NG.AC Skypecast Sunday Jan. 21st

January 21st – 9:00pm (Eastern) / 6:00pm (Pacific).

Next Gener.Asian Church Skypecast – Jan. 2007

The above link will take you to the Skypecast. If you’re still wondering what a Skypecast is, click here to find out how to listen in and take advantage of the toll-free, Internet-based conference call.

This month’s hour-long Skypecast coincides with the introduction DJ’s wiki of Asian American church plants as we delve into three different perspectives of the validity of an Asian American church.

Is the Asian American church — necessary, optional, or simply an unhealthy diversion?

The format for the Skypecast will be as follows:

  • Brief Introduction (5 min) – David Park
  • Asian American Church as Necessary (12 min) – Ben Pun
  • Asian American Church as Optional (12 min) – DJ Chuang
  • Asian American Church as Unhealthy Diversion (12 min) – Presenter3
  • Time for Discussion – Open to floor (20 min)

Asian Churches Unbiblical? I Think You Mean Multiethnic…

[guest post from thecuttingtruth]

The world today is shrinking. The era of globalization has been ushered in, and the surge of migration into America has vastly changed the urban landscape. The church stands in the middle of this gushing torrent, staring nervously at the rising waters. Where the waters once held a homogenous sheen, it is now a dizzying mosaic of colors.

In light of redemptive history, how should the urban church deal with this unprecedented multiplicity of ethnicities? Is the multiethnic church model commonly espoused today as the biblical paragon really the answer, or does the answer lie elsewhere? Or, in other words, does Pastor Wong of CCCCC (Chinese Christian Church of Californian Chinese) really have to cower in shame at his critics, feeling like his church is less than the biblical ideal?

It is my contention that because ethnic diversity is so biblically affirmed and valued by God, the multiethnic church model is – paradoxically – in fact less biblical than the monoethnic church model. Chin up, Pastor Wong!

God’s love for ethnic diversity is progressively revealed through Scripture, and is seen most dramatically in the multiethnic focus of his redemptive plan. From the very moment when his plan began to fashion itself (e.g., the call of Abraham), there is an embracing and exaltation of all the world’s ethnicities. See e.g., Isaiah 66:18, 21.

And by way of the redemptive work of Christ, there is an accentuation of the brilliance and Continue reading “Asian Churches Unbiblical? I Think You Mean Multiethnic…”

TheCuttingTruth Joins Next Gener.Asian Church (NG.AC)

TheCuttingTruth is now writing for the NextGener.Asian Church. Woot!

John Lee has been true to his blog’s namesake with his incisive commentary about Asian American Christians and the ways in which we handle church. One thing is for certain, it may not be comfortable to face the points that he brings up, but it can be very refreshing and challenging. I would say a lot more, but I’ll let him speak for himself with his posts.

So please welcome “The Cutting Truth” to the blog…

Upcoming Skypecast – Jan. 21

It’s a new year, and in accordance with the season, we’d like to try something new. I say “we” not because I suffer from multiple personalities or have excessively played Nintendo’s latest offering, but because this little venture was not my idea but came with the help of a few others (DJ, Sivin, Ben, Bruce, and Peter). By dropping the “Emergent” aspect of the Skypecasts, which was perceived with a great deal of apprehension anyway, we’ll be able to engage broader questions facing the next generation of Asian American churches. You can refer to past Skypecasts on DJ’s blog here.

So save the date, January 21st – 9:00pm (Eastern) / 6:00pm (Pacific).

Next Gener.Asian Church Skypecast – Jan. 2007

The above link will take you to the Skypecast. If you’re still wondering what a Skypecast is, click here to find out how to listen in and take advantage of the toll-free, Internet-based conference call.

This month’s hour-long Skypecast coincides with the introduction DJ’s wiki of Asian American church plants as we delve into three different perspectives of the validity of an Asian American church.

Is the Asian American church — necessary, optional, or simply an unhealthy diversion?

