Eugene Cho

stuff eugene liked this week

For the longest time, I’ve been meddling with a good phrase to capture some of the blog posts, articles, or random stuff I enjoyed reading this past week  I think I finally found one that I’ll keep using:  Stuff Eugene Liked This Week.

Why?  Because it’s so darn original.  I’m really skilled at reading and exegeting Culture and I speculate that there will soon be hundeds of copycats that will use the phrase, “Stuff _______ Like.”  Remember, you read it here first.

Without further adieu, here’s “Stuff Eugene Liked This Week”:

Filed under: religion

5 Responses

  1. Tyler says:

    it never hurts to read more great stuff. i am glad you are doing this.

  2. amy powell says:

    I am not interested in criticizing Bill Hybels or Willow Creek, but I am a little surprised by your glowing praise of this interview.
    While I am pondering the VALUE of being missional in a post-modern world, Bill is still centralizing everything around his Sunday service experiences. Instead of entering people’s worlds in their ‘safe’ zones, we work so hard to get them to come to the ‘temple,’ such an unfamiliar world to the truly unchurched/non-believing.
    There are so many ways to earn trust outside of so-called ‘sacred spaces.’
    And his comment on the need to “thrill” Christians on Sunday morning so that we will see people as Jesus does….? Gosh. There’s something about that that just doesn’t jive with me. sincerely.

  3. gar says:

    From Esther’s “comedy routine”:

    “Asian girls are going out with everyone. White guys, black guys, ya know? Everyone BUT Asian guys. What’s going to happen to Asian guys, are they going to go extinct or something? Are they gonna just sit at home and play video games? I feel bad they’re all single… but not bad enough to date them. I mean, last week this Asian guy asked me out, and I was just like “Geez, when are they gonna realize that Asian girls are just way out of their league?”

    Sounds to me less like comedy and more like self-hate. It was painful to watch this girl… it was like an almost pathetic desperation to reach out to audience using tired jokes about Asians that cater to the kinds of covert, racist ideas some people have still.

    Welcome to Babylon!

  4. eugenecho says:

    @amy: thanks for your thoughts. fwiw, i wasn’t praising the interview. i actually thought it was mediocre considering willow creek is known for their top notch productions.

    i was simply saying that so many are quick to criticize willow creek but it’s clear that they are not going away anytime soon. they are doing good work and while there are many things that don’t personally resonate with me, they are preaching christ and reaching people.

  5. Linda says:

    I admire Darwin for following his heart. It’s still questionable to me to leave a job without something concrete lined up, but I can understand the unfathomable desire to do some good in this world.

    I went to a Willow Creek megachurch near Chicago several times in the past. They do a good job of sending a message on Sundays that can be accessed on multiple levels of faith. However, I agree with Amy that their focus is a lot on presentation, and I always got the sense of being in a concert or performance of some sort from the way they do service. Part of me wants to forgive them because their method does draw a lot of non-believers to the Church based on that auditorium familiarity; but when there are too many cameras floating around, dynamic background displays, full-set band performances, etc., then I tend to start feeling like sitting back and being entertained, rather than being engaged in worship and seeking the sound of God in the sermon.

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Everyone loves the idea of  reconciliation...until it involves truthtelling, confessing, repenting, dismantling, forgiving, and peacemaking. Charlottesville. So heartbreaking and infuriating. We weep and mourn over the hatred in the hearts of these white nationalists. We weep and mourn but we can't be defeated.

As I stare at this photo that's making its round on the internet, I'm reminded of the utter importance of showing up. I'm grateful for the news media, law enforcement, clergy, and peaceful protesters that are currently there to report, protect, pray, and protest.

And this is an invitation to us. May we not be mere bystanders. May we keep pressing forward. Seek justice. Love mercy. Walk humbly. Commit to truth-telling, justice, reconciliation, peacemaking. Follow the ways of Christ. Every day. And it's important to note that we don't have to go to Charlottesville to do this. In fact, it's more important that we do this exactly where we're at. May we live out the call to reconciliation in our churches, workplaces, neighborhoods, schools, and around our dining tables. Lord, may it be so... We don't have to go to Charlottesville to do this. We have to do this wherever were called to be.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. /// Thanks to those who let me know that the photo wasn't actually from today but rather from last month in Charlottesville. - https://www.facebook.com/FrankSomervilleKTVU/posts/1551137301616258:0 Grateful for a spontaneous, last minute trip with Minhee to my old stomping grounds - San Francisco. 48 hours of visiting this special city that I called home for so many years.

Pic 1: Went to the Cliff House restaurant where we got engaged about 21 years ago to make out. Oops, sorry, I meant...to reflect on God's faithfulness over these many years.

Pic 2: Walked across the Golden Gate Bridge because it's such an iconic place - with some of the most incredible views.

Pic 3: Enjoyed a glass of some Cabernet Sauvignon and pretended to be wine connoisseurs at a vineyard.

Pic 4: Had lunch at my favorite Chinese restaurant, Sam Tung, which boasts some of the best chicken in the country. And of course, we ate at In-n-out.

Pic 5: And finally, celebrated with the good folks at @thefreedomstory where @onedayswages received their annual Freedom Award. What an honor.

Grateful. Thankful for this sabbatical. Breathe.

Show yourself some grace.

We can't do everything for everyone in every situation. Do what you can and do it with a joyful heart.

Amen A family that eats sushi together stays together.

Seriously, I don't ever remember eating so much as a teenager but these kids eat and eat and eat. Perhaps, the reason why this kid is pushing 6 feet tall. Grateful for a special treat with the family at @JaponessaSeattle. I'm sharing an obligatory, "I love and appreciate my wife, she's amazing" photo. Also...because I did something naughty...or brilliant. ;) Seattle is in the midst of a crazy heatwave. Near 100 degrees, hazy, and humid. An excessive heat advisory warning has also been issued.

So, Minhee and I needed to run some errands. It waa horrible but sometimes, you gotta do what you gotta do. It's also known as adulting.

So, I'm driving and the air conditioning seems to have minimal effect. Minhee is in the passenger's seat and umm, when she's not paying attention, I turn on her seat heater to 5 - the highest level. All along, she's complaining about how hot she is...for nearly an hour...until she finally realizes what I did.

Bam. Boom. Gotcha.

Minhee, I love you!

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  • "Mourn with those who mourn." Lifting up the people of Sierra Leone in prayers. Hundreds dead and many more missing… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… || 14 hours ago
  • Dear Barcelona: We are so sorry. We mourn the violence and tragedy in your beautiful city. We pray for healing and yearn for peace. Amen. || 1 day ago
  • Love wins in the end but meanwhile, it fights for things that matter. Love isn't sentimental. It's both gentle & fierce. Seek God's Kingdom. || 2 days ago
  • In response to racism, folks often say, "It's a sin issue." Yes...but don't be naive. Sin creates sinful systems: youtube.com/watch?v=LEbUa0… || 3 days ago
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