Eugene Cho

for those who hate my ponytail

Nearly everyone – from my kids, folks at my church, and random social media stalkers – have shared with me that my ponytail looks funny, stupid, or demonic.

First of all, I’m eager to cut my hair but I took a quasi Nazarite vow a few months ago.  No hair cut until we got our 501(c)(3) determination from the IRS for One Day’s Wages and we launched the org. We got our letter but I need to wait till we at least release the beta version of the website…

So why the ponytail?  Because if I don’t pull my hair back, I can’t control my crazy curly hair and it can look this scary:

ponytail

But then again, it’s the closest I get to look like one my favorite Christian artists, Keith Green.  Keith starts playing at 1:20…

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15 Responses

  1. jason+ says:

    personally, i am a fan. but that’s me and i have a ponytail, most days.

  2. jason+ says:

    oh, and holy shit! Keith Green! i remember listening to him on vinyl as a kid. he’s one of the few ‘christian’ artist who i still love, who still moves me.

  3. reJoyce says:

    We played “So You Wanna Go Back to Egypt” for a friend of my son’s a couple of days ago. The kid thought we were all a bit nuts when we chorused along with “Manna burgers! Filet of manna! Manna waffles! etc.” He’s a great one for making you laugh and getting straight to the heart of things, too.

    As I’ve mentioned before, I like your long hair. I can’t really recall seeing your ponytail in any photos, but think it looks good in all it’s non-ponytailed curly glory. I realize I’m probably in the minority, and also think it’s good to defer to your wife’s preferences anyway, since she’s the one you want to look good for. The rest of us, who cares?

  4. anu says:

    Congrats on receiving the letter!

  5. jrbriggs says:

    I’ll take the Keith green look anyday. Heck, I’ll take Michael W Smith look on you over your ponytail. Consider yourself care-fronted…

  6. The Chiz says:

    Dude. I say let the river flow. You look so cool right now, I’m considering being in your band. If being in a band is still cool…

  7. bren says:

    Funny thing in the black in white pic you also look like one of the Gibb brothers:)

  8. jasonk says:

    Just be u. simple as that.

  9. Bob Hyatt says:

    If I had hair half that cool, i’d be ecstatic. Keep it! They’ll catch up with you!

  10. […] She said she was joking but I didn’t believe her. I shaved the next morning and Minhee took me to a hair stylist and tried to make me look like one of those bad Korean drama actors. I’m getting my revenge right now with the ponytail and Keith Green hair. […]

  11. other Jason says:

    Its not bad. But my daughter, who is 12 going on 15 likes it. So, you got that going for you….the kids dig it. Or one kid anyway.

  12. Daniel says:

    i had no idea you were hiding that amazing fro with your ponytail. let the locks roam free!

  13. Stephanie says:

    Keith Green is legit!!!! Forget the ponytail, be a Korean Keith Green!

  14. your friend says:

    I have had a ponytail as long as I can remember, but never beautiful curls, as you have…

  15. akoosticman says:

    keep it poofy my friend 🙂

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Window seat. For the win. As leaders, we must not see ministry and family as competing commitments.  We must not sacrifice our marriage and kids for the sake of "ministry." How can we? Loving our families IS ministry & good leadership.

And on a side note, we took this goofy photo for Mother's Day last Sunday at @seattlequest. I was shocked! What in the world happened to our kids? Our 13 year old son blocked four of my shots on the basketball court yesterday. He's since been grounded... I fear that we ask God to move mountains, forgetting that God also wants to move us.

In fact, it's possible that we are that mountain. Time flies. The eldest is wrapping up her 1st year in college and the college tours have begun for the 2nd child. The youngest enters high school in the Fall. Can't say enough about how proud Minhee and I are of the kids - not just of their accomplishments but the people they are and are becoming.

But...man...we can't wait to party it up when we're emptynesters. Party at our house. It's going to be epic. Humbled. Grateful. Mindful of God's grace and faithfulness in my life. It's all grace... It's an unexpected honor to be invited back - even with some mini-drama - to @princetonseminary to receive the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award - exactly 25 years after starting my journey there as a student in 1992. Wow.

Princeton isn't necessarily for everyone. And to say that I loved everything about my experience would be misleading but it was very formative. Ir challenged me to examine why I believed in what I believed. It reminded me that God could handle my questions. It prepared me for a post-Christian context where I am not entitled to be heard but I had to earn the right to be heard, and of course, it taught me that all is good with a Philly cheese steak at Hoagie Haven.

No one is an island to themselves and I am certainly an example of that. Many people - women and men, young and old, and of many backgrounds - prayed, encouraged, mentored, and loved me along the way. Grateful for my professors at seminary, my many classmates, and the numerous fellow staff and co-laborers I've had the privilege of serving Christ with past and present. And of course, I'm forever inspired by my parents, my children, and my wife, Minhee. Thank you for your faith, hope, and love...and oh, for your patience. Only your family will know and see both the best and worst of you. They've seen my worst...and keep on believing in me.

Thank you again, PTS and President Barnes, for this honor. Then, today, and tomorrow...by God's grace, just striving to be faithful to my Lord and Savior...to preach and live out the convictions of the whole Gospel. Amen. So humbled and grateful to be with @catalystleader in Cincinnati to encourage leaders from all around the country about the invitation to Uncommon Fellowship.

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