Thursday, July 19, 2018

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: On Vacation & Invitation



I have been away on vacation with my wife, visiting family and friends. God graced us with a chance to recharge and return. Now, here is an open invitation to join in the community building and Bible study that is Beyond Loaves and Fishes. If you want to join our live stream Bible study community and participate in the Tuesday evening, 8 p.m. study, go to the following address and hit subscribe. It is quick and easy. You may have to open a YouTube account of your own, but that too is quick and easy ... and free. See you soon: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheJBSnyder

If you'd like a little more information on becoming a subscriber, see the following. To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event each Tuesday night, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Spider-Man: Matters of Heart: July 1, 2018



Sermon based on Luke 10:30-35, ending our summer superheroes series with Spider-Man. We focus on matters of the heart, whether we will have hearts cruel, calloused, or compassionate. It impacts everything we do and say. It influences the world around us and everyone we interact with. Watch and discover how.

Word of warning: we were located in our air conditioned office wing during our heat wave, which is a tighter space. While you'll hear the sermon entirely, the picture will move wildly as the camera person had to move from one location to another for late arrivals that morning.

Invitation: Join us for our new endeavor and in the new live stream community and Bible study we are creating. It is called Beyond Loaves and Fishes. Here's how to find it and participate in the half hour long Bible studies from the comfort of home.  To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event tonight, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Further, if you like what you hear in this sermon or if the Bible study intrigues you, drop by Sunday morning if you are close to Lansdowne, PA, and join us for worship. All are welcome. See this blog site for hours.

Beyond Loaves & Fishes: Matthew Week 3 Tonight, Tuesday, July 3, 2018

We have been through the first two chapters. Joseph has been told by an angelic messenger that he will accept Mary as his wife, Mary remains faithful, the baby is of the Holy Spirit. Jesus is born, visited by wise Gentiles from the East, surprising the paranoid King Herod, surprising his religious experts. Herod seeks to kill Jesus as potential rival for this throne (Herod's bad habit). An angelic messenger tells Joseph to pack his family off to Egypt and stay until Herod's death, placing the new family in the plight of many refugees fleeing violence at home. What's next? Come ans see.

To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event tonight, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

If you like what you see here and you're anywhere near Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, stop on by Sunday morning and worship with us. You'll be most welcome. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Matthew Week 2



We have now moved beyond the introductory material concerning the Gospel According to Matthew. This week we begin to study the book of Matthew in earnest. We will begin with the lineage of Jesus in Chapter 1. We'll see exactly why this lineage was important to the people of Israel back in the day and why it remains important to us. Come ans see.

To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event tonight, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

If you like what you see here and you're anywhere near Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, stop on by Sunday morning and worship with us. You'll be most welcome. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Beyond Loaves & Fishes: Live Stream Bible Study Tonight, 6/26/18, 8 p.m.

Tonight at 8 p.m. we ride again. The live stream Bible study continues. We have completed the book of Esther (all on the J.S. Brooks channel if you wish to catch up: 2 1/2 hours covers the entire book of Esther) and have now moved on to Matthew. Last week we explored some of the details about the Gospel According to Matthew's creation and the author's intention. Tonight we plunge into the first chapter (and no, I will not be reading the lineage for you).

To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event tonight, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Iron Man & God's Armor



Sermon from June 24, 2018, based on Ephesians 6:10-17, comparing Tony Stark's Iron Man suit of armor with the whole armor of God. Super heroes provide a wonderful illustration for biblical points. This sermon explores how best to use the various attributes of God's armor. It allows us to help ourselves and others facing adversity, including the ongoing separation of parents from their children along the US southern border and all the issues associated with this practice.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Esther Week 5, Matthew Week 1



I spend a few minutes prior to the beginning of the live stream describing what we are all about here at Beyond Loaves and Fishes. I'm inviting everyone to subscribe on the J.S. Brooks channel to participate in the live stream directly and hoping people will share this small but growing community with their friends. 

We will now conclude the book of Esther. There are a few final questions we need to consider. Then we will move on to our next book to study, the Gospel According to Matthew. That book will take considerably longer than this one. I look forward to seeing you there.

To join us live on Tuesday nights, and all are welcome to do so, please follow the simple directions on the following post: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Live Stream Bible Study: 8 p.m. Tonight

Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at 8 p.m. our live stream Bible study Beyond Loaves and Fishes finishes with the book of Esther and moves on the the Gospel According to Matthew. All are welcome.

