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Beginnings of Faith (Romans 14:1-12)
Beginnings of Faith (Romans 14:1-12) Sermon by Father Mike, 9/16/20   There was a time in 2016 when I had just started seminary. Only one year before, I’d received a strange call—I was not a religious person, I didn’t know the stories of scripture, but I felt that God was calling me into church, and...
Working Class
Working Class Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 9/9/2020 During the boom of the Industrial Revolution, workers weren’t guaranteed weekends off, lunch breaks, 8-hour shifts, access to fresh air, safe job sites, or sanitary facilities to relieve themselves. And starting at age 5, children were expected to follow their parents down into the mines.  Until 10,000...
God in the Obvious and Ordinary
God in the Obvious and Ordinary Sermon by: Rev. Brian Combs, 9/28/2020 The world is full of expert opinions on meeting God: pick up the spatula and serve someone else, God will be waiting in line holding an empty plate.  Summit the highest mountain and sit in silence, God will be waiting in the rarified...
In Gratitude
In Gratitude Sermon by: Father Mike, 8/19/2020 Introduction: Over the past week, I was lucky to spend time resting and enjoying vacation. For part of my time, I decided to spend two days bikepacking in Pisgah National Forest. I knew that this would stretch my limits—the trip itinerary logged more miles than I’d usually ride...
Going Overboard
Going Overboard Sermon by: Rev. Brian Combs, August 2020 Peter is so easily dismissible.  Puffed up with hubris, he rebukes the Christ, silencing any talk about wooden crosses and sandy graves.  Unhinged with violence, he unsheathes his sword, cutting off a servant’s ear.  Hurried with rejection, he denies being a follower, refusing his Christianity three...
Insignificant Ministries
“Insignificant Ministries” Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, July 2020 The mania over measurable outcomes, apparently, was present back when Matthew and Luke were penning their Gospels.  Unable to restrain their revisionist pens, they both succumbed to the seduction of success, the allure of bigness.  In Mark’s account, Jesus says the kingdom of God is like...
Jesus’ Broken Commandment
Jesus’ Broken Commandment Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, July 2020 Jesus Christ is not his first and last name.  Instead, affirming him as both Son of God and Son of Man simultaneously, he is a comingling of divinity and humanity.  But when it comes to Christology, or the study of Christ, the Church’s scholarship has...
The Good Samaritan
The Good Samaritan Sermon by Rev. Combs / June, 2020 The namesake of the most famous story in scripture is everywhere. The Good Samaritan Agency for single moms in Bangor, Maine. The Good Samaritan homeless shelter in Bay City, Michigan.  The Good Samaritan poverty provider in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  The Good Samaritan nursing home in Antioch,...
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