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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...
Working Class
Working Class Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 9/9/2020 During the boom of the Industrial Revolution, workers weren’t guaranteed weekends off, lunch breaks, 8-hour shifts, access to fresh air, safe job sites, or sanitary facilities to relieve themselves. And starting at age 5, children were expected to follow their parents down into the mines.  Until 10,000...
God in the Obvious and Ordinary
God in the Obvious and Ordinary Sermon by: Rev. Brian Combs, 9/28/2020 The world is full of expert opinions on meeting God: pick up the spatula and serve someone else, God will be waiting in line holding an empty plate.  Summit the highest mountain and sit in silence, God will be waiting in the rarified...
In Gratitude
In Gratitude Sermon by: Father Mike, 8/19/2020 Introduction: Over the past week, I was lucky to spend time resting and enjoying vacation. For part of my time, I decided to spend two days bikepacking in Pisgah National Forest. I knew that this would stretch my limits—the trip itinerary logged more miles than I’d usually ride...
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