Viewpoint

In this category there will be posts on things that I am opinionated about – usually they fall into 2 camps: things that inspire me and things that infuriate me.

A Pastor’s Letter to My Church

Photo Credit: Unsplash Dear members of HMCC of Hong Kong, We are currently living in perilous times. Who would have ever imagined the events that have unfolded in the last 5.5 months? With the deaths, violence, brutality, and destruction of property, it is hard to see an end to all the chaos in the city and the feelings of animosity towards one another. There is a heightened sense of anger and frustration. Many people are...

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“It’s Never Too Late” – HMCC-HK 2018 Baptism

    It was an emotional baptism. The stories of transformation were powerful. I left the baptism celebration with an overwhelming sense of gratitude. The realization that this was our 8th baptism celebration in our short 3.5 year history as a church reminded me that it is truly the work of God to take a person from darkness into His marvelous light. God helped me to remember that everything that I do as a pastor...

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UK Missions Project 2018

  This coming December, during the Christmas holiday, a small team of fluent Mandarin speakers in HMCC-HK and I will be heading out to the United Kingdom to participate in God’s mission. I have been invited as a guest speaker for the youth program at a family camp for Chinese people, who either immigrated to the UK or are expatriated in the UK due to college or temporary employment. After this family camp, we will stick...

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Reflections on China Trip – 2018 October

For four days, I went to China with three other people to help teach on the topic of discipleship with our ALIVE Curriculum. It was an incredible trip filled with lots of praises and “God-moments.” I had some time to reflect on the things that God was doing in China and some convictions that God stirred up in my heart. Here are three things that God reminded me of (again): Multiply the Influence. As we were...

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TEDx Talk at PolyU

Photo Credit: PolyU TEDx Talk Facebook Page   I’m grateful for the privilege and honor to share my story at PolyU’s 2018 TEDx Talk. As a communicator and preacher, I am always trying to find ways to share timeless truths to help others live out their destiny, as well as to make an impact on society. One big issue that has affected my life is racism, which comes in all different forms. At 5 years...

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The Father’s Heart for Orphans

      My wife, Christina, keeps reminding me, “As we get older, we should be more unselfish, more humble and more loving.” In theory, this makes a lot of sense. But in reality, it is a whole different issue altogether. As we get older, we should realize more of our sinfulness. As we get older, we should become more humble and loving. The older we get, the more we should have testimonies that point to...

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#youmatter Movement

  Throughout history, whenever a need arises, the people who take action are the ones who transform the world. Instead of idly standing by, they decide to do something. Their actions, often times, stem from a conviction or a burden. They count the cost and take steps of faith in order to make a difference. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of...

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Suicides in Hong Kong

    It has been over a year since I wrote anything on my blog (sorry); but recently, with various things going on in Hong Kong, I felt compelled to write and share some things that are on my heart. In the last seven months, there have been 24 suicides committed by young people in Hong Kong. This is one too many. Each person ended their life due to various circumstances, but the story line...

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God Can Use Our Past

  I’m always inspired when I hear about God using a person’s messed-up past to advance His mission. We have to remember that God never makes mistakes. Even through some of our deepest pains and trials, God can use it somehow for His glory. The best part of God’s creative work in redemption is that He uses our experiences and personalities to reach many people with the Gospel. Due to my personal experiences and personality,...

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Forever Family

  It is interesting how the Apostle Paul uses the illustration of adoption when he describes our relationship with God, our Father (Eph 1:3-14). There is something very powerful about knowing that you are chosen and loved unconditionally. This is part of the core of the Gospel message. Sometimes through an earthly adoption, people are able to know the love of the Father. May our love for people overflow.    

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Superheroes + Kids = Win

  I realized that it doesn’t take much to see a child laugh or smile . It brings great joy to anyone who see the sense of wonder in a child’s eyes. This is why when people are willing to go out of their way to make kids happy, it makes me smile. I pray that we will never lose the sense of wonder and amazement as we get older. God smiles when He see...

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Like A Girl

  After having a daughter, I have become more sensitive and tuned into how girls are treated in our society, especially in the Church. It is amazing to see how a girl’s self-esteem is shaped by their relationship with their father. It is my hope and prayer that Karissa (a.k.a. KiKi) will grow up believing that she can do anything she puts her mind to. The world will tell her otherwise. The world will put...

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Gloriously Ruined

  I do quite a bit of counseling throughout the week. I guess it comes with the calling of a shepherd (pastor). After many hours of listening and talking, I have come to the realization that a lot of things come down to perspective. If a person is able to gain God’s perspective in the midst of their situation, then it’s a huge win – both for the counselee and the counselor. It is hard...

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The Father’s Protection

  When you see a father so passionate about protecting his daughter, it reminds you of how love and security play an important role in a relationship. As I watched this video, I couldn’t help but to resonate with this father as I thought about my daughter. Then, I thought about God’s love and protection for His children against Satan and his evil forces. No matter what we are facing in life, we can be...

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