“Sorry booboo we’re all done.”


“We ate all the croissant. All done. We don’t have any left. Baba will have to get you some more croissant later.”

You looked at me with quiet understanding. There was a brief pause. 


I was struck by a momentary loss of words. A gentle puff of delight filled the silence as you looked at me with an expectation that such a simple and direct demand would surely be met. While I beheld your confident self-assertion with amusement, I became aware that this “mundane” interaction had ushered me into a realm charged with the sacred. 
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Power and Privilege: A Model from the Early Church

Seven DeaconsFor the past 6 years, I’ve gone to New Orleans in March to staff a service project for college students. This year, we piloted new curriculum that included racial reconciliation, power, and privilege. We looked at a situation that the early Christian church faced regarding injustice, power, and privilege (Acts 6:1-7) to see what we can learn from them. It was the last night of our community discussions, and I was honestly feeling fried. It was a long week, and we’ve already talked about so many hard topics. I didn’t know how much was left in me, and I didn’t know how much my table group could handle. But the Scriptures surprised me, and below is a quick sketch of what I gleaned from the chapter regarding how power and privilege can be used to address injustices. Continue reading Power and Privilege: A Model from the Early Church

Sabbath and Self Care

(I shared this reflection on Feb 11 with students at Northeastern’s Asian American Center for its Self Care Week. The reflection was influenced by Tim Keller’s sermon on rest.)

The spiritual practice of sabbath taking is important to both the Jewish and Christian faith. Let me read two passages from the Bible, one from the Old Testament where God is speaking the 10 Commandments to the Jewish people, and a passage from the New Testament where Jesus is speaking to his followers. Continue reading Sabbath and Self Care