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A Letter From Rev. Brian Combs, 3/1/2021
Dear Haywood Street Community, Before the oil paint dried, Janet McKenzie’s icon, “Jesus of the People,” was immediately controversial.  The artist chose an African American woman as her model- thick eyebrows, generous lips, locked hair- to portray a non-binary Savior.  One covered in the unadorned robes of a peasant, a tangle of barbs encircling her...
Eulogy for Edward
Eulogy for Edward Written and presented by Rev. Brian Combs We are decedents of wandering Arameans.  Beginning with Adam and Eve in Genesis through the book of Revelation, salvation history narrates a people who spent much of their lives as homesick itinerants, on the road East of Eden in search of something lost, praying to be...
Week of Giving
This year, in lieu of Giving Tuesday, we are sharing a week’s worth of extra faces, stories, and reflections from Haywood Street friends, companions and staff. These special posts are intended to be a gift for you and others who have described feeling lonely, isolated and disconnected from community due to COVID-19. The links below will...
The Greatest Work
The Greatest Work Sermon by Father Mike, 11/18/2020 It should have come as no surprise when he said it—a peasant carpenter from Galilee, born amidst straw and dust, enveloped by the bare earth beneath him. From the moment the stable doors swung open to the world, Jesus’ status was abundantly clear—low class, unremarkable, unimportant. So...
Eulogy for Bruce, October 2020
We do a disservice to the dead when we hallow their memories in stained glass, pretending they were perfect.  Bruce Lee Abshire was anything but perfect, and wonderfully so.  Some of his most memorable imperfections included: doing laps around the sanctuary in a hotwired golf cart clutching a live chicken, bootlegging moonshine across the County line in...
Sacred Bloodlines
Sacred Bloodlines Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, October 21, 2020 Since genetic testing became commercially available, consumers have been pulling back the veil on their ancestry.  After collecting a culture, the strands of DNA are sent off to a lab.  When the results come back in the mail, ethnicity is broken down into a pie chart of...
Beginnings of Faith (Romans 14:1-12)
Beginnings of Faith (Romans 14:1-12) Sermon by Father Mike, 9/16/20   There was a time in 2016 when I had just started seminary. Only one year before, I’d received a strange call—I was not a religious person, I didn’t know the stories of scripture, but I felt that God was calling me into church, and...
Faces & Stories, John
There is a recording on my phone. It is from March 11, 2020, starts at about 11:00 a.m., and lasts 37 minutes. Looking back, I realize this is the last time someone walked into my office, took a seat across from me and shared a part of their story. I could not have anticipated that...
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