Paul Matsushima

Paul Matsushima has written 25 posts for eesahmu – [isamu] : Japanese for courage

AAPI Christians for Social Justice Conference: October 12-13, 2012

AAPI-CSJ to Hold Historic Event: Asian American & Pacific Islanders Seeking Biblical Values and Social Justice Conference Have you ever wondered, “How would Jesus vote?” Are you seeking opportunities to expand your perspective on important social issues and how they relate to your faith? You can join the open discussion at the conference Asian American … Continue reading

An Asian American Evangelical Church’s Call: Seeing the Humanity in Our (Black and Low-Income) Neighbors

I wrote this article in July 2011 for GVBC’s bi-weekly Spirit newsletter, when I was on Gardena Valley Baptist Church staff as pastoral intern of neighborhood impact. It was an attempt to help our church members begin the process of looking inward at our isms, beliefs, and values which may restrict our openness toward those … Continue reading

Am I an Atheist? Reflections on “From Minister to Atheist: A Story of Losing Faith”

Teresa MacBain, a former United Methodist minister, just “came out” as an atheist. Her story quickly went viral via NPR, gaining more than 26,000 shares on facebook. I believe this massive following of her faith struggle signals America’s deep need to address this long suppressed issue. Her bravery to discuss this shameful topic has encouraged … Continue reading

Contextual Introduction: Wounded Healer, the Souls of Asian Folk, Standing on Shoulders

The introductory biography on Cheryl Lynn’s blog, Digital Femme, is quite inspiring. In admiration of her intro, here is my version: “Paul Matsushima isn’t quite sure who he is, but he’s pretty sure of what he wants to be(come). A wounded healer. The Souls of (Asian) Folk. Standing on the shoulders of giants, extraordinaire. He … Continue reading

Uncovering the Racial Themes of the X-Men: 1st Glance, Racial Justice; Double-Take, White Privilege

I originally thought this scene from an X-Men comic (circa 1981) was a great example of the internal process a white person undergoes when realizing they benefit off of white privilege. But on second thought (and with some research), I no longer think it promotes racial justice. The context: Lee Forrester, the then girlfriend of Cyclops, … Continue reading

My Homeless Experience: Street Love and Small Acts of Kindness

Written 7/21/08; Mission Year – Pauper’s Rite of Passage (PRoP) took place from 7/18 — 7/20/08 This is a true story describing my weekend long trip in Philadelphia experiencing homelessness. During the trip, all of the participants gave up money, technological gadgets, and access to hygiene. We wore used clothes from a thrift clothing store, … Continue reading

My Theological “Evolution”: Tensions, Questions, and Orson Scott Card’s Xenocide

This is a piece that explores the changes I’ve undergone in my perspectives on the Christian faith using a brief story from Orson Scott Card’s book, Xenocide. For those who have yet to discover the depth and brilliance within science fiction novels, I hope my brief analogy from the third book in OSC’s Ender series … Continue reading

“Jeremy Lin ‘SNL’ Sketch Takes On Racist Linsanity Jokes”

Jeremy Lin ‘SNL’ Sketch Takes On Racist Linsanity Jokes, Media Commentary (VIDEO) SNL’s satirical commentary on the Linsanity craze. While its depiction of race relations was humorous, it played on the API community’s somewhat lack of political consciousness, representation, and voice. This skit was shown in light of ESPN’s insensitive headline towards the Knicks’ recent … Continue reading

The Struggles of Discussing Race in the Asian American Evangelical Church

Reposted at Racialicious.com and bytheirstrangefruit.blogspot.com.   Recently, while attending one of the most ethnically diverse evangelical seminaries in the nation, I found myself in an environment where I had to defend the argument that race still matters. Don’t get me wrong; students and faculty alike openly discussed ethnic and societal culture; and although all were … Continue reading

Nightcrawler’s Self-Acceptance

Here’s the context: After saving the universe from near destruction, the band of mutant-hero outcasts, the X-Men, return home in a blaze of triumphal exuberance. Each member celebrates in their own unique way: Storm relaxes with her botanical garden; Colossus writes home to his family in Russia; Nightcrawler jovially prepares for a date with the … Continue reading

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