To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event tonight, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Would You, Could You



Using 2 Corinthians 5:17-20, Ezekiel 37:1-11, and Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham, this sermon explored what new things Christians are called to do. It also explored how, at times, we Christians are called to speak out like Ezekiel, Paul, and Sam-I-am, being persistent for what is right in the face of strong opposition. Watch and see if God challenges you.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day 2018

Happy Father's Day to all the good dads out there: the dads of the many sleepless nights, the dads loving and worrying about children and spouses and working hard to teach all the good and godly lessons of life to the best of their abilities. 

As Psalm 103 remarks: 13As a father has compassion for his children, so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him.

Fear reads awe here. 

Here's to all who have played the role of father for others in need, especially those with no relation to the person so guided. 

Wishing you all God's blessings for the day. 

If you're in the area, come worship with us at Lansdowne Baptist this Father's Day or any Sunday. 

Important Letter from ABC USA General Secretary 2018


AMERICAN BAPTIST CHURCHES USA
___________________________________



June 15, 2018

Mr. Jeff Sessions, Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

Dear Attorney General Sessions,

I am writing to you today on behalf of the 5,000 congregations and 1.3 million members of the American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA). As General Secretary, I serve as the national pastor of the denomination. ABCUSA has a long and distinguished record of service in welcoming immigrants and refugees to communities throughout the United States.

The American Baptist family would like to communicate our deep concern over the unjust immigration policies of the United States government, and in particular, the unconscionable separation of children from their parents on our southern border. As a fellowship of Christ-followers who recall the trials of the child Jesus and his parents, who fled from persecution in their homeland to another country (Matthew 2:13-18), we adamantly oppose separating children from their relatives. A just society can fulfill its fidelity to its own laws and border security without resorting to such unwise and harmful practices; instead, we urge that compassion, fairness and family-affirming policies characterize our response to the plight of families on our borders. We note that destructive practices such as the separation of children from parents place a serious burden on our law enforcement agents and officials, who in carrying out such policies find their own consciences ethically compromised and troubled.

Furthermore, we strongly disagree with your erroneous appropriation of the New Testament (in particular, Romans 13) to justify inhumane and unjust governmental actions. No responsible Christian theologian would assert that Romans 13, or any other passage in the Bible, supports the horrific separation of children from parents that we are witnessing at the present time. In fact, both the Old and New Testaments call those who believe in God to welcome refugees and immigrants with open arms and friendship, with loving care and concern, and with the willingness to assist others in enjoying the prospects of a future based on hope and opportunity.

Accordingly, American Baptists wish to express our sincere hope that the separation of children and parents will immediately cease. We urge Congress and the President to approve and implement without delay more compassionate and just immigration policies and procedures. As the leading law enforcement official of our government, it is your privilege and responsibility to lead such an effort. Thank you for considering our position.

Sincerely,

 Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer, General Secretary
 American Baptist Churches USA

Friday, June 15, 2018

Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast 2018 Successful



Serving our community is always wonderful

Patriotic decor ...
Thank you to all the volunteers (our chefs, our greeters, our servers, our advertisers, those who set up and those who took down and cleaned up) who made our delicious pancake breakfast happen. Thank you to the community who generously showed up, contributing to our Aaron Royal Scholarship Fund. It was an enjoyable time of community fellowship, and a delicious one as well.
So glad you came!

Ready to go ...
Greeters! 
Chefs!

There's joy in serving others ...

Summer Hours Coming to LBC Sunday June 24, 2018


It is time to change over to our summer hours after Father's Day, on Sunday morning, June 24, 2018. Sunday school will go on summer vacation. Sunday morning worship will start at 10 a.m. instead of 11 a.m. We look forward to seeing you then.

If you haven't come to worship with us before, consider yourself invited. All are welcome.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Esther Week 4




Once again we left off with a cliff hanger ending. Haman is building a giant gallows to end Mordecai's life. Queen Esther has held one feast for the king and Haman and has invited them to a second, which has puffed up Haman's ego something awful. What will happen when Esther reveals the truth behind who she is and what she intends to accomplish? Watch now and find out. If you like what you see here, hit the Subscribe button at the J.S. Brooks YouTube channel and join us live.

