Pastoral Reflection

Mom is sorely missed

My childhood friend posted this on his Facebook: "Today is Mother's Day. I suddenly miss my late mother and open the photos on my cell phone. I am startled. Oh, did I ever take a picture of my mom? There are thousands of pictures, but as I browse through them, there is no mom. Children's [...]

2024-05-12T10:03:17-04:00May 12th, 2024|

Time to be still and know God

2020 General Conference held in Charlotte from April 23 to May 3 under the theme of ‘Know that I am God’ brought an end to all the debates on ordination of self -avowed homosexual persons. The conference itself had an ambiguous name from the start. It was named the "2020 General Conference" while it met [...]

2024-05-05T10:20:45-04:00May 5th, 2024|

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|
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