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  • Really, It's Okay To Be Single October 14, 2014
    In order to protect marriage, we should be careful not to denigrate singleness. *** I wrote this last year on the occasion of my wife's and my 10-year anniversary. It's now our 11-year anniversary, and I thought I would repost it as it's an important topic to revisit. *** Tomorrow is my 10 year wedding […]
  • What Not to Say to a Dad With Four Kids October 8, 2014
    Generalize not, lest ye be generalized I have been unemployed for nearly a third of the past three years, which means that I have been a part of more than a few pastoral searches, and know what’s involved. And I’m fairly certain they weren’t supposed to involve two people slinging subtle insults at one another. […]
  • On Being An Angry ______ Person October 1, 2014
    For minorities, there is a big difference between having an anger problem and having a problem that makes you angry. There was an effort recently to ban the word "bossy", spearheaded by Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg. The reasoning behind this is that when “bossy” is used to describe women (as it almost always is), it […]
  • Third Culture September 22, 2014
    Faith...from the hyphenated point of view One might ask what I am doing here, a young Korean-American pastor blogging alongside such well-respected figures as Ed Stetzer and Amy Julia Becker. I’m not sure, but I suspect it’s some kind of mistake. It has something to do with an article I wrote last year for Christianity […]
  • Why I Celebrate Black History Month September 22, 2014
    Black history month is not just for black people. It's for all people. Note: I use the term “Black History Month” rather than “African-American History Month” because a friend informed me that there are individuals who would not be considered African-American, but still very much are considered part of Black history, like Marcus Garvey and […]
  • Shelve Your Passions September 22, 2014
    Passion is a wonderful thing. But it should not be the sole means by which we discern calling. Having been unemployed for months at a time over the past few years, I have taken part in more than a few interviews for pastoral positions. In these interviews, there is always one question that flummoxes me […]
  • Why Pastors Don't Get Political September 21, 2014
    Pastors often loathe to weigh in on controversial topics. There are reasons. I have never considered myself a very political person. As a proudly evangelical pastor, for a long time I possessed a somewhat bemused and distant attitude towards politics, focusing my attention instead on my calling to teach and preach the Word, which was […]
  • Why A Little Denomination Hopping Is Not A Bad Thing September 21, 2014
    Although sometimes frowned upon, experience with other Christian traditions may be just what we need right now. Sometimes, I’m a little embarrassed to be identified as an American Christian because it feels like we fall into one of two camps: either we hate everything that we are not familiar with, or hate everything that we […]
  • A Letter For My Son September 21, 2014
    A letter to my son, who is a testament to God's wild goodness Oh Jonathan, you turned four years old this month! Amazing how time flies so fast. You are my little guy, and I love you, although there are times when you drive me up the wall. Like yesterday. And the day before that. […]
  • Why I Stopped Hating Christian Music September 21, 2014
    It's easy to hate on Christian music, but Christian musicians often find themselves in impossible terrain. I have a confession to make. I really dislike Christian music. Now, Christian music is a very broad term, so I think some defining is in order. I don't mean music that is written expressly for use in the […]