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Responding in Relationship
Responding in Relationship Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 2/24/2019 Redaction criticism is the study of editorial changes.  Scholarship that’s focused on how the biblical writers arranged, organized and even revised their reflections on God, sometimes well after the oral history was written down.  Some of the most cherished stories in scripture likely have redacted endings....
Jesus Wept
Jesus Wept Sermon by Rev. Combs 2/10/19 No book has a higher Christology, the study of Christ, than the Gospel of John.  His persistent focus on divinity is evident throughout: instead of being born to Mother Mary, Christ existed eternally; upon meeting someone for the first time, he knows their thoughts before they do; face-to-face...
A Good Death
A Good Death Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs 2/3/19 It is 92 miles from Nazareth to Jerusalem.  Considering the 3000 feet of elevation change, most travelers need three days to complete the journey.  But after giving birth six weeks earlier, her body still swollen and fragile, mother Mary likely took twice as long.  With Joseph,...
The Tutelage of John
Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs The season of Christmas concludes, not by packing up the ornaments or undecking the halls or dragging the tree out to the curb, but rather by showing up at the river.  At the Jordan, John the Baptizer is encircled by aristocrats who skipped their tee times in Jerusalem, Galilean farmers...
Shameless
Without Shame Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 1/6/18 Luke doesn’t want any distractions.  In his Gospel, the birth of Jesus doesn’t include a supernova exploding in the sky, a shining star high in the east that might keep us staring at the cosmos.  There’s no exotic magi, strange astrologers from even stranger lands that excite...
Luke 3: 7-18   What Then Shall We Do?
Luke 3: 7-18   What Then Shall We Do? Sermon by Pastor Mark Siler, 12/16/18 I think it’s safe to say that John the Baptist does not really get the Christmas spirit, or at least the Christmas spirit as we have come to think about it.  It’s the 3rd week of Advent, the week before we...
You Gotta Serve Somebody
You Gotta Serve Somebody, Mark 10: 35-40 Sermon by Pastor Mark Siler, 10/21/18   This is my favorite Bob Dylan song. Join with me on the chorus: “You may be a State Trooper, you might be a young Turk. You may be the head of some big TV network. You may be rich or poor,...
Without Recognition
Without Recognition Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 10/14/18 By the time we get to chapter 17 of Luke’s Gospel, it has been a long time since the disciples dropped their fishing nets to follow Jesus.  They are no longer new converts fresh out of employee training.  After years of service, they have heard all the...
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