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Showing Your Scars
Showing Your Scars Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 4/4/2018 In the early 17th century, the phrase “Doubting Thomas” entered our common vocabulary.  Since then, it has been an insult reserved for only the most habitually agnostic, the skeptic unwilling to accept even the most obvious truth.  When the derogatory label is assigned to Christians, doubting...
A Foolhardy Faith
A Foolhardy Faith; John 2:13-22 Sermon by Pastor Mark Siler, 2/28/18 A pastor friend of mine summarizes the Gospel this way, “Follow me and I will make you odd.”  Our text today reminds us that Jesus was odd, or to use Paul’s word, foolish.  He did not conduct himself in acceptable ways.  Unlike me, I’m...
Spiritual Inheritance
Spiritual Inheritance Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 2/21/2018 Since genetic testing became commercially available, consumers have begun chasing down their ancestry all over the globe.  After spitting into a cup, scrapping a culture of cheek tissue or collecting the gargle after a mouthwash, the strands of DNA are sent off to a lab.  When the...
Marked for Death
Marked for Death Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 02/14/18 The all-you-can-eat buffets of Fat Tuesday have finally closed their kitchens and the last strands of glittery beads on Mardi Gras have been tossed off the balcony.  The silky neon dresses have been exchanged for scratchy burlap sacks and the festive street carnival has been replaced...
I Desire Mercy, Not Sacrifice
I Desire Mercy, Not Sacrifice (Luke 2: 22-38) Sermon by Pastor Mark Siler Thankfully, we no longer carry out animal sacrifice in the temple. However, some people of faith would argue that we must understand the sacrificial systems of our day if we are to be followers of Jesus. Liberation theologians argue that we need...
First Day on the Job
First Day on the Job Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 01/24/18 Many of us have been there, the first day on the job at some big box store.  You arrive fifteen minutes early to clock in; make sure to label your brown bag lunch before putting it in the break room refrigerator; keep anxiously checking...
Exercising Our Discipleship
Exercising Our Discipleship Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 1/10/17 In the United Methodist Church, ordination requires an undergraduate degree and a Master of Divinity.  Each ministry candidate has to be endorsed by a local church and then certified by an annual conference. After multiple interviews with various committees, dozens of essays, background and credit checks,...
God Bearer
God Bearer Sermon by Rev. Brain Combs, 12/13/17 400 years ago, after King James refused to reform the Church, English Puritans sailed for the new world.  When they landed in Massachusetts, their mission was clear: purify all that was wrong with Roman Catholicism, indoctrinate the colonies and evangelize their version of Christianity.  Centuries later, the...
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