About

Next Gener.Asian Church is a collaborative team blog to discuss issues facing Asian American culture and the Christian faith. Our contributors come from different ethnic Asian American backgrounds and a diverse range of theological perspectives with the common goal of seeing Jesus Christ magnified in our cultural contexts as well as our culture at large.

We believe in God’s gift of being both Asian and American; in the work of dialogue, storytelling, restoration, and discovery; that the church is for all peoples and for each people group; and that the gift of ethnicity and personhood is not only for ourselves, but for the blessing of all people as we join in the mission of God.

In 2012, a new season of conversations started around a new team of contributors. (Each contributors will be introducing themselves; here’s a list of links to their intros.)

Then something called Linsanity took over…

As 2015 closes out, Fred Mok and friends accepted the invitation to reboot the conversations and described it in: Joining the nextgenerasianchurch chorus.

Also see the FAQ for more of our back story…

25 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hello David,

    Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus!
    Heard about you from Paul Yang who now works for Atlanta Dongne Church as a part time Emerging Generation Minister.
    Since you have the wonderful vision for bring Asian emerging generation to Christ, I’d certainly like to speak with you about your vision and where you are headed and perhaps how we can work together in Christ.
    When you have a moment, please call me at 770-362-4251.
    Thank you!
    In Christ,
    Craig Kim

  2. Hey David,

    I’m a 25 year old “c”orean-american christian. don’t run. i feel… kind of lonely (respective to the direction of my church and my juggling of how God’s moving today), and so when you talked about emergent asian americans as being as sparase as gay navajo bikers, i reveled in its truth. However, I don’t think i’m “emergent”.

    Anyway, i’m assuming you get this a lot, but i was wondering if we could talk since i’m in atlanta too. and I live about 15-20 away from stone mtn.

    i left my email in the email field.

    Dan

  3. Hello. I have a friend who is looking to find if the Emerging Conversation is taking place in South Korea. If any one knows and can point me to a contact, I’d greatly appreciate it.

    Grace and peace,

    Michael
    gmscarlett (@) gmail.com

  4. Hi

    “A Quick Look at Buddhism” brought me to your blog.

    Have you heard of the Christian book “From Buddha to Jesus”? If you think it will add to the conversation & lead more Asians to Jesus, please have a look: http://www.BuddhaBook.org

    In Christ,
    Fe

  5. David,
    one of my readers sent me the link to the article on violence suffered by AA women, even in Christian settings. Very disturbing and not the first time I’ve heard of this blight.

    On occasion, if you like, I’d be more than happy to weigh on from my perch @ EvergreenLA and years in AA ministry. Also, I would really be grateful if you could help publicize that an AA Christian group I belong to called “Christians on Social Issues” (CSI) is hosting “A Conversation on Homosexuality” on May 10th, 7-9:30pm at EvergreenLA in SoCal. We’re especailly going to focus on AA evangelical churches so we’d love to spread the word in SoCal about this rare and needed conversation. It will be a conversation between 3 old friends (2 straight, 1 gay) around this issue. Plus we’ll be screening a short doc about 3 AA Xn families whose daughters revealed they were lesbians. One set of featured parents will be there on the 10th and will join in the conversation after the film. Can check out my blog or go to http://www.ebcla.org for more details.

    Ken Fong

  6. Pastor Ken! Thanks for stopping by.

    I’d be honored to help you plug the event. I’ll do so reading and post something soon. As for contributing on this blog, let me know if you want your own login or just want to email me. I’m grateful that you would share–you did after all, practically write the book on AA Christian issues.

  7. Hi, guys.
    I was a missionary to China, but now I’m a student for the Intercultural study at Liberty seminary, VA preparing for the future mission ministry.

    I have to solve project that I need your help.

    Who do you have any answer for Paul Hiebert’s definition of contextualization?

    Could send a mail to that question?

    Thank you.

    faithouse@gmail.com

  8. Hi David,

    This is my 1st time to leave a message in your blog. I’ve visited a few times previously. Now I think I’ll be reading more as I plan to understand more about worship renewal among Asian-Americans or what EBCLA prefers to call, multi-Asians/multi-ethnic. I’m a 1st gen Filipino, one of 3 pastors of a diverse Christian Reformed Church in Hayward CA, and a member of a network of about 55 Southeast Asian and Pacific Island CRCs. (look up our website though not updated) Right now, I’m praying God’s guidance in doing a serious study of worship renewal among our multi-Asian-ethnic group. My next messages will feature specific questions about Asian-Am worship. Lookign forward to dialogue-ing through your blog. God bless! -fernando

  9. thanks fernando! wonderful to hear that you’re called to worship renewal in the AA sphere. i care a lot about that subject myself, and feel it will take some thought and study (as you said yourself) even as we put new things into practice. looking forward to more conversations with you in the future~

  10. Hello! Just wondering if you would be interested in posting a blog about a charity serving the Asian Pacific Islander community, called the Asian Pacific Community Fund. Here is a link to more information: http://www.apcf.org. Thank you!

