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What Solar Panels Have to do With Following Jesus

I tend to lean on the frugal side growing up in a modest Asian-American family. Perhaps I inherited it from my grandpa Lim who used to twist off the stems of pears before the grocery clerk weighed it because, “Every … Continue reading

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Connecting Faith and Work: Oct. 31 luncheon

Connecting your faith and your work is not an easy thing to do. I think about my context in downtown L.A. which has a daytime population of upwards of 500,000 people who have the potential to positively impact our city. … Continue reading

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Updated with new details: Miracle Moments Amidst the Trial

[UPDATED WITH NEW DETAILS!] Last June, Martin came to the Bridge at Union Church to help at our worship service, just as he’s been doing the past several months with us in downtown L.A. I met Martin after he entered … Continue reading

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Great video about helping people who are homeless: Imagining what’s possible

Down the street from Union Church is a great organization called the Weingart Center. They made this beautiful video so that we can imagine what is possible by contributing our time and efforts towards ending homelessness. You’ll be glad you … Continue reading

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A Great Birthday Gift: The Story of the Bridge

Today I turn 42 and I’m sitting in LAX on my birthday waiting for a flight to Pittsburgh. The Bridge in downtown Los Angeles is being recognized at our annual national convention for its innovative partnerships as it seeks to … Continue reading

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Skid Row Mapping

I asked Curtis White, who interned for us at our downtown church this past year, to make a short list of resources in the Skid Row area that we could support and get involved in. So he created a Google … Continue reading

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Grateful

A word of gratitude is coming but I’d like to share a short preamble first. I’ve been MIA for the past six weeks at LApastor.com as I had some mysterious 404 error when I tried to bring up my blog. … Continue reading

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Planning a visit to Caine’s Arcade

If you haven’t seen this viral video yet then you need to. The LA Times did a nice story on this young man who created his own arcade out of cardboard boxes and used auto parts. I found out that he’s … Continue reading

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Can Charity Be Toxic?

I finished reading a book by long-time community developer, Bob Lupton, callled “Toxic Charity.” I think every Christian organization should read this and I have a few people at my church reading it and engaging in discussion about its implications of … Continue reading

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Something to Smile About

Avery drew her first picture of her “Papa” all by herself with just a little encouragement from yours truly (that’s a belly button on my body in case you were wondering if she was drawing a mole of some kind). … Continue reading

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