Nov 292013
 

I will be speaking as a special guest in a college English class on Thursday December 5th, 9:00-10:15am in Sutherland 125 at JoshuaSmithBiola University (La Mirada, CA). I’ve been invited by Dr. Joshua Smith (Assistant Professor in the Biola English Department) for the “Race & Ethnicity in American Literature” course to share my experiences & perspectives, in his words: ”… touch on what happened at the Exponential Conference, discuss the response to the incident by the Asian American believers and also the Christian community at large, discuss your leadership in reconciliation efforts, and segue into other important issues in the Asian American community that you think are relevant.”

[added 12/5/13] my slides for “Race & Ethnicity in Evangelicalism: an Asian American perspective” + raw recording of class audio (mp3)

I’ll be synthesizing my commentary from these articles I’ve published on my blog as well as on Ed Stetzer’s blog at Christianity Today, and make references to related items:djchuang

I’m anticipating a robust discussion in the class, and I’ve heard several others will be visiting this session too. While I probably will not be able to livestream the session for a global conversation, I do want to invite your questions and comments here–add your comment below. One of several (or many?) questions I’ve heard floating out there is “what’s next?

Yes, Biola University is making room for multicultural topics like this in its curriculum. The course description for “Race & Ethnicity in American Literature” is:

The literary works of ethnically diverse Americans are the focus of this course, which examines some of the complexities of racial and ethnic identity as it is represented in this nation’s literature. While much of our readings will have been written by people of color, we will also explore texts by ostensibly “white” authors. Such an approach is motivated by the belief that topics of race and ethnicity are not simply the domain of people of color, but that as members of a larger community, it is important to understand areas of difference as well as our commonalities. One aim of this course is to increase our understanding and appreciation of cultural differences. Additionally, this course is intended to explore the process of racialization, specifically within the context of the Unites States. As we survey these readings we will put them into conversation with each other as well as with other texts from the cannon, considering what it means to study American Literature.

Nov 262013
 

Seminaries are great at training for theology, and the theological foundation is absolutely essential. But there’s a whole business side of running a church, as many of us learn the hard way. That’s where church consultants come in—to lay the organizational foundation for a church.

Just came across a new reality tv show “Church Rescue” on National Geographic channel. The main characters are 3 consultants that run Church Hoppers, LLC, “a consulting company designed to assist churches of all denominations in building balance within their ministry. … focus on three critical areas: systems, business, and sales/marketing.” The 3 consultants are Kevin Annas, Jerry Bentley, and Anthony Lockhart, and true to reality TV form, they’ve got nicknames, Rev. Kev, Doc, and Gladamere. I personally haven’t met these guys yet in my church conferencing trips, though I’ve met dozens of other church consultants along the way. (there’s over 3,000 church consultants according to the Society for Church Consulting.) The Church Hoppers team is based North Carolina, and according to their bio’s, they’ve got quite the mix of church ministry and business experiences.

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From my initial browsing, it looks like they’ve gotten quite the exposure using traditional media tactics, reality TV on a cable channel (and I don’t have cable so I can’t watch any episodes), and mainstream media mentions, with Twitter and Facebook feeding into the traditional channels. Not a lot of social media chatter and engagement yet. And according to this tweet yesterday (11/25/13), the network is pulling the show after only a few episodes after its premiere on November 11th.

More details on the back story of Church Rescue:

Nov 152013
 

Many people find lists and selecting the best of the best because there’s too much information out there (and I say that to opt-out from that category for myself.) So, in response to a tweet, here’s a list of Asian American pastors that regularly preach and teach at their churches and particularly contextualize the Gospel for all peoples, those who are bicultural, interracial, and multiethnic (in contrast to some who may speak from a generic Gospel perspective, not that there’s anything wrong with that; listed in alphabetical order):growing numbers of next-gen multi-asian churches

This is a subjective list compiled in response to this tweet “[@brentonbalvin] who are some top Dricsoll, Chandler, Piper, -esque Asian preachers I should be podcasting?” and I welcome your comments and additions to the list too. (ed.note: I took his inquiry as one for Asian American preaching rather than Reformed preaching by Asian Americans)

