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Jul 312003
 

after several hours of cut-and-paste this week, I’ve got all the old blog entries migrated and entered into the latest and greatest blogging tool (personal publishing system, as the MovableType tagline would put it).. to look back, I started it all in June 1999 with Dreambook, a guestbook tool, chronicling my life as “an online journey”, and then meandered to pitas.com for a longer run, then to blogger.com (and then, Blogger Pro), and in July 2003, moving into MovableType.

had a phenominal meetup this morning with a sympathetic Asian American who is also marginalized, or shall I say double-marginalized.. neither of us fit in the typical Asian crowds, partly b/c we’ve rarely felt comfortable in the group-think, nor do we fit into mainstream America.. we shared our stories, called a few things like we see it, and it always perks my interest to find someone who is interested in how our faith is being lived and expressed through a local church, through events, through relationships, and through our vocation.. he’s one who gets it: we need to get more dialogue going, particularly among different Asian ethnicities, b/c we really do have more similarities than dissimilarities..

Jul 302003
 

[while djchuang.com is under renovation, I'll put this blog entry here for now]

Russell Yee posted this on Waterwind:

Inside back cover full-page ad in the current issue of _Christianity Today_:
“Asian-American churches are at a crossroads. Our new D.Min. will help you
lead the way.” Big picture of Drs. Stephen Um (NT), Gary Parrett (CE), and Paul Lim (Theology).

It’s generating a whole flurry of conversations, including this one from David Ro:

I’m assuming that you may not have heard of Stephen Um and
Gary Parrent because of the West/East coast as well as the
Chinese/Korean divide. I’m not too familiar with Paul Lim, but Stephen
Um and Gary Parrett are especially respected among the second
generation Korean Americans, and more recently among Asian
Americans in the East coast, especially Boston.

Jul 242003
 

Thanks for stopping by, you’re getting a roughed-out view of the renovation that’s under way here at djchuang.com .. i’m folding in a number of blogs here into what I shall call a “metablog”, and then bloggerizing (is that a word?) the rest of the web site into a blog-driven engine, using MovableType.. and a new look-and-feel will be laid over this sometime in the coming weeks, hopefully before summer’s end. Along the migration process, found 123 Blogger Pro entries that weren’t linked in quite right (why didn’t someone tell me?), and I’m deliberating whether to salvage the old comments or not.. and, on the drive time this morning..

it’s the megachurch vs. neighborhood issue in the local news: Located just west of Tysons Corner, the church is already spending $92 million to build a 279,000-square-foot sanctuary — several times the size of a Target — and a double parking deck that will hold twice as many cars as a typical Macy’s garage. Every weekend, 8,000 to 9,000 people pour through its doors, with 13,000 attending on Easter. (also written up at ChurchCentral )

Jul 222003
 

I’m reading thru seveal books simultaneously, as is one of my preferred habits.. one of them is the lauded Jim Collins’ book, “Good to Great“, which I’m reading to engage conversations about a transitioning non-profit organization. Too often the concept quoted from the book is the “Level 5 Leader”, which is certainly a part of what goes into a good-to-great company, but there is so much more. I’m reading it with a particular lens to highlight the ingredients that are worth talking about..

Admiral Jim Stockdale shared these cutting words in it: “You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end?which you can never afford to lose?with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.

Real faith is not to be confused with optimism. Through the biggest challenges of life (for Stockdale, Vietnam War prisoner-of-war camp), it was NOT the optimists who survived, they didn’t make it! It was those with real sober faith, who combined persevering faith with sober reality.

Jul 182003
 

I jumped in on this thread over at Emergent, and the conversation is steering toward the macro level rather than the ethnic + inter-cultural level, which is just as good a direction to go, given the collective aggregate voices there.. I?ve found that people aren?t comfortable talking about ethnic + racial identity issues, particularly Asians. It?s like this: other races can?t joke about your race, but you can joke about your own, except when you?re Asian. Asian culture values not losing face, so I think they?re much more sensitive about whether they can joke about themselves. I can say it b/c I?m Asian. :) [and notice the schizoid 3rd person referential]

The excerpt below echos a lot of my sentiments that have been stirring since those seminary dorm conversations, where the allegedly future leaders of the church were being formed.. and our converations then went along the lines of: ?do you have to like the people you?re leading + serving?, some said ?yes, of course? (these had a better shot at building community); others (your stereotypical leader who is not fostering community) said ?no, you don?t have to like them – you just have to like them?. It?s too simplistic to say one?s relational vs. task-oriented, respectively; and to quote below excerpt is not to do the Asian thing of ?I couldn?t say it better than this?. [but I did want to put it here so Google will pick it up; cf. It?s Okay to Go There: The Place of Friendship in Ministry]

Neo wrote these insightful words at Emergent Village?s message board:

?There?s a reason why community is so non-existent in our churches. OR there?s a reason why, when it does exist, it is pathetically lacking in depth and intimacy. We simply don?t know any better.

Most pastors were never shown community. Never experienced it for themselves. Most church leaders read an article about cell groups or bought a book on small group ministries and followed the easy quick-start guide to success.

True community is something that you can?t learn from a book. You can?t buy it, hire it, conjur it up at an elder meeting. You need to be infected by it. I am spoiled. I?ve been blessed to have experienced real community at several times in my life. I?ve tasted it. But when I?m offered community in my current church setting, it?s lke giving dollar store cookies to a guy who?s had grandma?s toll house chocolate chips fresh from the oven. Thanks, but no thanks.

We need to do something about our leadership – they need to know community to lead their churches in it. Alas, the HUGE elephant in the room: our current church culture prohibits community for its leaders. You are a leader – you are to be strong – show no weakness (especially to another person in your church). And as a leader, you can?t show any sign of weakness to the competition (other leaders). After all, we are in a competition, right? ? [more]

pardon the dust

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Jul 162003
 

(just checked in to my commenting plug-in, and it wasn?t working right with the new blogger pro, for the most part; some of your comments got through, but I?d imagine there were many of you who checked-in and asked yourself: hey, where did that Add a Comment link go? sorry about that!) oh, my (2nd) replacement Zire 71 arrived today, finally..