“The Beggar Jesus” — Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 6/21/17

Strange how many Christians believe in a non-judgmental Jesus, as if God is entirely uninterested in the consequences of behavior and the fate of the suffering. But if we only read a half-version of the Gospel focused on love, forgiveness and cheap grace, then we only end up encountering a Messiah of our own making.  […]

“An Astounding Welcome” — Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 6/14/17

Biblical scholars argue that the Book of Acts is one long committee meeting.  First on the agenda for the early Church is who should be welcome. The majority opinion must have been: let’s stay in Jerusalem and maintain our members only club, a small collection of men who believe like us, who act like us, […]

“Identity Matters” – Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 6/7/17

Exiled in Babylon, displaced from the Promised Land and disoriented by life without a Temple, the Jewish people were in doubt.  And if faith is primarily about remembering all that God has done and is doing, then the Jews were starting to forget. The Book of Genesis is Moses’ written response, a poem about the […]

“Left Behind” – Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 5/24/17

There must have been a lot of standing around in silence, the disciples staring up at the sky as Jesus levitated away, his shining face veiled by the clouds, his pierced side obscured by the tree tops, the bottom of his worn sandals disappearing into the ether. The modern Church, regrettably, has stood around silent […]