To join us live for the Tuesday night live streams, and all are welcome, please follow this link to the simple directions: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Black Widow: About Sin



With one exception, in June 2018, we are using superheroes and Scripture together to approach broad truths. In this sermon, we combine Acts 26:9-15 (Paul's Damascus Road conversion story) with the comic book story of Black Widow. Through this we learn of sin, forgiveness, and obligation. Come along and discover the vital connection.


Friday, June 8, 2018

Suicide Prevention Update: Help is Waiting



The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports a sharp rise in suicide rates in the United States between 1999 and 2016. The recent tragic losses of public figures, including Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, emphasize the point.  

Here are some resources to help anyone struggling with the urge to end their lives. To anyone struggling with the desire to end your life, know that you are loved more than you know, you are a beautiful and unique child of God, and we want you to stay.   

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is: 1-800-273-8255 

If you do not wish to speak with someone directly, but want to text, try: https://www.crisistextline.org/suicide

If you have served, or are serving, in the Armed Forces, call the Safe Helpline at 877-995-5247 or get various forms of online help at: https://safehelpline.org/how-to-get-help

You may also speak with someone you trust, a family member, friend, clergy, psychologist, whomever. Delay the urge to end your life. Again, you are a person of value, a beloved child of God. People love you more than you know, especially at this dark and dangerous moment. God bless you. 

Also know that not everyone is willing or able to call a hotline number or text someone. We also need to equip ourselves to help, recognizing signs, and offering assistance. It's what Christ's disciples do.

If you wish to be ready to help save a life in a moment of crisis, join the Be the One to Save a Life movement. Please visit: http://www.bethe1to.com/?_ga=2.89886299.1303601956.1528416589-796904521.1528416589

For more information, see our previous post: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/search?q=suicide


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Esther Week 3



We are picking up where we left off ... with a cliff hanger. The king, without seeking advice, has decided to take Haman up on his offer to commit genocide against the diaspora Jews in Persia. See what Queen Esther and Mordecai do to respond to this threat to their people, and themselves. Tune in!

If you like what you see here in the recorded copy after the event, consider heading over to the YouTube J.S. Brooks site and subscribing to join in live. We'd love to have you with us as it happens.

If you want to learn how to subscribe, see this post: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Hulking Anger Management



Welcome to June, the beginning of the summer season. Time to relax and enjoy ourselves a bit. So, this month we'll once again be turning to super heroes to see what they have to tell us, along with the Bible of course, about how we may best live our lives. This week we focused on Ephesians 4:25-32 and The Incredible Hulk to study how we might best manage our anger issues. Come along with us and watch. Enjoy your summer and God bless you. If you are in the neighborhood, come and join us on Sunday morning at Lansdowne Baptist Church in Lansdowne, PA, for our worship service.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Escape from Busy Lives for a Moment and Rest


Come now, little man [and woman],
turn aside for a while
from your daily employment, 
escape for a moment
from the tumult of your thoughts.
Put aside your weighty cares, 
let your burdensome distractions wait,
free yourself awhile for God
and rest awhile in him.
Enter the inner chamber of your soul,
shut out everything except God
and that which can help you in seeking him,
and when you have shut the door, seek him.
Now, my whole heart, say to God,
"I seek your face, Lord,
it is your face I seek." 
~Anselm of Canterbury in Theology for a Troubled Heart
Excerpt found in The President's Devotional by Joshua DuBois



Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Next Beyond Loaves and Fishes Live Stream: Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Our next episode of Beyond Loaves and Fishes Bible study will live stream on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at 8 p.m. If you'd like to join us in our continued exploration of the book of Esther (we left on a real cliffhanger this past Tuesday), hit the Subscribe button at the J.S. Brooks YouTube site.

To learn how to join us on YouTube, see: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

If you want to watch the first two class sessions on the Old Testament book of Esther, see: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-and-fishes-esther-class-1.html and https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-and-fishes-esther-week-2.html

It's all a new experience right now, a little rough around the edges and evolving over time with experience. Come and join us. Subscribe today. It's all free and open to everyone.

God bless you in your journey.

