My Ministry Mentors

Both my grandfather and father were pastors, and I am a cradle Christian, but it was at the seminary that I came to understand what it really means to believe in Jesus Christ. As a kid, church was my playground and during tender teenage years, it was really the central stage of my life. After [...]

2021-04-22T21:58:28-04:00April 18th, 2021|

Jesus Knows Who I Am

Who am I? “Who am I? They often tell me I stepped from my cells confinement calmly, cheerfully, firmly, like a Squire from his country house…Who am I? They also tell me I bore the days of misfortune equably, smilingly, proudly, like one accustomed to win…Am I really that which other men tell of? Or [...]

2021-04-15T17:50:20-04:00April 11th, 2021|

Back to Galilee With the Risen Lord

Resurrection faith testifies of the empty grave and victory over death, and follows in the path of our Risen Lord toward Galilee. The good news of Jesus’ empty grave is declared to all: We have been released from the power of sin and darkness! God has rolled away the heavy stone that once sealed the [...]

2021-04-09T00:23:00-04:00April 4th, 2021|

Closer to the Cross

There were times I spoke rather casually about Jesus’ suffering and death without first fully reflecting on the gravity of his sacrifice. We feel pain even by a tiny splinter stuck in our hands. What suffering would it be to have nails pierced through your wrists and feet? Just one hurtful word, one hateful glance [...]

2021-04-01T21:02:09-04:00March 28th, 2021|

Naming Contributors to Asian Hate Crimes

The March 16th Atlanta-area shootings have left us in grief and anger. Among eight people that were killed, six were Asian American women, including four Koreans. This week’s Time Magazine featured Cady Lang’s article “Confronting America’s Legacy of Anti-Asian Violence” as its cover story. At the beginning of the article, Lang quotes social media specialist [...]

2021-03-22T12:28:32-04:00March 21st, 2021|

The Grace of Affliction

Spring is around the corner. I took an hour walk at Jones Beach a few days ago. Having stayed indoors for so long, walking on the sand made me short of breath but being out in the chilly ocean breeze was a freeing experience. With windows kept wide open and fresh spring air coming in, [...]

2021-03-17T20:34:55-04:00March 14th, 2021|

Racism Is Sin Against Grace

Racism is evil. Racial prejudice is a cruel attitude that denies full humanness in others, and it is a grievous evil when embedded as a normal practice within society and perpetrated by institutions. Racism is also an important issue for us Koreans, given the pain of forced displacement and diaspora settlement engraved in our nation’s [...]

2021-03-11T23:37:59-05:00March 7th, 2021|

Opportunity for Holy Transformation

When King Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death, he prayed: “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” God replied, “I have heard your prayer and seen your tears,” and added fifteen years to his life. Hezekiah’s [...]

2021-03-04T21:21:03-05:00February 28th, 2021|

Silver Linings in the Midst of a Pandemic

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you,” prays prophet Isaiah (Isa 26:3). Apostle Paul likewise affirms that it is God who makes us stand firm in Christ (2 Cor 1:21) and that we are made strong by spiritual gifts (Rom 1:11). Storm clouds may fill the [...]

2021-02-25T23:25:40-05:00February 21st, 2021|

Building up through Love and Life-Giving Ministry of Jesus

Isaiah 17 contains a prophecy against the strong, proud, and self-reliant who have “forgotten God your Savior…the Rock, your fortress.” (v. 10). It’s the path of self-dismantling into “a heap of ruins” (v. 1) and desolation: “the harvest will be as nothing in the day of disease and incurable pain” (v. 11). Personally, I received [...]

2021-02-18T17:47:46-05:00February 14th, 2021|
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