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Are You There, God?

Are You There, God?

Praying in public can produce private questions or concerns for any individual, but there are rewards to encounter through praying out loud with others. Are you there, God? It’s me, Margaret. Disclaimer: My name isn’t really Margaret. But for the purpose of this blog...
Salt, Light, and Coffee

Salt, Light, and Coffee

Sometimes a deep involvement in “churchy” things can be a hindrance to your relationship with God. I was born and raised in Fairfax, Virginia, a small suburb right outside Washington, D.C. I grew up in the church and much of my life revolved around...
Community as an Oasis

Community as an Oasis

Living in real community, face-to-face and elbow-to-elbow, is the “well in the desert” God created for us on the journey of life. Community is a big buzz word in Christian circles these days – and for good reason. Jesus’ first followers regularly met...
Come and See!

Come and See!

I’ve noticed a pattern in people’s personal stories when I first meet them in Los Angeles. I’ve learned that their stories are shaped by three major life decisions: vocation, residence, and relationships. Upon the first encounter you have with a person you’re getting...
Renewal

Renewal

I overbook my schedule, say “yes” to too many things without thinking about rest, and generally speed through life feeling really busy. In fact, when aren’t we in a busy season? We love to be busy. We thrive in it (or so we think), but it’s exhausting. Eventually,...
Dusting Off the Welcome Mat

Dusting Off the Welcome Mat

We’ve made some changes to our website and developed a new app! Learn more in this post. Say it’s your first week in Los Angeles. You’re looking for a church home. How would you find it? Like most folks, your first inclination would probably be to pick up your...
Grace and Race: What’s Next?

Grace and Race: What’s Next?

  This is the sixth and final post in our series on Grace and Race. We’ve been on quite a journey in our little blog series. One of the first questions we were asked after we began this series was: “So what do you think we should do?” You’ll notice we have tried...
Grace and Race: Broadening Our Perspective

Grace and Race: Broadening Our Perspective

This is the fifth blog post in our “Grace and Race” series. If there is one thing we are learning in this blog series, it is that the issue of race in America is complex. I was reminded of that this week, as I sought input from members of our community to...
The Step

The Step

Even for returning Angelenos it’s hard to fit into this bustling, often isolating city. Here, a member relates how joining a community group at Pacific Crossroads became the life-giving link she needed. I am a Los Angeles native. But when the time came for me to...
Grace and Race: Our Blue Brothers’ Perspective

Grace and Race: Our Blue Brothers’ Perspective

The fourth blog post in the “Grace and Race” series focuses on law enforcement officers who serve in various high crime areas in Los Angeles. (You can read the introduction here; and various perspectives here and here). A few days ago, members of our community who...