“On Images, Symbols and Metaphors in John’s Gospel and the Lenten Season”

Academy for Faith and LifeThe Academy for Faith & Life at Brentwood Christian Church is pleased to present a new six-session series, “On Images, Symbols and Metaphors in John’s Gospel and the Lenten Season,” set for Wednesday evenings from February 17 to March 23. Sessions begin at 6:45 p.m. and will be taught by Dr. Rob Bradford (see bio below). It is free and open to the public. We’ll consider some of the following central questions:

  • How is the story of Jesus’ final pilgrimage to Jerusalem affected by John’s use of imagery, symbols, and metaphor?
  • How can Christians better understand Jesus’ teachings and actions during the Lenten seasons through John’s stylistic lens?
  • How can we grow and develop in our own collective and individual pilgrimages through our study?

To sign up, please contact the church office.

Introducing Dr. Rob Bradford

Born in Orlando Fla amidst orange groves and snowbirds, the son of adoptive parents, my early years were routinely normal. Then, contracting polio at age six, my life was upended, but not necessarily for the worse. I grew up feeling rather unique in an odd sort of way. I became aware of significant limitations, but tried to avoid them by reading a lot of books and magazines. Until college, I attended private schools, which granted me the opportunities for growth in mind, body, and spirit. My college years were unimpressive, finally receiving a Bachelor of Economics at the University of Central Florida. This was followed by graduate study in Ecology with an eye toward becoming a scientist. But another major event, my father’s completely unexpected death turned me to questions of the Bible and theology. As my searching continued, I finished the Master of Divinity at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. Yet, my journey was just beginning. After Emory, three years of further study led me to the PhD in Education from Walden University. During this period I taught biology and ecology at the secondary and college levels. But my journey continues as I seek a Doctor of Theology from Providence School of Theology, which I expect to complete this year.

My wife, Karen has been my journey mate through all the past forty years. She gives me the support and love which sustains my search into answerable and unanswerable questions about God, creation, and our daily lives as followers of Jesus of Nazareth. We are both excited about blending and bonding with the worshipping community here at Brentwood.

About the Academy for Faith & Life
The Academy for Faith and Life at Brentwood Christian Church provides an opportunity for participants from both the congregation and the wider community to engage theological and ethical topics in an in-depth manner not usually found in conventional church study groups. The Academy for Faith and Life explores topics related to religion and culture that is similar to what might be found at the university (and at times even the seminary) level and at the same time provides tools for cultivating individual and societal transformation, all based on an approach to Christianity that values both the mind and the heart.

New Sunday Worship Times for Advent & Christmas (Nov. 29 thru Jan. 3)

Worship Schedule for the Sundays of Advent & Christmas:

One Service at 10:00 a.m. (in the sanctuary)

We look forward to welcoming you at Brentwood Christian Church during this beautiful holiday season and we want to let you know that during the seasons of Advent and Christmas (Nov. 29 through Jan. 3), we will have only *one worship service* on Sunday mornings. It will take place at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary. 

Sunday Schools will meet from 9:00-9:50 a.m.

worship announcement


New Pictorial Directory!

We will be taking individual and family portraits for an updated church directory on Tuesday through Friday, December 8-11, from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Saturday, December 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is no cost to you, although you may purchase portraits if you wish. Each participant will receive one free 8×10 photograph from their session. Please use this link to schedule a portrait session (https://www.securedata-trans14.com/ap/brentwoodchristianchurch/index.php?page=10),
or call the church office at 881-0144.

Pre-Post-Racial America: Spiritual Stories from the Front Lines

Saturday, Nov. 710-00 a.m.Drury UniversityFree & Open to the Public

We are pleased to collaborate with the Council of Churches of the Ozarks, NAACP Springfield, Drury University School of Religion, the Center for Diversity and Reconciliation, Chalice Press and National Avenue Christian Church in order to welcome highly-acclaimed author, Sandhya Rani Jha, to Springfield. Her talk, which is free and open to the public, is connected to themes she explores in her book, Pre-Post-Racial America: Spiritual Stories from the Front Lines, which was named by Publishers’ Weekly as a top-five book in 2015 addressing race relations in the United States.

When: Saturday, Nov. 7, 10:00 a.m.
Where: Drury University’s Findlay Student Center Ballroom
Who: Free and Open to the Public

[This is part of the Subverting the Norm conference series at Drury University.]

Rev. Jha serves as founder and director of the Oakland Peace Center, a collective of 40 organizations creating access, opportunity and dignity for all in Oakland and the Bay Area. She also serves as Director of Interfaith Programs for East Bay Housing Organizations, where she organizes faith communities to advocate for housing as a human right and spiritual mandate throughout California’s Bay Area. Former pastor of First Christian Church of Oakland and former regional staff with Christian Churches of Northern California-Nevada, Sandhya is the author of Room at the Table, the history of people of color in the Disciples of Christ, and Pre-Post-Racial America, which was released earlier this year by Chalice Press. Her podcast, Hope from the Hood, is available on iTunes and at sandhyajha.com.

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Register for the Theology Bootcamp with John D. Caputo

John D. Caputo, world-renowned author, theologian and philosopher, will be spending a day in Springfield, MO to share about life and faith from the perspective of a philosopher. Dr. Caputo is professor of theology and philosophy emeritus at both Villanova and Syracuse and is largely regarded as one of the most important and creative theologians alive today. Participants will be able to meet and talk with Dr. Caputo throughout the day, as well as join him for dinner in the evening. Special thanks to Homebrewed Christianity and Fortress Press for sponsoring the event. Register here [Attention Brentwood people: Use the code “Brentwood” to receive a 50% discount].

Date: November 4

Time: 12:00-6:00pm

Location: Brentwood Christian Church, Springfield, Missouri

[On Nov. 5-7, Dr. Caputo will also be participating across town in Drury University’s School of Religion conference series, Subverting the Norm III: Political Perspectives on Postmodern Theology and Church Practice, which features several more of the most prominent theologians in the United States and beyond.]

“By helping us reimagine the very way we conceive of religion, John D. Caputo writes for those of us who live our lives somewhere between belief and doubt yet feel overcome by an unconditional call of love and wonder that will not let us go.”

– Phil Snider, Senior Minister of Brentwood Christian Church and author of Preaching After God: Derrida, Caputo, and the Language of Postmodern Homiletics

Life, Faith & Spirituality Through the Lens of Theological Memoir

A new Wednesday evening series presented by the Academy for Faith and Life at Brentwood Christian Church.

“Properly told, God stories are also human stories, and human stories are always permeated by the wonder of God.” — Thomas Long

Join Phil and others on Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm-8:00pm as we engage in conversation surrounding theological memoirs from the early church to the present day.

October 14-November 4
Hoping Against Hope: Confessions of a Postmodern Pilgrim

November 11-18
Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint

December 2-9: The Confessions of St. Augustine