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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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  • 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

  • "what God Called Clean" Fifth Sunday Of Easter, Year C

    Contributed on May 14, 2022
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    Change is all around us, even in the church. And change is never easy. Our text this week is about a whole new direction for the beginnings of the church.

    Acts 11:1-18 The Jewish leaders in Judea, the circumcised, The Church Leaders rebuked Peter for sharing a meal, Breaking Bread, with the uncircumcised, the Gentiles (cf. Galatians 2:11-14). They gave him holy heck for doing what they felt went against the rules. Peter proceeds to tell how it ...read more

  • We Are Witnesses Second Sunday Of Easter, Year C

    Contributed on Apr 24, 2022
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    Easter is unsettling. That’s our thesis for this series. No, wait, that’s a given. That’s a foundational statement. The thesis is because Easter is unsettling for the world, we need to be witnesses to the Easter event.

    We Are Witnesses SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER, YEAR C Acts 5:27-32 5:27 When they had brought them, they had them stand before the council. The high priest questioned them, 5:28 saying, "We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and ...read more

  • "I Thirst” Jesus Is Thirsty.

    Contributed on Apr 13, 2022
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    Jesus was also showing us that what we need when things get to their worst is a thirst to overcome our dry faith.

    Sermon Good Friday 2022 Seven Last Words “I Thirst” Jesus is Thirsty. This may appear overly simplistic. The temptation is to take these words and interpret them in some overly spiritualized manner. We might equate “thirsting” with Christ’s call to “hunger and thirst after righteousness” (Matthew ...read more

  • Sermon "Judas’s Never Want To Help The Poor”

    Contributed on Apr 13, 2022
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    The Scripture says basically That satin entered him, and Jesus Said Just Do it! Wow and then the text says the disciples thought Judas was concerned with the poor.

    Sermon Lent Services Lake City UMC Date 04/13/2022 Sermon “Judas’s Never want to Help the Poor.” John 13:21-30 The Message 21 After he said these things, Jesus became visibly upset, and then he told them why. “One of you is going to betray me.” 22-25 The disciples looked around at one another, ...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