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

It’s a tale as old as time: Aimee Byrd wrote a book and complementarians started screaming in terror. 

It has been quite something to watch Byrd’s career grow since her first book, Housewife Theologian. While many would accuse her of a “feminist drift”, in my view she...

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Wednesday, 27 May 2020 21:00

Asian American Complicity in Racism

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I moved to Baltimore in August 2013. Prior to that time, I was pretty ignorant of the African American experience. I had read Uncle Tom’s Cabin in school, and I remember that making a strong impression on me. I was also a bit of a history nerd, so I had read up a little bit on the slave...

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Thursday, 14 May 2020 00:11

The Privilege of Walking in Solidarity

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I’m not a runner. Not remotely. In fact, I absolutely hate running unless there’s another sport or purpose attached to it. 

But last week, on May 8, I joined scores of people across the United States in walking for 2.23 miles. 

It was an act of solidarity. On February 23 (2/23),...

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Friday, 17 April 2020 01:44

Not But, So

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A few months ago, God said no. I’d been praying he would stop something from happening, something that would harm people I care deeply about but was powerless to control. But what I feared might happen did happen.

This isn’t my first encounter with unanswered prayer, but this one hit...

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Thursday, 09 April 2020 00:02

There Is No Silver Lining to COVID-19

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I am bristling lately whenever I catch a whiff of someone claiming there is a silver lining to COVID-19.

There are reasons to be thankful in the midst of tragedy. People are writing there is less global pollution because of stay-at-home orders. Others see this as a chance to step back and...

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Dear Andrew Yang,

First off, I am one of your supporters and have been Yang Gang for some time now, and those things are not changing any time soon. But this article was a pretty big gaffe. I love you, Andrew, but you misfired here.

In terms of what you wrote, I know what you meant. You meant that in...

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Wednesday, 01 April 2020 20:29

Anxiety in the Epicenter of Covid-19

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A Scary Text Message

Just yesterday, I got a text from a loved one who is a medical professional on the front lines of the Covid-19 crisis. 

Joe, it’s really bad. 

Nothing is helping these really sick middle aged people. 

And they just keep on coming. 

This was a first hand...

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Wednesday, 18 March 2020 18:00

Why “Chinese Virus” Is a Racist Phrase

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Reformed Margins is honored to share this article from guest contributor Timothy Isaiah Cho. Timothyis the Associate Editor for Faithfully Magazine. He received a Master of Divinity from Westminster Seminary California and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from U.C. Berkeley

The...

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Thursday, 12 March 2020 06:12

How Church Leaders Should Respond to COVID-19

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Yesterday, the World Health Organization finally classified the novel coronavirus as a pandemic. As COVID-19 continues to spread, many people in our churches are looking for direction and guidance. Much of this direction and guidance comes from cable TV, from social media, from government websites,...

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Wednesday, 04 March 2020 19:00

Christians Don’t Strut

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Many people who know me know that I was a huge fan of the NBC drama series The West Wing, which aired for 7 seasons (1999-2006). It was a political drama that centered around a fictitious Democratic administration that also managed to integrate the mood and current events of the time. 

In what...

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Thursday, 27 February 2020 00:50

A Homily for Boh Boh’s Funeral

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On Tuesday, my family held a funeral and buried my 90-year old grandmother, who died in the living Christ. This is how I preached the gospel.

To me, Boh Boh was always invincible. Even in 2018 before Cami was born, when we were thinking about childcare, I even wondered aloud to my mom if 88-year-old...

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Wednesday, 19 February 2020 20:13

The Burdens of the Self, the Church, and Everyone Else

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There’s a fascinating conversation between the hobbits Sam and Frodo in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Return of the King

‘I can’t manage it, Sam,’ [Frodo] said. ‘It is such a weight to carry, such a weight.’

Sam knew before he spoke, that it was vain, and...

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Thursday, 13 February 2020 05:26

The Threat of Chaos in Diverse Churches

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A year and a half has gone by since I last wrote “Pursuing Ministry while Reformed & Chinese.” Perhaps it’s time for a reflection.

If you’re new to my story or need a memory jogger, in 2018, I accepted an invitation to serve as pastor-in-residence at the Berkeley location...

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Thursday, 06 February 2020 01:12

The Right Judge: Why Anger Never Satisfies

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Spoiler Alert:Serious spoilers for Parasite follow.

I’ve got a confession to make. I’ve got an anger problem. It’s not that I think of myself as an angry person. Anger rarely raises my voice anymore, and has never really raised a fist. It’s a more insidious problem than...

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Thursday, 30 January 2020 21:00

The War Over Laws and the War Over Hearts

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Ever since the birth of democracy, politicians and activists have been waging wars over laws. I’m not talking about literal war, although sometimes debates over laws have certainly resulted in literal wars (e.g., the American Revolution, the American Civil War). I’m talking about people...

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Wednesday, 22 January 2020 21:55

The Regularity of Family Worship

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Guest writer Jeffrey Jou is a Chinese American effect pigments research scientist as well as a student at Reformed Theological Seminary, New York City. He has been married to his wife, Jamie, for three years, and they are expecting their first child sometime in January. They attend Redeemer...

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Thursday, 16 January 2020 00:01

The Yanging of a Christian Pastor

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Intro: The Yanging

Sometime this past summer, a friend from my former church began waxing lyrical online about presidential candidate Andrew Yang (D). I found this odd since I had never known this person to be political in any way prior to this year. And yet here she was urging everyone she was...

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Wednesday, 08 January 2020 21:00

Cultivating Spiritual Regularity

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Guest writer Jeffrey Jou is a Chinese American effect pigments research scientist as well as a student at Reformed Theological Seminary, New York City. He has been married to his wife, Jamie, for three years, and they are expecting their first child sometime in January. They attend Redeemer...

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I’ve always believed it is important for pastors and writers to read widely. How else will our sermons and articles remain relevant? Outside of reading, where do we continue to learn and develop our skills? So, for the last few years, I worked hard to read widely and expose myself to a...

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Wednesday, 25 December 2019 21:05

The Irony of the Magi

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The Christmas story is culturally familiar to most Americans. Nativity scenes abound on American front lawns. Theology-packed hymns are played on secular radio. Despite all of the rhetoric on the secular war on Christmas, in many parts of America Christmas seems to be doing just fine.

At least, it...

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Wednesday, 18 December 2019 18:00

God Over Nations

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I applaud the recently minted Center for the Bible and Ethnicity at Reformed Theological Seminary, Atlanta. Director Karen Ellis notes the Center’s agenda “emphasizes the connection between the local and global, with a focus on how God has moved, is moving, and has promised to move...

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Wednesday, 11 December 2019 21:18

Do You Need Friends?

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Today Reformed Margins is honored to post this guest article from Paul J. Park. Paul J Park was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, and flew to the States for his undergraduate studies at Duke University. He received his MDiv at Westminster Theological Seminary and is currently finishing up his...

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The Christmas season is notoriously busy for Churches. Adding Christmas Eve services along with special advent services, staff Christmas parties, guest speaking engagements, and a multiplicity of holiday dinners can stretch Church leadership to the breaking point. 

In response to this, some...

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Guest writer Tara J. is a Rust Belt expat, multi-ethnic kid, bulldog aficionado, and pursuer of peace. She makes her home on historic Doeg lands in Northern Virginia with her husband and an ignorant number of houseplants.

Our God, Creator, Sustainer. Made in...

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Today Reformed Margins is honored to post this guest article from Wong Tian An. Tian Anis Malaysian, and a mathematician by trade who is writing a book on an Asian American theology of liberation.

Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the...

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