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“When God won’t Answer” – Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs 2/1/17
After enduring decades of Babylonian exile, the Israelites finally return to their homeland expecting the Temple’s glorious restoration and a return to milk and honey.  But their easy fantasies of the Promised Land are quickly displaced by the hardships of Jerusalem. They get discouraged, then pessimistic, then self-centered.  They get completely absorbed in scuffing their...
Tuesdays at Haywood Street
If you visit Haywood Street on a Tuesday morning, you’ll find lots of companions and friends in fellowship and serving together. Companions are sorting through clothes donations and organizing the Outfitter’s Clothing Closet so our friends that come to shop on Wednesday have a beautiful store-like environment to shop in. The Downtown Welcome Table is full...
Wedding Homily for Thomas and Martha – 1/25/17 by Rev. Brian Combs
Miracles are rare. They’re to be exercised with great discretion, only used for the most utilitarian of purposes.  The healing of a blind man who spent his life begging in the dark.  The exorcism of a demoniac chained up in a cemetery of solitary confinement. The raising of a little girl from the clutches of...
“Say Something” – Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs 1/11/17
A few years ago I visited a mega church.  10,000 plus members, sprawling campus, polished programming.  After worship, I met with the pastor and just listened.  He described his call story and then offered me some advice: “Ministry is a hustle.  You need to get a book deal, need to get on the preaching circuit,...
String band at Downtown Welcome Table
Thanks to Leigh Siler, Elizabeth Propst, and Phoebe Propst for playing beautiful Christmas music at the Downtown Welcome Table this week! &nb...
“Saint Joesph” – Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs 12/14/16
Matthew begins his Gospel with a genealogy. Surprisingly, he doesn’t boast about the bloodline of a past patriarch or trace the lineage of a famous uncle, or show off a distant cousin’s rise to celebrity.  Instead, he spills the secrets, all the genetic indiscretions and hereditary delinquencies from father Abraham to baby Jesus.  There’s the...
“The Great Cloud of Witnesses” – Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs 11/2/16
They rain on our parades; they obscure our vision; they represent ominous omens on the horizon. The weatherman never smiles while reporting a cloudy forecast.  Clouds have a bad reputation.  But not so in the Bible.  The rainbow after the flood was set in the cloud.  The Lord led the Israelites out of slavery in...
“The Gospel Abridged” – Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs 10/26/16
In 1958, Clifton Hillegass and his wife started a publishing business in the basement of their Lincoln Nebraska home. They began with Shakespeare, explaining the great works of literature in plain English for non-English majors to understand.  Hundreds of titles later, CliffsNotes have become the study guide of choice for students cramming before the exam,...
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