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Hello, I'm Christopher Marlin-Warfield.

I'm a pastor, an author, and nonprofit development and communications professional. My passion, my mission, and my calling is bringing people together to do good, with a particular focus on serving people who are experiencing poverty and other forms of marginalization.

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Work

I became the pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ (DeWitt, Iowa) in 2018. Prior to my life as a pastor, I served as a professional fundraiser with Back Bay Mission, Northeast Ohio Medical University, and Chicago Theological Seminary. I have also served as a fundraising consultant for a variety of churches and small nonprofit organizations.

Radical Charity

Right now, there is a movement in churches and nonprofits arguing that charity is toxic, that helping hurts, and that the entire nonprofit sector needs to be reformed to truly lift people out of poverty. These charity skeptics are telling Christians that traditional charity deepens dependency, fosters a sense of entitlement, and erodes the work ethic of people who receive it. Charity skepticism is increasingly popular; and it is almost certainly wrong.

Available from Wipf and Stock’s Cascade Books imprint, Radical Charity: How Generosity Can Save the World (And the Church) weaves together research and scholarship on topics as diverse as biblical scholarship, Christian history, economics, and behavioral psychology to tell a different story. In this story, charity is the heart of Christianity and one of the most effective ways that we can help people who are living in poverty. Charity—giving to people experiencing poverty without any expectation of return or reformation—can save the world and help make God’s vision for the church a reality.

Sermons and Posts

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Be a Blessing: Have Courage

Monday, August 02, 2021
Courage is about what we do when we see that there is something greater than fear; something more important than fear; something holier than fear. Courage is about the having the willingness to triumph over fear for the sake of that vision.
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Pornography!

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
One of the key skills that we develop as we grow into our sexuality is the ability to tell the difference between the human body and the sexual human body. It's the reason that we can see bodies—or parts of bodies that are normally thought of as varying degrees of private—and then move on with our day.
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Be a Blessing: Do Good

Monday, July 26, 2021
That is when we know if we are following Christ. Because if we are, then the fruit will be good.
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Be a Blessing: Be Kind

Monday, July 19, 2021
They just weren’t curious. Because if they had been curious, they would have asked questions. Questions like, “Have you played a lot of darts?”
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Why Church? A Community With a Purpose.

Monday, July 12, 2021
Faith is the act of being in the world-as-it-is and living as though we were in the world-as-God is-calling-it-to-be.
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I’m a pastor, an author, and a nonprofit development and communications professional. My passion, my mission, and my calling is bringing people together to do good, with a particular focus on serving people who are experiencing poverty and other forms of marginalization.

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