TROUBLEMAKER is well written, carefully thought out, and engaging with fresh ideas and insights… it is so very honest. In this collection of sermons, Vicki Gray takes on some of the most difficult subjects of our time: poverty, racism, justice, sexuality, community. Vicki speaks with a prophetic voice about many of the things that make our world broken. She does so with passion. She stakes out her territory of grace and calls on us to join her in a deep commitment to change.
TROUBLEMAKER is grounded in the gospel story of Jesus. It arises from a theology that remembers how Christ always stood with the poor, the marginalized, the vulnerable. Consequently, he stood in the line of fire for those who sought to oppress or ignore others. In this way, Jesus was always getting into trouble. He was courageous because he risked speaking into the silence that masked the poverty and struggle of his people. He was willing to be identified with outcasts and support the rights of the “least of these”. It is with this vision of Jesus that Vicki Gray seeks to follow the path of discipleship.
TROUBLEMAKER is an invitation to take that discipleship seriously. It is a challenge to practice what we preach. It is the story of one woman’s journey into a lifetime of dedicated service to those on the margins of society or under the threat of war. Vicki intentionally walks out in faith to stand in harm’s way, believing in the power of God to bring peace, hope and justice to those in need.
Reading her sermons will always be enlightening, encouraging and engaging as she lifts up a call to take what we care about out into the world around us. Vicki is a living example of what the life of faith looks like when it is lived with integrity and intention.
- Vicki Gray