Thursday, June 7, 2007 • 12:27 am
weeks have now passed. perhaps, it’s become an afterthought for many. personally, a day hasn’t gone by without some thoughts of the virginia tech tragedy. the tragedy exposed a great deal – it exposed what we all already know: we live in a broken and fallen word. it was never meant to be like this. i say that not for it to be an easy exit or answer but to illuminate the deep nature of jesus’ redemptive live, death, and resurrection. it also exposed the reality that “race matters” and that race is something the human collective will never fully understand, grasp, and elevate.
in addition, i was exposed. one poorly written post attracted about 16,000 hits in a span of two days. it wasn’t the kind of notoriety i was hoping for but this blog became one of the most visited wordpress blogs during that span. local papers called [eventually had a chance to write a guest column for the seattle pi]. churchgoers called. friends around the country emailed. and like many, i found myself glued to the TV until i had to just pull the plug. because of the high traffic through the blog, i received my share of some interesting emails – those that were thought provoking and those that were downright scary. i sort of freaked out because of some of the emails which prompted me to go through the blog and delete all pics of the family and kids.
it also exposed my depravity. this was a snapshot of the progression of some of my thoughts:
“wow, how could this have happened? what a tragedy. i must pray for these folks.”
“what? they think an asian man did it? that’s impossible. asians don’t do stuff like that. but just in case, i hope it’s not a korean person.” Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: asian-american, culture
Thursday, May 31, 2007 • 8:42 am
Couple months ago, a visitor to the blog posted this comment:
I too attended the Mission Learning Day and appreciated your comments. I’ve been meditating this week on our culture’s self-imposed isolationism, and I recall your story about going out of your way to meet new neighbors, yet never having had that hospitality reciprocated when you’re moved into a new neighborhood. I think that thought is right on point, and this “disconnect” between neighbors is a symptom, if not the root, of a lack of social responsibility. I’m curious whether you plan to visit this idea in future blog posts and/or sermons?
I’ve been meaning to respond to this because I’ve been thinking about it alot. Why? Because it’s an issue.
Why are we more lonely than ever? Are we? Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: church, culture, emerging church, seattle
Friday, May 25, 2007 • 8:34 am
this week’s edition of friday [brain dead] movies is inspired by the obvious. while many will applaud the cinematic genius of the lord of the rings trilogy [and rightfully so], my life is marked by another trilogy – STAR WARS. i am part of the star wars generation. most folks know that i’m a big fan of star wars which is the reason why our son is named “Jedi.” in honor of star wars fan fest currently taking place in los angeles and the 30th year anniversary of the original film’s theatrical release, this is a great video of darth vader and a friendly reminder to turn off your cellphone in public places but especially at church!
it’s shocking to think that 30 years have passed by but i specifically remember 30 years ago as i immigrated to this country in 1977 – 30 years ago. months later, my brothers and i went to coronet theater on geary street in san francisco Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: culture
Tuesday, May 8, 2007 • 8:43 am
There’s been much talk in the “evangelical church” and christian blogosphere about the problem of the “feminization” of the church. Some even see the “emasculation” of Christian men as one of the largest threats to the evangelical church. Really? As a result, we’re seeing examples of churches challenging Christian men to be more manly and indirectly calling for an old school hierachy in the roles of men and women. What does that mean? Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: culture, emerging church
Monday, April 30, 2007 • 5:13 pm
The image above is haunting. I found it on flickr and haven’t been able to get my mind off it. This past Sunday, we continued our teaching through Colossians and have parked for two Sundays to focus on Colossians 3.18-19:
Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. [tNIV] Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: culture, emerging church, justice
Monday, April 23, 2007 • 12:27 pm
With permission, I am posting an article submitted to a publication of Seattle Pacific University. This thought provoking article is written by Dr. Bo Lim, Old Testament Professor at SPU. He also attends Quest with his family and to prove how small the world has become, is a high school friend from Lowell High School in San Fran. Feel free to share your thoughts here and Bo will respond directly to any dialogue.
