The 2008 Year Reflection

As I take some time to reflect on this past year, my heart is filled with praise for God’s faithfulness and favor. I had an opportunity to look over all my blog post for the 2008 year and I realized that God has been good. So often when we don’t write things down, we forget […]

Weddings and Spiritual Orphans

It doesn’t seem too long ago that I was courting Christina and getting married to the woman of my dreams. Now, most of my friends (if not all) are married and have children. It seems as if I have come full circle now that some of the members in our church are getting engaged and […]

Post-Christmas Gathering

Yesterday, the family and I headed out to the west suburbs to hang out with some other pastors and their families. It is a special thing when you have friendships that have been built for over 25 years. Not only are we friends but partners in the ministry. We did a post-Christmas gift exchange by […]

Blessed Christmas 2008

  Christian Wallpaper Photo       There are so many different pictures depicting the birth of Jesus on the web, but this one stuck out for me. Maybe it was the stars. Or the simplicity of the background. But most of all, I think it was the radiance of God’s glory in the manger. […]

Christmas in Chicago 12.24.08

It’s been a great 2.5 days in Chicago so far. We are staying at my parents’ place; and my parents are just ecstatic that they can see their grandchildren. Whenever we come to Chicago, we fill our time by reconnecting with our families and friends, visiting special spots around Chicago that are fun, and eating […]

Awakening: 21 Days of Fasting and Prayer

        For several months, the pastoral staff and I have been talking about the need for more prayer in our lives, as well as in our churches. Sometimes we are so consumed with coming up with the next “best thing” or the next “great idea” that we forget some of the basics. […]

Covenant Christmas Party

The married couples of HMCC (Covenant group) had our annual Christmas party. I really enjoy these times. Since it is hard to see all the married couples in our church at the same time, these gatherings are all the more special. Whenever we have an opportunity to gather all together, it is always a treat […]

HMCC Board Summit 12.20.08

Yesterday we finished our Board Summit. After everything was over, I was just thankful for the friendships and partnership we had with one another. I am blessed to have such high caliber people to work with and to build God’s Kingdom. We had all the global pastors come and join us and it was encouraging […]

Leaders Make Tough Choices

  AP Photo       I enjoy seeing leadership principles being lived out a daily basis. I am constantly seeing how various situations and even news-worthy events show leadership principles in action. This is why I decide to write on the recent news about President-elect Obama choosing Pastor Rick Warren to give the invocation […]

Apple and Leadership

  Getty Photo       To set the record straight – “I am NOT an Apple hater!” In fact, I used an Apple (Macintosh) when I was in college (I had a Macintosh SE) and in seminary I used a Powerbook 520. I just prefer a PC now. I give all these disclaimers because […]

Thoughts on “Planting Churches in Muslim Cities”

        Greg Livingstone in his book, “Planting Churches in Muslim Cities” gives some great insights into the whole Islamic landscape and the importance of church planting. Livingstone’s experience with ministry in the Middle East, not only gives credibility to what he is writing about, but he gives very practical advice and solutions […]

Ministry According to Will Smith

  USA Today Photo       I enjoy watching movies, especially with Christina. Some of my favorite actors are in the likings of De Niro and Pacino. But more recently, I have been slowly enjoying Will Smith (I still can’t believe he was The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air). For the promotion of his new […]

The Twitter Sensation

        I am amazed at how quickly Twitter is taking over the communication world. For a lot of people, it is like a micro blog. The beauty of Twitter is that it only gives you 140 characters to type a message or an update. This disciplines you to share only what is […]

A Woman’s Perspective

In the midst of making the announcement of going to Jakarta, Indonesia, people have been asking me, “How does Christina feel about all this?” Instead of me trying to put words in her mouth, you can read it from her own perspective here. I guess this is going to be a 2 part series that […]

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