Pastor Blog (Page 2)

261. Return To In-Person Meetings

This Sunday (2/27), all services and meetings are transitioning to in-person. Bible studies will happen in person as well. House church meetings and Home Gathering will be subject to each shepherds’ / Youth Shepherds’ plan and situation so ask them for details. Weekly Youth House Church meetings can continue online as the service still has a capacity limit, and fellowship on Sunday is on hold. Many countries are dropping restrictions fast. England removed all COVID-related limits this week. Several states…

260. Can’t Improve What Is Not Measured

I heard a story of a well-known writer who told his pro golfer friend, “I decided not to keep score anymore in golf because I just want to enjoy the game.” The friend said, “Oh, you mean you decided not to improve.” Life is enjoyable when there is progress. I am not just talking about external, visible progress. Even when there is a lack of anything visible, we can sense internal progress, such as character change, improving patience, or new…

259. Size vs Strength

Continuing last week’s blog, I would like to talk more about our ministry using exercise analogy. (You can tell how much I love exercise!) People say there are two main types of resistance training: Bodybuilding and Strength training. Bodybuilding focuses on increasing the size of muscle. Strength training focuses on increasing the strength of muscle. Both create muscle growth, but one makes it a goal, and the other is a side-effect. Bodybuilding focuses on looking aesthetically pleasing. Strength training focuses…

258. Plan For Strength

This week, the gym opened up, so I was glad to be back. I was thankful for a solid strength program that I trust and follow. Even after a month of break, I knew exactly what to do and how much to do, instead of being tempted to do too many exercises at once and knock myself out. On the first return day, I did three major compound exercises and called it a day. I think the Christian life is…

257. Better Joint Services

Many of our members seem to be ambivalent about joint services with KSC (Korean Speaking congregation). It is a rare opportunity for the whole church to gather in one place, and yet it must feel like eating with a stranger for some. Attendance is usually lower when we have joint service. We want to change that starting from this year. The main reason for the lower participation/excitement level is more on me than others. Because our congregation started from a…

256. How Our Finance Is Running

We had our congregation meeting last Sunday. As it is for active (attendance in the previous three months) registered (finished New Family Class) baptized members, not every member gets to hear the detailed report of how our annual budget is allocated for this year. So I would like to briefly touch on some areas of our finance to inform all our members and stay transparent. Our annual budget goes through multiple fresh eyes before it gets adopted by the congregation.…

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…