March 2007

Reflective Writing

I just read an article by Jill Carattini that I found very interesting. Maybe this can be an argument for journaling:        “For the past decade, doctors and psychologists have been taking notice of the health benefits of reflective writing. They note that wrestling with words to put your deepest thoughts into writing can lift your mind from depression, uncover wisdom within your experiences, provide insight and foster self-awareness. Similarly, a recent news article discussed...

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In AA this Past Sunday

Yesterday was the first Sunday in a long time since I was able to just spend time with the family after Sunday Celebrations here in Ann Arbor. Since the Northwestern students have Spring Break and the fact that I needed a personal break, it was good for me to stay home. In a weird and funny way, at first I didn’t know what to do because I got so used to traveling every Sunday the...

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Firing of Amaker

It is almost prophetic after the comments made during the prayer time at ACCESS. It is a principle that I staunchly believe in – everything rises and falls with leadership! No team enters into a pre-season determining that they will be losers – in fact they aspire to be champions. With Michigan’s recent lost to Florida State in the NIT and their 8-8 finish in the Big Ten Conference in the last two years, The...

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2007 St. Patrick’s Day

Today as I was on campus with my family, we saw a lot of people dressed up in green for St. Patrick’s Day. At first, I was wondering why so many people were dressing up in green but when I saw the shamrock I realized it was Paddy’s Day. This got me thinking… how many holidays lose their meaning over time? Just look at Easter and Christmas. We have relegated these holidays to a celebration...

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Clean Up Day

This morning, I went to the boys’ school to help clean up their facilities. This is part of the “agreement” of being able to send them to this Christian school. Since the cost of sending our kids to this Christian school is financially very difficult, they try to cut the cost by having parents volunteer their time and services to help out the school. Also, they are very sympathetic towards pastor’s families so they try...

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Refocusing on Undergraduates

I just came back from tonight’s ACCESS (gathering for our undergraduate students). Since we switched the single adults’ small group to Friday nights, we have been getting more of a younger and vibrant feel on Fridays and it has been exciting. We are recasting the vision for reaching out to the campus – students reaching students! We are definitely building momentum for future things. It is truly a privilege to influence the next generation of...

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Feminized Sissy Christian Men

Now that I have your attention! There is this debate going on about why men are falling off the face of the earth when it comes to church attendance. Some are arguing that everything about Church – from the songs to the activities – are more suited for women. They also contribute the movement of “feminizing” men in our society as another factor in this big debate. After many hours of counseling and listening to...

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Part 2 of the Naked Series

      I realized that when it comes to participating in people’s freedom, Satan will attack from all fronts. Satan can even use people who are closest to you to discourage you or distract you. This is why we have to have God’s perspective on things. It is too easy to turn to our flesh and allow the evil one to gain a greater stronghold. In the next several weeks, we are going to...

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Fickleness of the Weather

For us Michiganders, it has been such a dramatic change in the weather within the last 2-3 days. One day it is sunny and hitting the 60’s and then the next it is in the 20’s and 30’s with SNOW – incredible! The crazy part of this dramatic change is that we have to adjust – no jacket one day and the heavy jacket the next day. There are times when you just want to...

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Car Problems

I have been thinking how families get by with just one car nowadays in the age of mobility. Something that used to be a luxury has now becoming more of a necessity. But there are a lot of families without even a car therefore, I am truly learning how to have a thankful heart. We were down to one car today because the mini-van had some problems. We brought it in to the dealer to...

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2007 NCAA Bracket

      Ah yes… in less than 1.5 days, the madness begins. It has been a tradition of the Kim family to print out the brackets and then fill them out in order to compete with one another. It has been pretty interesting because Josiah is the repeat champion (won 2005 and 2006 tournaments). This year things will be different. No three-peat for Josiah!

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Spring is Here

Well, not quite… but today was a perfect day for some outdoor activity. Our family went out for some ice cream and then got on our bikes for a quick ride around our complex. One lesson learned today… just because we were able to do something last year, it does not guarantee success the following year. One of kids learned how to ride a bike last year, but since they didn’t ride for awhile… well,...

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A Giant in the Faith

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...

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