Eugene Cho

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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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As I soaked in this breathtaking sunrise this morning above the clouds, 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, peacemaking, Kingdom building...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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