Eugene Cho

thank you very much

eugene cho

Yesterday, this blog passed a milestone of sorts. It reached 1,000,000 hits. While I don’t know how many “unique visitors” have visited the blog, all I know is that I’m thankful for those that:

  • read & share this blog w/ others
  • comment and engage in conversation
  • pray for me, my family, & ministry
  • contributed to the vision of One Day’s Wages
  • and – generally – journeyed with me.

It still amazes me how many folks I’ve randomly met through my travels that walk up and say, “Thanks for your blog.”  Well, thank y’all for reading my vomitaceous reflections of this one person seeking understanding in God’s larger narrative.

I started blogging regularly in the summer of 2006 and am thankful for the blog’s wide, diverse, and growing “audience” and community. My blogging covers numerous topics including Christianity, Religion, Justice Issues, Non-Profits, Global Poverty, Technology, Social Media, Culture, Current News, Politics, Humor, and everything in between.

If you haven’t read this already, here are the reasons WHY I BLOG.

People often ask me, “How I blog?”

I have two guiding principle in blogging: Topical Tiers & Time.

I have three Tiers of Topics:

  1. Faith, Christianity, Leadership, Ministry, Social Justice
  2. Cultural Exegesis (incl. Pop Culture, Politics, Music, Films, Technology), Social Media, Humanitarian Efforts
  3. Family and Random Stuff

So, I know that most folks read my blog regularly because of Tier 1 and the majority of my writing focuses on those topics. However, I think it’s good and healthy to write about other stuff so Tier 2 focuses on other things I enjoy and care about.  Even though I’m a pastor, my interests go beyond what others assume pastors only care about. And while I’m discerningly guarded about Tier 3, I also enjoy sharing about my family life, dreams and struggles, and the occasional awkward expression of my humor.

Asides from topical tiers, my blogging has a TIME rhythm.  I attempt to blog nearly every day except Sunday. Because time is an important commodity in my life and there are other things that demand my attention and affection, I give myself “time limits” on my blogging. If I write six entries a week, I devote 1 hour to one post, 30 minutes to 2 posts, 15 minutes to 3 posts, and the occasional post that just takes 5-10 minutes. Interestingly, I’ve learned to write very quickly! And while I  read every single comment, I probably respond to a handful of comments. While I like to stay engaged, I find that what I very much enjoy is setting the table…and seeing who comes to eat and the conversation/dialogue that takes place.

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8 Responses

  1. Jim Chen says:

    Congratulations! It’s a joy to participate. Thanks for blogging, PE.

  2. Andy M says:

    My first experience with having conversations on the internet (a forum board), was a disaster with bickering and fighting and everything that makes me cringe because I got caught up in it. So I left it.

    That was about 7 years ago, and only this last year have I eased back into it, and I am very glad that I have found a few blogs such as this one where people are allowed to have different opinions, and still talk about things that matter (and a few that don’t). I’ve even considered lately, the idea of creating my own blog so that I can start writing, which interests me greatly, though I’ve never known where to start (still don’t, honestly).

    So, thanks Eugene, because if I would have come back to find the same thing I left, then I would have probably never tried it again.

  3. Jim Gray says:

    i enjoy commenting on a local blog in Washington State…

  4. Jason says:

    I blog for a couple reasons: 1) It acts as a daily diary for me. It helps me sort my thoughts out, and keeps me accountable for spending time in the Word. 2) As a church planter, I use it to generate support, keep people up to date, and continually cast the vision/mission I believe God has entrusted me with.

    Time wise, I do my best to put something up every day, knowing that 3-4 times a week is probably more accurate. And like you, I try to limit the amount of time spent blogging to about an hour. But sometimes things get away and I spend a little more than that. A lot of it depends on what’s rolling around in my head.

    Peace, PE!

  5. Frank Kim says:

    You have a gift with blogging, a great style.

  6. ME says:

    Thank you right back! I’ve been poking around the emergent-ish blogosphere for a while, and yours is one of my favorites to read. I really appreciate you telling us about your own blogging process–it always helps me to get a picture in my head. Makes it seem more doable. Actually, I’ve been thinking about resurrecting my defunct blog for a while now, and your post finally got me to scribble out a new entry. So again, thanks!

  7. Jessie says:

    Thanks for taking the time to blog Pastor Eugene. I attended Quest when I lived in Seattle and have been a silent lurkerer on your blog for months. I thought it was finally time to thank you for the encouragement and inspiration that you are. Along with so many others, I appriciate that you share your thoughts. My prayers are with you and your family.

  8. Eugene Cho says:

    thanks for the kind words, folks.

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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.

Preached from John 4. We can talk, preach, sing, philsophize, liturgize, and spit rhymes about Samaria...but we still have to talk through Samaria.

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