But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Reformed Margins - Apologetic Report

Though it has been over ten years since I’ve watched the movie, there’s one scene in the The Joy Luck Club I still remember. In it, a Chinese-American woman brings her Caucasian boyfriend to meet her parents. During dinner, he commits a series of cultural errors, culminating in one that...

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 05:00

Chutzpuh pt 2: Losing to Win

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Intro: Is Chutzpah really Holy?

For better or for worse, Korean churches tend to be heavily revivalistic. Just about every Korean church that I know of tends to have at least 2 or 3 revivals or revivalistic retreats per year.  And what that meant for me was that early on, I got multiple chances...

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Thursday, 03 August 2017 04:42

7 Issues in the Chinese American Church

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Almost a year ago I tried to explainwhy the majority of Chinese American Christians have been conservative evangelicals since the mid-20th century. In this post, I will lay out a broad overview of seven prominent issues the Chinese American evangelical church has faced over the years. These...

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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 00:05

The Gospel and Our Transgender Neighbors

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President Trump’s tweets last week, which promised to ban transgender Americans from serving in the armed forces, added to the long list of his polarizing antics. Many condemned the action as discriminatory. Others lauded him for his decision based on practical...

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 23:05

Chutzpah: A Strategy for the Disenfranchised

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I’m going to tell you an uncomfortable story.

When I was a kid, my father had a grocery store in South Philly. And like most convenience stores do today, he kept the candy on front-side of the cash register counter in order to boost sales.

Now, my favorite candy, out of all the choices he had...

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Monday, 17 July 2017 23:15

Parenting And The School of Sanctification

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When my daughter was a toddler, she did something to warrant discipline and though I have long forgotten the offense, I will always remember her response. Sensing from the tone of my voice she was about to face the consequence of her disobedience, she protested. Her defense? “But everyone...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 22:00

5 Lessons Learned by a First-Time Pastor

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Today’s guest post is from Jonathan Chong, pastor of Chinese Presbyterian Church in Sydney, Australia. To learn more about CPC, you can visit their website.

In the last week, I’ve been farewelled from my first pastoral position post-seminary. I’ve...

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Sunday, 02 July 2017 23:23

Rejoicing and Weeping on the Fourth of July

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I think I’ve found a way to celebrate patriotic holidays.

For many of you that’s a silly “discovery.” You’ve probably celebrated them with your conscience clear for years. But I’ve been struggling.

Maybe I’ve struggled...

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017 02:36

The Court Ruling on Philando Castile

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Almost one year ago, after the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, I wrote a post lamenting police brutality and its blatant desecration of the image of God inherent in black bodies. Unfortunately, one year later, I’m left distraught again as Philando Castile received no justice...

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Monday, 19 June 2017 23:00

Child of God, You Are Loved

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If you’ve been a Christian for a while, you may find there are lessons God goes over with you again and again. He speaks and the truth impacts you so deeply it feels new. And it’s not until you start sharing with others that you stop yourself and say, “well, this isn’t anew...

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Thursday, 15 June 2017 02:03

From Culpability to Responsibility

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Intro: silent prophets.

In seminary I took an Old Testament class where the professor assigned a book by MLK jr. The idea was to see how Biblical Prophecy tended to be more about forth-telling than fore-telling.1  And by anyone’s standards, MLK jr was a pretty good modern day example of...

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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 23:03

For Those Wearied by Anti-Racism Work

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I don’t do a lot of anti-racism work. I do a little, here and there, but my first calling is to the building up and growth of the Church. That’s why I’ve trained to become a Pastor and have dedicated my life to working in local churches. It is...

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Earlier this year, Donald Trump signed an Executive Order that effectively prevented Muslim refugees and non-US residents, from coming into the country. If you recall, there were large protests in airports all across the country.

Despite being a registered Republican at the time, I adamantly...

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Today, Reformed Margins is happy to publish a guest post by Moses Lee, in which he reviews and reflects upon Created and Creating by Bill Edgar of Westminster Theological Seminary.

Moses Y. Lee (@Pastor_Master) is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and currently...

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“Why, then, this foolishness? Why are we afraid to think good thoughts of God? Is it too hard to think of God as good, gracious, tender, loving and kind? – John Owen, Communion With God

One of the natures of Christian literature is that books and articles are largely written in response...

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 00:11

Good Doctrine Gone Bad

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Today we feature a guest post from Kevin Garcia. You can read about his journey into the Reformed tradition here.  

It happened again.

Those were my thoughts as the lump in my throat grew. On this particular Sunday I had switched off the internet in order to catch up on some reading. I had...

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Friday, 12 May 2017 01:12

“…But a crushed spirit who can bear?”

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Proverbs 18:14

A man’s spirit will endure sickness,     But a crushed spirit who can bear?

There is something uniquely unbearable about a crushed spirit. Even in the throes of terminal sickness, many a spirit find hope that can sustain them, even unto death. But the thing about a...

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Tuesday, 02 May 2017 23:14

Some Clarity and a Hope for More

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Yesterday, Harry Reeder and I spoke for nearly an hour on the phone discussing an article Reformed Margins posted last week.

The conversation was cordial, thoughtful, and friendly.

The contents of that conversation are private but I will say this: I left the conversation encouraged and hopeful that...

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For the last week, the Reformed Margins team has discussed, debated, and prayed through whether this post should be written. Even as we publish today, we do so with heavy and conflicted hearts.

Last week The Root, an online news magazine, posted an article commenting on Briarwood...

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My last two posts reflected on the topic of ethnic churches in multi-ethnic contexts (you can read them here and here). Are they faithful and legitimate? Or are they divisive and less than ideal? I think I’m ready to share my answer and make my case.

I am convinced that ethnic churches are...

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 23:19

What an Israeli Tour Guide Taught Me About Communion

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Breaking Bread.

About two months ago, I got to go on a 10 day guided tour of Israel. It was my first time. You can imagine how excited I was.

We got to see all the major spots: Capernum, the Sea of Galilee, Magdala and Jerusalem. We even drove on a highway that lead tothe Valley of Hinnom (Gehenna?)....

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Monday, 03 April 2017 23:00

For the Christian Perfectionist

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Some of you may be Christian perfectionists.

I’m not writing here about people who are Christians and happen to be perfectionists in other areas in life. I’m referring to those of you who love the gospel, live in the church without hidden sin, but struggle, maybe even to the point...

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A new podcast launched in early March that has quickly made itself onto my list of mandatory listening. The podcast, called Truth’s Table, has also stirred up controversy within a month of its first airing.

I thought about addressing the controversy, but have decided not to. The hosts, Dr....

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If you didn’t know, just this past week, Princeton Theological Seminary was about to give their Kuyper Award to Redeemer Presbyterian Church’s pastor, Tim Keller. But after a large outcry from students and alumni, they rescinded the offer1.

The main issue, according to PTS president...

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Monday, 20 March 2017 02:35

Ethnic Churches in America: A Conversation

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What follows is a redacted and partial transcript of the conversations that transpired on Facebook after I shared my initial provisional thoughts about ethnic churches in multi-ethnic contexts. Many thanks to my main conversation partners:Clark Fobes andDaniel Eng.

WARNING: Don’t feel like...

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