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A Lesson for Christians from Lisa Simpson, the Activist


Many people with strong convictions can attest to a simple yet insightful fact: beliefs are double-edged. They have potential to guide to deep truth and compassion, but can also devolve into hypocrisy and self-righteousness, and thereby contradict the very values promoted in the first place. This is my story with the conservative evangelical church. Since … Continue reading

Choosing Friendship over Doctrine: Rethinking my Approach Towards Conservative Asian American Christians


(We all know how difficult it can be to discuss controversial topics, such as politics or theology, with friends who have different beliefs than you. The following is a brief reflection on my process of choosing friendship over being right.) Recently, I attended an evangelical event with some 300 other Asian Americans. The event had … Continue reading

Reflections on How We Discuss Politics at Church


(Note: Below is a reflection on the problems with how we discuss politics at church. For context, I’ve noticed this pattern in the churches I either attend or am familiar with, which are largely evangelical, conservative, Asian American, and multi-generational with leadership over the age of 50.) Shortly after the 2012 presidential elections, I engaged … Continue reading

The Challenge of Neighborhood-Church Relations for Gardena Valley Baptist Church


Written June 10, 2011 for my “Asian American Churches and their Missional Contexts” Class at Fuller Theological Seminary For the Shalom of the City: The Challenge of Neighborhood-Church Relations for Gardena Valley Baptist Church Introduction How can Gardena Valley Baptist Church (GVBC) strengthen its relationship with its neighborhood? This has been a recent topic of … Continue reading

Why I am No Longer on Church Staff or in Seminary


Written January 4, 2012 as my official resignation letter from GVBC staff. After being on church staff and attending seminary for a year and a half, I decided the position and accompanying vocation was not for me. I tried to be as honest and candid as possible, for I did not want to be fake … Continue reading

The Rose that Grew from Concrete: A Church’s Call to its Neighborhood


Written July 15, 2011 during my time at GVBC as pastoral intern of neighborhood impact. This article was one of my quarterly support letters written to the congregation about my involvement on staff. My dear friend, TJ Tallie, told me after this was sent out to the church: “I love love LOVE any pastoral support … 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

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