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  • Amiri Hooker

    Contributing sermons since Mar 22, 2011
Amiri's church

Wesley Chapel UMC
Lake City , South Carolina 29560
1-803-216-1968

About Amiri
  • Education: Rev. Hooker went on to attend Methodist College in Fayetteville NC at the encouragement of the Late Bishop Bethea. Rev Hooker went on to enroll in a Masters of divinity program at the Gammon Division of the Interdenominational Theological Seminary in Atlanta GA, Where he majored in Theology with a concentration in African Thought.
  • Experience: In College Rev. majored in Biblical studies, helped organized the State Black Student Network and worked with the Children’s Defense Fund and Black Community Crusaded to help bring back Freedom Schools and the idea of racial up left in young African American Adults. During Seminary Rev Hooker was ordained an United Methodist Pastor and awarded several awards and also selected as a member of ASCAC a Kemitic Teaching Think Tank.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: "I'm a Black Renaissance man and It is my belief that four things constitute a Black Man's coming of age and they are; a rebirth of spirit that heightens the senses; a reawakening of the mind that alludes to wisdom; a renewal of the heart that instills loving, giving, forgiveness and sharing; and a resurrection of the body that gives him full control of his sensuality and sexuality to the point that he exercises great responsibility.
  • One of my favorite illustrations: A rattlesnake, if cornered, will sometimes become so angry it will bite itself. That is exactly what the harboring of hate and resentment against others is–a biting of oneself. We think that we are harming others in holding these spites and hates, but the deeper harm is to ourselves.Jones, E. Stanley. Reader’s Digest December 1981.
  • Family: Rev. Amiri B. Hooker (ah MY REE) The Son of Mrs. Claudette David Hooker and the late Bernard Hooker. Born In Philadelphia PA. A native of both Philadelphia and Bennettsville SC Rev Hooker received and accepted his calling in junior high school. He has been active in ministry now some 16years. Rev Hooker attended Schools in the Public school system and graduated near the bottom of his high school class, at Marlboro County High School.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Substance of Things Hoped for A Memoir of African-American Faith
  • Books that have had an impact: Ankh NE Ra. (1995). Let the ancestors speaks Removing the veil of mysticism from Mdu Netcher. Temple Hills, NM.: JOM Publishers. Ben Jochannan, Yosef. (1972). The black man's religion Extracts and comments from the Holy Black Bib] . New York: Alkebu Lan Books. Browder, Anthony. (1992). Nile Valley contributors to civilization Exploding the myth,, Vol. L Washington D.C.: Institute for Karn dc Guidance.
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction... The chain reaction of evil-hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars-must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation. King, Martin Luther. Strength to Love. New York: Harper & Row, 1963.
  • What I want on my tombstone: God gave him a gift to Change the World, and he tried to provide justice to the poor, sight to the blind
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  • Finding The Lost

    Contributed on Sep 10, 2022
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    We are happy to look for the lost. We are happy that Jesus, at least, is willing to venture out to find those who have strayed and to bring them home for a celebration. The problem is, at some point, many of us give up on the lost. We give up, but Jesus Goes to get you, to find the lost.

    Finding the Lost Having Words with Jesus FOURTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST, YEAR C Luke 15:1-10 The Story of the Lost Sheep 15 1-3 By this time a lot of men and women of questionable reputation were hanging around Jesus, listening intently. The Pharisees and religion scholars were not pleased, not ...read more

  • Counting The Cost Of Discipleship

    Contributed on Sep 10, 2022
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    This first week of this “Having Words” series is a great time to remind ourselves of the commitment that we made to make and to be made into disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

    Counting the Cost Having Words with Jesus THIRTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST, YEAR C Luke 14:25-33 The Message Figure the Cost 25-27 One day, when large groups of people were walking along with him, Jesus turned and told them, “Anyone who comes to me but refuses to let go of father, mother, spouse, ...read more

  • Yielding Wild Grapes: Prophet Margins

    Contributed on Aug 12, 2022
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    How is God calling us to address grapes gone wild in our contexts? Be mindful, however. Jesus did this in his opening homily in Nazareth after reading from this very book, Isaiah.

    When I was in seminary, I was introduced to Chateau Elan Winery & Resort. This place well above my pay grade Spanning 3,500 acres of rolling hills and wooded forests, Chateau Elan reigns as North Georgia’s premier destination resort. A favorite for weekend getaways, corporate retreats, and ...read more

  • Hosea’s Risky Love, Part 2

    Contributed on Aug 1, 2022
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    In the days the past, the clarion call and mission of the black church was two-fold: it served as a beacon of hope for the lost-soul seeking grace and mercy, but it also functioned as an oasis for all issues affecting the community. BMCR is That for the United Methodist Church

    Hosea 11:1-5, 9-11 11:1 When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. 11:2 The more I called them, the more they went from me; they kept sacrificing to the Baals, and offering incense to idols. 11:3 Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, I took them up in my arms; but ...read more

  • Words Have Power/ Don’t Babel

    Contributed on Jun 4, 2022
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    We all grow as disciples of Jesus Christ, enlarging our understanding of the church and the faith. And then maybe we can overcome Babel by speaking one in Christ on this Pentecost Sunday.

    This text is offered as an alternative First Reading for the Day of Pentecost, with the instructions that if it is chosen, then Acts 2:1-21 gets used as the Second Reading. Certainly, there have been connections made between Genesis 11:1-9 and Acts 2:1-21, with people understanding God’s gift of ...read more

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    Contributed on Feb 6, 2016
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    What the Church can learn from the Carolina Panthers: by Burt Williams 1. Leadership matters: The leadership on Offence and Defense this year is stellar and it begins with the primary leaders Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly, they lead the team on the field and have the responsibility to adjust ...read more

  • Killing Each Other Over Race

    Contributed on Mar 22, 2011
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    KILLING EACH OTHER OVER RACE Two million people have been killed during the civil war in the Sudan Region of Africa mostly over race, mostly over skin tone. The name Sudan comes from "bilad al sudan": Arabic for "the land of the blacks." So you might expect Sudanese to be comfortable with the ...read more

  • Use What Is There

    Contributed on Mar 22, 2011
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    USE WHAT IS THERE My son Omri is large, extremely smart and very active. He has not met a tree or roof that he has not at least mentally pondered climbing. Omri's teacher runs up to me the other day and says, "Your son almost made me lose my mind, my religion and my job." This is not unusual, so ...read more

  • The Birth Of The Poor People's Campaign

    Contributed on Mar 22, 2011
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    THE BIRTH OF THE POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN A visit to a fledgling Head Start program in Marks brought home the reality of rural poverty to Dr. King and Ralph Abernathy. "We looked around the primitive schoolhouse and saw them watching us, wide-eyed and silent, having been told who we were," ...read more