Wednesday, October 29, 2008 • 8:10 pm
Well, what did you think? I missed it on TV but saw it online via here:
I thought it was well done. Certainly very compelling. But to be honest, I still really struggle with all the money that goes into buying an election getting elected. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: politics, barack obama, john mccain, presidential elections
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 • 12:53 am
Alright folks. I’d love to hear from you. On this blog, I would love to host an engaging, passionate, but respectful conversation on who YOU are voting for as the next President of the United States. Since the elections are exactly a week away, I thought this would be great timing. Some of your answers will likely be helpful for me as I prepare my sermon for this upcoming Sunday on the topic of ‘Faith & Politics.’
If you don’t mind sharing, share WHO you are voting for and WHY and for some of you, reasons why you are NOT voting. [If you don't mind, tell us where you're from.] And let’s try to refrain ourselves from the ‘Obama is a terrorist,’ ‘Palin is moosehunter,’ ‘Biden is a plagiarist,’ and ‘McCain is so old that he farts out dust’ comments. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: politics, religion, andrew sullivan, barack obama, joe biden, john mccain, november 4, presidential elections, sarah palin
Friday, October 17, 2008 • 12:40 am
I am proud to be an American. I am excited that Minhee will vote in the presidential election for the very first time. And I am grateful that our children are U.S. citizens; we’ve enjoyed speaking to them about the privilege and importance of voting. It’s certainly not a perfect country but we spend so much time “breaking down” our faults that we sometimes forget that it is a special country. And precisely for that reason, much has been given and much is to be expected.
One of the reasons why I think highly of my country is because of the two fine candidates we have for the President of the United States. Watching every second of these videos from the Alfred E. Smith dinner [the day after the 3rd debate] not only made me laugh so hard but also reminded me that we have two solid candidates - even if they do have some “fundamental” differences. These videos are funnier than ANY SNL skit I have ever seen! Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: politics, alfred e. smith, alfred e. smith dinner, barack obama, john mccain, presidential election
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 • 7:32 pm
I wasn’t planning on watching the final debate tonight since the 2nd one was such a yawner. But tonight’s final debate was actually very good. Kudos to Bob Schaeffer. Both Obama and McCain were impressive and while, Obama fans won’t agree, I think McCain “won” this debate. What were your thoughts? Any undecided voters swayed tonight?
And speaking of the debate, I have a picture of Joe the Plumber from Ohio [below]. [update: here's the real scoop on Joe.] And why not any love for Jane the Plumber?
Here are my status updates from tonight’s debate: Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: politics, barack obama, joe the plumber, john mccain
Tuesday, October 14, 2008 • 5:06 pm
Yes, it is true that I have been to Iowa for ”ministry.” Several years ago, I had the great privilege of officiating the spectacular Anderson/Eisenlohr wedding.
So, yes, I’ve been to Iowa but I want to reassure you that I was NOT the pastor who delivered this “invocation” couple days ago at a McCain rally in Iowa. This post does not serve to be pro or anti McCain. It simply serves how NOT to pray for a presidential election.
That’s my opinion. What do you think? And what are “the variety of reasons?” I’m thankful that we have two solid candidates with different views but nevertheless, two solid candidates. But geez, I can’t wait for November 5 to come around.
Sometimes the most interesting stuff happens before John McCain even arrives. At a McCain rally today in Davenport, a pastor delivered an odd invocation. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: politics, religion, barack obama, john mccain, presidential election
Friday, October 10, 2008 • 12:27 am
Who would have thunk?
Years from now, people will refer to the financial crisis and market crash of 2008 and we can all say: “We were there.” And while it’s affecting so many people, I’m especially concerned for the poorest of the poor around the world and for those who are near retirement age that have much of their retirement funds invested in the markets.
And while I do feel incredibly bad for those who are going to be severely impacted, I’m also aware that a correction or crash such as this can be good and almost necessary for a world and nation that is ruled by the god of mammon.
Anyway, our church elders/pastors met for our regular Elder Board meeting last night and agreed Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: politics, religion, financial crisis, wall street
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • 12:53 am
Another presidential debate took place last night and I don’t know about you, I’m debated out. Are you? Once you hear one debate, they all sound the same. I emailed Tom Brokaw these two questions for consideration: 1] anything to do with extreme global poverty and genocide and US involvement even if it doesn’t support our nation’s vested interest and 2] what’s up with the recent increase in negative campaigning?
