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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Mutual Love



This is the sermon for Sunday, September 1, 2019, based on Hebrews 13:1-7, in which Christian congregations are called to have mutual brotherly & sisterly love continue to grow between members. That love is intended to overflow the congregation and extend out into the community, attracting others. Mutual love is expressed through hospitality. An adversary of love and hospitality is arrogance. There is a lot to learn here. Come and watch. Join us Sundays at Lansdowne Baptist Church in Lansdowne, PA. You will be welcomed with hospitality!


I have no idea why the last 5 minutes of the sermon are cut off, but am working to correct this problem.

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Judges: Week 9



Beyond Loaves and Fishes is back from summer vacation. We're picking up with Judges again, picking up with Jephthah's ill-advised vow in chapter 11, starting up at verse 32. Hope to see you there. All are welcome. ~Rev. Jeff Snyder

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 29, 2019

Be Merciful Today

The Beatitudes in Matthew 5 read: 


When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; 
and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 
2Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the 
kingdom of heaven.4“Blessed are those who mourn, 
for they will be comforted. 5“Blessed are the meek, 
for they will inherit the earth. 6“Blessed are those 
who hunger and thirst for righteousness, 
for they will be filled. 7“Blessed are the merciful, 
for they will receive mercy. 8“Blessed are the 
pure in heart, for they will see God. 9“Blessed 
are the peacemakers, for they will be called 
children of God. 10“Blessed are those who are 
persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is 
the kingdom of heaven. 11“Blessed are you when 
people revile you and persecute you and utter all 
kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 
12Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great 
in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted 
the prophets who were before you.

Be merciful with others and with yourselves today. 
Be peacemakers and be meek, walking humbly with 
God and with each other. Life in this world can be 
very hard. Human life can be frighteningly fragile. 
We are all struggling behind the confident & calm 
masks we wear. So often when asked how we're 
doing, the cheery "Fine" we deliver is a lie. So be 
helpful to each other in small ways. Be alert for 
the moment when you can deliver a kind word, 
hold a door for someone, calm a troubled soul 
with an act of grace. God does this for us and 
asks us to do this for others. I'll be right out there 
with you, doing just the same. In helping others, 
we will discover we also help ourselves. 
See you in the world. 

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.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Bearing Our Burdens




Sermon for Sunday, July 7, 2019, based on Galatians 6:1-6. Paul tells the Galatians and us how we can responsibly bear one another's burdens ... and our own. In doing so, we create a closer, more loving, and much better community serving each other in our journey through life. Come, watch, and discover what is in this message for you!

Friday, June 28, 2019

See You at the 2019 4th of July Parade


Lansdowne Baptist Church will be on the march again this year. We will be participating in the Lansdowne, PA , 4th of July parade, beginning at 9 a.m. Members and friends who want to march with us will meet in the church parking lot at 8 a.m. Please bring your Lansdowne Baptist t-shirts if you have them! 

Have a blessed 4th of July everyone! See you soon. 

For more details about the parade, see: http://unionaa.org/fourth-of-july-events/

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


ABCUSA — Life Is About Choices



Become a Creation Justice Congregation. Watch this moving short video, and act.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Faith Came



Sermon based on Galatians 3:23-29, from June 23, 2019. See how Jesus erases the dividing lines between people, and shows legalists and antinomianists another, better way. Come and watch.

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, May 31, 2019

Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast 2019 a Success

We had a wonderful team prepare for the Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast this year. We had cooks, greeters, servers, and those who set up and those who tore down after the event. We got off to a slow start while people enjoyed to parade Lansdowne hosted, including military veterans, the fire department, reenactors, and the high school marching band. We had great seats to watch everyone participating in the parade assemble and begin to march. Once the parade ended, people came by to enjoy our breakfast and donate to the Aaron Royal Scholarship Fund so we will once again be able to offer scholarship money to two deserving graduating high school seniors. We received enough donations to offer one full scholarship, so it was a day of service well spent. We had one gentleman who dropped off a donation, thanking us for all we do, without staying to eat and one graduating college senior who came back to repay a portion of his scholarship money to help support another upcoming student. 

The pastor was a little too busy helping out once our diners showed up to take pictures of them. 




God gave a beautful weather and wonderful neighbors who stopped by and broke bread (well, pancakes and sausage) with us. We look forward to doing it all over again next year. We hope you'll drop by if you're in the neighborhood. 












Wednesday, May 22, 2019

We Are a Diverse Congregation: Come and See


We at Lansdowne Baptist Church are very proud of our congregation. The way we relate to one another and function as one people comes almost second nature, because that's who we are. We recognize our differences but are always willing to learn more from each other. Only then can we get a closer understanding and appreciation. Our diversity lends credibility to what we stand for as it closely follows the teachings of Jesus. Our arms are open as we welcome all into his house.


Revelation 7:9-10: “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”


~Will Thompson


Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast 2019

From 9 a.m. to noon, Lansdowne Baptist Church will be holding our annual pancake breakfast in the Education Wing (nearest Lansdowne Avenue). This breakfast is a fund raiser supporting our annual scholarship for deserving high school graduates. The breakfast is $7 per person, $5 for children (12 & younger), or $20 for immediate family members of five or less! It's a great deal offered by great cooks! We would love to have your company on Memorial Day, May 27, 2019.  See you there!