Pastor Blog

226. Change Is Not a Problem

Last week, my youngest daughter was logging into her online class. But I overheard her complaining to her teacher that she has a “problem” because she couldn’t find certain buttons in her expecting place. Google must’ve released a new update, so the interface was changed. She thought it was a problem. Once I realized what happened, I quickly told her where to find the buttons in new locations. She then adjusted pretty quickly and moved on. Sensing that this could…

225. How To Approach Cryptocurrency

Many people are investing these days. Thanks to technology, investment options and information are so much more abundant and accessible than ever before. A popular investment option is “cryptocurrency,” such as bitcoin and dodge coin. From my research, investing in it is similar to investing in commodities such as gold that fluctuate in price. But it is more speculative as its digital value is hard to quantify in real life. So investing in it may not be wrong in and…

224. Reopening Plan

Ontario’s “Stay-at-home order” that was issued in April has ended as of last Wednesday. (6/2) Ontario has released a new three-stage reopening plan, not based on a date but vaccination percentage. 1st phase will start once 60% of people are vaccinated. 2nd phase, 70% and 3rd phase, 70-80%. As it is based on vaccination percentage, it will be unlikely to regress and go into lockdown again. In this new reopening plan, in-person church service can open up to 15% capacity…

223. How To Find Your Calling

Pastor Anthony graduated from seminary last week. (Knox College, M.Div) He has diligently studied for three years and confirmed his calling in full-time ministry. I am excited to have a humble and growing leader as a ministry partner in Anthony. A graduation is an exciting event. But it can also be a terrifying event. When I graduated from university, I felt very nervous because I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I contemplated staying in school longer because I…

222. Technology and Ministry

As many of you know, I love technology. But I haven’t always been into technology. I didn’t have my first computer (i486, which was the bare minimum for Windows) until I was 18. I always preferred reading books over playing video games. (Though I did like arcade games!) After my brief (?) infatuation with computer games, my love for technology began to grow but not fully until I got my first iMac. I got my first laptop during university and…

221. Please Read Pastor’s Blog

I have been writing the pastor’s blog every week for the last eight years. But I haven’t written about why I write a blog in detail. So here are the two reasons I write the blog every week: To reveal myself and to communicate church direction. First, I learned that it is difficult for church members to know their pastor intimately. It would be best to visit every member and let them know what is on my mind, but that…

220. Anchoring Effect

I was due for a haircut. I wasn’t sure if the barbershop was allowed to open, so I googled. I found out it can open with limited capacity. So I messaged the barber I always go to. (Though he works at a barbershop, I personally message him to make an appointment, not through the shop) But he told me to come to his spot instead, as the barbershop is closed. Still thinking a haircut is allowed, I went to his…

219. Mission Impossible Made Possible

There is one missionary who changed the course of Korea. Today about one-third of South Korea’s 51 million people are Christian. Not only that, Protestants have increased faster than in any other country, doubling every decade. By 1994, there were over 35,000 churches and 50,000 pastors, making the South Korean churches one of the most vital and dynamic in the world. It also became the country that sent out the second most number of missionaries. However, Korea has not always…

218. Speculator vs Investor

“Stocks” became a prominent theme during the Pandemic. But many people have a misunderstanding about stocks. Many people think investing in stocks is “trading” stocks (continuous buying and selling). However, investing experts rightly divide “speculators” from “investors.” Speculators are the ones who are always speculating which stock will go up. They buy stocks while thinking about when to sell. So, they are always on a hunt for the “hottest stock.” But the truth of the matter is this: Most people…

217. Looking Back

House Church conference for pastors ended on Thursday. About 130 pastors gathered online to learn more about house church through presentations, bible studies and sharing. I was asked to share a presentation about how we’ve established house church ministry in our English Speaking Congregation (ESC) at Mokmin. It was well-received, and many pastors have shared that our growth story has encouraged and inspired them. My one main prayer request was that the presentation would be “helpful” to pastors and I…

216. Happiness Is A Choice

Some people believe that expressing anger can alleviate anger. But research tells us the opposite: When you complain, you amplify complaint. When you express anger, you amplify anger. In other words, we amplify what we express. Expressing our honest emotions is healthy. But expressing it as if you are the victim only spirals you deeper into the feeling you wish to escape. In 1960, there was a popular therapy called “Screaming Therapy.” What it is that you express your anger…

215. Death Is Not Natural

Many modern people often say, “Death is natural, so don’t worry too much about it!” But not many are aware how much it contradicts our deep sense of reality and how we are made. Peter Kreeft, a Christian philosopher, told a story about a couple who were his friends. They had a seven-year-old son whose three-year-old cousin had just died. Out of a desire to comfort their child who was grieving the loss, they explained that he doesn’t need to…