Pastor Blog

255. Thumbnail and Review

A few years ago, my first daughter got into games on iPad. She wanted me to choose which game to download, so we scrolled through the games together. But I noticed a big difference in evaluating apps: I looked at the reviews, but she looked at the thumbnail. She wanted me to download games that looked great but had a poor review. I wanted her to choose games that had great reviews. It got me thinking about the difference between…

254. Life with Pet

Many of you might know already, but our family got two kittens. Our kids had been nagging for years to get a cat, and we told them that they were not ready to take care of it yet. But as our first daughter got older and as the time we spent at home increased due to the pandemic, we decided that it was time to get one. Jen had the experience of having a cat, so she did most of…

253. Life Without Problem?

In June, when the government ended the “Stay-at-home” order, I secretly expected to face the year 2022 with much less hint of COVID. It saddens me that it won’t happen, as the new variant Omicron is surging. However, at the same time, I feel grateful that we are learning one crucial truth that betrays our secret expectation: Life without a problem is an illusion. Certainly, when we go to heaven, all problems will cease to exist. But as long as…

252. Added Safety

On Thursday, Ontario healthy officials reported the highest daily COVID-19 case count since the pandemic started, with more than 5700 new infections in a day. These are mainly the Omicron variant cases, and many people are very nervous about the recent surge. However, according to a medical study in South Africa, those infected with Omicron were 80% less likely to end up in the hospital than those with the Delta variant and generally reported less severity compared to other variants.…

251. Christmas Relief

As you heard from the announcement, we are creating a “Outreach search committee” to select a charitable organization to partner with to give more to our local community. To give you the context, KSC and ESC have agreed to donate all of Christmas offering every year to a charity that serves our local community, starting from this year. The primary groups we have in mind are low-income families, homeless people, refugees and such. And KSC has delegated the role of…

250. Requiring Vaccination Proof

Starting from the Christmas Joint service (12/25), both KSC and ESC require all service participants to provide vaccination proof. It’s been a few months since the government first announced that churches could gather without limit if vaccination proof is checked. We didn’t immediately change how we gather to accommodate those who are not fully vaccinated. But given the rising number of cases and concern over the variant, and to make our service environment safer, our church has decided to implement…

249. Preaching Rotation

Pastor Anthony will preach more often starting from next year. He has shown significant improvement through the TFE (Seminary practicum), especially in preaching. He preached a few times this year as he was getting used to his role as a youth pastor, and the feedback has been very positive. He is also the main speaker for our youth retreat this year. He will preach between 10-12 times on Sundays. He will do a short series here and there to have…

248. Why Nagging Doesn’t Work

One of the tremendous pain in a relationship comes from the illusion of having the power we don’t have. It is the belief that “I can change others.” We may never say this out loud, but it is not difficult to see this belief manifesting in how we respond to people. Nagging, lecturing, being forceful and yelling are all byproducts of this belief. But it would save us so much trouble and frustration if we could just face the truth…

247. Who, not How

I like to do things on my own. I didn’t even know how to hammer a nail on a wall before I got married. But thanks to Jennifer, I think I became a lot handier than before. When something goes wrong, I think about “how” to fix it. Doing things yourself gives some level of satisfaction. And because it is yours, you tend to make sure it is done well. And if it is a repetitive maintenance job, the more…

246. Chance of Happiness

We are living in a culture where our daily preferences and wants are treated as human rights. I think it comes from a belief that anything that negatively affects our happiness is a violation of our rights. When happiness is expected, we believe it needs to happen. However, happiness is not a human right. An opportunity to pursue and choose it is. In many countries, there isn’t even an opportunity to pursue it, so that would violate human rights. But…

245. Power to Choose

For some reason, my home internet was very spotty this week, and it was pretty much unavailable most of the time. I called my internet provider, but they could not provide much help other than promising to send a technician later. (As of this writing, the wifi issue persists.) Even though it was a few days, having no wifi was certainly inconvenient and annoying. I did manage to get things done using a cellular connection, but most things took twice…

244. Consistent Prayer

People invest in many things. But it seems that not many view prayer as an investment. It is a spiritual investment that brings tangible gains in our present lives, and that is to come. (1 Timothy 4:8) I think many Christians care too much about the “quality” of their prayer. I used to think the same way. But the more I understand prayer as an investment, “quantity” is as important, if not more. Think about it. God already knows our…