a real honor to get up in front and help fan the flames a bit!

The Sermon

If you have any desire to watch a video of the sermon, we’ve embedded it below.  You can also find an audio-only version and the notes by clicking here.

I’d love to know what you think, so feel free to leave a comment below!

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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. JimM said... 


    October 18th, 2012 at 11:35 pm  

    “Friends these are the faces of people who have been touched by the Kingdom of God…”

    “Talk about a change in perspective…”

    “Because a handful of dedicated Christ followers abandoned power and they chose to become servants to these boys…”

    Barry, wow, amazing inspiring words… from a Spirit filled heart, broken by living in that thin space here on earth where a glimpse of the Kingdom of God is seen. Thank you.

  2. Katie L. said... 


    October 23rd, 2012 at 10:13 pm  

    Thanks, Barry, for a great reminder. I needed to hear this, to get excited again about my passion for social justice. I’m finally finishing up my schooling (December), so my hopes are on the horizon. This is what I want to do, this is how I want to live. Your words are greatly appreciated. :)

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