All About Love, Wk 1: Resistance

Embarking on our church-wide deep dive in to Love (using the book “All About Love” by bell hooks), Pastor Kate shows us how engaging with any new creative endeavor — such as becoming better practitioners of Love — will invite Resistance. Resistance, though, should neither be feared nor allowed to hold us back from courageously moving ahead. (Features a reading of children’s book, “What Do You Do With an Idea?” by Kobi Yamada)

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Neighbors Together

On this special Sunday we combined our worship service with two other San Diego Churches (Christ Lutheran and Pacific Beach Christian). During the service we helped launch our new ministry initiative, Neighbors Together, designed to provide hospitality and justice for refugees seeking asylum. For the podcast, we’ve stitched together a couple moments from the service, including: Pastor Kate welcoming everyone and reminding us of the need for Grace when we do collaborative work; Pastor Colby encouraging us to think like horseshoes (open!) and not circles (in vs out!); and Kate leading a communion liturgy.

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Does it Matter What We Believe? Part II

Last week Pastor Colby said “no,” it doesn’t matter what you believe. In fact, religion is at its worst when it insists (by force, shame, or fear) that you believe the “right things.” However, in this message he says “yes,” it absolutely matters what we believe… but for different reasons. So which is it? Do our beliefs matter? And if so, how?

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Does it Matter What We Believe? Part I

If “Transformation is Everything” (as Pastor Colby insists), then where does that leave belief? Does it matter what we believe? In this paradigm shifting message, Colby invites you to consider that maybe — contrary to most religious teaching — the Creator of the Cosmos does not care what you think or believe.

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Transformation Is Everything (and How Faith, Hope, and Love Get us There)

Nothing lasts. Everything fades away. Impermanence. Change. Movement. All is fading. St Paul once wrote, “but these three things remain: Faith, Hope, and Love.” Why do THESE remain? Perhaps because they are the three components of Transformation. And in a world where everything fades away, Transformation is everything. In this message, Pastor Colby explores how Faith, Hope, and Love work together to bring about Transformation.

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FREEDOM: The Gospel According to Aladdin

One of Pastor Colby’s favorite movies growing up was Aladdin, but as an adult he never quite understood why the film resonated so deeply with him. Then, Disney released the live action version, and suddenly it clicked in to place. Hear how the stories of Aladdin, Jasmine, and Genie all illustrate different ways that humans get trapped — and how they (and we) might find freedom.

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You Are Made for Greatness!

The entertainment world overflows with books and movies and music all declaring that you are destined for greatness! Just follow these six steps and you’ll be rich, famous, and living your best life! However, this narrow, shallow definition of “greatness” leaves much to be desired. In this message, Pastor Colby shares what deeper, true greatness looks like, and how it truly is both available to everyone AND how you are made for it.

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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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