Thanksgiving is truly a good thing. When we embrace thankfulness, our hearts are warmed and softened. When we give thanks among one another, our hearts are moved and inspired. We sometimes shed tears from being inspired deeply. That’s when our hardened hearts are often softened -- through the tears. Those who give us true inspiration are the ones who give thanks even during difficult circumstances.
Before Thanksgiving Day, I pondered the difference between Eastern and Western cultures in term of how they view and display respect. For this, I was given the example of two great philosophers who led the flow of ideas in the East and West: One of them is Plato, a western ancient philosopher and the other is Meniculcs, a Chinese ancient philosopher.
Pastor Joseph Choi discusses why he believes pastors should discuss certain social issues with their congregants from the pulpit. It all comes down to helping them to have a biblical worldview, he says.
When I graduated from the seminary and was about to start a pastoral career, people around me encouraged that I ought to become a competent pastor. They told me if I want to be a great pastor, I ought to acquire skills. Since that day, I asked myself these following questions. What are the skills? How are the skills developed? How are the skills accumulated? For what do I need to acquire skills and for whom do I use those skills? These questions are not only applicable to me, but likely in any career field.
Reverend Joshua Choon-Min Kang shares his thoughts on the wisdom that is learned through incidents of failure, and how Christians can continue to move forward despite them.
Last week on the Reformation Day, I received some questions about how Luther and the Reformed Church, including John Calvin, understood the concept of justification and sanctification. This article will help Christians easily understand the theological differences of Luther and Calvin.
In the earlier thesis, Luther asserts that only when all humans fear the judgment of God, they can avoid pride and have true hope. In this thesis, Luther emphasized that, “In the sight of God sins are then truly venial when they are feared by men to be mortal.” While thesis 11, pertains to concern for the work of humans, thesis 12 pertains to concern for the affections of humans. In other words, we must fear judgment in all aspects of ourselves; not only in our works, but also in our affections.
I’m writing this letter in Seoul as I’m thinking of you. Autumn is drawing on in Korea. The colors of fall leaves are beautiful. One more night in Korea, and I will return to you. I have come to realize the time I resided in Los Angeles has been longer than the time I had resided in Korea. Los Angeles has become my second hometown.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” Have you ever wondered why Jesus mentions regarding what we eat, drink and wear? In considering these necessities, we might be aware of passages such as 1 Cor 10:31, Luke 17, or passages in Ecclesiastes 3, 9 as well as Romans 14 and few other places.
A beginner’s heart is the ‘first heart.’ Cultivating the beginner’s heart is wisdom. It is difficult to explain the beginner’s heart but everyone knows that the beginner’s heart is important. We hear people say, “Do you remember how your heart was when you first began? You must go back to the beginner’s heart.” To lose a beginner’s heart means that the heart has been changed. It means that the heart has gone bad compared to the beginning.
Reverend Joshua Choon-Min Kang shares his thoughts on how to keep open the door through which God blesses his people abundantly.
Reverend Jin O. Jeong discusses the historical context of the Lutheran liturgy, and the different arguments for which some may want to change the liturgy according to the culture, or conserve it in its original form.
As we can see in earlier thesis, the scholastic tradition in Middle age, tried to make the distinction between ‘dead works’ and ‘deadly works’ to avoid the argument of the good woks done by, “benevolent pagans.” Luther asserted that this distinction can be incomprehensible to ordinary Christians. In this thesis, Luther once again asserts that we must sincerely admit, even to confession, that our best works are sinful. Because we pride ourselves in our works, we must fear the judgment of God in every work. With the fear of God’s judgement, all human cannot avoid the arrogance.
Reverend Joshua Choon-Min Kang shares his thoughts on sharing Christ's fragrance after his encounter with Pastor David Ross, an American missionary to Korea.
Reverend Joshua Choon-Min Kang of New Life Vision Church shares his thoughts on trying to change a person. "Changing people is ultimately God's job," he says.