Assumptions: Dangerous in Multi-Ethnic Ministry
Jan02

Assumptions: Dangerous in Multi-Ethnic Ministry

A few weeks ago, I was with my friends Royce and Jhonny across from a resort entrance in the Dominican Republic. Here we were in our flip flops and bathing suits, holding our towels and backpacks, standing on the side of the highway waiting for a public bus. We might as well have painted a target on our backs. TOURISTS! Though he doesn’t look like it when he is with me, Jhonny is Dominican. And though I am not Dominican by birth, I...

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A Call to Worship
Dec12

A Call to Worship

  The “bookends of King David’s life in the Books of Chronicles are the two great events that the shape the worship life of ancient Israel. The first is the installation of the Ark of the Covenant in Jerusalem (1 Chron 15-16). The second is the preparation for the building of the God’s temple in Jerusalem (1 Chron 28-29). Both accounts conclude with doxology and contribute purposefully to the recurrent themes of Chronicles as...

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A Multi-Ethnic Worship Leader Has … Conviction
Nov23

A Multi-Ethnic Worship Leader Has … Conviction

I have spent half of my life in Korea and the other half in the US. Korea is a tiny peninsula nation surrounded by world powers and has been invaded by other nations countless times. I grew up learning (being forced to think) that we should have Korean pride since Koreans are smarter than other ethnic groups. We have our own alphabet, we are doing well on IT, telecommunication and electronics, and we are even famous for Gangnam Style!...

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A Multi-Ethnic Worship Leader Is … Relational
Nov21

A Multi-Ethnic Worship Leader Is … Relational

One of my very favorite aspects of what I have been called to do at Bridgeway Community Church where I serve is meeting people from all walks of life.  Having the privilege of leading in a multicultural environment has been so good for my heart.  It has challenged me, changed me, and given me perspective on life and Jesus that I truly believe I would not have if I were in a mono-cultural environment. I have learned so much in the time...

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Writing Evil
Oct12

Writing Evil

Whenever I introduce myself as an author, especially to someone who knows I’m a Christian, the question inevitably comes up, “So do you write cheesy Christian fiction? Or do you write normal stuff?” Unless the person is beautifully blunt, the question won’t be this direct, but it’s implied. And it always punches me in the gut. But I know exactly what they mean. Growing up, I was only allowed to read Christian fiction or classics. With...

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Parables of Christ: Day Seven
Oct05

Parables of Christ: Day Seven

The Parables of Christ A Musical Study through Christ’s Famous Stories. Click here to listen now. In Mark 4:10-12, Jesus says that the purpose of the Parables is to teach truth to those that seek, and to hide it from those who will not. Jesus often hid principles one at a time in his stories, and other times he would string a variety of them together to make one BIG point. Join us in our 7-Day journey through the Parables and discover...

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The Parables of Christ: Day Six
Oct04

The Parables of Christ: Day Six

The Parables of Christ A Musical Study through Christ’s Famous Stories. Click here to listen now. In Mark 4:10-12, Jesus says that the purpose of the Parables is to teach truth to those that seek, and to hide it from those who will not. Jesus often hid principles one at a time in his stories, and other times he would string a variety of them together to make one BIG point. Join us in our 7-Day journey through the Parables and discover...

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The Parables of Christ: Day Five
Oct03

The Parables of Christ: Day Five

The Parables of Christ A Musical Study through Christ’s Famous Stories. Click here to listen now. In Mark 4:10-12, Jesus says that the purpose of the Parables is to teach truth to those that seek, and to hide it from those who will not. Jesus often hid principles one at a time in his stories, and other times he would string a variety of them together to make one BIG point. Join us in our 7-Day journey through the Parables and discover...

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Parables of Christ: Day Four
Sep28

Parables of Christ: Day Four

The Parables of Christ A Musical Study through Christ’s Famous Stories. Click here to listen now. In Mark 4:10-12, Jesus says that the purpose of the Parables is to teach truth to those that seek, and to hide it from those who will not. Jesus often hid principles one at a time in his stories, and other times he would string a variety of them together to make one BIG point. Join us in our 7-Day journey through the Parables and discover...

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The Parables of Christ: Day Three
Sep26

The Parables of Christ: Day Three

The Parables of Christ A Musical Study through Christ’s Famous Stories. Click here to listen now. In Mark 4:10-12, Jesus says that the purpose of the Parables is to teach truth to those that seek, and to hide it from those who will not. Jesus often hid principles one at a time in his stories, and other times he would string a variety of them together to make one BIG point. Join us in our 7-Day journey through the Parables and discover...

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Art and Reason
Sep07

Art and Reason

Baumgarten, in the middle of the 18th century, working from a mind set based in the thinking of those in the Enlightenment and Renaissance, wrote a book called Aesthetics in which he differentiated between things in the world that come from clear knowledge and those that come from feelings. This work introduced a divide into how we think about art and reason. What subtly formed from Baumgarten’s work forward is what philosophers like...

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Marriage | A Work of Art
Aug08

Marriage | A Work of Art

Marriage is a creative work! Creativity is a marriage! I’ve been pondering this a lot lately in regard to what God has to say about the Art of Marriage in the Scriptures. Our artist, Yahweh, and our Lord God, in the opening scene of Scripture, bursts into darkness to create light; land and sky; and all creatures and creepy things. This includes us, and all of our creepy neighbors who live next door. All of creation originated in the...

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1 John 3:16–Hallow Men
Jul25

1 John 3:16–Hallow Men

 This is the way we know love is This is the way we lovers give This is the way we know love is     Not with a bang but a giver   This is the way we know love gives This is the way, no other is This is the way the world begins     He who was slain played the giver.   We are today, We know love is Our lives we lay, we also give Brothers repay, but we must end      Not with a bang but a...

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1 John 3:10-15
Jul18

1 John 3:10-15

Don’t do right? Don’t be of God. More than ever If wronging your brother Who does right? Told from all-start To another Love, love, love Don’t be Cain of Evil One, Killing brother– To what point and purpose? Why Abel? Why kill brothers? Cain lived, ill works (Right Abel’s right) Don’t startle When Cains hate you. (We know we’ve bypassed Death unto living) We love brothers– (That’s...

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1 John 3:7-10

Little kids, be artless, be not naive Listen not to the scoffer’s deceiving tongue. Only right-doers are right, For he who is righteous never does wrong See only wrong-doers are wrong For he known as devil can’t sing our new song From the get-go he sinned, and ever will sin For this God’s Son was unmasked in God’s Play Destroying the works of the devilish one. Those begotten of God never “will sin”...

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Art in Christian Missions
Jun29

Art in Christian Missions

Jesus Makes… In Matthew 4:19 Jesus called his disciples to follow and promised them that He would “make them fishers of men.” The Greek word for make, poieō, has some interesting implications. This word can refer to authorship, production, construction, formation, fashion, commerce, and even performance. In the same way that John the Baptist “prepared”—poieō the way for the Lord, so was Jesus planning to prepare these seemingly earthy...

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