Podcast #8 – A Coolikan Christmas

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Seasons Greetings!

On this podcast, the Coolikans wax poetic about our favorite childhood Christmas memories and the evolution of Christmas for us now that we’re adults.

Peace and Blessings to you and yours!

Thanks of listening!

**Honorable Mentions**

What is Advent? – LINK

Kwanzaa - LINK

The Five Love Languages – LINK

Ba Humbug – Man upset about Christmas greeting (LINK)

Coolikan Podcast #7 – Jesus and Justice

In 1963, Preacher and Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Junior penned the “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” in which he admonished fellow clergy for their silence and reactions to nonviolent civil rights protest. In recent weeks men and women across the U.S. have engaged in civil unrest to protest police brutality and criminal (in)justices.

We at Coolikan see these events as opportunities for the Church to be the light and to unite and speak out against injustice.  Instead, we, like Dr. King, notice the silence.  We sense the need for greater solidarity in the Body of Christ concerning the plight of humanity and specifically racial inequity.

Jesus and justice.  Are these two mutually exclusive? If not, how can we embody the essence of Christ and principle of justice in our lives?

Thanks for listening!

 

**Honorable Mentions **

Embrace Healing Petition for Truth, Healing and Reconciliation – Sign Here

Site highlighting the protests around the U.S – Urban Cusp

Tim Wise – White Like Me Film  –  website: http://www.timwise.org

Blindspots: The Hidden Bias of Good People Link

Article on the need for the Church to come together – A Call to Arms

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Letter from a Birmingham Jail -

The Revolution (2014)

by Elise Lockamy

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The revolution will not be available the next day on Hulu
You will not be able to download the podcast on your iPhone my brother
You will not be able to check it out from the Redbox my sister
The revolution will not be brought to you by Lebron James and the Cavaliers
The revolution will not be sponsored by Kia or Cadillac
There will be no social commentary on CNN or Fox News
There will be no “On the Run” concerts
Or inspirational words from Oprah and Iyanla
You can’t “Keep Up” with this movement on E
Or add “Love &” to the title and hope that everyone will tune in
There is no Olivia Pope for this scandal
Or Annalise Keating telling you how to get away with it

The revolution will not be televised, will not be televised
Will not be televised, will not be televised
There will be no DVR playbacks brethren
The revolution will be live…

For the original and authentic piece, listen to Gil Scott-Heron: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised ‪#‎peace‬

We are the change

wake up

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.”
II Chronicles 7:14 -15

We are dealing with a famine of compassion, justice, dignity and empathy and a dire need for change and healing.

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12

I am a spiritual being living a human experience and I see things in a spiritual context as much as I do the physical. I may compare things of late to medical maladies (e.g. epidemic, plague, disease, etc.) but I also examine it and see the spiritual maladies.

“However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” Matthew 17:21

Christ’s recommendation to fast and pray isn’t just applicable to the spiritual warfare and the disease of injustice, the legacy of racial terror, or even the division and apathy in and out of the Church but it’s also applicable to the lack of belief people may have in the power of fasting, praying and God’s ability to change hearts and heal this land.

And yes, Jesus addressed racial/ethnic divisions…Jews and Samaritans anyone? The church was active and involved during the Civil Rights movement…but the fact that Dr. King had to address fellow white clergy who opposed and called the Civil Rights protests “extreme” (Letter from a Birmingham Jail), the hard hearts and ignorance of many (in the church) and the fact that Sunday at 11am is still the most segregated hour of the week makes me want to holler. Body of Christ…I admonish us to
#LeanInFaithHopeandLove #PrayInFaithHopeandLove
#FastInFaithHopeandLove Participate in a #DieIn, take to the streets and #WalkInFaithHopeandLove #SingIn and #WriteIn, just don’t #SleepIn

Photo Credit: Ryan McGuire of Gratisography http://www.gratisography.com

Coolikan Podcast #6 – W is for Woman

“Women Hold up Half the Sky” -Mao Zedong

On this podcast, the Coolikans discuss the role, worth and social constructs of womanhood.  We celebrate the strengths and benefits of being a woman.  We also challenge the messages that we receive from childhood through adulthood that counter our personal definition of womanhood, and often lead us to believe that our sole purpose on earth is to make others, and specifically men, happy.

What does it mean to be a woman?

Thanks for listening!

**Honorable Mentions**

The Hidden Power of a Woman by Mahesh and Bonnie Chavda

“It’s for You”

By: Acasia

“If the devil comes knocking on a door you closed long ago, just call out, “Jesus! It’s for you!” – RJG On a Whim

 
I read the above excerpt from a journal of mine and got excited.  The devil won’t stop knocking and will try to pick the lock or break in to that door you closed no matter how much you resist or ‘pretend you’re not home’ in hopes that he’ll go away.
But I love knowing that we can ask Jesus to answer that door.  It’s like when I was a child and an uninvited person knocked or rang the doorbell.  I wasn’t allowed to answer, and as I got older I didn’t want to answer, so we would usually ask my dad, the strongest and most intimidating person of the family, to answer just in case it was someone who meant us harm (we had faith that my dad could send a message that this house is off limits).
Spiritually, we have faith that Christ is the One who can open that door in response to Satan’s knocks and just send that incontrovertible message, “This child, this body, this person, this temple is off limits.”
So don’t be upset or anxious if a temptation or a closed door tries to open itself back up in your life.  Go ahead and let Jesus take care of it.
~Be Well.

Coolikan Podcast #5 – Church Scars: The need for healing in the church

By Acasia, Elise and Obehi

On this podcast we discuss the recent resignation of Mark Driscoll, founding pastor of Mars Hill, a multi-site mega church that this now preparing to close its doors.  This is not the first time a church leader has resigned nor is it the first time the Christian Church has been riddled with controversy.  The Coolikans discuss church scars, the need for healing in the Body of Christ, the importance of discernment,  the role of checks and balances re leadership in the church and the need to #BeLikeTheBereans.

Leave comments, questions and thoughts below!

(photo credit: Ryan McGuire)

Honorable Mentions

Book: Blindspot

Mindy Kalig is mistaken for Malala Yousafzai: Article (US Magazine)

Mars Hill Church Closes: Article  (Relevant Magazine)

Mark Driscoll resignation message: Link 1     Link 2

Lecrae interview with Bad Christian: Podcast

#BeLiketheBereans: Who are the Bereans?