Eugene Cho

what a weekend

What an incredible, interesting, and exhausting weekend.  I’ll share more in the days to come but for now, here’s couple funny stories:

Sunday worship.  One of our pastors welcomes the church at one of our services by accidentally saying, “We’re glad that you’ve come to worship us.”  Hilarious.  Everyone laughed.  It’s amazing how one word such as “with” makes such a huge difference.  This might be as bad as an email I sent out to all my pastors and leadership team.  I intended to write, “There’s a shift of momentum” but omitted the ‘f’ in shift.  You can figure it out.

Saturday fellowship with Interbay.   Now that the merger vote is official, we held a special event with Interbay as we prep to come together as one church in three weeks.   Seven folks from Interbay shared about their 65 years of history and ministry.  It was very meaningful and powerful.  During the evening, I had an opportunity to spend some time with two Interbay couples who are celebrating 50 years of marriage and another celebrating 64 years of marriage.  Wow.

Afterwards, folks got together at our Q Cafe space for dinner. As I was attempting to connect and make conversations, I had the most hilarious exchange.  An ‘anonymous’ Interbay congregant was a pentathete in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics which is impressive in itself.  For some of you that may not know, fencing is one of the events in the pentathlon.  I was excited for a “connection” since I was a fencer during high school.   I shared my highlight and lowlight as a fencer:  making it to the Under 21 United States Fencing Championships only to be crushed and humiliated by my brother in one of my matches [5-1]. 

He responds with his lowlight, “Well, when I was fencing in a qualifying match, I was pierced by a broken blade [which is very dangerous and can be fatal].  The broken blade went through my protective suit, and went through the scrotum of my penis…”

My response:  “Okay, your story wins…”

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4 Responses

  1. Dennis says:

    Hilarious. Both stories!

  2. Blake says:

    *Visibly cringes at the second story* Ouch. Ouch. Ouch.

  3. Esther says:

    You made me laugh, like so often before. Laughter is good medicine. Did I ever tell you the mix up I produced?

    I was interviewing E., who was interested in becoming our Sunday Schoool teacher. She just finished studying at Yale. During the interview, my senior pastor came in and I warmly introduced E. to him, but pronouncing the as , saying,

    Our senior pastor still wanted E. to teach at Sunday School, since he trusted me to make the right decisions regarding recruiting teachers. A pastor with a beautiful heart!

  4. Esther says:

    REPRINTING THE QUOTE:

    During the interview, my senior pastor came in and I warmly introduced E. to him, but pronouncing the Y as J, saying, This is E. She just came from Jail!

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"He Makes All Things New." In other words, Christ is our eternal hope. I'm sitting in my swinging bench on the comforts of my front porch after an exhilarating and exhausting day at church. It never gets tiring, stale, or old to preach and proclaim the good news of the Gospel - not just on Resurrection Sunday but every week as we gather as the body of Christ.

But it was this picture of Coptic Christians in Egypt pouring into churches on Easter Sunday that deeply moved my heart...just a week after two churches were bombed by ISIS terrorists taking 45 lives and injuring hundreds.

Even in the face of persecution and suffering, I'm so grateful for the witness of these sisters and brothers in Christ. May they be comforted and strengthened...and wherever you are reading this post, stay encouraged. Be faithful and steadfast. Don't give up. May we keep running the race set before us as we fix our eyes on Christ.

It's not just there. It's all over the world...God is still at work. The Holy Spirit is still moving. God is not yet done. There's only one explanation: 
Christ has risen! He has risen, indeed! Jesus is alive! Hallelujah! #OneChurch Remember, there is no Resurrection without the Crucifixion; No Easter Sunday without Passion Friday; No empty tomb without the Cross.

So, before we move too swiftly to the celebration of the risen Christ, may we sit at the foot of the Cross...and consider the depths of His sacrifice and love. "Oh, what love is this..." Just when we think we get what it means to follow Him, Jesus washes the feet of His disciples including...the one He knew would betray Him,

and the one that would deny him,

and the others that would abandon Him in His greatest need.

What amazing love.
What amazing grace. Oh. What. Amazing. Grace. M(inhee) + E(ugene). Not taking anything for granted. 20 years = 7300 days = 175,200 hours. A flourishing  marriage doesn't just happen. The idea that two Christians who choose to get married will produce a Christ honoring marriage is a gigantic myth. Its also extremely dangerous. The truth is that it takes so much intentionality and work. Intimacy definitely includes physical touch but is not only about physical touch. We have to pray, read, listen, learn, mutually submit, confess, forgive, repent, laugh, dream, rest, play, and the list goes on.

In other words, we have to keep Christ at the center because it's inevitable, there's a lot of messing up. So much messing up. It's both beautiful and painful and without grace, it's impossible.

Grateful. Thank you, Jesus, for your grace. And thank you, Minhee...

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