Showing posts with label communication. Show all posts
Showing posts with label communication. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Remember to Fall Back!

Sunday, November 3, 2019, at 2 a.m., the clocks fall back one hour as Daylight Savings Time ends for the winter. We will have light in the mornings and earlier sunsets. If you want to be at church on time, don't forget to set that clock back an hour! 

Looking forward to seeing you Sunday morning at Lansdowne Baptist Church. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Being Mindful of What We Say: Fat Shaming Wounds Others and Defiles Us

In Matthew 15:11-20, Jesus instructs: "it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.” Then the disciples approached and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees took offense when they heard what you said?” He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if one blind person guides another, both will fall into a pit.” But Peter said to him, “Explain this parable to us.” Then he said, “Are you also still without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth enters the stomach, and goes out into the sewer? But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this is what defiles. For out of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile.”

To love God and neighbor, fulfilling the two great commandments, we need to be mindful what we say to others. In society today, people are feeling far freer to say what is on their minds, regardless of how their words will impact those who receive them. Fat shaming is all the rage and society encourages this harmful behavior in a lot of different ways. To understand what fat shaming is and how it impacts others, take a look at the following article through this link: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/fat-shaming-makes-things-worse

Even with the best of intentions, telling someone something they already know full well will not encourage them to diet and live a healthier life. We need to ask ourselves why we feel compelled to tell someone they are fat in the hopes they will take a better life path. There's an assumption behind that "you're fat" shaming. That assumption, whether conscious or not, is that the person is lazy and if they just had a little more gumption, they'd lose weight. That's a dangerous assumption and an insulting one. None of us knows a stranger's story. We don't know the circumstances of their lives. We have no idea whether they are trying or have tried many times to lose weight. In following through with that impulse, we defile ourselves and harm the other person. Once the message has been delivered, the deliverer goes on with their day and probably forgets the encounter. The recipient of the message has been harmed, burdened with more unwanted emotional baggage, and perhaps heading down the road to depression or worse. It's more infuriating when that message is delivered by a skinny person who has never once in their lives struggled with weight issues. That person simply has no clue what the overweight person is struggling with. 

Much better to reign in our tongues, mind our words, and instead try to truly help our neighbors, taking the real time and effort to help those who truly need help and to be kind to everyone, making kindess a habit that improves lives (the other person's and our own), a habit that will never defile us. 

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Article 2019: The Collective Conscience of Our Country

The link here is to the Pastoral Letter of the American Baptist Churches USA General Secretary Lee Spitzer. The article deals with the violence currently ripping our nation to pieces. Please read: https://www.abc-usa.org/2019/08/the-collective-conscience-of-our-country-a-pastoral-letter-from-abcusa-general-secretary-lee-spitzer/?fbclid=IwAR3WkzbpwnIYqfanksb1L0IN7vHfSUkJt5V5ZU-dZZ9mZDGugvk1zy193ak

One paragraph worthy of note for anyone wondering who we American Baptists are is: “American Baptists, as a denominational family, have consistently been advocates for religious and civil liberty for all and for the concept of “a Free Church in a Free State” (1986 ABCUSA Policy Statement on Church and State). Key tenets of the divisive ideology of Christian nationalism are incompatible with Baptist theological and social convictions. American Baptists historically have advocated for respect, tolerance, justice and freedom for everyone in our country (and world), while resolutely opposing all manifestations of racism, prejudice, fear and injustice. May we continue this witness in 2019, and into the future.”

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Prayers and Actions

Lansdowne Baptist Church's congregation stands with and prays for all the grieving families from this weekends horrific terrorist acts in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. We mourn your losses with you. 

We work for peace in this world in a wide variety of ways as well. We call everyone to strive to live by the two great commandments: love God and love neighbor. From the good Samaritan story we know that our neighbor is everyone and anyone who needs us. There is no us vs. them with God. All humanity is made in God's image, as the Bible states. We need to stand together against the hatred and the fear that gives rise to racism and white supremacy, which have no place in Christianity, and should have no place in our nation. 

Lansdowne Baptist Church Participates in National Night Out 2019



Lansdowne Baptist Church will once again be participating in National Night Out in Lansdowne, PA, tonight, August 6, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m. Come and meet us. There will be coloring pages and bubble blowing for the children, introductory leaflets, and a warm welcome for everyone. We hope to see you there, at the public parking lot next to St. Philomena's and the Dunkin Donuts. See you there! 

Friday, August 2, 2019

Thursday, August 1, 2019

True Sacrifice



Sermon based on Isaiah 1:16-20, in which the priest Isaiah ben Amoz provides difficult news from God concerning their straying from the ways of justice and faith in action God expects. This has direct application for the church today. Come and watch. Sunday morning, come and join us at Lansdowne Baptist Church.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Why Families Leave Central America & a Call for Unity

There has been a lot of misleading information concerning people from Central America heading for the United States. Here from Bread for the World are some facts concerning conditions in Guatemala, El Salvador & Honduras. Follow the link and read the article. See: https://bread.org/sites/default/files/downloads/fact-sheet-migration-push-factors-november-2018.pdf

When you finish there, return here and link to the Unity Declaration of 100 US churches concerning the link between racism and poverty. It opens: "As the president and Congress are preparing their plans for this year, almost 100 church leaders—from all the families of U.S. Christianity—are sharing a common “Unity Statement” on racism and poverty. As Christians, we are grounded in God’s love for all people, and we feel called to ask our churches and political leaders of both parties to work together to overcome racism and poverty which are theological, biblical, and gospel issues for us, not merely political or partisan ones." 
For the rest of the letter, seehttps://www.bread.org/library/unity-declaration-racism-and-poverty


Thursday, June 27, 2019

Internment Camps: Then and Now, a Reflection

American Baptist Home Mission Societies states: Yosh Nakagawa briefly notes the relevance of his internment in camps during World War II to today's situation during an interview with EthicsDaily.com recorded at the American Baptist Churches USA Biennial Mission Summit in Virginia Beach, Va., June 21-23, 2019.

