Minnesota excursion

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Jun 222000

we’ve finally arrived in Minnesota.. what usually is a 2-hr flight turned out to be an 8-hr ordeal, as our plane was held aground for over 5 hours at Washington Dulles before departure b/c of thunderstorms en route.. so we waited and waited, they let some people off the plane.. we take off after midnight, and get to our hotel at like 4am. After an abbreviated night of sleep, we’ll embark on our denomination’s annual national conference for the weekend..

things I’m thinking about.. the way i look at my life and what i do seems to be different from the average joe.. many men get all worked up about their work and career and aspirations, whereas for me, my career or work is not something that I get so excited about.. it’s there, and there are some jobs that I enjoy a little more than another (i have to make some decisions about jobs somewhere along the line), and so not being task-oriented and deeply concerned for people makes me radical in my relationships.. and it can be a tension for those who are solely task-minded.. some might ask, then, how do i get tasks done? sure, i get things done, and working in a professional environment and in a professional way is crucial for life and work.. but i am of the persuasion that teamwork, communication, and good relationships are an integral part of that equation. To only do the task apart from some level of relationship with people is to use people, and that is just not healthy..

substance found

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Jun 142000

finally, found a theological web site with substance and openness.. i don’t know why it is, but so often you come across web sites and people who are dogmatic with their philosophy and theology, and when i come across those who are open to dialogue and growing in understanding, it is a definite breath of fresh air.. now don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I only dwell on ideas in the abstract, but i would like to be more holistic in chatting on both the theory and practical levels of life.. to do one to the exclusion of the other is to be imbalanced, either ivory towerish or naive..

got dialogue?

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Jun 092000

it’s nice to have a normal routine once in a while, in the midst of the great adventure of life.. pace of life is super fast here for me, both being in Washington DC, and being at Ambassador.. and with routine comes extra cycles for my brain’s back burner items to get some time slices for thought.. so I’m coming to terms with the complexities of my being.. that of being simultaneously Asian American (the label simply for convenience), multiethnic, and postmodern.. and the thought dawned on me this morning, that the underlying theme to bring these things together is the dialogue between the Gospel and culture.. it doesn’t matter what culture, for me, but it does matter that there be an engaging dialogue..