Advent 2017: Incarnation

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Advent 2017: Incarnation

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. 

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Tending and Defending Bodies: Incarnation vs. Empire

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Tending and Defending Bodies: Incarnation vs. Empire

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.

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Resistance: A New Way (Resist Resistance)

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Resistance: A New Way (Resist Resistance)

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.

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Resistance: A New Way (Resist Religion)

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Resistance: A New Way (Resist Religion)

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.

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Resistance: A New Way (Resist Independence)

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Resistance: A New Way (Resist Independence)

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.

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Resistance: A New Way (Resist Satisfaction)

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Resistance: A New Way (Resist Satisfaction)

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.

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Resistance: A New Way (Resist Winning)

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Resistance: A New Way (Resist Winning)

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.

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Resistance: A New Way (Resist Identity)

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Resistance: A New Way (Resist Identity)

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.

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Resistance: A New Way (Resist Stories)

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Resistance: A New Way (Resist Stories)

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.

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Resistance: A New Way (Resist Knowing)

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Resistance: A New Way (Resist Knowing)

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).

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Participation Sunday

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Participation Sunday

Sometimes when you get so busy DOING the Church thing, it can be easy to forget what exactly the “Church thing” is. So in this message, Pastor Colby goes Meta and talks about the fallacy of the “Church Oughts.” Plus, get an inside look into the Ministry Team at Sojourn.

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Living By Faith

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Living By Faith

For Jesus to walk the path that he did, faced with abandonment and suffering, meant that he lived a life of deep faith. He trusted that great Love was holding him and guiding him. We, too, are invited to lean into a faith that sustains us, when our circumstances and the world around us can seem so broken and bruised. Jessica reminds us that faith is not the absence of fear, or doubt, or pain, but that the love of God is the river that carries us through all of it.

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