There are many more good Asian American pastors serving their churches—see my list of next-generation multi-Asian churches; the list above are those that come to mind when I think of active sermon podcasts. This means to be listed, there needs to be podcast feeds that can be subscribed in iTunes and Android, as well as contextualizing Gospel to cultures. Also see my blog post: What about Asian American Preaching

featured on EdStetzer.com

Nov 072013
 

We have a lot of learning to do and a lot of relationships to build, especially we as Asian Americans and we as the American evangelical church. Even with both having been around for 5 generations or so, the conversations and relationships between Asian American Christians and the majority-Caucasian evangelical church can be described as nascent, in so far as it relates to incorporating Asian American voices into evangelical leadership with their cultural perspectives, rather than assimilating Asian and minority voices into a so-called-colorblind evangelicalism (though some Asian American Christians are agreeable to the latter).

I anticipate I’ll be blogging and commenting on more of this in the coming weeks and months, as opportunities and time avail. 3 recent opportunities have invited my commentary about Asian American Christianity, thanks to Ed Stetzer, David Housholder, and Lifeway::

#guest #blog #post 9 Things About Asian American Christianity: Asian Americans are accelerating in their role in participating and shaping the future of the American church at large. at The Exchange, Ed Stetzer’s blog

#podcast #episode 5 Misconceptions About Asian-Americans on the Life & Liberty podcast hosted by Davide Housholder

#video #webshow Multi-Ethnic, Multi-Cultural Ministry with Elizabeth Drury, Mark DeYmaz and DJ Chuang on The Exchange with Ed Stetzer (air date: 10/14/13)

[update 11/14/13] Why Evangelicals Don’t Know Asian Americans: We have quite a way to go towards ending racial stereotyping in Christendom – my 2nd blog posts (of 3) at Ed Stetzer’s blog

[update 11/21/13] Ethnicity, Context, and Mission: A Brighter Future for the Church—DJ Chuang shares his thoughts on the future of the Church. (3rd of 3)

Nov 022013
 

Around 1,000 church leaders will be gathering this week for the 2nd national multiethnic church conference, hosted by Mosaix Global Network! It’s happening this Tuesday and Wednesday, November 5-6, and free livestream video was just announced, so there will likely be 1,000+ joining in online too! Is this exciting or what?! The conversations are already streaming on Twitter using hashtag #mosaix2013 + here’s a list of active bloggers who are coming to #mosaix2013

I also know of some people with inactive blogs, and many people who aren’t blogging yet, coming to #mosaix2013. If you’re blogging about #mosaix2013 and/or this historic event could launch (or re-launch) your own blogging history, please do add a comment so I can add you to the list! Your voice is important and there’s no faster way to get it out to the world than blogging!

// [update] articles + blog posts about the amazing #mosaix2013 gathering::

My Time at the Mosaix Multi-Ethnic Church Conference: Being multi-ethnic is intrinsic to Christianity. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. by David Swanson at Leadership Journal’s Out of Ur blog

Multi-Ethnic Ministry Takes Center Stage by Lindy Lowry for Exponential Network

Mosaix 2013 ~ quotes and reflections – Kelly Soifer

Contextualizing Not Franchising – David Swanson

Multi-ethnic for the sake of the gospel: Mosaix 2013 Conference – David Drury

#audio 180 with Karl Clauson was broadcasting live at #mosaix2013 Day 1 + Day 2 (1160 AM Chicago Christian Talk radio) – interviews with many speakers!

My Experience at the #Mosaix2013 Multi-Ethnic Church Conference – Danny Slavich

#article Pastors Take on the Biblical Challenge to Reflect the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth in the Multi-Ethnic Church at Mosaix 2013 (Christian Post)

National church conference focuses on ethnic, economic diversity by Bianca Ontiveros for The Clause, student publication of Azusa Pacific University

This Means War: A Pastor’s Wife Speaks – Carla Hendricks

Dangerous Act: Hoarding the Grace of God – Natasha Sistrunk Robinson
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[disclosure: I'm a board member of Mosaix Global Network and you can be a member too]