Eugene Cho

blogging: looking back this past year

If you can’t tell already, I enjoy blogging.  After couple failed attempts, I started blogging regularly in July 2006.  It’s instant publishing without having to go through book proposals and such…although I still am in love with ‘print.’  By now, most of you know why I blog and in the near future, I’ll share with you ‘how I blog.‘  

But as I look back on this past year, I realized what a l…o…n…g  year it was.  There were some stuff I blogged about I had forgotten happened this year.  But since it’s the season to look back, I put together a list of my “I’m Glad I Wrote This” posts and a second list of stuff that made me laugh.  Amongst other stuff, two important things that make a good blog are 1] content and 2] comments/community.  I’ve tried to do my part to share honest, engaging, and some substantive content and you’ve certainly done your part to build the community through your comments.  

Thank you.

In no particular order, here’s a list of some of my “I’m Glad I wrote this” posts.  Feel free to share stuff you’ve written

  • Loudly Fighting Poverty: Reason why Minhee and I chose to go public with our poverty initiative. This has been the source of most of the criticism I’ve received this year. Just trying to live out our convictions as humbly and passionately as we can.
  • Let’s Kiss and Make Up:  Presidential elections are over. Time to kiss, reconcile, and work together.
  • What is your Car Porn? We all struggle with some sort of porn, right? I like cars.
  • How I’m Voting:  Umm, pretty self explanatory.  Rather than focusing on people or parties, shared some stuff about issues…  Wished some individuals didn’t leave the church though.
  • The Abortion Conversation:  I just copied and pasted and let folks share…and share they did.
  • I like Sarah Palin but Not in that Way:  Strange how many people emailed me because of this post and how many people chose to remove me as their “friend” on Facebook.  Those darn liberals are funny sometimes.:)
  • My Slanted Eyes are Beautiful:  I have to include at least one post on Race, Racism and Racialization.  This occurred smack in the middle of the Olympics.  
  • My Pastor is a Janitor:  Not too many comments but enjoyed writing and sharing about our church’s custodian who happens to be a pastor of another church.  
  • Stay at Home Dads are Safe From Hell:  Trying to go to bat for those men that stay at home to take care of their kids.  I still owe a sequel to this post.
  • My Conversation with Rob Bell:  Had a conversation about ‘women and leadership’ with Rob Bell without actually talking to him.  Can’t believe this took place this past year.
  • The Hope in S. C. Chapman’s Family Tragedy:  One of the most read posts.  Eventually wrote an article for the Seattle Post Intelligencer on the [hope in the midst of] tragedy.
  • Ultimate Fighting Jesus:  While people are afraid of the emasculation of men, I’m more afraid of the ‘what.the.hell.are.you.doing.sculation’ of Jesus.  But that’s just me.
  • Church, Gay Marriage, and Prop 8:  Again, sometimes it’s just best to give people a venue to have respectful conversations and step aside.

Here’s my Top 5 Off-Topic Posts:

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8 Responses

  1. Michelle says:

    Eugene, I have enjoyed reading your blog so much this past year. Some posts I agree with some, not and some others make me think more deeply about what I believe. Thanks for your time and hard work and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  2. Great stuff…I can’t believe you can write so much…well done!

  3. Tom says:

    You’re doing something important and different here.

    Who knows how long you’ll be in the zone, but I’d encourage you to keep it up online while you can.

    Courageous creative bursts do so much good in the long run.

    I’d just like a little more attention on your part to leading the online community you’re creating.

  4. Rachel says:

    A few of the links to previous posts can’t be found. I just stumbled on your blog tonight. Very cool.

  5. eugenecho says:

    @rachel: sorry. i think i got’em fixed.

    @tom: regarding ‘more attention’: yeah, i should but on some days, it’s just tough.

  6. jan owen says:

    Eugene, I initially came to your blog because of a post you wrote very eloquently on women in ministry or even the attitudes towards women in the church. Your “conversation” with Rob Bell spoke deeply to me. I have often told men in leadership that it is not enough that they “don’t oppose” and “allow” (a term i hate) women to be in leadership and ministry. Men MUST be the ones that speak out and lead the way for women in the church and perhaps most of all, address the pride and prejudice and hurtful attitudes that exist within the church. The church is the last place with – if we are honest – sanctioned sexism. This issue must be addressed and it is not enough that women speak out, men must lead the way.

    Can I just say that I appreciate you Eugene? I don’t know you. I may never meet you. But you have given me hope for the future of the church and I thank you for the encouragement you have given me through your attitudes and writing.

