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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,...
I Can’t Breathe
I Can’t Breathe Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs / June, 2020 Another murder by affixation, this time over a counterfeit $20 bill to buy cigarettes. Soon after, shards of storefront windows littering the sidewalk; ingulphed patrol cars consumed by provoked flames; a nine-year-old boy screaming, “Stop killing us!” Then the noxious burn of tear gas....
Faces & Stories, Meet Eric “The Blue Ridge Boy” Freeman
In 1993, Eric went to jail for 90 days on account of stolen goods. While he did his time, he became friends with a man named David. David was being held on marijuana charges, but was allowed to play the guitar. Eric would study the sounds he made and the ways his fingers would twist...
The Lord Is My Shepard
Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 5/6/2020 The crown fit the first time he put it on.  Even though David grew up a pauper in the wastelands of Palestine, once he was anointed and ascended to the throne of Israel, he didn’t take long to robe himself in the abuse of power, to confuse his role...
“For They Were Afraid” — Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 4/15/20
“…for they were afraid.” What? Wasn’t there enough room on the corner of papyrus to at least finish the verse? Did the reed run out of ink? Did Mark’s writing desk collapse underneath him? You can’t end the most authentic of all the Easter stories- source material for Matthew, Luke, and John- with shielded bodies,...
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