"Where Love Makes the Difference"


This blog is the personal thoughts of Pastor Jonathan Brooks and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or beliefs of Canaan Community Church or any of its members.  

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Autism Speaks... Is the Church Listening?

Posted by Canaan Community Church on December 2, 2015 at 11:05 AM Comments comments ()


By Pastor Jonathan Brooks aka Pastah J


As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth and his disciples asked him, “Rabii, who sinned, this man or h...

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Learning from Living History

Posted by Canaan Community Church on June 7, 2014 at 3:10 PM Comments comments ()

LEARNING FROM LIVING HISTORY                                                                         &#...

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Prisons "Overwhelmingly Filled With People of Color": Just or Unjust?

Posted by Canaan Community Church on March 28, 2014 at 12:00 AM Comments comments ()

Interviewed by: Margot Starbuck          Date: March 3, 2014

Like many today, Jonathan Brooks, Senior Pastor at Canaan Community Church in Chicago’s Englewood Neighborhood, is concerned about the juvenile justice system in America. Today he shares about the problem and—if the church will speak out—the solution.


Jonathan, what is broken about the ...

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Ok, White Foks, Here's how you can Really Help!

Posted by Canaan Community Church on February 23, 2014 at 4:15 AM Comments comments ()

Ok, White Folks, Here’s how you can really Help!

By Pastor Jonathan Brooks aka Pastah J



It was a brutally cold, Saturday evening in January of this year, my wife and I had agreed earlier in the week that we would share our story with a group that was staying at an inner city minis...

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Why Kwanzaa may be more important than Christmas

Posted by Canaan Community Church on January 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM Comments comments ()

Why Kwanzaa may be more important than Christmas!

Now I know as a Christian pastor this may seem like a rather strange statement and there will even be those crazy enough to call it heresy.  The only response I have to those who may feel that way is… that is great! Why? Because that means I have your attention.

Let me begin by saying that I am a lover of everything Christmas.  I love the music, lights, food,family atmosphere, and the...

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Jesus...Superman or Clark Kent?

Posted by Canaan Community Church on December 7, 2013 at 9:00 AM Comments comments ()

I have been teaching on Jesus as the ultimate example of living on Earth as it is in heaven.  In this series I have repeatedly stated that we have to stop looking at Jesus as a superhero!  Not in the sense of what he did for us on the cross for that was truly heroic. In the sense that he had super "God" powers that allowed him to live according to God's will.  What we do is use these special unaccessible powers to dismiss ourselves from the same standard.  Many Christia...

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Mandela, Music & Ministry

Posted by Canaan Community Church on December 6, 2013 at 1:45 AM Comments comments ()

"If I had my time over I would do the same again. So would any man who dares call himself a man."       

-Nelson Mandela-

Whenever I am a part of Ice Breaker activities that ask me to name one thing about myself which would surprise the people in the room, I always write the same thing.  "I traveled to Japan, Mexico, Russia, Poland, South Africa, Austria and Italy all before I graduated from High School." N...

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More than I Bargained for...

Posted by Canaan Community Church on October 11, 2013 at 12:20 AM Comments comments ()

Sometimes you go to a bookstore and you are able to walk around and search for the book you would like to read.  Other times you walk in and a book screams out to you and says "Hey, you need to read me!"  

This is the experience I had a couple of months ago at a Barnes and Noble store in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  I was speaking there for a convention and brought my family with me for us to have a little bit of family time before school began in August.  My w...

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Trayvon on Trial for his own murder?!

Posted by Canaan Community Church on July 20, 2013 at 10:55 AM Comments comments ()

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for ALL."

When he was just a little boy maybe around five years old I am sure, just like most other children, that Trayvon learned the words to this pledge even if he did not fully understand.  Interestingly enough, I'm sure as he grew older that the truth of these words felt just as elusive to him as t...

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So long Nairobi!!

Posted by Canaan Community Church on June 27, 2012 at 3:50 PM Comments comments ()
Unfortunately I have been unable to update because the Internet has been pretty spotty here in Nairobi, but trust me the experiences have not slowed down one bit! One of the guys on the trip, Dave said "I don't know how to explain what we've seen, there is a story behind every picture, every person and every place we go!". I feel the same way almost completely overwhelmed by my time here. Although Nairobi has been exciting and challenging it has been encouraging as well. There are so many lesson... Read Full Post »