Foundations



Sermon based on Luke 6:46-49 answering the question, how do you know you have a firm foundation? Having one allows us to be confident in the face of the storms of life. Having one allows us to live life as confident individuals who are able to fulfill the great commandments, loving God and neighbors. Living life from that firm foundation requires trying, falling flat on our faces, getting up and trying again. Are you in? Come along and learn how it is done.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Esther Week 2




Two weeks ago when we first live streamed we had a literal dark and stormy night. Last week I failed to broadcast because my encoder gave up the ghost. I have a new encoder now. If all works as it is supposed to work, we'll continue our study of the book of Esther, diving into the chapters and verses and seeing what Esther has to tell us about living life today.
I apologize for the lost week last week. It is especially frustrating after the testing we did to make sure everything would work. So, here's hoping we continue class next week. Until then, God be with you. If you are just stopping by, please subscribe and support this fledgling effort.


If you like what you see here and want to attend the weekly Bible study, go on over to J.S. Brooks on YouTube and hit the big red subscribe button.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Reclaiming the Name of Jesus Movement

Given recent events, there is a movement among clergy across the nation to reclaim the name of Jesus. If you want to know more, refer to this video: https://sojo.net/media/reclaiming-jesus-time-crisis

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Our live stream Bible study was a success on its first Tuesday evening, although a thunderstorm threatened to knock out my internet connection at the last minute. The second Tuesday evening we had a problem with the encoder, which I believe is now solved. So, we're going to dive back in Tuesday, May 29, 2018, continuing our study of the book of Esther for another half an hour. Stop on by and join us.

For details of how to do that, see the follow post: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

If you wish to sample the first class, or catch up, see: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-and-fishes-esther-class-1.html

If you're curious what went wrong on the second night, see: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-and-fishes-technical.html

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Technical Glitch 5-22-18



What we had here was a failure of equipment to communicate! We did not have the opportunity to have our Bible study, the second week of the book of Esther last night, Tuesday, May 22, due to a failure of the encoder and YouTube to communicate with each other. It took an hour and twenty minutes to track down the problem, but I believe it is solved now and we'll be able to move forward again next Tuesday, May 29, at 8 p.m. I hope to see you all there. In the video here is an explanation of the issue and an answer to some general questions that came up in our first week.

Any new venture has challenging moments and this one was mine. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it was a real learning opportunity. As the prophet Jeremiah said in chapter 8, verse 4: When people fall, do they not get back up again? He calls his people not to be involved in perpetual backsliding but to get up again. So we will in this case. Proverbs 24:16 gives us a reality check, reminding us this will not be the only time I stumble in the production of this live stream. As the text says, for though the righteous fall seven times, they will rise again. I have fallen once. I hope not to fall again soon, but who knows? I hope you will stay with me for the adventure. Things will get better as we move along, learning together how this all works. We will also learn many valuable life lessons from the Bible as we study together.

Have a blessed day. I hope to meet with you next Tuesday evening from our respective homes. Once again, I apologize for this delay.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Fire! A Pentecost Sermon




Pentecost Fire
in Balloons
Sermon for Sunday, May 20, 2018, based on Acts 2:1-8, in which the Holy Spirit comes upon the gathered disciples, giving them power to speak clearly to all the dispersed children of God, no matter what language speaking and where from throughout the Empire. On that fateful day in Jerusalem, the Christian church was born and began the task Jesus set for all disciples, back then, today, and always. Come and witness the good news presented here. May the Holy Spirit of God light a fire in you today!


Beyond Loaves & Fishes: Esther Week 2: Rescheduled, May 29, 2018

Our live stream Bible study was a success on its first Tuesday evening, although a thunderstorm threatened to knock out my internet connection at the last minute. The second Tuesday evening we had a problem with the encoder, which I believe is not solved. So, we're going to dive back in Tuesday, May 29, 2018, continuing our study of the book of Esther for another half an hour. Stop on by and join us.

For details of how to do that, see the follow post: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

If you wish to sample the first class, or catch up, see: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-and-fishes-esther-class-1.html

If you're curious what went wrong on the second night, see: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-and-fishes-technical.html


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Esther Class 1



Tonight we begin our study of the Book of Esther in the Old Testament. Tonight we also begin the entire Beyond Loaves and Fishes series of live stream Bible studies. This is learning experience for us all. Polish will come later, with experience. The material to be covered in this first half hour will be background material setting up our study of Esther. There are certain things that must be clear before we get into the details. Thanks to the early adventurers who signed on for this first night. There was a little excitement at the beginning as the power went off briefly as a storm was passing through. The internet connection was reestablished about 30 seconds before I went live. Thanks for coming. Hope to see you all again soon.

