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8058650110_38e0ba2138_zBy Diana Gee

By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.

–Gal 5:22-23

 

This past week I was in an ordination workshop. The class was made up of people in the process of being recognized as set apart for the ministry of shepherding God’s flock. What this all means is still being worked out both for me and for my church. For the record, I have no actual agricultural experience. The closest is of the gardening variety and pet-sitting. I feel unqualified and doubtful most of the time. Nonetheless, it’s a journey worth travelling, even if it is rather daunting and lonely. (more…)

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By Melanie Mar Chow

Truth or dare. Childhood memories recall a game that made me submit to the dare to eat the dreaded banana or to taste soap. The stinging words of “You liar!” from those that taunted me in my youth still feel like a slap in the face decades later.

My mind echoed back to those days when recently, I was deciding whether to put quotation marks on something I was writing.  (more…)

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By Diana Gee

Accounting

It’s tax season here in Canada. And for the first time I’m claiming clergy status to reduce my taxes. While this seems like a good idea, it has caused me much pain and gnashing of teeth. Since I had not bothered to claim clergy status before, I had to backtrack transportation and housing expenses for the last five years. (more…)

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By Young Lee Hertig

Life, amidst the culture of virtual takeover, demands us to devote more time, energy, and resources to machines.  The ongoing dependence and intrusion of technology accompanies the ongoing troubleshooting of technological problems.  Yes, I am aware of the fact that this blog is possible because of our digital access.  (more…)

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By Eun Joo Angela Ryo

Over the centuries, the Parable of the Prodigal Son has been exegeted inside out and upside down by both the bright and serious theologians and your average churchgoers alike; each character, each action, each dialogue, each WORD had been carefully dissected and analyzed and overanalyzed again and again.  (more…)

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Introduction to this 3-part blog series–>

By Vivian Mabuni

I don’t use the word “retard” or “retarded” anymore when I refer to myself after I mess up.

I have two author friends, Amy Julia Becker, author of A Good and Perfect Gift and Gillian Marchenko, author of Sun Shine Down. (more…)

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Introduction to this 3-part blog series–>

By Melanie Mar Chow

Although I was not one of the first hundred people to sign the Asian Americans United letter, ultimately I did sign it, after some thoughtful and prayerful consideration.  My deliberations involved reflections on how to be responsible with my position and vast years of experience, as part of the Body of Christ, to act as a bridge to address racial tensions and perceived actions.  Would my response be limited only to the act of signing the letter as one of the 1000+ who signed it, or would my response involve and shape who I am as a leader and as a follower of Jesus as an Asian American Christian woman?  Was I responding individually or corporately? (more…)

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