A short video remembrance. Please watch: https://vimeo.com/344565286


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Cleaning Up Our Acts



Sermon from June 9, 2019, on Children's Sunday, based on Isaiah 1:15-20. We involve Dr. Seuss's less-than-reliable character of the Cat in the Hat to help illustrate how we can clean up our acts when we create big messes in our lives if we trust in God. Come and see how that all works out together. Join us on Sunday morning for worship if you are in our area!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Be One



Sermon for Sunday, June 2, 2019, based on John 17:20-26. Jesus prays his disciples will be unified in their ministry. This unity is reached by loving one another and serving each other despite their many differences. That prayer continues on into the present and the future, calling us to be unified in our love for each other and our loving service to others. It's a powerful prayer and a labor that leads to joy. Come and watch and give it a try!

Friday, April 19, 2019

Have a Blessed Good Friday; Join Us Easter Sunday


Wishing everyone a blessed Good Friday. Inviting everyone to join us Easter Sunday morning to celebrate Jesus' resurrection and discover what that means for each and every one of us. The sermon is based on Luke 24:1-12, the sermon titled Easter's First Evangelists.

Favorite Easter hymns to be sung, Easter flowers to enjoy, and wonderful Easter fellowship to participate in and be uplifted by!

You are invited. See you then!


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

What Price?



Our sermon today was based on John 12:1-8. We explore how generous Mary, sister of Martha and Lazarus, was in her anointing of Jesus. We explore how we may be equally generous with others, and why we should do so. Come and watch.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Charlotte Yinger, Longtime Member of Lansdowne Baptist, Dies

On March 29, 2019, Charlotte Yinger passed away, returning home to God. She lived at the Elwyn Institute. 

Charlotte is survived by her sister Eleanor, her uncle Joseph Yinger, and several cousins. 

A memorial service will be held at the Elwyn Institute at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Lansdowne Baptist Church or the Elwyn Institute. 

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Lenten Live Stream Week 4



On Thursday night, April 4, 2019, we wrapped up our study from N.T. Wright's book, The Day the Revolution Began. We discovered Jesus' vocation, how that vocation was lived out in his crucifixion, and how it has been passed along to us today. We examined what this means for us. We were given a lot to ponder and a lot to do. Come and watch. See if you aren't encouraged to do a few things differently yourself. Have a blessed seaons of Lent and Easter.

Subscribe to the J.S. Brooks YouTube channel, click on the bell, and you'll receive updates as to the next live stream experience. Go to: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheJBSnyder

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Racism and the Church


Lansdowne Baptist Church is proud to be a diverse, multi-cultural church. That alone doesn't guarantee racial harmony, but it provides firsthand insight, and communication between members of different races. Segregated churches do not have the benefit of that particular social interaction. Some even experience the perils of "single-mindedness" which can foster deeply embedded and pervasive structures of racism, and in extreme cases, lead to horrible hateful acts of violence. The many intricate levels of racism are hard to combat, even when it is a recognized problem, with people willing to address it. See the article at: https://baptistnews.com/article/beyond-condemning-racist-violence-the-white-church-must-grapple-with-ways-it-is-implicated-in-that-violence/#.XJ6cDphKiUk

~Will Thompson 

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Insights: Kindness



Pause with me for a moment and consider kindness as a way to draw closer to God's plan for our lives this Lenten season.

Subscribe to the J.S. Brooks YouTube channel, click on the bell, and you'll receive updates as to the next live stream experience. Go to: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheJBSnyder

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Real Life Superheroes Helping Others

With the massive popularity of movies, Superheroes have become a big part of our culture. They were created to inspire us to be greater than we thought possible. But there are special people who actually exist, capable of accomplishing extraordinary feats in real life. Gal Gadot is an actress who portrays one of the most famous superheroes in the world. She happens to be one of those special, real life people, doing incredible things to help those in need. Gal is an Isreali  wonder woman, who has the courage to fight for what's right by challenging leaders of her faith, to show love to those wrongfully persecuted because of their religion. 


~Will Thompson

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Jerusalem Jerusalem



The sermon for Sunday, March 17, 2019, is based on Luke 13:31-35. In this scripture Jesus must leave Jerusalem to its own devices as its people by in large will not accept the word of God Jesus offers. They will not allow themselves to be enveloped by Jesus' protective care. Decisions have consequences. We too must decide for ourselves if we will follow Jesus or be left to our own devices. During the course of the sermon, we explored a response to terrorism Christians should take. Come and watch.

See what our denomination, American Baptist Churches USA has to say in response to the terror attack on the Christchurch Muslim mosques in New Zealand here: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2019/03/important-message-from-american-baptist.html

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Experiencing Technical Difficulties with Our Video Camera


The old video camera we have been using to record sermons has finally given up the ghost. Considering it was a Kodak Play Sport, it really did well over many years. The pastor and his wife (who does the recording) will be looking for a new camera quickly and hope to return to recorded sermons very soon. In the meanwhile, the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream Bible study continues as planned. It does not rely on the Kodak to get the job done.

So, as they say (or used to) in the broadcast business: "Please stand by." 

Subscribe to the J.S. Brooks YouTube channel, click on the bell, and you'll receive updates as to the next live stream experience. Go to: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheJBSnyder