Eugene Cho

What I would say to Manti Te’o if I were his pastor…

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There might be something to learn for all of us in this story.

You might not be a sports fanatic like I am (but let’s not forget: Jesus above all things including football), but you may have heard the story of an incredible college football player from Notre Dame named Manti Te’o. If you follow sports and especially college football, you know that name. He was one of the final three Heisman Trophy finalists and won eight postseason awards this year becoming “the most decorated collegiate football player of all time.” In short, a football stud.

But over the past year, he gained even more attention for two particular personal tragedies that took place in his life – both within the same week time frame.  First, his grandmother passed away and then, his girlfriend passed away just hours after he learned that his grandmother passed away:

Te’o had talked openly during the season about his supposed relationship with a former Stanford student named Lennay Kekua, whom he claimed in a South Bend Tribune article to have met in 2009 after a football game. Kekua was said to have lost her battle with leukemia on Sept. 12, just hours after Te’o learned that his 72-year old grandmother had passed away. The story of how Te’o dealt with massive personal tragedy became front and center in his rise to national consciousness… [USA Today]

Like others, I was gripped and compelled by his story. I may or may not  have shed a tear after one of his interviews. Read the rest of this entry »

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A breathtaking convergence of Mt. Rainier, Space Needle, Seattle skyline, and clouds.

As I soak in this view, lifting a prayer for the people of Nepal, and specifically the city of Kathmandu. Why, hello Seattle. You are truly beautiful. The great, bright wheel of Seattle. Home sweet home. Well, farewell Australia. You've been swell. G'day mate. But can't wait to come back to Seattle. Miss my family and church so much. Umm, so Melbourne takes their street art/tagging/graffiti pretty seriously. Blocks after blocks.

my tweets

  • Lord, please heal our land. Convict our hearts. Stir us to repentance and forgiveness. And may this begin with me. Amen. || 36 minutes ago
  • If we want to seek the peace of the city, we have to engage the conflicts of the city. In other words, peace is rarely possible w/o justice. || 10 hours ago
  • It's sad to see this kind of violence and rioting. It's also sad that so many feel it is the only way they can be heard. Lord, have mercy. || 13 hours ago
  • RT @OneDaysWages: You can make an impact in Nepal in the aftermath of the earthquake. 100% of your donation goes to relief efforts. http://… || 19 hours ago
  • 940,000 children affected by Nepal earthquake are in urgent need of humanitarian aid. Let's do what we can to help: onedayswages.org/nepal || 1 day ago
  • Let's do what we can.Give to the @OneDaysWages Nepal Relief Fund. 100% go directly to efforts: onedayswages.org/nepal http://t.co/a8H2HkKNja || 2 days ago
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