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“Grief as Political Resistance” by Pastor Seth – September 21, 2022
It was a period of peace and prosperity. Though the Assyrians had risen to power in the Near East, they were ruled by a succession of relatively uninvolved kings that basically left the Mediterranean alone for the time being. It’s the 8th century BCE in the kingdom of Israel to the North and Judah to...
Faces & Stories – Meet Jason
Sometimes you meet someone and, at once, you’re reminded of how resilient people can be. That’s what I experienced when I met Jason for the first time. He was released from prison a few months ago after spending the last 24 years in a cell. At 47 years old and with his first smartphone, he’s...
“Love Liberated”–Sermon by Pastor Seth, September 14, 2022
Exodus 32:7-15 Impatient, forgetful, and terrified at the base of the mountain, the dusty clothed, wilderness-weary Israelites were tired of waiting for their leader, Moses, to return from his solo backpacking trip up Sinai. To ease the growing anxiety in the face of his absence, the people misguidedly call for an idolatrous representation of the...
Eulogy for Kornbred by Pastor Jody
There are not too many native Ashevillians among us But he was one Kim Arthur Bailey was born in Asheville on January 30, 1961 He told Brook that he was named after the main character in Rudyard Kiplin’gs “KIM”- a story about a man on a quest And he did indeed live up to his...
Eulogy for John Perry by Pastor Brian
Johnny Munroe Perry Aug. 18, 1957 – July 25, 2022 In Iredell County, outside of Statesville, beyond where the asphalt road gave way to the dirt path, Johnny Munroe Perry grew up on a working dairy farm. He was the youngest boy of six, raised on milk from the utter and watermelon from the patch....
July 31, 2022–Eulogy for Eric Laurilla
Born in Washington D.C., Eric James Laurilla was the eldest of three. Reared in the northern Virginia suburbs, his veins coursed with Finnish blood and alcoholic genes. By day, he was a street baller; by night, a protective big brother; in between, a restless wanderer most at home in the wilds of creation. When Eric...
July 20, 2022 Sermon by Pastor Brian
The Rebuke of Martha Without women, Christianity doesn’t exist. She consented to the Messiah’s birth, refused to abandon Jesus after his arrest, stood below him in the shadow of the cross, brought spices on Easter morning to anoint the body, shared the Good News of the tomb being empty, started the first welfare program, and...
Sermon by Pastor Grace
Ecclesiastes 1:1-10, 4:1-3 The Old Testament wisdom book, Ecclesiastes, is like a chaos anthology—a collection of poems, stories, and wisdom sayings for when life feels upside down. The author—who calls himself ‘The Teacher,’ or Qoheleth— detects no discernible order to creation. He observes injustice and oppression, sees the righteous receive the same fate as the...
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