The format for the Skypecast will be as follows:

  • Brief Introduction (5 min)
  • Asian American Church as Necessary (12 min) – Presenter 1
  • Asian American Church as Optional (12 min) – Presenter 2
  • Asian American Church as Unhealthy Diversion (12 min) – Presenter3
  • Time for Discussion – Open to floor (20 min)

If you’re wondering who the “presenter” for each perspective will be, here’s where you get a chance to participate.  While I will be on the prowl to fill these spots, if you find that a particular perspective to be your personal shtick (and you aren’t prone to fits of hyperventilating should you be asked a challenging question about it) send me an email at dpark75[at]gmail.com, and I’ll see what I can do to make sure you get a chance to make your case. I will update this post as spots are filled, so be sure to tune in over the next couple of weeks.

As Skypecasts can support up to 100 people participating, be sure to spread the word and log in! Look forward to seeing you there~

Woman, Thou Art Loosened

[guest post from Anna Lee]

Hello, faithful readers of David Park. My name is Anna and I have to admit, I feel a strange inadequacy to post on David’s blog. At his invitation, I’ve been given the freedom to journal thoughts here (thank you, David) and I invite you feedback (thank you, reader).

A bit about me: I am a Chinese American Christian woman, born and raised in New York City, now entering her thirties. I’ve been a Christian for at least 12 years now. I’ve spent the last eight years working in the non-profit sector, with the last five in a Christian para-Church that serves university students, faculty, and staff. David caught me while I’m in the middle of a life transition: due to recent circumstances involving professional and personal death in my life, I’ve found myself asking deep questions of calling. I’m no longer asking the “Who am I?” questions of my early 20’s. I know who I am. Now what do I do with me?

I am a professional Christian who’s hit a wall in her development. I feel the weight of some pastor/teacher gifts and strangely, I’m loathe to invest these talents. I’m considering getting a MDiv and seeking out ordination, but questioned my motives (am I just doing it for personal gain), questioned my theology (what about 1Tim2:12?), second-guessed God (are you really calling me to this, or am I making this up?), second-guessed my friends (are they really telling me the truth, or are they just being polite?), coveted the privilege of my brothers who have gone to seminary (I bet they won’t get turned out of their church communities if they went this route). So, as usual, I made a list:

Reasons for Anna to bury the proverbial talents:

1. I’m no dummy: I’ve seen the steady stream of my Asian American sisters mysteriously disappear once they get a MDiv from my Chinese American church. Women leaders not welcome here.
2. I’m not deaf: I’ve lost donors over the years who found out that I disciple men and gave me the 1Tim2:12 (to which I respond: well, what about 1Tim2:15? Does that mean my salvation hinges not on faith alone, but on giving birth? How are you expositing this scripture?)
3. I’m not blind: the pastorate is a male-dominated industry with women doing much of the heavy-lifting. Even if I graduated seminary and got ordained, would anyone hire me? Ironically, I read the statistic that the average wait for a Chinese American church to find a bi-lingual, bi-cultural, male pastor is five years. Aiya.

Reasons for Anna to go to seminary and seek ordination

1. I’m no dummy: I know what my giftings are. And I know what happens to the guy who burries his talent. No weeping and gnashing of teeth for me, thank you very much.
2. I’m not deaf: I don’t take the call of God lightly. I’ve entered my own make-shift discernment process and all signs lead to go.
3. I’m not blind: I’ve fallen in love with Jesus. During this time of death, I’ve invited the Spirit to cultivate my eyes to recognize Christ in the midst of this transition. Mother Teresa once called it “recognizing Jesus in distressing disguises.” Out of love for Him, I see and follow.

Tonight, a friend told me that he defined “coveting” as desiring something you already had. I hear this tortured process is endemic to other Christian sisters considering the pastorate. I covet God’s glory and lordship over the Asian American Church, over our sisters as we get called to go, over our brothers to send us well. Perhaps as women we covet the call to servant leadership, but it’s something we already have. As for God’s glory and lordship: may He work out his righteousness with his own right hand.