If you are seeing this here on the blog for the first time and would like to participate live, follow this link and subscribe at the J.S. Brooks YouTube platform: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Victory that Conquers the World



Sermon based on 1 John 5:1-6, in which the author is trying to quell the very real fears of Christians living through difficult times, where friends are hard to find, and truth seems uncertain, even fluid. Threats appeared everywhere and churches were starting to unravel. Sound familiar? The author takes a very simple, calming approach on how we might all respond ... and where to find the victory that conquers the world. It's uplifting and more than a little surprising. You are invited to watch.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Beyond Loaves & Fishes Livestream Bible Study Begins



Livestream Bible study: begins Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at 8 p.m. Each class will last one half hour. Enjoy this Bible study from your homes. Broadcast on YouTube at the J.S. Brooks page (pastor’s page). Esther will be our first book studied together. The emphasis will be on life application of biblical wisdom and a biblical storyteller’s approach to reading the text. 


If interested, several simple steps must be taken:

1. Go to YouTube and establish a free account.

2. Search for J.S. Brooks from your new YouTube home page.

3. On the site with a cartoon drawing of my face: 
click the Subscribe button and bell icon to the right. 

4. You will receive notification on your YouTube page of all upcoming Beyond Loaves and Fishes classes.

5. To join the class session, look on the left side of your home page, find Subscriptions (third item from top), click on that.

6. The upcoming livestream will be the first item listed. Click on that and you’ll be taken to the livestream class itself.

7. For additional details, including photos, see: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/04/live-stream-bible-study-starts-soon.html

Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast 2018

Lansdowne Baptist Church is holding its much-loved pancake breakfast in Lansdowne, PA, on Memorial Day. Breakfast will be served from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Memorial Day, May 28, 2018.

The cost for the pancake breakfast is $7.00 per person for adults; $5.00 for children (12 & younger); and $20.00 for families of 5 or less (immediate family only). The food is fantastic and the funds raised go to a good cause.

The funds raised support our Aaron Royal Scholarship Fund, which provides two graduating high school students from the William Penn School District (and/or members of Lansdowne Baptist Church) who are heading off to college with scholarship money from LBC. This is one of the many ways we support are community.

Lansdowne Baptist Church is located at 17 East LaCrosse Avenue, Lansdowne, PA 19050.

Come hungry and enjoy the breakfast our terrific cooks create and help our local students.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Easy to Scatter



The sermon for Sunday, April 29, 2018, based on John 10:11-18, explores what it means that Jesus is our good shepherd. We see who we are as the flock and what we are intended to do in that capacity. Finally, we find out who the biblical writers considered "wolves" intent on preying upon and scattering the flock. We sheep are easy to scatter, but we don't have to! Come listen in. It's good news.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Beyond Loaves and Fishes Coming Soon


Beyond Loaves
& Fishes
Bible Study
Live Stream
Coming Soon


John 6: 25When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 26Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.”

Here's where the live stream will take place: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheJBSnyder/featured



Thursday, April 26, 2018

Live Stream Bible Study Starts Soon, Part 2

Rev. Jeff Snyder's experiments in live streaming have worked. All of the equipment performed properly and three people were able to watch, and two out of the three were able to comment (we'll figure that one out as we go). Everyone is invited to join us. The Bible studies will be at 8 p.m. and will last for a half hour each. One excellent feature of these studies is that once the live stream is finished, YouTube saves the session and it can be shared for later viewing by those who could not attend the class.

If you are interested, here's what must be done. None of it is particularly difficult, but if it is new to you, it might seem a little strange. If you don't have one, you'll need to establish a YouTube account. They are free. Just go to the YouTube site and follow the set up instructions. Once you have your account, you'll open up in your YouTube home page. It will look about like this:


At the top of the Home page you'll see the YouTube search box (not the address box at the very top but the one labeled search below that). Type J.S. Brooks in the search box and go. Several J.S. Brooks sites will show up. You want the one with the cartoon drawing of my face, done a few years back. It looks like:
 

To the right of the picture and name, you'll see a red Subscribe rectangle and a bell. Click on both of those. At that point, you'll be subscribed to my page, where all the Bible study live streams will originate.

I will prepare for the live stream, create some information about what to expect that night, and set a reminder that will share the day and time with you since you have clicked on the bell icon. You'll receive notification on the bell symbol near the top right of your home page and will know when to show up for class on your computer, remaining in the comfort of your own home, sipping tea or coffee and wearing slippers if you please.

