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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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Bananas

April 12, 2021
That part of the story—the part that goes, “Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed!”—is bananas.
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The Tension in the Air

April 5, 2021
You know that Easter is coming the same way that you know that a storm is coming: by the tension in the air.
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Impossible

March 29, 2021
One of the hard truths is that we need the hard truths. And one of the hard truths is that, far too often, we treat Jesus as a mascot.
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Taxes… and Death

March 22, 2021
It’s easy to make big promises when Jesus is standing right there. But Zacchaeus still needs to actually give half of his possessions to the poor and actually make restitution for his wrongs.
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Later Will Take Care of Itself

March 14, 2021
Maybe we imagine what happens after we die so that we can tell stories about how we should want to live.
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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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