Had the honor this weekend of speaking at a men’s retreat and we discussed how we can be more inclusive in ministry. I want you all to know that your church leaders do struggle with the hard issues. We are aware of the racism, sexism and the tone deafness that some of you see in church. It bothers us too but we are also listening to God for answers. Please be patient with us and pray for us. It’s easy to be reactionary to the issues we see today but we want to honor God with listening and thoughtful action.
This weekend will be the biggest test of balancing my work with doing daddy daycare. This week I started taking Jeremiah to the UTC library to take baby french classes and to go on the swing for the first time. I also tried to get my sermon prep done and it was a mad dash to try to find time during Jeremiah’s naps and in my 5am-9am work period before Jeremiah wakes up. I will be doing a big speaking engagement for Orchard Community Church. I will be doing 4 messages as their Men’s Retreat speaker. My messages will cover Israel’s war with the Philistines and how we can partner with the global church in missions from San Diego . Please pray for my  messages. This was the hardest prep I’ve ever done because it’s a lot of messages and Jeremiah was difficult all week 😥
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I started Renewal not just to publish my own books but I also want to partner with authors who have a vision to change communities. Tiffanie and I have been friends for over a decade and I’ve always enjoyed learning about her Korean culture. Even though China and Korea are bordering countries, each country has a unique culture and I realize that we don’t do enough to share our cultures with each other. It’s especially important to me now because I recently learned through a DNA test that I’m a small percentage Korean myself. Our new book All Year for One Day is the story of a family getting ready and celebrating the Korean New Year. The book is influenced by Korean art but uniquely Korean American to reflect the author. Our hope with this book is that people would learn something about the Korean culture but also be more curious about their own culture. I believe that we can build bridges between ethnic communities when we come as storytellers and learners. Would you like a copy of our new book?
Bethel Seminary San Diego is closing. Our family spent years of our lives and invested tens of thousands of dollars so that we could prepare ourselves as ministers here. Unfortunately there has been a failure of vision casting, leadership and problem solving that is leading to the closing of the San Diego campus after its 40 year history of shaping Christian leaders in San Diego and around the world. Though I’m overwhelmed with sadness, I also recognize that American Christianity has changed and I’m hopeful that God is not going to stop his work in this city. In a lot of ways, the closing of our seminary is a reflection of the failure of American Christian leadership. God is still calling a people to himself and he wants his people to be lead by people who are humble, cross cultural and who can see with God’s eyes. We should mourn the loss of a great institution but we should also see this as a time of repentance and waiting. Let us be ready for the next chapter of God’s salvation history. It won’t look the same and a new story is about to be told.