The Power of Dreamin...

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending our church’s Global Church Conference, which was an opportunity for us to hear from the majority world.  We had speakers from Egypt (Anne Zaki), Guatemala (Pablo Villeda), and the Philippines (Athena Gorospe).  One session of the...

Thoughts, Tears, and...

(I’m assuming some knowledge of the news as extensively reported by the BBC and CNN over this past weekend.) I wrote about the ‘Occupy Central’ movement in Hong Kong here just over a year ago. It is something I had been following closely and loosely supporting (but I have had mixed...

Retreating from Wo...

This past weekend I went on a women’s retreat to Lake Arrowhead with my church, Redeemer Church in La Mirada.  I have to admit, that I was a bit wary about writing this post on a women’s retreat, since my past few posts have been a series on Ruth, my last post was about Hello Kitty, and I...

“There Is A Ri...

I have just recently returned from Scotland and there have been a lot of interesting adjustments in the process, like a reverse culture-shock. But one of the things that has particularly stood out is the fact that I haven’t known any of the worship songs at the chapel and church services...

Redemption in Ruth

I’ll be concluding my series on Ruth with reflections on chapter 4 today (See Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3). I have had such a great time studying Ruth, not only with other women, but especially hearing men’s perspectives. I know that often times when people hear about Ruth, they...

Aspergian Christiani...

“Do you want to come sit down with the rest of us?” “NO!” “Well you have to because this is what we’re all doing right now.” “Ugg…Why did you even ask me the question in the first place?” This was a conversation I regularly had with a...

God’s Provisio...

To continue my series on Ruth (after Part 1 and Part 2), I’ll be sharing some thoughts from chapter 3. Ruth 3 is the climax of the story. It’s when Ruth boldly goes to the threshing floor in the middle of the night and lays at the feet of Boaz. She takes a huge risk in doing this action as...

Gleaning and Giving

I’m going to continue with thoughts from the study of Ruth, as I started in my last post. These past two weeks, I’ve been leading the study on Ruth 2. In this chapter, we are introduced to Boaz’s character, and we see him as being a worthy man, inquires about Ruth, meets her, and...

How I Met God

  For Lacan, the Real [or God] is that which breaks into our Imaginary and Symbolic constellations. The Real is a rupture. The Real cannot be imagined or symbolized, it does not occupy a place, and yet it takes place. The Real is a crack within our existing political, religious and...

The Power of Presenc...

I’m currently studying the book of Ruth with a small group at my church. I have to honestly admit that after finishing my seminary degree last year, that I hadn’t really studied the Bible in-depth until we started studying this book together. Studying the Bible in community really does...

Relearning How to Fo...

When I first came to the mission field I spoke with a teammate who told me about a man named Mamadou who I would meet shortly. He told me, “Mamadou is a Muslim background believer from Africa. And just so you know, he fasts more than he eats.” When my teammate relayed this information to...