Navigating Disconnection

We can’t always integrate the disconnect between our outer circumstances and our inner experiences, between our family’s attitude toward us and our belief in our Self. But what we can do is learn to find an inner peace in the midst of chaos, and find people who can become our chosen family.

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The Disruption of Sabbath

Jesus’ commitment to Sabbath meant he believed #alllivesmatter. But it ought be the ongoing PRACTICE of Sabbath that compels us to say #blacklivesmatter. In this sermon, Pastor Colby Martin connects the attitude of Jesus toward Sabbath with the Kneel-ins of the ’60s and the NFL kneeling policy.

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Pentecost

Pentecost Sunday is a time to reflect on how, when the Spirit of God is given full permission and space to flex her power, the outcome looks like Togetherness and Connection. (Plus, hear a powerful Faith Formation Story from Weston Bennett.)

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?)

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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.)

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