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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Breathtaking sunrise above the clouds this morning with such mesmerizing colors. No filter. As I soak in this sunset, 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...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.
I miss her. I love her.
She will always be my little baby.

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.
Happy life. - Eugenius 3:16

I still remember that time, many years ago, when Minhee was pregnant with our first child. She had left her family and friends in Korea just two years before. Her morning sickness was horrible and when she finally had an appetite, she craved her favorite Korean food from certain restaurants in her neighborhood in Seoul, Korea. I had no way of getting that food from those restaurants so I actually said, "How about a Whopper? Big Mac?" Sorry honey. Eat away. You deserve it. I don't care if it sounds mushy but sunsets are one of my love languages. Seoul, Korea was amazing but WOW...what a breathtaking welcome back sunset by Seattle. Not ready to let go of summer.

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