Eugene Cho

blogging: looking back this past year

If you can’t tell already, I enjoy blogging.  After couple failed attempts, I started blogging regularly in July 2006.  It’s instant publishing without having to go through book proposals and such…although I still am in love with ‘print.’  By now, most of you know why I blog and in the near future, I’ll share with you ‘how I blog.‘  

But as I look back on this past year, I realized what a l…o…n…g  year it was.  There were some stuff I blogged about I had forgotten happened this year.  But since it’s the season to look back, I put together a list of my “I’m Glad I Wrote This” posts and a second list of stuff that made me laugh.  Amongst other stuff, two important things that make a good blog are 1] content and 2] comments/community.  I’ve tried to do my part to share honest, engaging, and some substantive content and you’ve certainly done your part to build the community through your comments.  

Thank you.

In no particular order, here’s a list of some of my “I’m Glad I wrote this” posts.  Feel free to share stuff you’ve written

  • Loudly Fighting Poverty: Reason why Minhee and I chose to go public with our poverty initiative. This has been the source of most of the criticism I’ve received this year. Just trying to live out our convictions as humbly and passionately as we can.
  • Let’s Kiss and Make Up:  Presidential elections are over. Time to kiss, reconcile, and work together.
  • What is your Car Porn? We all struggle with some sort of porn, right? I like cars.
  • How I’m Voting:  Umm, pretty self explanatory.  Rather than focusing on people or parties, shared some stuff about issues…  Wished some individuals didn’t leave the church though.
  • The Abortion Conversation:  I just copied and pasted and let folks share…and share they did.
  • I like Sarah Palin but Not in that Way:  Strange how many people emailed me because of this post and how many people chose to remove me as their “friend” on Facebook.  Those darn liberals are funny sometimes. :)
  • My Slanted Eyes are Beautiful:  I have to include at least one post on Race, Racism and Racialization.  This occurred smack in the middle of the Olympics.  
  • My Pastor is a Janitor:  Not too many comments but enjoyed writing and sharing about our church’s custodian who happens to be a pastor of another church.  
  • Stay at Home Dads are Safe From Hell:  Trying to go to bat for those men that stay at home to take care of their kids.  I still owe a sequel to this post.
  • My Conversation with Rob Bell:  Had a conversation about ‘women and leadership’ with Rob Bell without actually talking to him.  Can’t believe this took place this past year.
  • The Hope in S. C. Chapman’s Family Tragedy:  One of the most read posts.  Eventually wrote an article for the Seattle Post Intelligencer on the [hope in the midst of] tragedy.
  • Ultimate Fighting Jesus:  While people are afraid of the emasculation of men, I’m more afraid of the ‘’ of Jesus.  But that’s just me.
  • Church, Gay Marriage, and Prop 8:  Again, sometimes it’s just best to give people a venue to have respectful conversations and step aside.

Here’s my Top 5 Off-Topic Posts:

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8 Responses

  1. Michelle says:

    Eugene, I have enjoyed reading your blog so much this past year. Some posts I agree with some, not and some others make me think more deeply about what I believe. Thanks for your time and hard work and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  2. Great stuff…I can’t believe you can write so much…well done!

  3. Tom says:

    You’re doing something important and different here.

    Who knows how long you’ll be in the zone, but I’d encourage you to keep it up online while you can.

    Courageous creative bursts do so much good in the long run.

    I’d just like a little more attention on your part to leading the online community you’re creating.

  4. Rachel says:

    A few of the links to previous posts can’t be found. I just stumbled on your blog tonight. Very cool.

  5. eugenecho says:

    @rachel: sorry. i think i got’em fixed.

    @tom: regarding ‘more attention’: yeah, i should but on some days, it’s just tough.

  6. jan owen says:

    Eugene, I initially came to your blog because of a post you wrote very eloquently on women in ministry or even the attitudes towards women in the church. Your “conversation” with Rob Bell spoke deeply to me. I have often told men in leadership that it is not enough that they “don’t oppose” and “allow” (a term i hate) women to be in leadership and ministry. Men MUST be the ones that speak out and lead the way for women in the church and perhaps most of all, address the pride and prejudice and hurtful attitudes that exist within the church. The church is the last place with – if we are honest – sanctioned sexism. This issue must be addressed and it is not enough that women speak out, men must lead the way.

    Can I just say that I appreciate you Eugene? I don’t know you. I may never meet you. But you have given me hope for the future of the church and I thank you for the encouragement you have given me through your attitudes and writing.

    I wrote this post about my dream for the church:

  7. eugenecho says:

    @jan: thanks for the kind and encouraging words. glad to know we are serving christ together…

  8. gracerules says:

    Eugene – I just got involved in the blogging community in 2008 and have thoroughly enjoyed your blog. I have you on my blogroll (your actually the first on the list due to it being alphabetical) so that I can easily check out your posts and in hopes that others will find your blog. I enjoy your writing, your content and the community that meets here. Good luck in the future and keep up the good work. – Liz @ gracerules

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The Western Wall in Old City of Jerusalem (aka The Wailing Wall) - from the Second Jewish Temple.

I'm hoping to share a few stories of people that I met (Jewish, Muslims, and Christians) in the Holy Land in the days to come. One of our Palestinian tour guides said to me, "You will leave with more questions...and that's a good thing." He was absolutely right. We want everything so nicely packaged but if we're honest, it's very rare in a broken, complex world...and I can't think of too many things more complex than the situation in Israel and Palestine.

While I certainly understand and resonate with Israel and its history and its need to protect itself from harm, one can't deny the history and existence of Palestine as well. 
Is peace possible? This was the focus of my trip to the Holy learn more about the conflict and those that are working towards peace. My friend, Scott (and other pastor), Mae (our guide) and I had the privilege of going to a Jewish synagogue this past Friday. We were then hosted by a local rabbi and his family for a Shabbat meal. It was marvelous. Incredible. Illuminating. Delicious. A true honor to be invited to his home with his wife and three children. To pray, learn, share, and ask questions. 
What I loved the most was the story of how Rabbi Daniel and his wife rented a bus to take 15 of their friends to the West Bank ... to see for themselves the impact of the wall and the Israeli policies. Some of their friends had never even entered the West Bank...don't personally know a Palestinian. It's impossible to work towards peace when we don't know anyone from the other side...when we don't understand the other side.

Thank you, Rabbi Daniel. Old Jerusalem. So many stories. So much history. The synagogue in Capernaum (Galilee) where Jesus began his public ministry. He taught with authority... Pray for your pastors and teachers...that they may teach with courage, conviction, humility, and ultimately, directing people to Christ - the Word made flesh.

Speaking of, so excited to be teaching at @Quest Church tomorrow. If you're in the Seattle area, join us. A glimpse of Jordan River where John baptized Jesus. "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased." What amazes me most about this event is about...timing and patience. For Christ, it wasn't about "if" but about "when." In a world of supersonic pace,  impatience, quick results, hurry and now and NOW...Jesus waited for the Father's timing. He was patient and faithful. I need to learn that waiting on the Lord in itself isn't apathy but rather an act of faith. The town of Bethlehem and at the site of the cave (aka manger) of the birth of Christ.

One of the highlights was a class of Palestinian Muslims and Christian kids in a local public school singing a Christmas carol for us in Bethlehem...just across the Shepherd's Field. Galilee. Surreal to be at the mountainside where Jesus delivered "The Sermon on the Mount" ... aka The Beatitudes. Walking around praying for Paris, Beirut, Istanbul, Nigeria, Mali, Palestine/Israel... This verse is so particularly important in light of all the violence in the world. "Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God." - Matthew 5:9

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