By Colby Martin
In this episode, you'll hear from Colby Martin, the Pastor of Sojourn Grace Collective in San Diego, California.
My name is Colby Brenneman Martin and the one thing I know about myself is that I am a loved child of God. That’s the truest thing about me, and the thing I tend to always forget.
Thankfully I have my faith community at Sojourn Grace Collective (where I Co-Pastor along with my wife, Kate) to remind me every week.
Spiritually speaking, I believe the Way of Jesus is the best way for hope, for peace, for reconciliation, forgiveness, mercy and justice. I believe the living out of love is one of the most important things a person can do, and Jesus shows us just how that might look.
Religiously speaking, I tend to reject labels. That being said, I tend to find myself at home with more progressive thinkers, people who don’t just accept what Christianity has told them for the past few centuries. People who dare to read the Text and allow their own beliefs to be challenged. People who hold their beliefs with an open hand, always knowing that the Transformative Power of Christ could at any time MOVE you from one place to another (and God help us if we refuse to move!).
Recently my first book was published by Westminster John Knox Press titled, UnClobber: Rethinking Our Misuse of the Bible on Homosexuality. It tells the story of how I found alignment between my head and my heart with regards to homosexuality and the Bible, as well exploring what the Bible says (and does not say) about same-sex relationships and same-sex sex acts.
In addition to building a church together, Kate and I build humans. We’ve built four boys thus far; Zeke, Tai, Jae, and Huck.