Eugene Cho

religion and women

Nicolas Kristof has an article in today’s NY Times entitled, Religion and Women, that’s worth reading. Unlike some of his other pieces, it’s not super long so it’ll take one sitting but hopefully, it’ll sit with you for a bit.

I’ve written about this topic numerous times and will continue to do so. If you’re interested in some of them, here’s several to check out:

It is the oldest injustice for the simple reason that men are physically stronger and thus, can oppress the “weaker” half. And then you mix in the combustion of various religions and world ideologies that seek to elevate one half and suppress the other half and you’ve got a cycle of great devastation and oppression.

I’m not an expert on all world religions so I can’t speak with full authority but this is one of the reasons why I am captivated by Jesus: He liberates; Not oppresses. If anything, he liberates that which has oppressed.  He turned things UPSIDE Read the rest of this entry »

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christmas in community

I had intended to write my family’s official Christmas and 2007 Year in Review letter today.  But, as it turned out, there was no time.  It was an emotionally draining but yet, hopeful day on this Christmas Eve.  I will eventually get to the letter at another time.

Early this morning, I received word that the young couple in our church who we’ve been praying for some time had lost their baby.  Their son was born prematurely in the 24th week and three minutes later, the baby past away.  With heavy hearts, Minhee and I spent this afternoon with this couple to mourn and grieve with them and to offer a word of hope. 

The Hope I speak of is not one that I share lightly or flippantly in response tragedy, pain and suffering.  This Hope is the one testified in the gospel of the Scriptures and embodied in the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  This Hope is given to us – again and anew – in this Christmas season – in the Birth of Jesus Christ.  It is a Hope that passeth human understanding…Hope that cannot be separated even by death. Read the rest of this entry »

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Recently, I had a chance to speak at an event in Washington DC and it was particularly special because my 80-year-young father was able to travel with me. As a young child, I had always wanted to travel with my father on one of his frequent work trips but that opportunity never came. When he once asked me when I was a teenager...it was, by then, too late. I had grown increasingly distant from him. So, this trip was special and at his age, I'm not sure how many more opportunities we'll get.

My Dad had especially wanted to see the famous Lincoln Memorial with his own eyes. The weather was perfect and while it wasn't part of the plans, we ended up walking 8 miles that day and eventually culminating on the final stretch through the Mall towards the Lincoln Memorial. (Pretty impressive for an 80 year old!) But as we made this walk, I had forgotten the presence of the Korean War Memorial that was just a few hundred yards away from the Lincoln Memorial.

I had seen it several times before but I didn't anticipate the impact that it would have on my father. When he realized what it was, he just stood there and I could tell he was deep in thought and memories. Eventually, he began to share some of those memories and stories. My Dad was born in what is now called North Korea and fled south with the rise of dictatorial powers. He was fourteen years old when the Korean War broke out. He shared stories of how the bridges connecting Seoul were destroyed and thousands upon thousands of people were stranded. He shared stories of poverty, hunger, sickness, suffering, and even death... And then, he just stared at the memorial. At the statues. At the soldiers. And I could tell he was fighting back some tears. He went on to say how grateful he was for the American soldiers who fought another country's war. He went on to say, "I'm here because of them. We're here because of them." He was actually so moved by the memorial that he walked towards the assigned "Park Ranger" on site and kept profusely saying, "Thank you so much for helping us. Thank you so much for helping us." Umm, I'm not quite sure if the younger Park Ranger knew what to do.  He eventually nervously and awkwardly Say hello to our mesmerizing moon. Recently met an astronomer who had his big toy telescope that allowed us to take photos using the smartphone. Desert hiking. Made it. Barely. But worth it. Such are many of life's challenges. Sabbath. Soaking in a desert sunset. A new experience and interestingly, very spiritual. Happy Earth Day. Enjoyed this epic hike through the woods last weekend with my family. "You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” - Isaiah 55:12 Soaking in this view and taking a moment to pray for our nation.

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