Rank #1: 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.
Rank #2: Navigating Disconnection
We can’t always integrate the disconnect between our outer circumstances and our inner experiences, between our family’s attitude toward us and our belief in our Self. But what we can do is learn to find an inner peace in the midst of chaos, and find people who can become our chosen family.
Rank #3: 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.
Rank #4: Open Your Self Up to Yourself
Have you been feeling down lately? If so, this message is for you. Pastor Colby shares some insights and observations about those moments when you’re not feeling your best.
Rank #5: What Do You Think About Jesus? Part I
In this very personal message, Pastor Colby shares about his lifelong journey with Jesus. Beginning at age 5 and “asking Jesus into his heart,” he shows how his ideas around Jesus have constantly grown and transformed over the past 30 years. Then, he talks about why any of that matters. Don’t miss it.
Rank #6: Empathy Just Might Save the World
It’s Pride week in San Diego, so we invite you to hear this message from Pastor Colby about how empathy—understanding the pain of others—might just save the world.
Rank #7: Wholeness in Community: More Michelangelo, Less Jerry Maguire
Good relationships keep us happier and healthier, period. In this message, Pastor Colby talks about the role we play in each other’s lives to help foster spiritual, social, and emotional wholeness.
Rank #8: Wholeness Happens Here: Emotional Wholeness
What does it mean to be emotionally whole? In this third and final part of our wholeness series, Jessica Mitchell shares that wholeness is not about perfection, but about seeing and accepting all of who we are, even the parts that sometimes hide beneath our consciousness.
Rank #9: 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.
Rank #10: Practice and Perspective
Join Pastor Colby and Sojourn Grace in the practice of “mudita,” the experience of feeling joy at someone else’s joy.
Rank #11: Manna: A Brilliant Solution for Nostalgia and Worry
When stress hits, we can sometimes get lost in nostalgia of the past, or we might get overly anxious about the future. In this sermon, Pastor Colby shows how the legend of Manna (bread from heaven) is a divine gift to ground us in the present moment.
Rank #12: You Can
Elisha fed 100 people and Jesus fed 5000. Which is cool, and all, but what do these stories have to do with us? Join Pastor Colby in this week’s sermon as he challenges us all to do what we can, when we can, where we can.
Rank #13: Wholeness Happens Here: Spiritual Wholeness
Pastor Kate kicks off a new series all about the mission of Sojourn Grace Collective. Our mission is spiritual, social, and emotional wholeness. Let’s start with an embodied spirituality!
Rank #14: For Fear and Friendship
Two common temptations: First, run from your fears. Second, think poorly about yourself. In this personal message, Pastor Colby calls us to the powerful invitation of facing our fears head on and developing an unconditional friendship with ourSelves.
Rank #15: Wholeness Happens Here: Social Wholeness
Pastor Kate kicks continues with our series on the mission of Sojourn: spiritual, social, and emotional wholeness. This message focusing on social wholeness provides insight into the practice of forgiveness that can bring freedom to our relationships.
Rank #16: 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 with a prayer from John Philip Newel.
Rank #17: 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.
Rank #18: 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.
Rank #19: 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.
Rank #20: 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.