I’m starting to understand why nothing gets done in our country’s political process: Name calling. Finger pointing. Blame game. Partisanship. When will we learn to work together?
There were some interesting comments in response to yesterday’s post about reasons why I liked Sarah Palin…but not that way. But come Novemer 5, can fellow Christians from different political views - particularly in the same church – respect one another and be in genuine fellowship? I hope so. Remember the rules of civility.
I have two good reads to share with you including some serious s*#t. No joke. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: politics
Tuesday, October 7, 2008 • 12:03 am
Sarah Palin is all the buzz nowadays. Or at least since McCain startled the nation by naming her as his Vice-President running mate. Till then, no one – outside of Alaska and diehard Republican political junkies really knew who she was. As you might have expected, the traffic on search engines on “Sarah Palin” have been through the roof. Last week, the local Seattle PI paper stopped by Quest to interview couple of us which also led to a front page photo of our church sanctuary [and one of our pastors].
Maybe it’s the stuff I subscribe to but I haven’t read too many kind words about Sarah Palin so I thought I’d devote an entry on my blog to Sarah Palin. Why? Because I like Sarah Palin…but not in that way. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: politics, religion, barack obama, joe biden, john mccain, presidential election, sarah palin
Saturday, October 4, 2008 • 1:15 am
After doing some more reading and research, I concluded the bailout was not not a good idea. But when you propagate fear into people and the system, everyone does what people normally do: they [both individuals and lending institutions] look out for #1. And for that reason, while I didn’t support the bailout, I acknowledged it was necessary…to alleviate the fear and anxiety.
What do you think of this bailout? Were you in support or against?
But, I hope folks realize the problems are bigger than this bailout. Who will bail out the corruption and greed of our country…of our hearts?
But to reconcile any anger, frustration, or anxiety you may have, I give you this video of a U2 song [ONE] that will bring great joy and harmony to your heart. This cover comes to us through the friendly people of BoA [Bank of Abuse] Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: entertainment, politics, bailout, financial bailout
Thursday, October 2, 2008 • 2:43 pm
Regardless of your political or ideological views, what happened last week with the hanging of the Obama effigy at George Fox University was downright disturbing and disgusting. All folks – including Christians – should have been quick to condemn the stupidity of the act AND consider once more, the important call of the church and Christ followers to the ministry of reconciliation and justice.
And let’s be honest here, it’s not just the Obama stuff…there’s been some vitriolic and outrageous things said of Sarah Palin that are downright outrageous and disgusting. But hardly a peep from the very ones that cry injustice over the Obama Hatorades. One that comes to mind is actress/bad comedian Sarah Bernhard’s “gang-rape” warning to Palin in her one woman show: Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: politics, religion, barack obama, george fox university, sarah bernhard, sarah palin
Thursday, October 2, 2008 • 9:24 am
I’ll post more thoughts tomorrow about what I like and dislike about Sarah Palin. Speaking with the press [Seattle Post Intelligencer in this case] is always interesting: you say tons of stuff and it get deduced to a sentence or two. At least, Leah Klug, one of our pastors actually got a paragraph and a front page picture of her suddenly looking really holy. [And no, your eyes are not deceiving you. Leah has long hair, feminine facial features, and is actually a woman. Oh the scandal of female pastors!]
How do you feel about Sarah Palin? On the eve of the most important debate of her life – which not only will make its mark on this election but in my opinion, will determine her future political aspiration… Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: politics, religion, sarah palin
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 • 1:52 pm
This is hard to read. Hard to swallow. Hard to understand…especially when it happens at a Christian university such as George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon [20 miles SW of Portland]. From numerous respected accounts, I have only heard good things about the university so I share this news not in any way to condemn the university – the institution, the faculty, or the students.
Early Tuesday morning [September 23], a life sized cardboard effigy of Senator Barack Obama was found hanging from a tree in front of one of the school buildings. Truly disturbing. [h/t Jelani Greenidge]
While we ought to genuinely celebrate the historic elements of this presidential election year which includes Hilary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Sarah Palin, this horrible news is another reminder that we still have a long way to go. Is it simply because Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: politics, religion, barack obama, george fox university
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 • 9:49 am
I’m sorry America. I was on vacation last week and completely disconnected from news and look what happens. We’re having a historic meltdown of the country’s financial system as we know it. It’s all my fault. I’m sorry.
Seriously, after being disconnected on local, national, and global news, I’m catching up on stuff and still trying to understand what’s going on. So, I have some questions for you:
- What is going on? Why is this happening?
