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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To support both the equality of women and the dignity of the unborn feels like a very lonely place to be but I know we're not alone. May we press on. And may we lead with hope.

I'm at the Women's March in Seattle to show my solidarity with my wife, my mothers, my daughters, and the female congregants of my church. I'm also here to model for my son what we believe in our home. Many people have already expressed their disappointment, dismay, and disgust with my decision. Such is life. We will always disappoint someone. And that's also a lot of words that begin with "d." I'm here not because I agree or disagree with every single statement or sign at this march (although I really liked this one) but because as a Christian, I believe in the fundamental truth that women are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God. They are to be valued, heard, and respected.

And because I believe we can't be a flourishing society without the flourishing of women. And because the Church cannot be the Church without the gifts and voices of women. All the gifts of women.

And in doing so, may we together honor the sanctity of life - from womb to tomb. Collaboration.

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May we hold our logos, egos, and tribalism have their place. May we hold them loosely for they too shall pass. May we collaborate for the sake of the greater Kingdom of God ... which endures forever. As we honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., don't forget the God behind the man. The one true God who deposited this dream into MLK is still speaking to us today. Are we listening?

Be courageous. Be brave.

Being invited by the King Family to speak at the MLK worship service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in 2016 remains one of the most unexpected honors of my life. On the right is his daughter, Dr. Bernice King and his sister, Dr. Christine King Farris. Walking throughstreet markets in different parts of the world is the best. Soaking in the culture. Listening to the local language and music. Enjoying the amazing cuisine. Meeting new friends. Praying for the Gospel to penetrate. #ChiangRai Blessed be the local, indigenous leaders for it is they who live in the very communities they seek to love. For it is they who understand their context and culture...better than a Westerner ever will. For it is they who will continue to tenaciously pursue a better world with hope, justice and love when visitors like me leave.

Yes, blessed be the local, indigenous leaders. What an honor and privilege to celebrate with the on-the-ground local @thefreedomstory team to celebrate the recent opening of their Education and Resource Center for the local youth in Chiang Rai, Thailanf. This was made possible through a partnership and matching grant by @onedayswages and The Freedom Story.

While it was an honor to be there to cut the cord and say a few words, this is an example of collaboration. Much love to the Freedom Story team including their co-founders Tawee Donchai and @Rachel Goble, to their staff who live in the community, who understand their context and culture, and who tenaciously pursue a better world with hope, justice and love. And of course, much love to the students themselves for they each matter. Finally, to each person that donated to @onedayswages to make this grant possible.

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