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What a full day! So after my sermon yesterday morning, I needed to get myself rehydrated. Stopped by the Tenleytown Whole Foods and grabbed a bottle of Naked Juice Mighty Mango. Then an afternoon nap, leftovers for dinner, and get our monthly skypecast going. I looked around for a way to record the skypecast, and there are a handful of softwares out there you’d have to pay for to record. PrettyMay was the most generous in its trial/demo version, and allows you to record up to 30 minutes for free. So that’s what I used.

We recorded our 2nd Asian American Emergents skypecast! Our turn out has doubled, this time including Emergent Asia’s Sivin Kit, as well as Ben Pun, David Park, Peter Ong, Tim Liu, and Theo Wong.

You can listen in to part 1 and part 2 online. Part 1:

Part 2:

I felt good that I’m no longer the only Asian face interested in the emergent conversation. It’s also fascinating to hear how the emerging church conversation in Malaysia started up and has many similarities (far as I know) to how it started in the US. It really is best labeled as a conversation.

And, Tim had these great thoughts as a closing remark:

In my experience, AsAm churches tend to be even more conservative in terms of practice than American churches. They tend to be slower to adapt to changes and are rarely forerunners in ministry innovation. Many people (such as Dan Kimball) see the emerging church as a response to the contemporary worship movement. But in my (Chinese) church, we are barely contemporary. We still have those who feel that drums are of the devil. So I think the Asian churches maybe just need more time to catch up. Also, I wonder if anyone else notices the overlaps between the postmodern culture and the Eastern/Asian worldview? For example, preaching in narrative and in non-linear flow of thought is normal for Asians. When I preach to the 1st genearation adults in my church, they love to hear stories and narrative. Its already part of how they communicate. Another example is the emphasis on community and relationships in the Emerging church. Its already is a central part of asian culture. So in a lot of ways, I could see the AsAm church very welcoming to some aspects of the emerging church if it is presented in the right way.

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  1. David Park says:

    Great conversation…Reallly enjoyed it. I think that some of the questions that we are bringing up are deep enough that we can actually try trim it down to a single topic or aspect per call– especially with so many voices and perspectives. Glad to see that it’s growing and looking forward to more!

  2. Peter Ong says:

    Great time of sharing and chiming in from some great thinkers and practitioners of the faith. I really found that many of the things we talked about were just beginning to percolate and I am looking forward to learn and unlearn some things. thanks DJ for being so generous in bringing us together and recording this…I look forward to the next skypecast

  3. Ben says:

    Thanks again DJ, you’re not alone! How about this topic for the future: Social Justice and the Asian Church — why are Asians so adverse to reaching out to the poor and marginalized?

  4. Ben says:

    Also, is anybody else going to John Piper’s Desiring God Conference on Postmodernism (featuring Piper, Tim Keller, Mark Driscoll, David Wells…) in September? I’ll be there…

  5. Reyes-Chow says:

    Hey all . . . now I am really envious (I’ll pray for myself 😉 of the not being able to join you all for the latest skypecast. Sounds like some good stuff. I’ll be sure to listen to the recording. Not sure where everyone is located, but I am doing some traveling if we can connect in person: DC (Sep 14-17), Miami (Oct 2-8) Las Vegas (Oct 14-19) . . .

  6. Reyes-Chow says:

    Oh one more comment about Tim’s closing remarks. AMEN! I have been trying to talk about the connections between Asian culture and postmodernity for a while and until e-meeting some of y’all, I would blank stares from the White folks and suspicious ones from the Asians . . . Asian Emergents UNITE!