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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As I soaked in this breathtaking sunrise this morning above the clouds, I felt compelled to pray for so my places in America and around the world that are experiencing such pain, heartache, injustice, and violence. At times, it feels so overwhelming but in prayer, I was reminded of these words from John 16:33. As we keep striving, working, hoping, preaching, loving, truthtelling, reconciling, repenting, forgiving, dismantling, peacemaking, Kingdom building...may we fix our eyes on Christ: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” - John 16:33 Grateful for a very full weekend of ministry and preaching in Toronto, Canada (GTA). Such a privilege to partner with @worldvisioncan @wvcollective to advocate for the most vulnerable around the world. God is so gracious. A true honor to meet and encourage local pastors, lecture at Tyndale University & Seminary (photo), and preach at Richmond Hills Community Church, Compass Point Bible Church, and New City Church. Thank you, Lord, that you use broken and imperfect people like me to speak of Your love. Today, Minhee and I dropped off our eldest child at her college. We have been thinking and praying about this day for many years. On some days, we hoped it would never come. On other days, we couldn't wait for it to come. On some days, we prayed for time to stop and other days, we prayed with anticipation. 
After an entire summer of laughing it off, it hit us...hard...this week. Seeing all of her stuff laid out on the basement floor was the catalyst to a load of emotions.

After unloading the car and taking her stuff to her new home for this year and mindful that she might never live with us again; helping sort out her stuff, saying hello to her roommates...I wasn't sure what to do or say.

A flood of thoughts rushed my mind.

Is she ready?
Have we done enough?
Have we taught her enough? 
What if this? What if that?

And so we shared what we have shared with her the moment she began to understand words: "Remember who you are. Remember WHO you belong to. Remember what you're about. God loves you so much. Please hold God's Word and His promises close and dear to your heart. We love you so much and we are so proud of you." And with that, we said goodbye. Even if she may not be thousands of miles away, this is a new chapter for her and even for us. I kept it composed. Her roommate was staring at me. I didn't want to be that father. I have street cred to uphold. Another final hug. 
And I came home.
And I wept.
Forget my street cred.
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I'm no parenting guru. I just laughed as I wrote that line. No, I'm stumbling and bumbling along but I'd love to share an ephiphany I learned not that long ago. Coming to this realization was incredibly painful but simultaneously, liberating. To be honest, it was the ultimate game-changer in my understanding as a parent seeking after the heart of God.

While there are many methods, tools, philosophies, and biblical principles to parenting, there is – in my opinion – only one purpose or destination.

Our purpose as parents is to eventually…release them. Send forth. For His glory. Met a friend and fellow pastor who I haven't seen in over 20 years. In him, I saw a glimpse of my future. While only 10 years older, his kids are married and he's now a grandfather of 3. His love for his wife and family were so evident and his passion for the Gospel has not wavered. It was so good to see someone a bit older still passionately serving the Lord with such joy and faithfulness. Lord, help me to keep running the race for your Glory. Happy wife.
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