To get to the live stream, look on the left side of your home page. There you will see subscriptions listed as the third item from the top. Click on that, and you'll see something very similar to this.

Close up
The live stream is that first listing, above the last sermon I processed for release. The one you see listed here is the second and final test of the equipment. Click on that. You will be taken to this screen. This is where the live stream will happen. You'll see Rev. Snyder in place of the flowers. You will be able to comment off to the right during the class session, which is how you'll be able to interact with me and with each other.


The experiments were fun, especially when there were several of us all interacting. I expect the classes to be lively as well. I hope to see you there. After I work out the mechanics, set up my background, and see how many folks subscribe, we'll set a day and begin. 

Spring Arrives in Lansdowne

We are celebrating the warming days, the beautiful flowers, the budding and flowering trees, the awakening grass ... 

It reminds us of the Song of Solomon 2:11-12: 

For now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. 

Well, since this is a different climate, we'll say hopefully the snow is over and gone. Rain: that's another matter here in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Of course, we are right across the street from the Dollar Tree, so some unusual items sometimes end up in our yard. We don't mind nifty ones like these whirligigs. Whimsy and surprise are welcome. And if some child wants them, and it will brighten that child's day, by all means take those little whirligigs! 



Wishing you all a blessed day.  

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Dominion





Sermon for Earth Day 2018 based on Genesis 1:27-31. An exploration is made into what it means for humanity to have been given dominion in creation. Explore our place in creation while listening and discover what microclimates we may care for in daily life.

Below is the first Earth Rise as seen by Apollo 8 while orbiting the moon, courtesy of NASA.
Earthrise

Moon crosses the face of the Earth, courtesy of NASA/NOAA
moon's far side overlapping the Earth

Friday, April 20, 2018

Easter Bouquets and Earth Day

While looking at the beautiful flowers adorning the sanctuary for Easter, it was easy to remember who created everything and gifted us as stewards of that loving creativity. May you find this Earth Day and every day an opportunity to help the rest of God's creation flourish. Plant trees and flowers, pick up trash, recycle all you can, walk lightly on the face of the earth. God gave us the minds and talents to do just that.

Further, take some time to get out and admire the natural world up close. Marvel in all that God has done. Also, remember that God deems all of creation, including all of us, to be very good indeed.

Join us Sunday, April 22, 2018, for our Earth Day reflection during the Sunday service. You will be most welcome.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

On the Road



Sermon based on Luke 24:13-21, in which two disciples of Jesus walk away from Jerusalem, knocking the dust of the town off their heels following Jesus' crucifixion, and heading out for the town of Emmaus. The meet a stranger on the road and life changes forever. Come and see. It's a powerful story. It also has much to say on how we ought to share our stories. Intrigued yet?

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Live Stream Bible Study Coming Soon

We are called by God to try new things, to follow where God (our great and glorious change agent) leads us. I am heading in one such direction where God is leading.

At this point, I have all the technology and programming to offer up an evening live stream Bible study, filled with applications for modern life, with Bible verses read in the biblical storytelling fashion. Lansdowne Baptist Church members, friends, and all seekers anywhere interested in participating will be invited to join in.

There are a couple of experiments needed to work out the finer details and then we will jump in with both feet. At that point, we will announce when the first meeting will take place (day and time), along with the YouTube channel through which you will be able to join in. If it is set up as I envision, chatting will be possible. There will be a few Bible-based rules for those conversations, but that will come later.

As one very astute individual who is jumping in early remarked, "We won't go for perfection at first, but we will walk toward it over time." Too true. Join us early and watch the changes happen.

Through it all we'll learn together what our loving God through the Bible, that amazing library of 66 books, has to tell us about living modern life well. We will equip ourselves with that knowledge. Then we will encourage each other to act on what we've learned to help others and grow in our faith.

Watch this blog for more news soon.

Until then, walk with God.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Film Screening: Because of the War

On April 15, 2018, at 4 p.m., Lansdowne's First Presbyterian Church (140 N. Lansdowne Ave, Lansdowne, PA) is showing the Philadelphia Folklore Project film, Because of the War. It shares the story of four brilliant singers--mothers, refugees, immigrants, survivors of Liberia's civil wars--who use their music to address violence and injustice at home and in exile.

Suggested donation per person: $10 each. Reception following film. This is an open invitation from the Ministerium of Eastern Delaware County, whose member churches which agreed to contribute toward this film's screening.


