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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.

They can also be downloaded here in either in pdf or eboook format.

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Becoming Inclusive Part 3: The Bible Tells Me So?
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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.

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

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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.”

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

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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.”

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

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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.

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

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