20th Anniversary Celebration!

Join us on Sunday morning, Sept. 26 at 10:00 a.m. as we celebrate Emily’s twenty years of ministry at Brentwood. We’ll honor Emily during worship and have an outdoor, informal reception following our worship service. More details to come.

Brentwood Game Day!

Join us on Saturday, September 18th from 4-6 p.m. for the first ever Brentwood Game Day! We’ll gather on the front lawn of the church to play various lawn games and have ice cream (individually wrapped and served covid safe).

Wear the colors of your favorite college team and come prepared for lots of fun and games!

Introducing Wednesday Evening “Foundations”

As we slowly and safely resume in-person activities, we’re pleased to announce the formation of Wednesday evening “Foundations” groups for all ages.

Foundation groups will meet on Wednesdays at various times throughout the year, as announced. Masks are required for all indoor activities.

The first Foundations series is scheduled for the Wednesday evenings of Sept. 8 through Oct. 13, from 5:30pm-7:00pm.

There will be activities for three different age groups, as well as nursery care for babies and toddlers:

  • Kid’s Foundations (children ages fifth grade and under)
  • Cooperative Youth Group (middle school and high school)
  • Adult Foundations (class led by Phil)

Everyone working with our children — including staff and volunteers — are fully vaccinated. Masking and social distancing is still required. Due to covid restrictions we won’t be serving dinner. Thank you for understanding.

New Sermon Series: “How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian”

Brentwood’s new sermon series and accompanying Bible Study — beginning Sept. 5th — is inspired by insights from John Dominic Crossan’s book, “How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian: Struggling with Divine Violence from Genesis Through Revelation.”

In this book, Crossan “grapples with Scripture’s two conflicting visions of Jesus and God, one of a loving God, and one of a vengeful God, and explains how Christians can better understand these passages in a way that enriches their faith.

Many portions of the New Testament, introduce a compassionate Jesus who turns the other cheek, loves his enemies, and shows grace to all. But the Jesus we find in Revelation and some portions of the Gospels leads an army of angels bent on earthly destruction. Which is the true revelation of the Messiah—and how can both be in the same Bible?

How to Read the Bible and Still be a Christian explores this question and offers guidance for the faithful conflicted over which version of the Lord to worship. John Dominic Crossan reconciles these contrasting views, revealing how different writers of the books of the Bible not only possessed different visions of God but also different purposes for writing. Often these books are explicitly competing against another, opposing vision of God from the Bible itself.

Crossan explains how to navigate this debate and offers what he believes is the best central thread to what the Bible is all about. He challenges Christians to fully participate in this dialogue, thereby shaping their faith by reading deeply, reflectively, and in community with others who share their uncertainty. Only then, he advises, will Christians be able to read and understand the Bible without losing their faith.”

In addition to Sunday sermons on these themes, our Wednesday evening adult Foundations group (5:30pm-7:00pm, Sept. 8 through Oct. 13) will have the chance to hear Dr. Crossan summarize the essence of this book in a series of videos and take part in discussion discussion questions facilitated by Phil.