    I wrote this post about my dream for the church:
    http://aworshipfulheart.typepad.com/a_worshipful_heart/2008/11/wrapping-it-up-why-i-care-so-much.html

  7. eugenecho says:

    @jan: thanks for the kind and encouraging words. glad to know we are serving christ together…

  8. gracerules says:

    Eugene – I just got involved in the blogging community in 2008 and have thoroughly enjoyed your blog. I have you on my blogroll (your actually the first on the list due to it being alphabetical) so that I can easily check out your posts and in hopes that others will find your blog. I enjoy your writing, your content and the community that meets here. Good luck in the future and keep up the good work. – Liz @ gracerules

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People often ask, "How does one stand all that rain in Seattle?" Actually, it doesn't rain that much. I like the rain. Keeps everything "evergreen" and clean. Keeps our air fresh. What's challenging is the gray weather. Give me a few more sunny days. 99 more days to be specific. 
Regardless, still love this city. Checking out Canada in case I need to move up North after the presidential election. Just saying, eh.

Downtown Toronto. Fascinating architecture. Amazed by the diversity of this city. We desperately want our children to not just be captivated by the beauty of creation...but more importantly, to the actual Creator of all that is good and beautiful.

Actually, we want and need this truth for our souls, too. What a privilege. This isn't possible without all those who give, pray, and support the work of @onedayswages. This week, I signed and mailed grants to three partner organizations totaling over $170,000. These grants will empower people by supporting maternal health care, refugee relief efforts, access to clean water, provide education, etc.

Sometimes, the brokenness of the world feel so overwhelming but let's keep running the race with endurance. Let's keep pursuing justice, mercy, and humility. Let's be faithful and may we be spurred on to keep working for God's Kingdom...on earth as it is in heaven.

Again, thank you so much for your support for @onedayswages! My wife, Minhee, and I stand on the shoulders of praying mothers. I'd like to take a moment to honor my mother-in-law. It's hard to put words together to embody her life but she is a very special, anointed person. I'm so blessed to have her as a mother in my life.

She was a devoted wife until she lost her husband to cancer, mother to three daughters, and later became a pastor. She became a follower of Christ as an adult and as such, led her her family to Christ. In her late 50s, she obeyed God's calling to go to seminary and be a leader in the church. She graduated #1 in her class and reminded us that it's never too late to follow a new dream or calling.

As she'll soon celebrate her 80th birthday, I'm especially grateful for the ways that she poured into and prayed over Minhee and her other children.  Even though she's officially retired, I'm inspired that the concept of retirement is not in her vocabulary.  She continues to serve the local church, evangelize and bear witness to Christ, and goes to the early morning prayer meeting at 5am everyday to pray for our family, our church, and for others. 
Jangmonim, we love and honor you. 어머니, 사랑합니다.

Someday, I hope that when my kids speak of Minhee and I...above all, they would say with integrity that their parents prayed for them and kept pointing them to Christ. On this Mother's Day, I want to take a few words to honor mother.

There’s a moment from a few years ago that will stick with me until the day I die. It’s regarding Sung Wha, my mother.

Minhee and I were at a point of transition, between working at an ethnic Korean church in the northern suburbs of Seattle called Lynnwood and launching Quest in urban Seattle. As I shared earlier, I was in desperate need of a job. I had a mortgage to pay. A pregnant wife. A kid at home. 
Then, praise God, after months without work, I finally landed a job.

My mom was in between jobs at this point in her life. She was in her late fifties, but she had such bad knees and degenerative hips that it was, and is, difficult for her to walk. My mom is like a human barometer—when a storm is coming and when it rains, her hips throb. Although my parents lived in San Francisco, she was visiting us in Seattle to encourage us in this difficult season.

As I prepared to go to work one early morning, I walked downstairs to put on my jacket and shoes, and forgot that my mother woke up early every morning to pray. In fact, she had been praying for months that I would find a job. “Eugene, where are you going?” she said when she saw me.

I hadn’t told my mother the news that I had just recently been hired for the janitorial gig at Barnes and Noble. I chose not to because I thought she and my father would be devastated. I didn’t want them to think that after laboring, sacrificing, and doing so much for us over all those years that their son had failed them.

But I couldn’t lie to her, so eventually I told my mom that I got a job and was going to work. “Great! What job? What are you doing?” “Um, I’m working at Barnes and Noble as their custodian,” I said finally.

Without asking another question, my mother got up from the dining table where she had been reading her Bible and praying. She slowly walked slowly toward me.

She approached me, then walked past me without saying a word, and I realized she was headed toward the closet. She opened the closet door, put on her jacket, turned around and said to me (in Korean), “Eugene, let’s go together. I will help you.” This is my mother.

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