Eugene Cho

top 10 posts of 2010

Did this year fly by or what?

It sure feels that way for me. As is natural, I’m taking some time to look back and to also look forward. Yesterday, I shared one of my prominent hopes for the upcoming year.

I’ve also been looking or rather, reading back some of the stuff I’ve written this past year. Thanks again for reading the blog and for journeying along with me. I’ve thankful for your support, encouragement, and prayers.

My blogging this past year – with intention – slowed down noticeably as I needed to focus on getting One Day’s Wages off the ground but in the upcoming year, I’m hoping to be more consistent with my blogging.

Anyway, for those that want to take a trip back memory lane, here are my…

10 most read posts of 2010

Top 10 Basketball Players of All Time

More search engine searches on basketball players but this was the most read post of this past year. I’m not sure if Kobe will ever break into my top 5. Nor Lebron.

Death by Ministry

It was a painful post to write but probably one of the most important ones I can share with others – especially with those who are in leadership. Read it and pass it on.

My Response to Pat Robertson’s comment about Haiti and the Pact with the Devil…

Self-explanatory. I got so much push-back on this post but I didn’t really write anything.

If I were Lebron’s Pastor

Written around the time of the entire Lebron hoopla and his decision to take his talent to South Beach.

I Don’t Live for the Jesus who Eats Red Meat, Drinks Beer, and Beats on Other Men

I didn’t quite endear myself to fans of UFC and MMA and probably those that pledge loyalty and allegiance to macho men driven leadership.

What Would Jesus Do: Burn the Koran or Eat With His Muslim Neighbors?

Terry Jones.

I’ve Got 2 Words for Glenn Beck

“I beg you, look for the words ‘social justice’ or ‘economic justice’ on your church Web site. If you find it, run as fast as you can. Social justice and economic justice, they are code words. Now, am I advising people to leave their church? Yes!”

Is Yoga Demonic?

How Yoga and Mark Driscoll can create so much buzz, I will never understand…but it did.

Maybe It’s Not Supposed to Feel Right

There’s this constant tension because I want it to feel right. I want them to feel right. I want to feel right…I want to be right.

And maybe that’s the whole point. Maybe there’s something about following Christ that just doesn’t feel right.

Why I am Not Quitting Christianity

Two Words: Anne Rice

Rewriting History: Thanksgiving and Genocide

I suppose some of you won’t be inviting me over to your house for Thanksgiving.

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  1. Josh says:

    I loved the Death by Ministry post, Eugene. I know it was hard to post that, but it’s valuable insight. Thanks for that.

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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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