The Ascension of Christ

The Ascension of Christ. That bizarre story about Jesus floating away to the sky after rising from the dead. This week, Pastor Colby lets this odd tale ask us all sorts of questions about what to do in life once a chapter closes. All good things must come to an end… and then what?

Read More
Colby MartinComment
Love Wants What's Best

Jesus once said, “I am the Good Shepherd.” Since most of us don’t live around sheep or shepherds, this metaphor can be hard to track. In this message, Pastor Colby offers some insight from this passage in John 10 and shares why it is he believes that Love wants what’s best.

Read More
Colby MartinComment
Don't Believe Everything You Think

For many of us, messaging we received about repentance has stirred in us feelings of guilt and shame, about our inherent unworthiness or “bad” nature. It seems repentance has often been more about behavior modification, rather than what scripture reveals was the true intention of Jesus, that being our inner transformation. Jessica Mitchell shares with us a new understanding of repentance, inviting us to consider what it means to live beyond our limited human mind through the willingness to open ourselves to the mind of God — the Great Mystery.

Read More
Jessica MitchellComment
Resurrection: Easier Said Than Done

Resurrection is a fundamental truth about the nature of things: life comes from death. However, there are many obstacles in life that make believing in resurrection a very scary and vulnerable thing. This Easter, Pastor Colby gets honest about the parts of life that make belief hard, and offers a way forward into deeper peace and hope.

Read More
Colby MartinComment
Palm Sunday: A Reflection on Disappointment

Have you ever gotten your hopes up about something really important to you, only to have reality burst in and crush your dreams? That’s what we call Disappointment. And Palm Sunday is the perfect time of year to talk about it. (Hint: this sermon also dives in to all the ways we experience Disappointment with churches and religion. Have you been there?)

Read More
Colby MartinComment
Have the Son? Have Life!

The early Christians insisted that Jesus came by water and blood. Which is to say, was both fully divine AND fully human. Why does that matter? Well, if it’s a full, abundant life you’re after, it could matter a whole lot. If you “have the Son,” then you “have Eternal Life.” (Spoiler: this may not mean what you think it means.)

Read More
Colby MartinComment
God Is Love (Meaning What, Exactly?)

“God is Love.” Sure, we all probably accept that statement. But when’s the last time you’ve sat to really think through what that means? What it looks like? And why it matters? That’s what Pastor Colby aims to do in this week’s sermon from our series on 1 John.

Read More
Colby Martin Comment
When the Heart Attacks!

Do you ever feel like the voices in your head are bringing you down? Telling you you’re not enough, or a failure, or some other version of condemnation? In this sermon, Pastor Colby shares how his own heart condemns him, then offers some helpful tools on how to hear the voice of Christ (instead of anti-Christ).

Read More
Colby MartinComment
The Necessity of Faith and Love

Cain killed Abel. Most of us know that much. But the story in Genesis 4 mentions that God found Abel’s offering acceptable—and not Cain’s. What’s that about? And what does that have to do with a life of Faith and love and our series on 1 John? Check out this sermon from Pastor Colby and be challenged to go All In.

Read More
Colby MartinComment
Church Splits

Church Splits... messy and devastating, am I right? Well it was precisely into such a climate that 1 John was written. Join Pastor Colby this week as he explores the funky and confusing dynamics at play when faith communities fracture.

Read More
Colby MartinComment
Don't Dance in the Dark!

Foundational to the Way of Jesus is that we—as followers—actually live as he lived, and do so without hate. Pastor Colby continues our series through 1 John, with three challenges to implement in your life right now.

Read More
Colby MartinComment
Advocacy and Atonement

Propitiation? Atoning Sacrifice? Sin Offering? These are some seriously Religious words. Pastor Colby continues our exploration of 1 John through a message designed to reimagine Jesus as both our Advocate and Atonement.

Read More
Colby Martin Comment