Category Archives: Theology

Entrepreneur. Social Justice Advocate. World Changer. Survivor.

That describes my friend, Steve Hardgrave, who’ll be speaking at a luncheon in downtown L.A. hosted by the church I work for, Union Church. Six times a year we bring together those who live, love or work in downtown L.A. … Continue reading

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Downtown Professionals Luncheon #2

A couple months ago I hosted the first Downtown Professionals Luncheon at Union Church for those who live, love or work in downtown L.A. I didn’t know I would have several drive long distances joining the 70 in attendance who … Continue reading

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A Word for Kiersten and Blake

I had the privilege of officiating the wedding for Blake Robertson and Kiersten Johnson last week. Using the Colossians 2 passage they chose, I shaped a message about the new song they would be writing with God’s help as they … Continue reading

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One Question to Consider for the Next 30 Days

Meeting with a group of leaders recently who love, live or work in downtown Los Angeles, I asked them to consider this one question: Why are you in LA? Lots of people to move to LA for the weather, to make … Continue reading

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Sermon video from speaking at Bel Air

I had the privilege of returning to my “home” church in Los Angeles, Bel Air Presbyterian Church, where my wife, Kati, and I helped minister to hundreds of college students and young adults during our time there. Pastor Mark Brewer … Continue reading

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Can L.A. become a great city?

The Greater Los Angeles area makes L.A. one of the great global cities of the world following only Tokyo and New York City in significance. It’s the media capitol of the world that likely has more impact creating culture than … Continue reading

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Going to those who might never come to church

I had the privilege over the past several years to spend some time with a professional tennis player, David Martin, who sees his time on the Tour as an opportunity to minister anyone he comes across. I’ve often told Dave, … Continue reading

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The Power of Words

Our church finished a four weeks series on Acts 2 and the Holy Spirit coming on Pentecost to the disciples who had gathered for prayer. When the Jews in Jerusalem who were celebrating the Pentecost festival heard them speaking in … Continue reading

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Overlooked patriots

I see myself as a missionary to downtown Los Angeles in my role as pastor of Union Church in Little Tokyo. With a missionary mindset I am seeking to hear the stories of the church community and surrounding neighborhood. Myself … Continue reading

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Do you live in a least-churched city?

This is one of the reasons why I’m in L.A. trying to develop a multi-generational, multi-ethnic and multi-socio-economic church in the heart of downtown. Some statistics from DJ Chuang Downtown L.A. in particular has grown so much (27,000 new residents … Continue reading

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