Undoing Domination
 IMAGE CREDIT: Die gelbe Kuh (The  Yellow Cow ), by Franz Marc (1911) [ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Franz_Marc-The_Yellow_Cow-1911.jpg ]

IMAGE CREDIT: Die gelbe Kuh (The Yellow Cow), by Franz Marc (1911) [https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Franz_Marc-The_Yellow_Cow-1911.jpg]

UNDOING DOMINATION

July 15, 2018
Pentecost 8B
Genesis 1:26-28
Brookside Community Church
8 East Main Street
Brookside, NJ 07926
brooksidechurch.org

Jesus’ teachings challenge us not to see ourselves above Creation, but alongside it as kindred earthlings.

Sermon notes are available online at Medium.

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Becoming Inclusive Part 3: The Bible Tells Me So?
 IMAGE CREDIT:  Paint Background Nyc Grunge Design , by Brenda Johnson (2015) [ https://pixabay.com/en/paint-background-nyc-grunge-design-621098/

IMAGE CREDIT: Paint Background Nyc Grunge Design, by Brenda Johnson (2015) [https://pixabay.com/en/paint-background-nyc-grunge-design-621098/

THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO?

July 8, 2018
Pentecost 7B
Mark 6:1-13
Brookside Community Church
8 East Main Street
Brookside, NJ 07926
brooksidechurch.org

When the Bible is turned into a tool to justify violence, faithfulness to God requires us to reread it, contest it, or even resist portions of it.

Sermon notes are available here, either in pdf or epub format.

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Becoming Inclusive Part 2: Resurrecting the Bible as the People's Book
 IMAGE CREDIT:  Modern   Contemporary Art Design A , by Devalei, Pune/India (2016) [ https://pixabay.com/photo-1894068/ ]

IMAGE CREDIT: Modern Contemporary Art Design A, by Devalei, Pune/India (2016) [https://pixabay.com/photo-1894068/]

RESURRECTING THE BIBLE AS THE PEOPLE'S BOOK!

July 1, 2018
Pentecost 6B
Mark 5:21-43
Brookside Community Church
8 East Main Street
Brookside, NJ 07926
brooksidechurch.org

Truly inclusive Christian communities have the audacity to wrestle with the Bible. That is what it looks like to act with faith in God. They do this by joining with the generations before them and inspiring those who will come after them in the struggle to become faithfully human.

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Becoming Inclusive Part 1: What Are We Afraid of
 IMAGE CREDIT:  XYZ Axis. Cincinnati, Ohio (2011) , by Matt W. Moore. [ http://mwmgraphics.com/murals_diamonds.html ]

IMAGE CREDIT: XYZ Axis. Cincinnati, Ohio (2011), by Matt W. Moore. [http://mwmgraphics.com/murals_diamonds.html]

WHAT ARE WE AFRAID OF?

June 24, 2018
Pentecost 5B
Mark 4:35-41
Brookside Community Church
8 East Main Street
Brookside, NJ 07926
brooksidechurch.org

Truly inclusive religious spaces are those that say, “We long for you to be included among us because we cannot fully encounter the mystery of God without you.”

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Seasons of Love
 IMAGE CREDIT:  Parable of the Mustard Seed , by A painted window at the YMCA training center for German leadership in Kassel. Photo by tin.G. , 2000. Courtesy of wikioo.org, the  Art in the Christian Tradition , a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN..  http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=55890 ]

IMAGE CREDIT: Parable of the Mustard Seed, by A painted window at the YMCA training center for German leadership in Kassel. Photo by tin.G. , 2000. Courtesy of wikioo.org, the Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=55890]

SEASONS OF LOVE

June 17, 2018
Pentecost 4B
Mark 4:26-34
Brookside Community Church
8 East Main Street
Brookside, NJ 07926
brooksidechurch.org

Love is messy. Love is uncontrollable. For most of us, our ability to love grows in seasons. We move from charity to solidarity, and then conversion. We realize that our salvation is caught up in the salvation of others, and then it becomes a force to be reckoned with. Let us be like Jesus, planting seeds of the “kin-dom.”

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A Covenant of Peace
 Peace Dove, from Street Art and Graffiti in Santiago de Chile (Part 1), by Yasha Langford and Juergen Klein. [http://dare2go.com/street-art-graffiti-santiago-de-chile-1/]

Peace Dove, from Street Art and Graffiti in Santiago de Chile (Part 1), by Yasha Langford and Juergen Klein. [http://dare2go.com/street-art-graffiti-santiago-de-chile-1/]

A Covenant of Peace

May 6, 2018
Easter 6B
John 15:9-17
Brookside Community Church
8 East Main Street
Brookside, NJ 07926
brooksidechurch.org

Covenants are not just contracts, exchanges of property or actions. Covenant are about binding two parties together in a way that creates a new identity. God’s covenant with us is rooted in a promise of peace, since from the very beginning humanity was created to live in covenant partnership with God.

Sermon notes are available here, either in pdf or epub format.

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Abide With Me
 [Image: pxhere.com/sv/photo/1205441,  CC0 Public Domain

[Image: pxhere.com/sv/photo/1205441,  CC0 Public Domain

Abide With Me
April 29, 2018
Easter 5B
John 15:1-8
Brookside Community Church
brooksidechurch.org

We are truly at home in the places we are fully loved, where we are fully animated by love.The Resurrection frees us to be at home in God’s love. In God’s love we discover who we truly are!

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Bearers of the Cross
 [Image:  Crucified Tree Form , by Theyre Lee-Elliott (1903-1988), 1963. Courtesy of Methodist Modern Art Collection,  http://www.methodist.org.uk/our-faith/reflecting-on-faith/the-methodist-modern-art-collection/index-of-works/crucified-tree-form-the-agony-theyre-lee-elliott/ ]

[Image: Crucified Tree Form, by Theyre Lee-Elliott (1903-1988), 1963. Courtesy of Methodist Modern Art Collection, http://www.methodist.org.uk/our-faith/reflecting-on-faith/the-methodist-modern-art-collection/index-of-works/crucified-tree-form-the-agony-theyre-lee-elliott/]

Bearers of the Cross
Matthew 10:37-42
Pentecost 4A
Pastor Michael Anthony Howard
Brookside Community Church
July 2, 2017
brooksidechurch.org

Flags are totems that allow us to imagine and identify with our community. The flags we carry tell the world who we are and what we stand for.

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Church as Circus
 [Image:    Dimensioni di questa immagine , by  Marc Chagall  (1887-1985), 1950. Courtesy of wikioo.org, the Internet Collection of Fine Art,  http://wikioo.org/it/paintings.php?refarticle=8XYH5P&titlepainting=The%20circus&artistname=Marc%20Chagall ]

[Image:   Dimensioni di questa immagine, by Marc Chagall (1887-1985), 1950. Courtesy of wikioo.org, the Internet Collection of Fine Art, http://wikioo.org/it/paintings.php?refarticle=8XYH5P&titlepainting=The%20circus&artistname=Marc%20Chagall]

Beyond Comfort: Church as Circus
Matthew 10:24-39
Pentecost 3A
Pastor Michael Anthony Howard
Brookside Community Church
June 25, 2017
brooksidechurch.org

God's love empowers us to risk following Jesus beyond our places of comfort, to bluntly confront the power of death so that it can be exposed and defied.
 

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