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.

A Justice That Heals - 2000



Here is a powerful story of reconciliation and forgiveness that heals. This is key to creating healing communities and church stations of hope: working together to help families of those who have been incarcerated and those in prison themselves. It is well worth watching and wrestling with by all who seek to help or who have someone in the prison system.

God bless you all.

For more on the organization Healing Communities that works to create church Stations of Hope across the country, see: www.healingcommunitiesusa.com

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Late to the Party



Sermon for April 8, 2018, the week after Easter, based on John 20:19-29, the story of Thomas, who arrives late to the party, so to speak, after Jesus has visited the disciples after his resurrection. Thomas has a lot of trouble believing what his friends are trying to tell him and expresses his feelings strongly. Watch and see what this means for all of us today.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

I Have Seen the Lord



This Easter morning sermon for April 1, 2018, is based on John 20:1-18. This sermon focuses on the powerful experience Mary Magdalene has first thing in the morning, heading out to the tomb to honor Jesus at his grave. The stone sealing the tomb has been removed and human history will never be the same.