Good Friday: The Reason for Suffering

Salvation is a free gift. Yet it came at a great cost. I used to think my part was to simply receive the gift. Which is true. A gift isn’t something you earn. You simply open your hands and receive it. However, I found myself a little confused as to what this gift entailed. I thought that since Jesus took on […]

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Teacher Life: The Pink Jesus Necklace

It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged about my students, but they are very much still a part of my life, and noteworthy things have been happening. For instance…

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Hungry (just like Peter)

Last week I started trying to eat less carbs. This article I read on NYtimes.com said they did a study that shows low-carb diets are healthier than low-fat diets. (Guess my brother was right all along..) So for breakfast on Friday, I avoided my usual Special K and instead made myself a big colorful salad with tuna […]

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Nothing to Lose

I like to think about things. Like what kind of guy I should end up with. Or what it means to be a real friend. Or the best way to reorganize the layout of my budget spreadsheet now that I have a new version of Microsoft Excel. I like to reflect on the many moments […]

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Amidst the Threat of War

Tensions have been steadily rising between North and South Korea the past few weeks. I know because I see articles about it on NYtimes.com almost every day. But here in Seoul, there is no tension in the air. None. As someone living on the ground in Korea, I felt it my duty to write something […]

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Stolen Joy

Several weeks ago, I declared war on stress. I realized it was stealing my joy. So I decided it was time to fight. Life is a struggle, I wrote in my journal, and being a fighter is crucial. But during my church retreat last weekend (all messages can be found here), I realized that that picture of […]

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The Lion King: The Power of Identity

The Lion King is one of my favorite movies of all time. I always found its themes of identity, shame, and destiny to be powerfully moving as a kid, and I find them no less so now that I am an adult. Love this clip from the movie: As Rafiki says, The question is: Who are you? […]

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Thanksgiving

I can’t believe Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday of all time, is in two days. It totally doesn’t feel like it. This is the first Thanksgiving ever that I am not spending with my family. (Wow, that just sunk in…) But somehow, as my first Thanksgiving abroad (i.e. a Thanksgiving that doesn’t feel like real Thanksgiving) approaches, […]

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