I Left My Heart In Los Angeles

This past weekend, I went to the Saturday night closing session of the TogetherLA Conference held in the heart of Los Angeles at the West Temple Cathedral, and listened to Tim Keller talk about our culture and identity. Many Christian leaders from a diverse set of backgrounds came together to talk about the many issues that are facing Los Angeles, and how to reach this city with the love of Jesus. I appreciated this conference in so many ways because of the mission to come together in unity for reaching and impacting our city. Since the church I grew up in is located in Echo Park or Historic Filipinotown, I’ve spent a lot of time in the...

The Youth Leader’s Greatest Gift Feb20

The Youth LeaderR...

Last year, I started “Girl Time with Calvin” on our High School’s Winter Retreat, which was basically a fun way for me to sit down with the female senior class and hang out with them.  Girl Time with Calvin consists of me talking with them and answering any questions they...

Re-Lenting

We’re back in the season of Lent, that time of somber reflection, prayer, repentance, and fasting. For many of us, it wasn’t something we grew up with but has grown to become a very meaningful season of reflection and devotion. For me, Lent has come to represent discipline. Fasting...

Whose God? Which Chr...

Last week, First Things magazine published an article on the relation between the doctrine(s) of God according to ‘classical theism’ and the Bible, specifically the New Testament. The ‘classical’ doctrine tells us that, to quote author Wesley Hill: God is simple, immutable, eternal,...

A Communal Feast ...

Yesterday, in honor of the martyrdom of St. Valentine, I hosted a dinner party with a few of my girl friends. It was a good time of delicious food and engaging conversation. While Valentine’s Day can be S.A.D. (Singles Awareness Day), I wanted to celebrate the holiday in the truest fashion...

He Said Transformed?...

A few months ago, while sitting in church listening to the sermon, there was a kid in the pew behind me who was struggling to pay attention.  He was fidgety, kicking the pew in front of him, drawing on the bulletin, and whispering constantly to his parents.  I recall trying to listen to the...

When  November  Sucks / Angry at God Jan12

When November Suck...

The last two months have been some of the most difficult since we moved to Scotland. It is difficult to articulate exactly how frustrating these times have been in a blog post without sounding as if I am depressed or complaining. Neither of these is the case, yet times have been difficult all...

A Big Ol’ Fixe...

Confession: I really like HGTV (the Home and Garden cable TV network, for the uninitiated). I adore the Gaineses on Fixer Upper. The Property Brothers and House Hunters are quite wonderful as well. I’ve spent a good amount of my winter break time drinking in these home renovation...

My F(f)ather’s Love Jan05

My F(f)ather’s...

“Your F(f)ather loves you very much.” These words have been ringing in my heart for the past week. The last few days I attended a Chinese Missions Convention in San Diego, where there were over 3,000 people ready to hear about the different ways God is working throughout the world....

Sharing Meaningfully...

When I first came to the mission field to work with Muslim peoples, I knew that I would need to find different ways of sharing the Gospel with them that were especially meaningful to them. I also knew that apologetics would look very different. And while I am by no means an expert, here are a...

On (Not) Studying Th...

As mentioned last time, I’ve been reflecting lately on to what extent can what I am studying for my PhD still regarded as ‘theology’ apart from being in a theology department and having theology on my degree title. After all, people would call the authors and material I mostly read...