When’s the last time you had a serious conversation about Sin? In conservative circles, it dominates the landscape. In progressive circles, it’s mysteriously absent. In this groundbreaking sermon, Pastor Colby offers an all new (yet really old) way of thinking about and talking Sin. Colby (who’s not prone to hyperbole) declares, “THIS changes everything.”
On this last Sunday of 2017, Mathew Mitchell invites us to find new fruit on the old tree of our Christian tradition by infusing our religious practice and our lives with meaning and purpose.
We bring our Advent season to a close with a service on Christmas Eve-Eve. Members of our community share an original piece they wrote on each of the topics of the Advent wreath: Hope, Love, Peace, Joy, and Christ.
The Christmas Story tells of a God who went to great lengths to prove to humanity that we are loved, enough, and worthy just as we are. In this personal and vulnerable sermon, Pastor Colby suggests that the Incarnation of Jesus the Christ means we don’t have to pretend to be anything other than who and what we truly are.
Pastor Kate shares why the doctrine of original sin is bad theology and bad news. Then she offers some good news: the incarnation tells us we are worthy of God's presence.
Advent is a time for hope and reflection on the nearness of love revealed to us through the incarnation. In this message, we explore the gifts of the incarnation — that human and divine were fully manifested in Jesus. One of the invitations within this paradox of faith, is that we consider how the light and the dark within each of us can be acknowledged and loved. The incarnation reveals that there is no place that God is not. All that we are is loved.
To close the liturgical calendar, special guest speakers Elaine Enns and Ched Myers explore how Resistance to Empire connects to the upcoming Advent theme of Incarnation, and specifically how Matthew 25 calls us to communion with Christ through tending to outcast bodies.
What is the Goal behind all this Resistance talk? Why bother? In this final message from our Resistance series, Pastor Colby shows why a posture of Resistance is necessary. And then, to bring it all home, he challenges us all to Resist Resistance… because sometimes, practicing positivity is exactly what the Soul needs.
Ever given up on, or become mistrustful in, Religion? Yeah, you’re not alone. A lot of really bad stuff has happened as a result of Religion. In this message, Pastor Colby talks about the importance of “resisting religion,” which is all well and good, but it’s the ending that will surprise you the most.
The stats are in, and it’s true, people are leaving the Church and they are no longer identifying as “Christian.” Why? For many people it’s because of past spiritual trauma. Wounds inflicted by a church, a religious leader, or harmful ideology. As a result, the idea of trying a faith community again seems downright ludicrous. In this provocative—and deeply personal—sermon, Pastor Colby challenges us all to Resist Independence and Embrace Community.
The Rolling Stones were wrong, you CAN get Satisfaction. But just because you can, should you? In this challenging message, Colby calls on followers of Christ to Resist Satisfaction, and refuse to play in to the hands of Empire.
There is a sickness embedded in the religion of America, where “God” is entangled with “winning and success.” In this challenging sermon, Pastor Colby invites us to Resist the narrative of Empire which wants us to believe that life is about winning, succeeding, and accumulating more stuff. And for bonus points, some words against the damaging message of the Prosperity Gospel.
Individualism and Uniformity, two of Empire’s most powerful weapons. If Empire can keep us separate and the same, then they win. May we “Resist Identity” by embracing the Ways of Jesus: Connection and Uniqueness.
Have you ever noticed how the world around you has expectations for who you should be? In this message, Pastor Colby calls us to Resist the Way of Empire in how it wants to control the narrative. Instead, may we embrace the Way of Jesus that calls us into more and more freedom.
What is Truth? Humans have been wrestling with that question since as long as we’ve had consciousness. In this sermon, Pastor Colby calls us to Resist the Way of Empire (truth = control and power) and Embrace the Way of Jesus (truth = freedom and love).