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”:

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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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