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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One Day’s Wages

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Back safely from Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan. Thanks for your prayers. 
I have numerous stories to share but for now, the following came up in every conversation with Iraqi/Syrian refugees:

1 Have tea with us. Or coffee. Or juice. Or something with lots of sugar in it. Or better yet, all of the above.
2 We want peace. We want security. 
3 We hate ISIS. 
4 We just want to go home.
5 Please don't forget us.

Please don't forget them... Father, please bless and protect these Iraqi and Syrian "refugee" children that have already endured so much. Protect their hearts and mind from unfathomable trauma. Plant seeds of hope and vision in their lives. And as we pray for them, teach us how to advocate for them. Amen. "We don't call them refugees. We call them relatives. We don't call them camps but centers. Dignity is so important." -  local Iraqi priest whose church has welcomed many "relatives" to their church's property

It's always a privilege to be invited into peoples' home for tea - even if it's a temporary tent. This is an extended Yezidi family that fled the Mosul, Iraq area because of ISIS. It's indeed true that Christians were targeted by ISIS and thatbstory muat be shared but other minority groups like the Yezidis were also targeted. Some of their heartbreaking stories included the kidnapping of their sister. They shared that their father passed away shortly of a "broken heart." The conversation was emotional but afterwards, we asked each other for permission to take photos. Once the selfies came out, the real smiles came out.

So friends: Pray for Iraq. Pray for the persecuted Church. Pray for Christians, minority groups like the Yezidis who fear they will e completely wiped out in the Middle East,, and Muslims alike who are all suffering under ISIS. Friends: I'm traveling in the Middle East this week - Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan. (Make sure you follow my pics/stories on IG stories). Specifically, I'm here representing @onedayswages to meet, learn, and listen to pastors, local leaders, NGOs, and of course directly from refugees from within these countries - including many from Syria.

For security purposes, I haven't been able to share at all but I'm now able to start sharing some photos and stories. For now, I'll be sharing numerous photos through my IG stories and will be sharing some longer written pieces in couple months when ODW launches another wave of partnerships to come alongside refugees in these areas. Four of us are traveling together also for the purpose of creating a short documentary that we hope to release early next year.

While I'm on my church sabbatical, it's truly a privilege to be able to come to these countries and to meet local pastors and indigenous leaders that tirelessly pursue peace and justice, and to hear directly from refugees. I've read so many various articles and pieces over the years and I thought I was prepared but it has been jarring, heartbreaking,  and gut wrenching. In the midst of such chaos, there's hope but there's also a lot of questions, too.

I hope you follow along as I share photos, stories, and help release this mini-documentary. Please tag friends that might be interested.

Please pray for safety, for empathy, for humility and integrity, for divine meetings. Pray that we listen well; To be present and not just be a consumer of these vulnerable stories. That's my biggest prayer.

Special thanks to @worldvisionusa and @worldrelief for hosting us on this journey. 9/11
Never forget.
And never stop working for peace.

Today, I had some gut wrenching and heart breaking conversations about war, violence, and peacemaking. Mostly, I listened. Never in my wildest imagination did I envision having these conversations on 9/11 of all days. I wish I could share more now but I hope to later after I process them for a few days.

But indeed: Never forget.
And never stop working for peace.
May it be so. Amen. Mount Rainier is simply epic. There's nothing like flying in and out of Seattle.

#mountrainier
#seattle
#northwestisbest

my tweets

  • Boom. Final fishing trip. Grateful. A nice way to end my 3 month sabbatical. #catchandrelease twitter.com/i/web/status/9… || 20 hours ago
  • Christians: May we be guided by the Scriptures that remind us, "Seek first the Kingdom of God" and not, "Seek first the kingdom of America." || 21 hours ago
  • Every convo with Iraqi/Syrian refugees included: 1 Have tea with us 2 We want peace 3 We hate ISIS 4 We want to go home 5 Don't forget us || 3 days ago
  • Back safely from Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan to assess @OneDaysWages' partnerships & to film mini-documentary on refugee crisis. So many emotions. || 3 days ago
  • Pray for Mexico. For those mourning loved ones. For those fighting for life - even under rubbles. For rescue workers. Lord, in your mercy. || 3 days ago
  • Don't underestimate what God can do through you. God has a very long history of using foolish and broken people for His purposes and glory. || 6 days ago