Books We Love
"To remain nameless is to remain invisible and voiceless at the table and to be submerged among others' names. There is power in naming one's reality, which then allows us to engage in discourse at the table."
“To remain nameless is to remain invisible and voiceless at the table and to be submerged among others’ names. There is power in naming one’s reality, which then allows us to engage in discourse at the table.”
“Honesty also impels us to admit that the church has not been true to its social mission on the question of racial justice. In this area it has failed Christ miserably. This failure is due not only to the fact that the church has been appallingly silent and disastrously indifferent to the realm of race relations but even more to the fact that it has often been an active participant in shaping and crystallizing the patterns of the race-caste system.”
“...small bits of our day are profoundly meaningful because they are the site of our worship. The crucible of our formation is in the monotony of our daily routines.”
"Faith, I've come to believe, is more craft than feeling. and prayer is our chief practice in the craft... in our deepest moments of anxiety and darkness, we enter into this craft of prayer, often trembling and feeble. Most often, we take up prayer not out of triumphant victory or unimpeachable trust but because prayer shapes us; it works back on us to change who we are and what we believe."
“Many of us want to have diverse friends and are passionate about justice. But if we are serious about cross-cultural relationships - real relationships that lead to understanding, healing, and solidarity across cultural lines - we need to be willing to change. And that’s not something that comes easy.”
“Jesus matters because of what he brought and what he still brings to ordinary human beings, living their ordinary lives and coping daily with their surroundings. He promises wholeness for their lives. In sharing our weaknesses he gives us strength and imparts through his companionship a life that has the quality of eternity."
“I always tell our community that we should attract the people Jesus attracted and frustrate the people Jesus frustrated. It’s certainly never our goal to frustrate, but it is worth noting that the people who were constantly agitated were the self-righteous, religious elite, the rich, and the powerful. But the people who were fascinated by him, by his love and grace, were folks who were already wounded and ostracized"
“The downward mobility of the kingdom strikes at the very heart of our earthly strivings.”
Music We Listen To
"If the Lord is to be Lord, worship must have priority in our lives. The first commandment of Jesus is, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength"(Mark 12:30). The divine priority is worship first, service second. Our lives are to be punctuated with praise, thanksgiving, and adoration."
-Richard J. Foster, Celebration of Discipline
We Were on a Podcast
Listen in on the podcast hosted by ISAAC (Innovative Space for Asian American Christianity) as Pastor John Park describes his perspective on why he believes women should have equal access to the pulpit.