BBQ Time

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

As the weather is getting nicer, our family decided to have a bar-b-que tonight. I always have the honor of cooking on the grill. The kids think it just tastes better when daddy cooks it :-)

When I don’t have to speak on a Friday night, it gives me more time to spend with the family. We ate up a storm.
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We did the works – juicy hamburgers and hotdogs!
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The Kim family’s favorite – corn cooked over the grill.

Human Depravity

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Viewpoint

I am being more assured about the Christian doctrine of the depravity of humankind that the Reformers so eloquently described for us throughout history. There are some articles online for you to read by R.C. Sproul, John Piper, and Jonathan Edwards.

Yesterday, on Karissa’s last day of school, I dropped her off and walked inside with her. In the morning it was a bit chilly so she wore a cute little jean jacket (she was styling). I took off the jacket and hung it on the hanger outside her classroom. Then I kiss her and said goodbye.

Then I get a phone call several hours later from Christina asking me if I knew where her jacket was. What the…

I was absolutely positive that I left it on the hanger outside the classroom.

The only conclusion is that someone saw the jacket… coveted it… and then took it.

Did I tell you that it is a Christian school?

Signs of Stagnation

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Vision

In 1980’s Erwin M. Soukup compiled a list in which he calls “The Seven Steps to Stagnation.” By now, some of these statements are very familiar in the corporate world, as well as in many organizations that are trying to bring change. The 7 steps are:

     1) We’ve never done it that way before.
     2) We’re not ready for that.
     3) We are doing all right without trying that.
     4) We tried it once before.
     5) We don’t have money for that.
     6) That’s not our job.
     7) Something like that can’t work.
After doing ministry for some time now, I have heard every single one of the steps voiced (by good intentioned people). I am coming to the realization that our beliefs, values and perception of things really do shape our future.

I have always wondered why some people are able to do great things for God while others settle for “business as usual” which always leads to mediocrity.

In this new season of ministry, it is my prayer that our church will not just “settle.”

I have a quote by John Haggai in my office to always remind me of not settling. He said, “Attempt something so impossible that unless God is in it, it is doomed to failure.” This is how we ought to live every single day… it is all about His glory.
Here are some of my other favorite quotes:

“Expect great things; attempt great things.” (William Carey)

“The Great dreams of great dreamers are not fulfilled; they’re transcended” (A.N. Whitehead)

“Dreaming about a thing in order to do it properly is right; but dreaming about it when we should be doing it is wrong.” (Oswald Chambers from My Utmost for His Highest)

“If God is your partner – make your plans large.” (D.L. Moody)

“Many Christians estimate difficulty in the light of their own resources, and thus they attempt very little and they always fail. All giants have been weak men who did great things for God because they reckoned on His power and presence to be with them.” (J. Hudson Taylor)