Because race is probably among the topics which produce the most misunderstanding, allow me to provide some initial remarks. First, I want to acknowledge that I am not a victim of the VA Tech massacre. The community of Blacksburg is the victim. Those who were shot or are the loved ones of such people, they are the victims. So focus should be placed on supporting this community during their tragic loss. But because of the speed of the media, questions are already being raised in regard to school security, gun control, and mental illness. Yet oddly the topic of Cho’s race seems to be largely unexplored. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: asian-american, culture
Monday, April 2, 2007 • 12:25 am
As I alluded to during the most recent Friday Brain Dead Cinema, a new video sharing website has been introduced called GodTube. Released in early January, it received ‘good’ publicity in Newseek Magazine in March. If you don’t know what it is, it’s simply a carbon copy christianized version of YouTube – using the banner of ‘Boadcast Him.’ This venture is the brainchild of Chris Wyatt – someone with connections at Dallas Seminary and ‘former television producer.’ It’s currently in beta version and yet, supposedly boasts somewhere between 50k-60k unique visitors each day. So, here are the questions: Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: christianity, culture, emerging church
Tuesday, March 13, 2007 • 10:18 pm
warning: please read the post before you view the video. you may hate me for wasting nine minutes of your time. as most know, i’m always weary of certain adjectives when it comes to labeling quest or myself. i like ‘multiethnic’, ‘urban’, and ‘missional’ but honestly, i’d rather quest just be called ‘a church,’ One of our hopes is to redeem that word in our culture. ‘our vision is to BE the church.’ but since our minds work in such ways that we need ‘categorization,’ it’s true that there’s much that we resonate with the larger movement of the ‘emerging church.‘ i have my frustrations – like how women, asians, african-americans, and minorities seem to be on the outside looking in – again. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: christianity, church, culture, emerging church, quest church
Sunday, February 18, 2007 • 12:01 am
yes, happy new year to each of you – again! today is the celebration of lunar new year. many folks know it in the states as ‘chinese new year’ but many other asian people, including Koreans, also celebrate this day. while most have adopted january 1 as new year’s day in order to celebrate with the larger world, they still maintain a deep appreciation and celebration of the Lunar New Year or Sollnal (in Korean). sollnal (korean new year) and chusok (thanksgiving) are the two most significant holidays in the korean culture. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: asian-american, culture, family
Sunday, December 24, 2006 • 2:28 am
my kids looked through the sunday paper today and asked, ‘why are you in the paper daddy?’ i didn’t really have a good answer but for whatever reason, both quest church and i have received ‘favorable’ responses from the larger city of seattle and the local media. while it feels good to be noticed and acknowledged, this is important to me as i seek to not only serve quest church, but to serve and love the larger city and people of seattle. while i believe in the importance of caring for your family and your church, we have to be careful not to be so insular that we can’t look beyond our walls. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: christianity, church, culture, emerging church, quest church, religion, seattle
Wednesday, December 13, 2006 • 5:00 pm
i am proud to introduce the first of a handful of lists i will share in the next 10 years entitled, “10 Best…” I begin today by sharing a list inspired by a question someone asked in a community group i visited last night: ‘know any good korean films?’ well, i’m glad that you asked to see my 10 Best [Korean] films. i make these recommendations not simply because i’m korean-american and have a healthy level of pride in korean art & culture but because anyone that knows anything about film can attest how the korean film industry is making some serious waves around the world. each year, you will see an increasing number of films being entered into international film festivals (and some that have walked away with notable prizes such as oldboy in the 2004 cannes film festival). with the emergence of asian film festivals in growing urban cities around the world, you’ll be learning more and more about korean actors, actresses, directors, and films. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: asian-american, culture
Saturday, December 9, 2006 • 9:58 pm
when news began to spread about james kim, i had this growing suspicion that i somehow knew him. sometimes, i make this error of thinking i know all the korean-americans. it isn’t because of arrogance as it is to simply convey how inter-connected korean-americans are - locally, nationally, and even globally. i kept thinking that i’ve seen him somewhere; that i somehow played basketball with him orcrossed paths in san francisco. he was 35 – a year younger than me. as it was, the reason why he looked familiar to me was because i’ve seen him on TV on occasions on a cable program called techTV and i happen to be a recovering gadget junkie.
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Filed under: asian-american, culture, family
Monday, October 23, 2006 • 5:40 pm
well, it was a very interesting sunday. very exhausting. obviously, the content of the sermon (issues of faith and racism) contributed to the exhaustion. i also made the mistake of checking email on sunday between services (which i should not do); just the number of hits and comments on this blog in the past 24 hours, emails, and comments after the sermon is verification enough that the church (including quest) doesn’t speak enough about ‘faith and race.’ as i shared yesterday during the sermon yesterday, our faith cannot be contained for a sunday or a 90 minute service. if faith in jesus is real, it must engage every aspect of our lives. ultimately, it invades, affects, redeems, and transforms our worldview. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: asian-american, culture, emerging church, quest church
Friday, September 29, 2006 • 9:29 am
its really true. everyone in seattle is a musician. everyone’s in a band. everyone’s in with eddie vedder. everyone’s in with dave matthews. and if you’re not in a band, you just lie and say you’re still in a band. and if you want to skirt around the idea, you just say, ‘i’m an artist.‘ but let me just say, i love seattle because it has so many musicians, artists, and creative folks. this is one of the highlights we have had in planting quest church five years ago: we have met such a diverse community of people – especially entrepreneurs, social workers, globally minded folks, artists, and musicians. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: culture, emerging church, Q Cafe, seattle
Friday, September 1, 2006 • 11:16 am
the following is a small indicator of the seattle landscape. it’s a highly educated place. lots of smart people. highly critical thinkers. rather than seeing this as a barrier, i see this as a great opportunity to engage people beyond ‘fluffy theology.’ we need to stop insulting people from the pulpit but rather engage in deep critical thought and conversation.
education is great. the problem is that – even in seattle, like in so many places – it is one of the strongest indicators of systemic injustice. the public schools aren’t doing very well at all here in seattle but it’s amazing the disparity amongst public schools in different neighborhoods in the same public school system, let alone the same region. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: culture, seattle