THE CHURCH


Interview with Michael Mata: Addressing Homelessness in LA

Michael Mata has been deeply involved in the policy and grassroots efforts to improve LA for several decades, so I wanted to get his perspective on the large number of homeless individuals in the city. The problem has been around for years, but I’ve struggled to understand why it persists. What has been tried? What isn’t working, and why? “LA has the least affordable housing in the U.S.,” said Mata....

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Interview with Michael Mata: A Holistic View of The Church’s Mission

It is easy to see the problems that persist throughout LA, much like every other urban center in the U.S. What is lesser-known, however, are the key players working day in and day out to renew the city and address those problems head-on. Michael Mata, a Community Impact Strategist, is one such player who offers unique insights into the homelessness problem in LA. Mata has been involved in urban planning,...

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The Future of Cities

On June 13, I attended the Mayor’s Forum, “The Future of Cities,” sponsored by the Los Angeles Headquarters Association at the California Club in Downtown L.A. The speaker’s panel consisted of three mayors from the greater Los Angeles area—Gleam Davis of Santa Monica, Terry Tornek of Pasadena, and Meghan Sahli-Wells of Culver City. In attendance were builders and developers who came to hear the mayors’ visions for their respective...

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God Moving In Los Angeles: A Conversation Worth Having

In what began as a conversation about the movement of God in the City of Angels a few years ago in the form of a three-day conference continued last summer in a panel discussion with four pastors from four corners of the county. And in light of all that’s transpired over the last three years, with God still on the throne, it’s important to continue that conversation. BY ALEX MURASHKO Los...

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North American Mission Board: Pray For Church Planters

A church planting core team is essential to the success of a church plant. These faithful servants often work full-time vocational jobs and work alongside the church planter to help execute his vision for this exciting new work. By North American Mission Board Here are some ways you can pray for a church plant’s core team: 1. Pray that they would be disciple-makers. The call to make disciples is for all believers,...

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Pastors Need Non-Christian Friends

I have a confession to make. The longer I worked in ministry, the fewer people I led to Christ. Actually, it happened somewhat quickly. I started spending all my time with Christians. BY ANDREW ALESSO At one point I couldn’t identify any real friends that were in my life who didn’t go to church. Preaching was still a fruitful evangelistic activity for me, but I didn’t like who I had become. I...

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God To Legalists: ‘You don’t love me or each other as you did at first’

Sadly, there are evangelical Christian churches that have good doctrine and are passionate about evangelism, but fall into overbearing legalism. This results in a church culture that is rigid, strict, and lacking in grace, patience, and tolerance. The end result is that they become like the Ephesus church in Revelation 2:1-7. BY STEVE CHA PASTOR’S PERSPECTIVE Editor’s Note: This article is the last of a two-part series on “Is Your Church Guilty...

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The Book of Acts: The Never-Ending Story

Preaching the kingdom and teaching Jesus Christ is the perpetual purpose and calling of the Church, Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa states in its post about Pastor Brian Brodersen’s message titled, “Book of Acts:The Never-Ending Story.” Taken from Acts 28, Brodersen gives his teaching in the final session of his Acts series. Watch and listen to his message below. He shares that the book of Acts doesn’t have much of an...

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Is Your Church Guilty of Legalism?

Throughout history, there have been churches that were licentious and loose, but there have also been churches run rampant with legalism. BY STEVE CHA PASTOR’S PERSPECTIVE Editor’s Note: This article is part one of two on “Is Your Church Guilty of Legalism?” Part two can be read here. It is true to this day, for legalism isn’t a practice that was restricted only to the confines of the 1st century Phariseeism that...

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Have Christians Lost Their Credibility? TLA Stories of the Week

Today, while doing TLA Stories of the Week (below) I realized that we should talk more often about how us Christians (as a whole and as individuals) are perceived. Another words, let’s talk credibility. Sure, it’s not healthy to focus too much on what other people think of us, but like a football coach showing game films (video) of Sunday’s game on Monday to his team, the practice of reviewing...

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