Pastor Blog

191. Unexpected Reversal

NBA season has just ended, much later than usual due to the pandemic. After three months of playing in the Bubble created in Walt Disney Resort, the final winner was decided despite the season almost getting cancelled. It was such a unique environment that also brought unusual outcomes. What was considered a “disadvantage” became an “advantage” in a different environment. First, the loud crowd noise was absent. But it ended up becoming an advantage for younger players because hostile crowd…

190. The Power of Saying “IDK”

IDK is a short form of “I Don’t Know.” In our modern hyper-information age, saying “IDK” feels humiliating and unintelligent. Our pride and ego are part of the problem. But the bigger problem is that humans despise uncertainty. Brain researchers tell us that our brain considers uncertainty as a “threat.” It causes an “away” response, which involves emotional stimulation in limbic areas that issue a “fight or flight” response. No wonder why when someone challenges our knowledge, we tend to…

189. Future of Onsite Service

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 are rising all over Canada. Quebec issued further restriction, and it seems that the second wave is in play. My kids are currently attending school in-person, and their classes had to be rearranged this week because many parents pulled their children from an in-person school back to online school. With increasing uncertainty comes rising fear. So, I would like to share again how we will handle onsite service moving forward. Our plan is clear: We will…

188. How I Rest

Pastor’s rest day is usually Monday. However, it is challenging for pastors to take a complete break from ministry, as it is very interwoven with our personal lives. So without intentional effort, our personal life and ministry boundary can quickly get blurry, leading to exhaustion and burnout. So this is how I usually rest on Monday. (But it is subject to change) First, I try to sleep plenty, at least 8 hours. Sleep is the best natural medicine and energy…

187. Online vs In-Person

There was House Church Conference for pastors this week. Due to the pandemic it happened online for the first time. As I was going through the live streaming of main sessions, it dawned on me that it was my first time attending a live-streaming service as a participant. So, it allowed me to reflect on the online service experience from the viewpoint of participant, instead of a leader. I found that certain portions of the program were better online. I…

186. Returning to Normalcy

Now that the school is opened to attend in person, we are downgrading the church response to LEVEL 1. It is “Caution” phase, where all church meetings are back to normal (new normal) with safety measures in place. It means that Youths are now permitted to attend onsite service, and house churches are also permitted to gather. As house church involves eating together close, shepherds will decide for their house church when and how they will start gathering in-person. I…