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CGCM English service: LOST SONS (video)

On Sunday, Jan 8th, I had the privilege of preaching at CGCM’s Renewal congregation service. I selected Luke 15:11-32, the so-called “Parable of the Prodigal Son” as my text since it’s been on my mind a lot. Out of all the Bible stories, this is the one Asians are least comfortable with, and thus, the one I had to preach on.

I asked the audience to imagine that the characters in Jesus’ story were all Asian, that this was an Asian family. I believe it’s more historico-culturally accurate, and also more personally relevant for many of the people, Asian or not, who might’ve heard a different message from this text or the church in general. Much of this is similar to material I teach back at UVA / in Asian InterVarsity, because in a sense, I believe this is the Gospel for Asians as we sorely need to hear it.

You can watch the sermon video uploaded below to Vimeo (recorded by my friend Enping H!):

It was amusing to have the youth all sit up front to see their reaction as I asked them to imagine the characters as Asian (and other similar expositions throughout).

CGCM: June 19 Commissioning (video and photos)

From June 12-19, I spent time with Chinese Gospel Church of Massachusetts (CGCM, my home church) in Southborough, MA. As students are on break, I spent time visiting and serving churches that partner with me — seminars, preaching, presenting my ministry plan — because I value my partnerships tremendously & see them as a significant part of my in ministry. This is Part 3 of 3 about visiting CGCM!

On Sunday, June 19, I had the privilege of being commissioned by the Chinese Gospel Church of Massachusetts (my home church) as a missionary partner. I am extremely grateful for their support and commitment to me and the work I’m doing with InterVarsity!

Click the video below (or go HERE) to watch the commissioning from 53:20 to 1:14:10. I briefly present my work with InterVarsity as a chapter planter, then the elders pray over me. You’ll notice our pastor translates for me because this is the main congregation, conducted entirely in Mandarin Chinese.

Presenting about Asian-American IV at the beginning of the commissioning.

My prayer of commissioning by our pastor and the church elders.

CGCM: June 17 Asian-American identity and parenting seminar (video and photos)

From June 12-19, I spent time with Chinese Gospel Church of Massachusetts (CGCM, my home church) in Southborough, MA. As students are on break, I spent time visiting and serving churches that partner with me — seminars, preaching, presenting my ministry plan — because I value my partnerships tremendously & see them as a significant part of my in ministry. This is Part 2 of 3 about visiting CGCM!

This Friday I was given the opportunity to lead a seminar for parents (though there were some kids/youth there) on the topic of Asian-American identity. Ever since I came on staff, and particularly in one decisive instance in December, the questions and plight of parents has been a driving factor for me and the needs I am responding to. Since the parents are not Asian-American — they cannot provide their kids with a good model of how to navigate the identity journey. But I told them that they could do their best to pass on a version of Chinese culture to their kids that is at least good and Godly and scripturally attuned.

I explain how ethnicity and culture were intended by God to be ways of relating to Him and seeing His true character in our lives and communities. I shared 3 positive elements of Asian-American culture — material stewardship, community and church vitality — and three negative elements that Christian parents need to revise — authority instead of intimacy, materialism instead of Kingdom-view, fatalism instead of hope. Then I fielded some questions.

Thanks to Denny W, one of my supporters, we’ve got video of the WHOLE thing as well as some photos.

We started out in this room but then the audience grew too large.

Over 60 people? 80 maybe? I didn't count.

Explaining 3 positive elements that Chinese Christian parents are already teaching.

CGCM: June 12 Sermon & Missions Presentation (video and photos)

From June 12-19, I spent time with Chinese Gospel Church of Massachusetts (CGCM, my home church) in Southborough, MA. As students are on break, I spent time visiting and serving churches that partner with me — seminars, preaching, presenting my ministry plan — because I value my partnerships tremendously & see them as a significant part of my in ministry. This is Part 1 of 3 about visiting CGCM!

It was great to be back with CGCM after being away since December. The day went really well — especially since I was tired from my 5th year Andover reunion the night before! Thank God for making things clear to my audiences.

  1. Preaching: I was given the opportunity to preach at the Renewal congregation which was a little daunting since almost everyone in the room was older than me. I spoke on 1 Kings 18:36-19:18 — about the faith it takes to make it through dry times. The video cuts off half-way through. If you want the rest of my notes, just contact me!

    Preaching at Renewal

    Talking with current CGCM Renewal folks.

  2. Missions Presentation: I presented my ministry plan for Asian-American InterVarsity to the missions committee and any interested church members followed by some time for questions.

    Presenting my ministry plan to missions committee

    Describing the fundamental Asian-American identity dilemma/question

    Talking with a donor and former youth counselor about the new chapter plant vision!