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40 SECOND HOMILY: OVERCOMING FEAR

40 SECOND HOMILY: OVERCOMING FEAR

8/7/2020

I wrote this sermon manuscript as a contribution to our Children’s Online Worship which fell on the Lectionary reading and worship on August 9, 2020.   I was asked to work on the theme, “Being Courageous to Follow Jesus,” based on the gospel lectionary reading found in Matthew 14:25 -29. “And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. 26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out in fear. 27 But ...


40 SECOND HOMILY: JOY IN GIVING AND LIVING

40 SECOND HOMILY: JOY IN GIVING AND LIVING

7/24/2020

I love the parables which of course Jesus used to teach the people and the crowd about life. Yes, Jesus used the parables according to the gospel writers to teach people about how to live in their own context and locations of where they lived. We’re borrowing them now and we may have several sets of lenses in understanding them and interpret them fairly or with justice. We should remind and warn ourselves not to manipulate the parables.   I love the parables because it helps me to see myself and...


40 SECOND HOMILY: JOIN THE SOWER’S STRUGGLE

40 SECOND HOMILY: JOIN THE SOWER’S STRUGGLE

7/10/2020

Young People, you are the church.   Young people, you are the community.   Young people, you are the transformed SOWERS.   Our 40 SECOND HOMILY is focusing on the theme, “JOIN THE SOWER’S STRUGGLE.”   You and I are being invited to use new sets of lenses to re-read the parable by shifting our attention to the very rich offering of the metaphor instead of feeling good about ourselves in the meaning of the allegory that through the history of the church in its evangelistic effort has been too ...


40 SECOND HOMILY: CARRYING BURDENS TOGETHER

40 SECOND HOMILY: CARRYING BURDENS TOGETHER

7/2/2020

Our 40 SECOND HOMILY is focusing on the theme, “CARRYING BURDENS TOGETHER.” This is based from Matthew 11:28, "Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”   I follow the lectionary and July 5, 2020 is Fifth Sunday after Pentecost. You and I are joining the Christian churches around the globe who are following the lectionary in the use of the lectionary readings particularly the gospel reading in Matthew.   I immediately thought of the powerful ...


40 SECOND HOMILY: CONFRONTING ORIGINAL SIN

40 SECOND HOMILY: CONFRONTING ORIGINAL SIN

6/19/2020

40 SECOND HOMILY this time focuses on the theme, “Fathers, Confronting Original Sin.” I was invited to preach by way of providing a video of a sermon in the celebration of Father’s Day Sunday worship at Evergreen United Methodist Church-San Jose online worship on June 21, 2020. My appreciation to the Rev. Sunae Cho, resident pastor of Evergreen UMC.


Fathers Confronting the Original Sin

Fathers Confronting the Original Sin

6/19/2020

Greetings! Today is Father’s Day. Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers in the congregation of Evergreen UMC-San Jose. I am very glad to be with you in your Father’s Day worship service we’re doing virtually. I thought of using the basketball game as an analogy.


40 Second Confirmation: Lesson 3 Love

40 Second Confirmation: Lesson 3 Love

6/12/2020

Lesson 3: LOVE Using the curriculum, "CONFIRM," by Abingdon Press, I made adaptations to our ministry settings during the time of COVID-19 pandemic and the social unrest due to racial injustice committed to some of our Black American brothers and sisters.


40 SECOND HOMILY: COMPASSION

40 SECOND HOMILY: COMPASSION

6/12/2020

The lectionary gospel reading is from Matthew 9:36, “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them." (New Revised Standard Version of the Bible)


CHRISTMAS INSTITUTE VIRTUAL WORSHIP: Resistance is Holy

6/11/2020

Yesterday was the 10th day of the nationwide protests rallies, marches in the US which were led by young people who are crying out, “NO JUSTICE. NO PEACE.” World news also reported there were protests in London, Canada, Melbourne


40 SECOND CONFIRMATION: LIVING TOGETHER

40 SECOND CONFIRMATION: LIVING TOGETHER

6/6/2020

The Confirmation Class is the right place to talk about living together in a community that God loves. And yet, even though people say, or I should say we say that we are children of God, we live with our sin of racism.


40 SECOND HOMILY: RESISTANCE

40 SECOND HOMILY: RESISTANCE

6/5/2020

Our 40 SECOND HOMILY is RESISTANCE. The slides are in black that symbolizes grief, mourning, sadness and lament.


40 SECOND CONFIRMATION: Lesson 1, Traveling with Jesus

40 SECOND CONFIRMATION: Lesson 1, Traveling with Jesus

5/29/2020

40 SECOND CONFIRMATION, Lesson 1, Traveling with Jesus is more than 40 Seconds when the second slide is played with video.    We use our resourcefulness in acquiring or producing our curriculum to teach and mentor our confirmands to become faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. I am using the CONFIRM curriculum by Abingdon Press and I am adapting it into our context of diversity and multi-cultural setting of community and ministry.   I commend the pastors, staff and volunteers that are conducting ...


40 SECOND HOMILY: ENABLED

40 SECOND HOMILY: ENABLED

5/29/2020

I worked on the completion of 40 SECOND HOMILY: ENABLED on Friday, May 29th during the time that several protest rallies were happening in Minneapolis, Washington, New York, Atlanta and San Jose.


40 SECOND HOMILY: ONE

40 SECOND HOMILY: ONE

5/22/2020

40 SECOND HOMILY: ONE One of the things we have in common, I think, is that, we like to read Sojourners Magazine. I read Jim Wallis article entitled, "When Will the Monstrous Become Unacceptable." It is a very prophetic article in challenging us that we need to decide, to take the risk of doing what is right.


40 SECOND CONFIRMATION

40 SECOND CONFIRMATION

5/15/2020

Anyone can draw. While sheltering in place, with our practice of physical distancing that helps save lives, drawing or sketching becomes an avenue of expressing what we feel and our drawings become a gesture of prayer.


40 SECOND HOMILY: JESUS SAVES

40 SECOND HOMILY: JESUS SAVES

5/15/2020

40 SECOND HOMILY: JESUS SAVES I used to draw with a pencil, crayons, pastel colors on drawing pad or paper. Now I’m learning how to use my iPad with a stylus and uses different apps. But I need more tools to utilize them and create beautiful images, artwork as expressions of preaching the Word centering on the work of God in Jesus of love, liberation, justice and peace.


40 SECOND HOMILY: WHEN IN PAIN, SING!

40 SECOND HOMILY: WHEN IN PAIN, SING!

5/7/2020

40 SECOND HOMILY is designed to come in a series every week for the purpose of providing a resource for youth and young adults in engaging in biblical-theological reflection through small group discussions and any form of group sharing.


Prayer Song of Hope

Prayer Song of Hope

4/1/2020

My reflection this week after the Fifth Sunday in Lent and before Palm Sunday is a witness of admiration to the people on the frontline serving, risking their lives, battling the war on the coronavirus pandemic. I remember them in my prayer as a practice of my spirituality which has been formed in me as a disciple of Jesus.  As a clergy, I observe faithfully the practices in the Lenten Season.  I've been watching news coverage of the coronavirus pandemic in several channels (local, cable and ...

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