It’s been just one of those weeks for me – a little more busy, intense, and unexpected than what I expected. And while I was hoping to write one more substantive post today to gather some thoughts, I just don’t have the energy to put together a coherent post.
I’ve got a backlog of stuff and will try to piece the following posts together in the couple weeks:
- Why No One Likes an Angry Asian Man
- Why I Support Women in Leadership
- Why Preaching Still Matters
- Heart to Heart with Asian American Leaders
- Why Church Attendance is Overrated
And this one I promised couple weeks ago:
And I also hope to share more information about the humanitarian organization we are launching this summer. We are still waiting for the final documents before we reveal the name and vision. Honestly, this is probably the most prominent thing on our hearts in this season and we seriously covet your prayers.
An earlier post about “my [pseudo] conversation about Rob Bell” apparently disappointed and hurt some readers. It has incited some intense conversation but what I did not intend was for the conversation to go all over the place. And wow, it has gone all over the place. So, let me clarify couple basic things and then call it a night.
 The post was not about Rob Bell because well, it wasn’t about Rob Bell. He’s a good guy; I’m a growing fan; Really enjoyed his chat on Tuesday; Don’t think we should be isolating issues about ”small things” like what cars people drive, if we walk to work or blah blah blah. My post was not intended to diss Rob Bell the dude…he just happened to be there and the subject of the issue of women in leadership came up which for me must then include the conversation of men in leadership.
Why do I want to clarify that I’m not dissing Rob Bell? Because I don’t want Mars Hillians from both Seattle and G-Rap [Grand Rapids] to be on my case because well, that would be like 4 million people angry at me. Rob Bell is my homeboy.
Ok. Enough. Let’s move on.
 Last night, our church hosted another quarterly discussion on the issues of Faith and Race. We discuss these issues because we are Christians. Follow Christ = Love Mercy, Seek Justice, and Walk Humbly. Simple, huh?
We still suck but we are trying to regularly have these conversations because if our faith can’t engage the difficult and complex issues of our context and culture, then our Christ has been deduced to a nice, hip, self-help therapist. And that really sucks.
Each year, the church holds a 5-6 week class on Faith & Race and then attempts to hold quarterly discussions. Last night, we focused the discussion on Barack Obama’s “historic” speech on race. And before someone wails on the church leadership for indirectly endorsing Obama by talking about this speech, let’s not go there. I have received enough emails on that issue.
But here’s the simple point: We need to have these conversations – as uncomfortable as they may be. And if they happen to be on the blogosphere, so be it.
And by conversations, I mean both talking and listening.