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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.
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.
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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!
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!
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.