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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

Challenging Racism Through the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke10:29-37)


Written November 17, 2011 for my New Testament Studies class at Fuller Theological Seminary Introduction The following study explores Luke’s parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:29-37) through the interpretive lens of race relations in the United States. Although the race relations between 1st Century Palestine and 21st Century America are vastly different, Jesus’ address … 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

Seek Justice: A Chinese and Japanese American Christian Response to Social Justice


Written May 2009 as my final thesis for my Bachelors of Arts in Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University.   Abstract This article examines how Asian American Christians in Los Angeles County have applied their faith to social justice. Using literature-based research and interviews with 16 Chinese and Japanese American Christians, the author … Continue reading

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

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