February 2008

On the Other Side

I have been going to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary’s library this whole week. It has been interesting to see some of the younger seminary students. It brought back a lot of memories of my seminary years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. I couldn’t help but to think about the excitement, enthusiasm and the energy that I had when I first started. It seemed like everything was new. But over a period of time, it was easy...

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Backward Masking

In the early 1980’s with the rise of the holiness movement, people were encouraged to throw away their secular records (we did not have CD’s or mp3 back then). Some of the youth pastors and Christian leaders held “Rock & Roll Seminars” to explain the various dangers of listening to secular music. One specific aspect of these seminars that I will never forget is the backward masking. This is when they would play a song...

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Dissertation Research Update

It is not easy to keep up with fitness when a person is away from home or traveling. All the extra items (i.e. running shoes, extra shirts and socks, etc) that have to be packed deter a person from keeping their commitment to health. But on this trip I decided to be faithful to my New Year’s resolution of running 2 miles a day. After working out, I went to Gordon-Conwell’s library to do some...

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Starbucks and Lessons on Leadership

        Yesterday for 3 hours (5:30PM to 8:30PM), all 7,100 Starbucks stores in the United States closed for a barista re-education. This equals to about 135,000 baristas getting trained or shall we say re-trained. In the last quarter, Starbucks have seen a drop in profits which has caused layoffs, the closing of stores and a slower growth on opening up new stores. One cause of the drop in profits is due to...

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The Arts Breaking Through

        With New York Philharmonic going to Pyongyang, North Korea recently, it made me think once again about the importance of the Arts and Media in the whole Transformasphere Movement. I am a believer that music and the arts are universal languages. Whenever I travel, I am constantly struck with how music and arts are able to speak to the heart of the human being, regardless of what color, creed or country....

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Dissertation Writing In Boston

I arrived in Boston yesterday in the evening. I am going to spend this whole week writing some portions of my dissertation for my doctor of ministry degree that I am trying to finish at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Not too long ago, I felt a great burden to hurry up and finish this paper. A lot of what I am going to write about will give direction for future things in our church. Sometimes there...

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Google Calendar for Destiny Campaign

I just signed up for prayer on various slot for the 40-Days to Destiny (40D2D) on the Google Calendar. It is going to be exciting to see many people in our church sign up for a prayer time slot. The 40-Days to Destiny will help focus the whole church (and even the alumni) to prepare ourselves to respond to God on April 13th. We are heading into an incredible adventure and we have already resolved...

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Ministry in Chicago 02.23.08

I am heading out to Chicago right now. It is going to be a full weekend of ministry. I will have the opportunity to impart the DNA of our church, as well as meeting up with people to encourage them to live for God’s Kingdom. I will also be doing our first pre-marital counseling in Chicago for an engaged couple. As we reach students, we will be able to reach out to single adults; and...

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Global ACCESS Retreat Update

Last night, we had our opening worship session for our first-ever Global ACCESS retreat. It was a great joy to see so many people there at the retreat. I realized that we have a good percentage of international students in our church. This retreat has really been a dream in the making. We have always envisioned and talked about having a retreat just for the international students so that we can equip and empower people...

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Faith of a Child

This morning, as I was getting ready to drive the kids to school, I couldn’t find my wallet. Then as we were driving, it dawned upon me that I lost it as the family and I were sitting down and enjoying our dessert at a mall. I was sharing with the kids how it was frustrating since I had to get things ready for my trip this coming weekend. Then from the back of the...

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Global ACCESS Retreat

        We are having our first international student’s retreat in our church over this coming weekend. Global ACCESS, our international ministry in our church started with a handful of people but now it has grown into a viable and expanding ministry reaching out to many nations here on the University of Michigan campus. When our church first got started back in 1996, we had a vision of reaching the nations. Little did...

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Tea Connoisseur

After lunch, we went to a place called the Tea Gallery, owned by one of Pastor Victor’s members. It is an Asian furniture store and tea gallery all in one. We ended up tasting some great tea. I am amazed at all the skill and technique that goes into preparing the tea. I ended up buying some “green oolong” tea which is supposed to be good for your body and taste good. Even though I...

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Living and Leaving a Legacy

Abraham Piper introduced his father, John Piper at one of the Pastor’s Conferences that the Desiring God Ministries held back in February. Someone forwarded me the actual text and the video of Abraham’s introduction and it really moved me. So often when a person is a public figure (especially pastors), it is easy to fool people about who you really are. The members just see you up on the stage live (or video) and think...

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The Tragedy at NIU

Last Friday morning I read about the tragedy that happened on the campus of Northern Illinois University. I had some time to reflect on the incident and there were some lessons and reminders for me: 1) God is drawing attention to the college campuses. I don’t know why but within the last couple of years, it seems as if God is drawing the world’s attention to the college campuses. Even though the attention was a...

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