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“Faithful Obscurity” – A Sermon from Rev. Brian Combs
Faithful Obscurity “Why do we thank Christians for practicing their Christianity?”, an aggravated seminary professor asked. The gold medallion certificates presented to the teenagers after completing their first mission trip; the fellowship hall naming ceremony for the lay leader who mowed the parsonage grass; the standing ovation in worship for the decades-long Sunday school teacher...
A Eulogy for Keith Douglas Bryant by Dave Holland
John 14: 1-4 1] “Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. [2] In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? [3] And when I go and prepare a place for you,...
Faces & Stories: Meet Cherokee
Timothy Wright was born January 16, 1965. We call him Cherokee because his grandma called him Cherokee because his daddy was full-blood and his mama was Cherokee-Scottish. I sat down with him on September 9, 2021 because we didn’t think he had much more than a week to live and he wanted his story to...
Faces & Stories – Pamela
Pamela and I found Haywood Street at almost the exact same time. I was running from a short-term job in bail bonds, she was running from a dope house in Marion. Pamela jokes, “I’m surprised we didn’t meet sooner!” To know Pamela is to love her. Easily. The streets call her Peppermint Patti. Or Hurricane....
The Illegitimate Jesus
“The Illegitimate Jesus” – Sermon By Rev. Brian Combs, 12/22/21 The first Christmas Eve was not a silent night, nor calm and bright.  Loaded camels snorted and saddled donkeys brayed as they passed the haggard couple already a week into the 80-mile walk from Nazareth to Bethlehem.  Joseph kept checking his empty wallet, anxious about paying the...
A Eulogy For Tommy Sampson
Written By: Rev. Brian Combs, 10/23/21 A mentor once told me to be “suspicions of perpetual smilers,” the megawatt Christians who live in a world of uncloudy days.   Tommy Sampson grew up one of eight boys. As an adult, he traveled the country as a homeless iterant, squatting in abandoned buildings and scavenging through dumpsters...
Faces & Stories: Eric “The Blue Ridge Boy”
Eric can’t really not draw a crowd. I’ve taken a seat by him on the blacktop and, subsequently, two teenagers and their parents have as well. He’s showing us how Johnny Cash made that chuka-chuka percussion sound by strumming with a piece of folded-up loose-leaf paper. He’s spilling all the trade secrets before we’ve even exchanged a...
Faces & Stories – Meet Aaron
If you’re going to sit down with Aaron, buckle up. He comes with 42 years of peaks and valleys and an urgency to recount all the journeys in between. For a man who describes himself as the thing that doesn’t fit, Aaron grew up in the considerably form fitting tradition of Jehovah’s Witness. His knowledge...
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