Pastoral Reflection

Grace Sustained 40 Years

It’s been exactly 40 years since Bishop Jesse DeWitt of the Northern Illinois Conference laid his hands on me and said, “Take thou authority!” Then after a few years after that day of ordination, I had to deliver a sermon on the opening day of the Annual Conference. Seeing me all nervous before standing in [...]

2021-06-10T00:30:36-04:00June 6th, 2021|

The Blessing of Remembrance

This week we commemorated Memorial Day, honoring the sacrifice of all fallen heroes who died in service during American wars. Memorial Day services are particularly big in the South. Back in Atlanta, I saw churches annually place countless small American flags on their property to remember those who have given their lives to protect the [...]

2021-06-01T22:08:44-04:00May 30th, 2021|

Church Propelled by the Holy Spirit

Today is Pentecost Sunday. “There shall be showers of blessing: This is the promise of love/There shall be seasons refreshing, sent from the Savior above/ Showers of blessing, showers of blessing we need/ Mercy-drops round us are falling, but for the showers we plead” (Hymn by D. W. Whittle, 1883). One hope that we frequently [...]

2021-05-26T22:48:05-04:00May 23rd, 2021|

Not Zero-Sum but Positive-Sum of Jesus

The California-Pacific Conference held a special service for Ordination and Commissioning at Christ UMC of Hawaii on May 16, and there was a protest against Bishop Hagiya’s decision not to reappoint the senior pastors of three large Korean UM congregations – Rev. Jonathan Lee, Rev. Nakin Kim, Rev. Jaeduk Lew. A similar issue has caused [...]

2021-05-22T21:48:44-04:00May 16th, 2021|

Inter-generational and Inter-church Partnership

May is the month we celebrate family love but it’s graduation season too. Over the past year, my family welcomed first grandson; and this month, my son finally graduated from law school after taking a long detour in search of vocation. Amidst the hustle and bustle of a busy life, you realize time is passing [...]

2021-05-13T09:01:29-04:00May 9th, 2021|

What Is Family All About?

It’s the Family Month of May and we are reminded, once again, how the Bible prescribes to us a family life of mutual love and respect. Children are called to obey and honor parents even into their old age, while parents are not to frustrate or provoke children to anger. One thing that I’m thankful [...]

2021-05-04T22:33:36-04:00May 2nd, 2021|

3Ps That Keep Church Heathy: Purpose, Process, Protocol

Jesus said to Thomas, “Stop doubting and believe.” (John 20:27) The term “doubting Thomas” is almost used synonymously with a skeptic. But not all skepticism is equal. Inquiring mind and critical thinking gave rise to progress in philosophy and sciences. In homiletics, preachers are trained ‘hermeneutics of suspicion,’ the practice of reading Biblical texts against [...]

2021-04-29T22:28:29-04:00April 25th, 2021|

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|
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