Bishop Jack Lumanog – sermon for the 7th Sunday of Easter

Acts 1:1-14

In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” 12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away. 13 And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. 14 All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.

Collect of the Day

O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog
Bishop of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog is an Anglican Bishop in good standing with the Apostolic Communion of Anglican Churches and the leader of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola. A pastor and evangelist at heart, Dr. Jack Lumanog has planted, revitalized and pastored churches, traveled internationally to teach pastors and church planters and was a denominational leader for 7 years with executive level oversight for over 1,000 congregations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Bishop Jack Lumanog – sermon for the 6th Sunday of Easter

John 15:1-8

Jesus said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”

Collect of the Day

O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog
Bishop of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog is an Anglican Bishop in good standing with the Apostolic Communion of Anglican Churches and the leader of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola. A pastor and evangelist at heart, Dr. Jack Lumanog has planted, revitalized and pastored churches, traveled internationally to teach pastors and church planters and was a denominational leader for 7 years with executive level oversight for over 1,000 congregations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Bishop Jack Lumanog: ordained and consecrated an Anglican Bishop

A little over a year ago (27 April 2019), I was ordained and consecrated as an Anglican Bishop in the historic Apostolic succession according to the Rite of the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.

And to honor the African American and charismatic / Pentecostal streams of Christianity that has formed much of my ministry, it was a privilege to have Archbishop Darel Chase, Ph.D. as my chief consecrator. Since this is such a small world we live in, we are both martial arts masters and both raised and formed spiritually in the Diocese of Newark, New Jersey!

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog
Bishop of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog is an Anglican Bishop in good standing with the Apostolic Communion of Anglican Churches and the leader of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola. A pastor and evangelist at heart, Dr. Jack Lumanog has planted, revitalized and pastored churches, traveled internationally to teach pastors and church planters and was a denominational leader for 7 years with executive level oversight for over 1,000 congregations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Bishop Jack Lumanog – pray for those working in our health services

We pray today for all those suffering from COVID-19, and especially today in this time of increased pressure, for all those working in our health services.

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog
Bishop of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog is an Anglican Bishop in good standing with the Apostolic Communion of Anglican Churches and the leader of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola. A pastor and evangelist at heart, Dr. Jack Lumanog has planted, revitalized and pastored churches, traveled internationally to teach pastors and church planters and was a denominational leader for 7 years with executive level oversight for over 1,000 congregations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Bishop Jack Lumanog – What do Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis have in common?

Ahmaud Arbery
(Photo from Reuters)

74 days. It took 74 days before two men were arrested for chasing down and then gunning down an unarmed African American man. This happened in Brunswick, Georgia — 4 hours away from where I live in Atlanta.

Ahmaud Arbery was killed on 23 February 2020 around 1pm. And after the killing, the two men were questioned by police and were allowed to go home. Gregory McMichael, 64, and Travis McMichael, 34, were arrested 74 days later for the killing.

The massive delay between the killing and the arrests is not because the authorities hadn’t seen the video of the last moments of Ahmaud Arbery. But because the world had seen the video of the last moments of Ahmaud Arbery.

The two men chased down Ahmaud Arbery because they suspected him of a burglary and intended to perform a citizen’s arrest according to their accounts. One of the two accused killers was formerly a policeman from 1982-1989 — but not at the time of the incident.

So here we have a case where two armed, white civilians, a father and son, carrying out mob justice where they are police, judge, jury and executioner. And we are hearing about this incident from 23 February in early May. Because a video finally surfaced of the incident and gave the world a look at this horrific injustice.

Trayvon Martin
(AP Photo/HO, Martin Family Photos)

I can’t help but think about 17 year old Trayvon Martin – killed by George Zimmerman on 26 February 2012 in Sanford, Florida – nearly 8 years ago from this killing of Ahmaud Arbery. George Zimmerman was tried for the murder but he was acquitted after a sensational trial where some of my friends became armchair defense attorneys with their talking points from Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh. Sadly, I had leaders I was working with in the ACNA at the time defending George Zimmerman since he was acting in self defense with the Florida “Stand Your Ground Law.” Unbelievable.

Jordan Davis
(Photo from Twitter)

And then there was Jordan Davis. Another unarmed 17 year old killed. This time in Jacksonville, Florida on 23 November 2012. He was shot to death because a 45 year old white over an argument over loud music being played at a gas station. Michael Dunn was arrested and convicted of first degree murder of Jordan Davis in a second trial. 3 of Jordan Davis’s friends were also shot in the hail of gunfire rained down from Michael Dunn and he was convicted of 3 counts of attempted second degree murder. Dunn is serving a life sentence for the killing of Jordan Davis.

Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis. What do they have in common? These are three unarmed, African American men who should still be alive today. They were shot and killed for not obeying the orders of armed, civilian white men.

Ahmaud Arbery did not stop after being chased down by an armed self-deputized father and son team who suspected him of committing a burglary. Killed for running while black.

Trayvon Martin did not obey the orders of armed neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. Killed for walking while black.

Jordan Davis did not turn down the music as ordered by Michael Dunn. Killed for listening to music while black. And 3 of Jordan Davis’s friends shot for listening to music while black.

Underneath it all in the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis is white supremacy writ large. Or white privilege that says it’s okay to execute another human being because they did not obey your order as a white man.

This is unacceptable.

O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog
Bishop of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog is an Anglican Bishop in good standing with the Apostolic Communion of Anglican Churches and the leader of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola. A pastor and evangelist at heart, Dr. Jack Lumanog has planted, revitalized and pastored churches, traveled internationally to teach pastors and church planters and was a denominational leader for 7 years with executive level oversight for over 1,000 congregations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

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The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I. (Jack) Lumanog is an Anglican Bishop in good standing with The Apostolic Communion of Anglican Churches and leader of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola.

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The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I. (Jack) Lumanog is a Bishop in the Apostolic Communion of Anglican Churches and leader of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola. He is an internationally renowned pastor, evangelist and from 2011-2018, a denominational leader with executive level oversight for over 1,000 congregations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.  Click here for more…

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Bishop Jack Lumanog on a visit to Cornerstone Anglican Church in Atlanta, GA.

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog
Bishop of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog is an Anglican Bishop in good standing with the Apostolic Communion of Anglican Churches and the leader of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola. A pastor and evangelist at heart, Dr. Jack Lumanog has planted, revitalized and pastored churches, traveled internationally to teach pastors and church planters and was a denominational leader for 7 years with executive level oversight for over 1,000 congregations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.