Thursday, November 7, 2019
Lansdowne Baptist Church will be offering two special Christmas services in our sanctuary this December. The first, the annual Christmas Candlelight Service, will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday evening, December 22nd. The second is our annual Christmas Eve Service, held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24th. Both services provide favorite scriptures and carols. All are invited and welcome to share our joy in this season.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Sunday, June 16, 2019, Lansdowne Baptist Church will move to our summer worship hours. Sunday school will be going on summer vacation and the worship service in the sanctuary will begin at 10 a.,m. Looking forward to seeing you at the earlier hour and worshiping before the day gets too warm.
See you soon. Consider yourself invited!
Happy Father's Day too.
See you soon. Consider yourself invited!
Happy Father's Day too.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
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
Friday, February 22, 2019
Put aside the week's adventures and relax. Enjoy this weekend. Stay dry. Join us for church on Sunday morning at 11 a.m., when we will be exploring what Jesus meant when he said "Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you." There's more to it than you might think!
Friday, February 15, 2019
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Thursday, November 29, 2018
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Merry Christmas to you all!
Friday, November 16, 2018
On Sunday, November 18, 2018, we'll explore what Jesus has to say about the permanence of the temple and of the incoming kingdom of God. We will discover reason for hope, gratitude and thanksgiving in the midst of a chaotic world. Join us and see.
We will also sing a couple of old favorite hymns related to the Thanksgiving day celebration.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Sermon for Sunday, October 14, 2018, based on Hebrew 4:12-16. Life is scary, and always has been. The first half of today's scripture reading is scary, and always has been. However, the second half of the reading tells us where to turn to leave fear behind. To whom can we turn to be courageous? Who is in our corner, ready to help us, and to be at our side when our judgment finally comes? Listen and find out.
Tuesday, July 3, 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.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Sermon based on Acts 2:1-13, telling the story of Pentecost and the power of the Holy Spirit. Be careful watching this one: the Holy Spirit goes where the Spirit wills, and powerfully!
Sunday, April 9, 2017
May the peace and blessing of God be upon you during this Holy Week and always.
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Genesis 1: In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, 2the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.
3Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.5God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
It is amazing the theological depths contained within these five verses and those that follow in Genesis 1-2:4. The sermon begins with a reminder of what is possible when faithful people work together to support those in need in our community.
Friday, January 9, 2015
Here is a suggestion on how to face all the uncertainties of the new year, following Mary's example during the wedding at Cana. Wishing you all a blessed year.
Monday, December 15, 2014
The apostle Paul calls you to rejoice this Christmas season, and throughout the year. It's a matter of trust and a defiance of fear. It's also a healthy way to live. Wishing you a blessed Christmas.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
There is surprisingly, wonderfully good news for you coming from a long ago prophet who appeared long after the age of prophets was thought to be done. He brought news of the coming of one who the people of Israel had longed for over many generations. We live in a different world because of this news.
Monday, December 1, 2014
Presented for your consideration, a challenge to love the outcast and the downtrodden. This challenge comes from one of the most potentially unnerving passages in the New Testament. Give it a listen and "hear" for yourself. God bless you.
Friday, November 21, 2014
For an introduction to the faith, try:
Nouwen, Henri J.M. Life of the Beloved. Spiritual Living in a Secular World. New York: The Crossroad Publishing Company, 1992.
To come to grips with the powerful love of God for humanity, read:
Nouwen, Henri J.M. The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming. New York: Doubleday, 1994.
To approach the Bible with insight and clarity, the following are suggested:
Brash, Donald J. The Indispensable Guide to God's Word. Cleveland, Ohio: The Pilgrim Press, 2010.
Davis, Ellen F. & Richard B. Hays, eds. The Art of Reading Scripture. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2003.
To better understand where the sixty-six book library of the Bible came from and what a great stretch of time is covered in those books, see:
Lightfoot, Neil R. How We Got the Bible. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Books, 1963, 1988, 2003.
Tackling some of the most challenging passages from the apostle Paul is:
Brauch, Manfred T. Hard Sayings of Paul. Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1989.
To understand the complex imagery used in the Bible, and to understand slavery in biblical terms, read:
Ryken, Leland, James C. Wilhoit, and Tremper Longman III, eds. Dictionary of Biblical Imagery: An Encyclopedic Exploration of the Images, Symbols, Motifs, Metaphors, Figures of Speech, and Literary Patterns of the Bible. Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press USA, 1998.
To grapple with the relationship of slaves with Christianity in the Antebellum South, read;
Raboteau, Albert J. Slave Religion: The "Invisible Institution" in the Antebellum South. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1978, 2004.
Please see the bibliographies of all of the above sources for additional reference material.
To understand how American Baptist Churches USA fights modern day human trafficking (slavery) today, read:
Finally, if you wish to use study Bibles to dig deeper, see:
Coogan, Michael D., ed. The New Oxford Annotated Bible. New Revised Standard Version. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.
Since there are a number of sermons available on this site, if you would like some understanding on what is involved in creating a weekly sermon, read:
Allen, Ronald J. Patterns of Preaching: A Sermon Sampler. St. Louis, Missouri: Chalice Press, 1998.
Tizon, Al. Missional Preaching: Engage, Embrace, Transform. Valley Forge, Pennsylvania: Judson Press, 2012.
Monday, November 17, 2014
Stewardship sermon based on Joshua 24:14-25. It was a challenging question for the people of Israel back in Joshua's day and remains just as challenging for us. The "little g gods" may have changed, but the importance of the challenge and the response of each of us remains the same. God bless you as you ponder the question.
For a creative little piece on stewardship by a friend and fellow pastor, see: http://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2014/10/daily-vlog-299-made-to-give-60ssss.html