- What do you think of the bailout?
- The average person is already impacted by the economics. Two people at church this past Sunday shared they got laid off…both work in the financial sector. How is this current Wall St./financial meltdown affecting you?
Money has a role in all of our lives. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: politics, religion
Saturday, September 20, 2008 • 11:48 pm
Nicholas Kristof’s column in the NY Times, entitled The Push to ’Otherize’ Obama is a worthwhile read. While some of you may scoff, this isn’t my attempt to advocate for or against one candidate over another. But in light of the “historic” nature of the primary and presidential elections: Hilary Clinton [female candidate who garnered 18 million votes], Barack Obama [first Black-American Presidential nominee of a major party], and now, Sarah Palin [first Republican female VP candidate], I have been curious how folks in this country would respond to these candidates and the simple fact that they are mostly unlike what this country has seen before for the highest offices of the land. And let’s not forget John McCain whose nomination is historic in itself as he is one of the oldest Presidential nominees.
Maybe it’s because I’ve been watching episodes of LOST on DVD but the labeling of “the Others” has been very fresh on my mind which is why this article really hit a chord with me. Is it just politics? Is it fear? Is it part of the game? Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: politics, barack obama, hilary clinton, john mccain, sarah palin
Tuesday, September 9, 2008 • 7:12 am
Here’s a simple question that I have been asked numerous times in light of the upcoming Presidential election:
Do you prefer a Christian president?
Obviously, we need to reframe that question since I can’t recall a recent candidate for the Presidency without some sort of Protestant or Catholic “faith” background [Romney incl]. Nowadays, when someone says that they’re a Christian, I’m inclined to ask in a tasteful manner, “What kind of Christian?”
Meaning…what does it mean [to you] to be a Christian? How does one live out their faith in Christ? Obama and McCain are both Christians but yet, they see some things very differently and we can assume on some level that their faith helps inform their decisions. Doesn’t it? Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: politics, religion, barack obama, john mccain, presidential elections
Friday, September 5, 2008 • 1:48 am
As promised, here are my wanna be expert but random thoughts on the respective candidates’ speeches and other non-linear stuff from the DNC and RNC. As usual, remember to respectfully share your thoughts, opinions, and corrections.
John McCain: He was solid. Not the greatest or fanciest orator but clear communicator. Thought he handled the hecklers extremely well. Enjoyed the way he thanked and congratulated Obama. Heard it often but was moved by hearing his POW story personally from him. But grew very tired of the line, “rather lose an election than lose a war.” Please…no more. His demeanor, his story, his authenticity = Grade: Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: politics, religion, barack obama, DNC, joe biden, john mccain, presidential elections, RNC, sarah palin
Wednesday, September 3, 2008 • 11:40 pm
My expert thoughts about Palin, McCain, the RNC, Obama, and Biden are coming tomorrow. But I’m throwing out this observation for discussion. America is a diverse country and as every source corroborates, we are only becoming more diverse. As a pastor with an ecclesiology for a multicultural and diverse church and an Asian with beautiful slanted eyes, the issue of diversity is of interest to me.
And so, as I was watching the Republican National Convention this week, I couldn’t help but notice the thousands of people and ask the following question:
Where are all the people of color? Where’s the diversity? Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: politics, religion, barack obama, diversity, john mccain, presidential election, republican national convention, sarah palin
Tuesday, September 2, 2008 • 12:59 am
Politics can get heated and messy. You don’t just have to watch the various media and news outlets to know this. You can also sense the tension within the Christian community which I think is perfectly normal and okay – as long as we get off our righteous soapboxes and consider what it means for us to live out our faith and convictions beyond the election season.
Personally, I don’t believe that followers of Jesus should be in bed with either of the two major parties. We ought to remain “Independent” with a commitment to collaborate, listen, engage, and support the political system all while understanding that the political system is not our ultimate Hope or Answer. In addition, we must never lose the courage or conviction to speak prophetically to a group of people because we are lured by the power associated with politics or a political party. It concerns me how some Christians were so critical of the “Religious Right” and yet, it appears that the “Evangelical Left” seem to be falling into a similar mindset.
While politics will be the rage for the next few months, including this blog occasionally, I want to share these “5 Rules of Christian Civility” that was posted by Jim Wallis on the God’s Politics blog and ask you one simple question: “What do you think?”
- We Christians should be in the pocket of no political party; but should evaluate both candidates and parties by our biblically based moral compass. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: politics, religion