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Amos 7: 7-17  “I Am Setting A Plumb Line”
Amos 7: 7-17  “I Am Setting A Plumb Line” Sermon by Pastor Mark Siler, 7/17/19 Roughly 750 years before Jesus comes on to the scene, an unknown and simple herdsman and harvester of sycamore figs from the South hears God telling him to go tell the northern king, Jeroboam II, that he is betraying God....
Holy Disrupter
Holy Disrupter Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 6/9/19 The Christmas season is impossible to miss.  The deep discounts start one second after Thanksgiving.  The holiday music plays on every other speaker. The parade of floats meanders through downtown with Santa Claus bringing up the rear.  The plastic nativity scenes adorn front lawns.  And on December...
Felling Our Fears
Felling Our Fears Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 5/19/19 Both armies were in a stalemate, hunkered down in the trenches of inaction for weeks.  The Philistines were in the low lands, the Israelites were in the high country, and neither side was willing to escalate the conflict in the open plains in between.  Until the...
Belonging First
Belonging First, John 10: 22-30 Sermon by Pastor Mark Siler 5/12/19 I think Jesus’ teaching today is another one of those moments that needs to be understood as a part of a bigger story.  In chapter 9 of John, Jesus meets a beggar who has been blind since birth.  Reflecting the accepted belief of the...
What a Waste
What a Waste Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 4/7/19   Utilitarianism is the 19th-century doctrine that what’s moral is always what’s most useful. The more benefit something can be to the most significant number of people, the more it should be pursued.  Every decision is based on the greatest good.  As culture and congregation have...
From Now On
“From Now On” 2 Corinthians 5: 16-21 Sermon by Pastor Mark Siler, 3/31/2019 If you think the early church had it all together, look no further than the congregation in Corinth. It was a mess. Paul went to this bustling cosmopolitan port city, pulled together a mixed group of Jews and Gentiles, rich and poor,...
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...
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