A Giant in the Faith

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values

This past Sunday, Dr. Paul Hiebert a professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School passed away to be with the Lord. You can read the Trinity’s news regarding his passing here. You can also read President Greg Waybright’s letter.

He was one of the professors at Trinity that helped me form some of my missiological paradigm. He will be greatly missed by so many Christians.

It is in times like these I wonder to myself the number of people that one person can make in a lifetime. I cannot even imagine the impact he has made on people’s lives, not only through his classes, writings, books, but most importantly by his life.

Dr. Hiebert believed in the discipleship process that he housed seminarians at his home. Pastor Jimmy had the privilege of living with Dr. Hiebert for 1 year. One thing I remember Pastor Jimmy sharing was about how he taught the people in the house about learning to live life. Dr. Hiebert lived it well.

We will wait until heaven for the big reunion.

Meetings in Chicago

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Visits

When I stay in Chicago until Monday, I try to use these opportunities to spend time with my parents and meet up with various people. There are still a lot of people that I need to/ want to meet up with (sorry it is taking so long).

This morning I met up with a pastor who is interesting in AMI. It has been good just sharing about the vision and mission of the AMI movement. It is amazing to discover that there are more pastors and leaders who are looking for a whole new paradigm in connecting with people in order to do missions and church planting.

Then I headed out to North Park University in Chicago to meet up with Soong-Chan Rah, a professor at the seminary who holds the New Milton B. Engebretson chair and is the professor of Church Growth and Evangelism.

It was interesting because many years ago, when I was part of the worship band, Alpha Omega in college, we led the praise for a revival meeting where he spoke. Since then he has spoken at various places including the Urbana Conference influencing many people. It was great reconnecting with him and catching up on various things.

Man, my synapses in my brain were firing at incredible speeds. There are just some people that when you sit down with them, you are challenged and your perspective on things just increase by a hundred-fold. We talked about everything from post-modernity to college church plants. His insights in urban church ministry and multi-ethnicity were particularly insightful. I also enjoyed his big heart for missions – it really made me think about the future of missions.

It is always a good thing when our paradigms and perspectives get a tune-up.

This Is My First Time…

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

There is this great joy knowing that you’ve participated in the “first time” of someone’s life. As some of you know, part of the worship team flies out with me to help out with the HMCC of Chicago church plant.

I am just amazed at the level of commitment of these worship team guys. Pretty much they get up early in the morning on Sunday… do 2 Sunday celebrations in Ann Arbor… fly out to Chicago… do the Sunday celebration in Chicago… then fly back to Ann Arbor… and by the time they get home ready it is almost 1AM. It is not a glamorous life. In fact there have been several times when we looked at each other and have asked, “So… why are we doing this?!” This is when we have to refocus and remember it is all about the Kingdom.

This is why there is great joy when I am able to get complementary 1st class upgrade and due to all my miles, I am able to have a “colleague” get a free upgrade with me. This Sunday I was trying to get Victor (our drummer) on to 1st class with me. Once we found out that the 1st class cabin was all full, we were pretty bummed.

Therefore, we knew it was God’s favor when there was one seat that was not taken. I ended up talking with some NWA agents and got Vic up to 1st class. But the best part of this was that Vic experienced 2 “my first time”…

For the first time, Vic saw the door of the plane open up (something that less than 1% of the passengers get to see) and…

For the first time, Vic was the first person to depart the plane. He was like a little kid with a new toy. It was a delight to see. (Vic this is my shout out bro!)

I realized that there is something about seeing joy and happiness in people that makes it all worthwhile, as you try to help people experience things for “the first time.” No wonder sharing the Gospel and helping people come to know Christ is one of the greatest joys we can experience in our lifetime.