Pastor Blog

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…

214. Let Your Thoughts Flow

Many people are starting to create online platforms to express their ideas and opinions. The Positive is that good information is available for free. But the negative is that we can think that becoming more opinionated is the way to become happy. We secretly believe that the perfect world is where things are just the way we think. But Jesus lived without his thoughts and judgement. (John 5:30) His thoughts were from his Father because he emptied himself. (Philippians 2:7)…

213. One Year of Pandemic

This Sunday marks exactly one year from our first live streaming service last year. I remember frantically praying for our members for their safety and scrambling to come up with a message for such an unprecedented time while doing tons of research on how to do live streaming. Since then, it is remarkable how our church navigated through one year of Pandemic with strength and hope. As we know, the Pandemic dramatically changed the world we see today. Remote work…

212. The Origin of Information

Often evolution theorists criticize those with a theistic view (belief in a creator God) for intellectual laziness. They assume that Christian scientists use God to explain any gap between the observation and the unknown. “Since we don’t know how it happened, God must’ve done it.” They say Christians trust in the “God of the gap.” But Dr. John Lenox argues that it is not what Christian scientists claim. He is a retired professor in Oxford. He has a Ph.D. in…

211. Micro-Evolution vs Macro-Evolution

Many scientists often ridicule those who are skeptical about evolution theory and frame them as non-scientific and ignorant. But most Christian scientists acknowledge “micro-evolution” as it is scientifically observable. It is evolution happening within the “same” species. (ex. Sparrows exhibiting different features, such as appearance or colour, in different regions) However, Christian scientists reject “macro-evolution.” It is evolution happening across “different” species. (ex. Monkey to Human) It has not been observed in nature, and convincing transitional fossils are not found.…

210. Hedgehog and Flywheel

Vision is a mental picture of the preferred future. Every organization needs to have a compelling vision as it helps its members to see where they need to go. Our vision is to create a church unchurched love to belong. Now, what is that church? It is “House Church.” The more house churches we plant, the greater our capacity to help unchurched people find Christ and belong to a church. We do house church ministry, not because it is a…

209. Time Affluent Decision

I’ve recently finished a book “Time Smart” written by Ashley Whillans, a Harvard Business School professor. She found out four out of five adults report having too much to do and not enough time to do it. She claims that those who are “time-poor” experience less joy in everyday life, less healthy and less productive. In one study, time-related stress had a more substantial negative impact on happiness than unemployment. Lack of Money can undoubtedly affect our level of happiness.…

208. Remaining as a Learner

I have a six years old office chair. It works well, except its headrest always touches my shoulder blade. Anyone who had an online meeting with me probably saw me shrugging my shoulder multiple times to raise the headrest. I tried to fix it on my own, but nothing seemed to work. So I just concluded that I must be too tall for the chair and secretly hated this chair. But recently, it began to bother me so much that…

207. CLASS 101 Is Starting

We are offering CLASS 101 this year. Its title is “Discovering Our Church Family.” It will mainly deal with the topic of our purpose and the church’s role in it. Some may wonder why we are offering CLASS, in addition to the Life Bible Study series we already provide. Here are a few reasons. First, CLASS has a different emphasis. If Life Bible Study is geared toward “maturity”, CLASS is “ministry,” though maturity and ministry are not mutually exclusive. CLASS…

206. We Passed The Audit Review

Last Sunday, the KSC audit team finalized the audit review for ESC 2020 financial report. Thus, it concluded our first yearly financial reporting responsibility as an independent congregation. We will conduct the audit earlier next year to present the review in the annual congregation meeting. As I shared before, we didn’t pursue financial autonomy for the sake of more freedom. We believed that increased responsibility would generate increased participation and a sense of ownership from our members, which is a…

205. Power of “Voluntary-No”

“10 Days Early Morning Prayer” finished well last week. Fifteen people gathered on Zoom every morning at 6 am and prayed with other partners in 5 different groups. Many have shared that they didn’t expect starting their day with prayer would make that much difference in their productivity and spirituality. Some shared that it was a “game-changer.” Some may wonder, “What is so special about waking up early? Doesn’t God answer our prayer regardless of when?” Yes and No. Yes,…