  11. hey christine, thanks for finding the blog. i read about the apcf and appreciate the work that you do. how do you feel like we can help? or would you like to write a guest post? it’s difficult to just post a blog about a charity when we don’t really know you and we don’t really advertise here. but we are about providing perspectives and telling stories and thinking critically about the intersection of faith and asian american life, so if you think that could work, let us know.

    joy and peace, david

  12. I have many questions on why Asians believe in Western religions.

    1) Why do Asians believe in a faith that is primarily spread by Westerners. Some of the paintings depict Jesus as a white person, and is believed by some Asians.

    2) Yes, the bible can be interpreted however ways by the believer, but unfortunately, in America, the believers are fundamentalists who do deny Homosexuals, immigrants, etc. of things that a non-believer wouldn’t.

    3) Why must evangelical tactics be used to convert others? I visited http://www.buddhabook.org and found it to be a bit sickening. Buddhism is one of the most understanding form of spirituality and this Cioccolanti person wrote a book on how to convert a person from that.

    All my findings and understanding of Christianity/Catholicism/etc. points to prejudice, discrimination, and narrow-mindedness. I would like to have some clarifications.

    Thanks,
    Jason

  13. thanks for your questions jason. you bring up concerns that we’ve wrestled with in the past on the blog and continue to wrestle with.

    if you don’t mind, i’d like to post your questions not as comment but as questions for everyone else to read and perhaps answer. maybe you’ll get a more satisfying answer this way.

    my thoughts are that we should probably distinguish christianity the religion vs. christianity as encountering Christ. the religion, although its best intentions is to gather those who have encountered Christ, is often the social construct which you mention has exhibited problems and prejudices that Jesus never actually had (ie Jesus was not white, nor as far as we can tell did he have ill will toward immigrants and whatnot). obviously, since the time of Jesus, the world has seen injustice upon injustice, colonialism and other such paradigm shifting events that impact the ways the religion plays itself out, however that is not to say the encounter with Christ needs to have this sort of political, colonial, exclusionary approach. rather, i would say it happens at the very existential and subjective level. for instance, take myself, i believe in Jesus Christ not because of the religion of Christianity, but because i have experienced a profound sense of freedom and a deep transforming love that is not of my own making. i have had prayers answered (and prayers denied) but in both cases, I feel connected to the divine. but this is not merely an individual experience, it is collective as well. i have seen transformation take place in Christian communities of faith where we care for one another’s brokenness, share food with the hungry, and mourn with the lost. i have seen asian immigrant communities been healed and encouraged as they share life together, pray together and discover Jesus. Jesus is the true splinter in the mind. if you’ve studied the sociological phenomenon of religions, i can imagine your disappointment, but Jesus is an altogether different figure for me. his followers? i count myself as one, but i would concede, i’m not too crazy about his followers, but in Jesus, I believe. as someone who is Asian American, who has explored other ways and beliefs, i have no alternative. nothing else comes close for me. as for the other questions you have, i agree with you, those are probematic for me as well.

  14. Thank you so much for this blog. I found this site while doing research for a course on smaller-membership congregations, and I appreciate the level of discourse and the seriousness with which you take your faith. I may lurk far more than I read, but I am learning a great deal about some ministry contexts very different than my own (I serve a small, essentially white congregation in the Midwest). I also appreciate the “thoughtful evangelicalism” I find here – as a progressive evangelical, it’s often hard to find dialogue partners, yet I grow far more in my faith when I engage with the thinking evangelicals of the sort I find here (rather than the “knee-jerk evangelicals” or the “knee-jerk progressives”).

    Once again, thank you, and may God continue to bless your ministry here.

  15. stumbled upon this blog, i’m very interested in the concept and the conversations. Engaging in how to better reach the asian-american christian community in a more effective and relevant way is a definite burden of mine. so i’m excited, in the potential conversations. good stuff
    jesse

  16. Hi, I recently started following this site. It is really interesting, and I feel I am a part of ever-growing group of people who are passionate and praying about the impact that Asian churches can make in the world. I am really interested in the continued communication on Asian-North American Christianity and church. In my blog I attempt to dissect and provide a constructive criticism of Korean-Canadian churches. Thanks.

  17. Hi David, Love your site. I am a pastor in Orange County and a friend of DJ. I was wondering if you could post my audition reel somewhere on your website for the upcoming documentary about the San Diego Comic Con that Stan Lee is producing and Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) is directing. There are hardly any Asians auditioning and I hope to represent. I could use some support from my brothas and sistas by visiting and commenting on the YouTube page. Thanks for the consideration.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMe3RhK4eeY

    More about the documentary: http://comic-con.morganspurlock.com/

    Thanks and keep up the great content!

  18. I’ve been following your series on Asian American theology. My link points to a great book for reading by Asian Americans and questions being raised about the imposition of a western theology upon the Japanese. It tracks well with your reference to Endo’s work on Jesus. Thanks for the work you all are doing.

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