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To Set a Bigger Table, Make Your Preaching Multivocal

By Brenna Rubio

Someone I grabbed coffee with recently told me: “When I first came to City Church Long Beach, I thought it seemed pretty normal, like any other church. I mean, there was a welcome table, there were chairs, there was music.

Waymakers: Tara Flynn

By Christina Stanton
Growing up as the daughter of Irish immigrants in the Bronx, Tara Flynn knew she wanted to carve her own path. But she never dreamed that path would one day lead her to one of the poorest and most dangerous neighborhoods in the country.

Embracing the Apocalypse

By Andre Henry

As a boy, my greatest fear was that I’d live to see the end of the world—­a fear I’d absorbed by spending time with my grandma. Mumma kept her TV on all day, but she only watched a Christian station called the Trinity Broadcasting Network.

Waymakers: Ben Virgo

By Christina Stanton

Editor’s note: In April we’re running a series called “Waymakers” to highlight stories about contemporary Christians engaged in unique partnerships and and justice work. Look for a new one each Monday this month.

In the Presence of My Enemies

By Joel Briggs

I think every painter labors long, meticulous hours for those little encounters, brief as they may be, when their work surprises and disrupts the viewer. The piece of art suddenly seizes the viewer, who exclaims something like, “This image!

What Are Christians For?

By Jake Meador
The Christian community should see the decision to move closer together with other Christians as a way of loving the places that we share together, of serving the good of our non-Christian neighbors in that place, and even of making the place itself healthier.

Pray for Yemen

By Stephen Mattson

Yemen is a country suffering from a brutal, 7-year, ongoing military conflict. The violence escalated after 2010, when Shia minorities staged a series of rebellions. These occurred within an already unstable environment due to corruption, bitter religious and partisan animosity, and political upheaval.

Stations of the Cross

By Shane Claiborne

Editor’s note: This post was originally shared by our friends at Red Letter Christians. We pray this project by several men on Tennessee’s death row will encourage you as you reflect deeply on the sacrifice of Jesus and what this means for all of us—including those who are, as Shane says below, “condemned to die.”
I am beyond excited to share this with you.

A Listening Lent

By Cyndi Parker

I did not grow up observing Lent. I knew “those other Christians” gave up their favorite things during Lent, which made me feel sad for them. Lent seemed like a somber and strange ritual Christians did before flipping a switch and suddenly becoming happy at Easter.