PBA Clergy's 1st Annual Missiological Conversation: April 19, 2018


What is the Christian message today
…in a climate in which the lens of our moral compass
may be clouded by the constant rhetoric of intolerance, supremacy, misogyny, and jockeying for the crumbs that fall from the tables of America’s wealthy top 2%? You are invited to the PBA Clergy’s 1st Annual Missiological Conversation.


Our Missiological Conversation begins at 9:00am. Join us at the tables for a time of sharing and fellowship. Church leaders are invited to talk to one another about what we do, why we do it, and how it’s done, in the name of Jesus Christ (mission). Please see the reverse side of this flyer for the program format.

We will have two speakers to help us investigate our concern for the Christian moral compass across the Nation and in Metro-Philadelphia. They will reflect on the theme Her Faith, Her Lens!!
(Matthew 15:21-28; Mark 7:27-28)

              
Speakers: 

The Rev. Leslie D. Callahan, Ph.D. (PBA Speaker) 

Pastor, Saint Paul’s Baptist Church,


Philadelphia; Served on the faculty of 

University of Pennsylvania and
New York Theological Seminary

The Rev. Marvin A. McMickle, Ph.D. (National Speaker)

 President, Director of the Doctor of

 Ministry Program & Professor of

 African American Religious Studies

 Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School                                         

 

Date: April 19, 2018 9:00AM - 2:30PM
Sponsors: The PBA Board of Directors &
The PBA Ministers Council
Location: St. Paul’s Baptist Church
1 Hagerty Boulevard, West Chester, PA 19382

Lunch is included in the registration fee of $45.00. Contact the PBA office at 215-482-8222, ext. 10 or register on our website at  www.philadelphiabaptist.org by April 11th.

Agenda
The Annual Conversation Forum Format


·        Coffee, registration…                                                                  

·        Welcome & Introductions                     
Host Pastor – The Rev. Wayne E. Croft, Sr., Ph.D.
The Rev. Robert L. Solomon, Jr., President, PBA Ministers Council
The Rev. Julia Bruton-Sheppard – Invocation

·        Introduction of Speakers – The Rev. Dr. James E. McJunkin, Jr., Executive Minister
         
·        PBA Speaker/The Rev. Dr. Callahan  Leslie Callahan

·        Q&A with Callahan           

·        Break (silence or minimal conversation requested)                                        

·        National Speaker/The Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle                      

·        Q&A with McMickle                            

·        Lunch and Fellowship Hour                           

·        Round One Clergy Guided Conversation       
Prayer & Missiological Question: What are the challenges of a clouded moral compass regarding issues of intolerance today and what is the role of the church in the USA in addressing them?

Table Groups Shift                               

·        Round Two Clergy Guided Conversation      
Prayer & Missiological Question: How might biblical teaching/preaching help to open our eyes to clouded judgement and/or inertia and inspire action?

·        Closure Benediction                                                                              

Steering Committee Members

The Rev. Dr. Darrell R. Bradsbery, Pastor, Second Baptist- Frankford; The Rev. Dr. Derick Brennan, Pastor, Canaan Baptist; The Rev. Dr. James H. Buck, Jr., Pastor, Grace Baptist-Germantown; The Rev. Scott Dorsey, Pastor, Mt. Zion Baptist-Holmesburg; The Rev. Dr. Clifford I. Johnson, Pastor, Shiloh Baptist-Wilmington; The Rev. Harold R. Jolley, Pastor, Second Macedonia Baptist; The Rev. Abdel Lastre-Nunez, Pastor, Second Spanish Baptist; The Rev. William B. Moore, Pastor, Tenth Memorial Baptist; The Rev. Angel Pagan, Jr., Pastor, Lower Merion Baptist-Bryn Mawr; The Rev. Bruce W. Petty, Sr., Pastor, First Baptist-Huntingdon Valley; The Rev. Dr. James A. Pollard, Sr., Pastor, Zion Baptist-Ardmore; The Rev. Charles W. Quann, Pastor, Bethlehem Baptist-Spring House; The Rev. Dr. Rodney Ragwan, Pastor, Mayfair Conwell Memorial Baptist; The Rev. Jeffrey Snyder, Pastor, Lansdowne Baptist; The Rev. Robert L. Solomon, Jr., President, PBA Ministers Council; The Rev. Dr. James E. McJunkin, Jr., Executive Minister.