FROM THE EDITOR


City Transformation and Social Justice Start With Dangerous Good

The model for positive transformation taking place in a city has already been provided by Jesus and a movement of “dangerous good.” The belief that issues such as violent crime, homelessness, dissolved families, and the abuse of women can be resolved by simply providing more of the commonly applied tactics falls woefully short of what a movement of men led by the Holy Spirit can accomplish, author and men’s ministry...

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Journalist Uncovers the Real and Fake News About Jesus

I had run out of reasons to not turn my life over to Jesus. Just a couple years into sobriety from alcohol, I was in a lot of mental and emotional pain. Sure, I was sober, but something wasn’t right. A few weeks prior to hearing guest speaker Lee Strobel talk at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, during a Sunday worship service in November 1998, I had said a prayer...

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Digging a Well in the Desert; Social Justice as Spiritual Sustenance

I moved to Southern California about two and a half years ago to begin my seminary journey, during the worst drought on record. The rich California soil was all dried up, raging waterfalls were reduced to a trickle, and massive 100-year-old trees were dying from the inside out due to lack of water and nutrients to defend against bark beetles. Water that used to fall from the heavens to replenish...

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How Compton Changed; Straight Outta The Gospel

At the Together LA conference held in 2015, one of the featured speakers, Compton’s mayor Aja Brown, spoke into the broad streams of a Los Angeles thirsty for solutions to societal ills as a relative newcomer in both the political and spiritual realms of the leadership community. At the time, she was just beginning to hone her political chops as a believer in Jesus serving inside Compton’s governing council and...

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Top 7 Most Popular Stories at TogetherLA in 2017

TogetherLA.net — our love letter to Los Angeles delivered for the first time in 2017 — has a focus on following God’s work. It has been a wild ride ever since the website officially launched this past Valentine’s Day. From exclusive interviews with pastors and Christian leaders to stories of church plants and ministry opportunities, we see God moving in L.A. and beyond. A Year of Sharing Good News With All...

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Hot Button: Has ‘Evangelical’ Become a Dirty Word?

We can’t really blame Donald Trump and Roy Moore for pushing Evangelical Christians off the cliff, or can we? The question is part of the discussion that’s trending (and I don’t mean in a Santa video kind of way) right now. In an opinion piece posted at The Washington Post last week, Eugene Scott wrote that after Roy Moore lost Alabama’s special Senate election, “despite running a campaign on what...

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Reaction to Trump’s Jerusalem Decision [Latest Updates]

Editor’s Note: In light of President Trump’s declaration of the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, TogetherLA.net is tracking reaction and will give updates here as news breaks. Please consider leaving any leads to breaking or important news regarding this subject in either the comments below or by sending us an email. This from ChurchLeaders.com: President Trump’s declaration of the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as the...

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The Harvey Weinsteins and Broken Male Culture Can No Longer Hide

Discussions about Harvey Weinstein, the #MeToo campaign, and all points inbetween continue to demonstrate the ripple effect well after it was revealed that one of Hollywood’s most powerful men abused women as part of a hideous routine that was kept secret. The waves of revelations coming from not only the Hollywood entertainment business, but other industries as well are of tsunami proportions leading one to believe that the Weinsteins of...

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‘Same Kind Of Different As Me’ Rises Above Protests, Slogans on Racism

The closest I’ve come to experiencing the pain of racism is when I was called “commie” by several of my fellow junior high classmates during the Cold War period of relations between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. (Russia). However, that somewhat public ridicule and humiliation was mostly the result of youthful immaturity and social ignorance. Some of that may have even been passed down by the taunters’ ignorant parents. The emotional pain,...

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‘Because of Grácia’ True To Teen Life; Moriah Peters Shines Light

It’s been a long time since I’ve been a teenager. However, while watching an advanced screening of Because of Grácia (film released this weekend) I was transported back to my high school days rather seamlessly in this engaging movie that challenges the commonly accepted focus of teens and offers up the truth in the form of one student in particular who is living out their faith in God. In its promotion,...

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