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Sermon by Pastor Brian

Sermon by Pastor Brian

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Prodigal God July 3, 2024 “Hand over my inheritance,” the entitled seventeen-year-old said with a straight face. Without hesitation, the father signed off on the transfer. With cash-flush pockets, the younger son boarded the nearest camel leaving for Las Vegas….

Sermon by Pastor Seth

Sermon by Pastor Seth

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The Weeping Christ June 26, 2024 The smell of anointing oils have long since succumbed to the scent of a body letting go, the linen wrap now collecting a thin layer of dust like an offering from the earth gently…

Sermon by Pastor Jody – June 19, 2024

Sermon by Pastor Jody – June 19, 2024

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Juneteenth A couple of years ago, I read “God is a Black Woman” by Dr. Christina Cleveland. In it, she shared her experience navigating her way through white patriarchy to find God. While she was a professor at Duke, one…

Sermon by Pastor Seth – May 29, 2024

Sermon by Pastor Seth – May 29, 2024

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The Hospitable Mind Pastor Seth In the wake of Stephen’s stoning, Saul’s persecution spree, and the next leg of a preaching tour, a Spirit-led Philip finds himself on the wilderness road from Jerusalem to Gaza. Knees wobbly from exhaustion and…

Pentecost Sermon – by Pastor Jody

Pentecost Sermon – by Pastor Jody

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Leaning into the Mystery By Pastor Jody The disciples were once again gathered in a room.  But this time they were not hiding. They were doing exactly what Jesus had told them to do, they were waiting.Jesus told them to stay put in…

Sleeping in Church by Pastor Brian – May 15, 2024

Sleeping in Church by Pastor Brian – May 15, 2024

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Jesus only lost one argument. Not to a Scribe or Pharisee, not to a cross-examining lawyer or the High Priest. But to a woman. She was not from around here, a pagan from the Mediterranean coast who bowed to foreign…

Sermon by Pastor Seth – May 8, 2024

Sermon by Pastor Seth – May 8, 2024

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Generosity in Proximity by Pastor Seth En route to Jerusalem, a hungry Christ sits at the table of the resurrected Lazarus, the sisters Mary and Martha present for the meal. While Martha tends to the platters, the smell of her…

Confessing Thomas – April 17, 2024

Confessing Thomas – April 17, 2024

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Confessing Thomas by Pastor Brian The disciples lasted eight days. Abandoning Easter, they huddled behind the dead-bolted door with the curtains drawn and the candles extinguished. In the dim light, some were scribbling out applications for work back on the…

Easter Sermon – April 3, 2024

Easter Sermon – April 3, 2024

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Scary Good News By Pastor Seth As the male disciples run for their lives to Galilee, fearful of their fate by association, the women stay behind to tend to the body of an enemy of the state. Mark’s Gospel prioritizes…

Feeding of the Four Thousand – March 6, 2024

Feeding of the Four Thousand – March 6, 2024

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Feeding of the Four Thousand by Pastor Brian No one had eaten in seventy-two hours. Some were weakened by dehydration, withering under the desert sun. Others clutched limestone boulders to steady their balance, spiraling from the vertigo. The hungry crowd,…

Sermon by Pastor Seth – February 7, 2024

Sermon by Pastor Seth – February 7, 2024

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Greater Works Than These By Pastor Seth You will do greater works than these. We hear this proclamation from the mouth of Christ in the Gospel of John. And no, Jesus is not talking to another messiah, not talking to…

Sermon by Pastor Seth – January 31, 2024

Sermon by Pastor Seth – January 31, 2024

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Bless God and Grieve By Pastor Seth Perhaps one of the most controversial books of the Hebrew Scriptures, the book of Job is anything but straightforward. A family man from a foreign land called Uz, we are introduced to Job…

Sermon by Pastor Brian – December 24, 2023

Sermon by Pastor Brian – December 24, 2023

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“But I haven’t had my first period,” Mary must have muttered to herself just beyond the earshot of her heavenly visitor. “How can a child- I’m only twelve- care for another child?” “What about a debutant preening down in Jerusalem…

Sermon by Pastor Seth – December 12, 2023

Sermon by Pastor Seth – December 12, 2023

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Forgive and not Forget Acts 9:10-19 The corners of his mouth turn upward into a slight smile as he gazes down upon the lifeless body of Stephen, a disciple of the so called Christ. With morose satisfaction, Saul steps over…

Sermon by Pastor Brian – December 3rd & 6th, 2023

Sermon by Pastor Brian – December 3rd & 6th, 2023

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The Road to Bethlehem Not all roads lead to Bethlehem. I-85 west of Charlotte is snarled at the McAdenville exit- “Christmas Town USA,”- a drive-thru of ornately decorated homes. Off McDowell Street, tourists pay one hundred and twenty-five dollars to…

