The Secret to Finding Rest and Granting Peace

“Come to me,” Jesus once said, “all who are weary, and I will give you rest.” Jesus understood that the best gift we can offer one another is the gift of non-judgmental presence. Pastor Colby invites us to consider how we might embody this call to be safe, soft presences for those in our life.

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After Easter: Why Believing in Resurrection is So Hard

Easter has come and gone, but even if the tomb is empty and resurrection is a real thing in the world, why is actually believing in it or accepting it so dang hard? Pastor Colby shares some reflections on what might keep us from believing that the old has passed and the new has come. Plus, Pastor Kate leads us in an extended time of meditation, you won’t want to miss.

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I am the Resurrection and the Life

In this raw and redemptive Easter sermon, Pastor Kate calls us to see how the reality of resurrection points to the truth that God’s dream for the world (aka, Oneness) cannot be stopped. Though the Empire may try, with its crucifixions and its power mongering, it cannot compete with the death-defying power of Love.

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The Way, The Truth, The Life

For many progressive Christians, John 14:6 stands out as one of those verses you kinda just ignore. “I am the Way, the Truth, the Life, no one comes to the Father except through me.” It shouts all sorts of religious exclusion and superiority, and we’re not always sure what to do about it. In this illuminating message, Pastor Colby suggests how we might hear these words anew and take comfort in the truth they reveal.

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What Makes a Shepherd Good

The next “I Am” statement in our series is “I Am the Good Shepherd.” But why “good?” What’s the point of the modifier? And what did this word “good” mean to the person who wrote this story? In this encouraging sermon, Pastor Colby gives new meaning to the death of Jesus and illuminates the depth of God’s love for all.

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The Gate of Actual Salvation

“I am the Gate.” No doubt, the least familiar and least warm/cuddly “I am” statement in the Gospel of John. Plus, it conjures up images of things like exclusivity (who’s in and who’s out) and gatekeepers (those who enforce the rules). So what’s going on? Join Pastor Colby as he explores this metaphor in a fresh and empowering way. Turns out, Christ as the Gate is pretty amazing.

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Guest Speaker: David Nagler

God called Israel to be the Light of the World, a task now taken up by those following Jesus. But sometimes we can lose the plot and act as though we are the only ones God cares about. Guest Speaker David Nagler, Pastor of Christ Lutheran Church, explains.

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The Deep and Mysterious Reality of Brokenness

When Jesus shared his final meal, he broke the bread and said, “Do THIS in remembrance of me.” In this trip-down-memory-lane, Pastor Colby reflects on what it was like as a kid to do communion growing up in Baptist churches, then he shares how communion invites us to be Broken, and why that’s a good thing.

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Who Are You Becoming?

How do you decide which action to take when neither one seems obviously better than the other? In this message, Pastor Colby asks us to consider the question, “Who are you becoming,” as a way to guide you in even the smallest moments.

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Look Again

When it comes to the end of civilization, only one thing scares Pastor Colby: the increasing divide in our country between Left & Right (okay, and he’s also scared by people who Text and Drive). In this sermon, “Look Again,” he challenges us to consider the path of Understanding—as a way to “love our enemies.”

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Ask. Seek. Knock.

Ask. Seek. Knock. What is it you long for? What is it you seek? You are a co-creator with the Divine! Human beings have been given the incredible gift of choice, to be a co creator with the Divine! Not just choice about what we want to eat, or the color of shirt we will wear. But choice about our mind—the narratives it believes, the expectations it creates, and the questions it asks. Jessica Mitchell invites us to consider our relationship with our inner world. And to trust that our soul—the deepest place within us, where God is found—knows what to ask for. What to seek after. And on what doors to knock.

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Go with the Flow of Nature's M.O.

The Buddha, the Bible, and a Physicist walk into a bar. The bar is called “Impermanence.” And it’s a place where everyone knows your name, because everyone—and everything—is changing, evolving, and fading away. How can the practice of recognizing impermanence better fine tune our experience of Love? Well, that’s what Pastor Colby talks about in this talk titled “Go with the Flow of Nature’s M.O.”

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From Charity to Solidarity

In this season of Advent, we anticipate the arrival of a 1st century refugee seeking a home on the underside of the Empire. Guest speaker Jon Huckins shows us how we have the opportunity to experience, learn from, and walk with migrants fleeing for their lives just miles from the comfort of our own homes, and asks us how we might respond to the short-term needs while cultivating long-term relationships that lead to our collective healing.

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Looks Can Be Deceiving

Life is filled with paradox. As Christians, thanks to the Christmas Story, we should be prepared for such surprises, twists, and turns. In this sermon, Colby invites us to choose Hope, even when the current situation seems hopeless.

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