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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Soul Hacks

Soul Hacks: simple but effective solutions for problems of the soul. Join Pastor Colby as he offers a simple remedy for sleeping better, improved physical and psychological health, and an antidote for the dreaded case of social comparison.

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Community Part V

Utilizing a beach ball, the crowd, and only 12 words, Pastor Colby completes our series on Community. Bottom line: building community (especially in a church) is so, so good, and simultaneously very difficult. But the challenges are worth it if we are willing to show up, be intentional, and with resilience chase after it.

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Community Part IV: Truth and Reconciliation

Mathew Mitchell continues our series on Community with a discussion about race and the church. This sermon covers unconscious bias, white supremacy, and the role Christians might play in transforming the legacy of slavery that binds us all. Drawing from the powerful work of Bryan Stevenson and James Cone, the conversation centers around three truths, four paths towards reconciliation, and a challenge to envision the Christ we’ve resurrected from the cross as the black bodies we haven’t resurrected from the lynching tree. This is a charged topic delivered with grace, humor, and conviction.

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Community Part III

Jessica Mitchell continues our series on Community. She talks about intimacy in community, and the ways fear might hinder us from moving closer to one another. Jessica invites us to consider that the ups and downs of relationship, and community, is normal — and in many ways, good. Even within community, we sometimes have to walk alone and in our own “wilderness.”

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Community Part I

The #1 reason people keep coming back to church? They found community and connection. The #1 reason people leave church? They never found community or connection. This week we begin a new series exploring what Community is, why it’s so good, and also why it’s so difficult.

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