Sermon by Pastor Brian – November 15, 2023

Sermon by Pastor Brian – November 15, 2023

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The God Hustle Jesus is starving, ribs protruding from both sides, face gaunt and hollowed out, shivering in the desert heat, robe dwarfing his wasted-away frame, muscles depleted from the absence of food, his body cannibalizing itself after forty days…

Sermon by Pastor Brian-October 22nd & 25th

Sermon by Pastor Brian-October 22nd & 25th

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Terrible Table Manners Matthew 14:13-21   Enrollment is up at many charm schools, these institutions of polish and posture that rehearse life in high society. Ladies want instruction on accessorizing their look- pearl placement, eye shadow application, teeth whitening- to…

Sermon by Pastor Brian – October 1st and 4th

Sermon by Pastor Brian – October 1st and 4th

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The Christian Incarnationalist Luke 2: 6-14 Pier One sells a three-foot garden statue of him.  So does Etsy, Lowes, Wayfair, Walmart, and Amazon.  He’s the world’s most beloved saint, and for $350- body draped in a friar robe, hands cradling…

Sermon by Pastor Brian – September 13

Sermon by Pastor Brian – September 13

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Ruth, the Moabite Ruth 1:12-18 With famine in the land- barren olive trees, rows of barley slung low with thirst, weeds unable to root between the cracks, a plow forgotten midfield- Naomi must choose: abandon town or starve. Leaving the…

Sermon by Pastor Seth – September 3rd and 6th

Sermon by Pastor Seth – September 3rd and 6th

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As We Need, So Are We Needed Matthew 9: 9-13 In the midst of stories recounting Jesus touching a man whom society deemed untouchable, affirming the faith of a Roman guard whose own faith heals his servant, stories about calming…

Sermon by Pastor Seth – August 27th and 30th

Sermon by Pastor Seth – August 27th and 30th

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Thy Kin-dom Come, Anyway Mark 6: 1-6 A Galilean born on the wrong side of the tracks, Jesus returns to hometown roots in Nazareth with a Kin-dom bringing agenda. With disciples by his side and a home court advantage, it…

Sermon by Pastor Jody – July 30th & August 2nd

Sermon by Pastor Jody – July 30th & August 2nd

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The Treasure of Salvation Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52 Shackled together with leg irons, they scrambled across a field of tobacco, diving down into the leafy plants every 3rd or 4th row in order to avoid the watchful eye of the…

August 6th Sermon by Pastor Seth

August 6th Sermon by Pastor Seth

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The Curious Christ Luke 10: 21-28 His degrees hang framed on the wall behind him, his desk stacked with parchment. A trail of letters follow his name, and the people follow his guidance — for he is bound to know…

Sermon by Pastor Seth – July 16th and 19th

Sermon by Pastor Seth – July 16th and 19th

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A Divisive Prince of Peace Luke 12:49-53 The author of the Gospel of Luke sure picked a strange place to put our scripture for today. Our text is situated between Jesus giving a teaching on the importance of integrity and…

Sermon by Pastor Brian-July 12, 2023

Sermon by Pastor Brian-July 12, 2023

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Vacancies in the Vineyard Seventy million Americans have a misdemeanor or felony conviction.1 Many people with a record can’t secure employment because of a box on job applications. After filling in the blanks for name and address, previous work history and…

Juneteenth Sermon by Pastor Seth – June 21, 2023

Juneteenth Sermon by Pastor Seth – June 21, 2023

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Opting for love Psalm 118:1-9 It’s no wonder Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. referred to Psalm 118 as, “my own beloved Psalm.” Bringing to a close a collection known as the Hallel Psalms (Hallel meaning “praise” in Hebrew), Psalm 118…

Sermon by Pastor Brian – June 14, 2023

Sermon by Pastor Brian – June 14, 2023

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Leave the Weeds Alone Americans spend 10 billion dollars annually on herbicides.(1) Avenger, Ortho, and Roundup, liquid poisons applied by the gallon and chemical toxins spread by the acre. Unlock our sheds, and you’ll see how committed we are to eradicating…

Wear Orange Speech by Pastor Brian – June 4, 2023

Wear Orange Speech by Pastor Brian – June 4, 2023

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Put the Gun Down   Trent Lot, the former senate majority leader from Mississippi, recorded a video endorsement to arm toddlers. He said, “I support the Kinder Guardian program. We… would be wise to implement it… putting guns in the…

Sermon for Pentecost by Pastor Seth

Sermon for Pentecost by Pastor Seth

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A Different Kind of Power Acts 2:1-8 We find ourselves today in a quiet, crowded room that will not stay quiet for long — for the Spirit is coming. On this journey of death and new life, what began in…

Mother’s Day Sermon by Pastor Seth

Mother’s Day Sermon by Pastor Seth

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Eve and the Femininity of God Genesis 2:18-25 The dust has settled and the waters have risen. Upon the ground from which life finds its source, a garden is planted and roamed by the image of God reflected in the…