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Victor Lin Trio Concert in NYC, Oct 3

Catch another fine upcoming performance by The Victor Lin Trio at The Calhoun School: 433 West End Ave (at 81st St) New York City.

Showtimes at 7pm and 9pm

Victor Lin
, piano
Phil Kuehn, bass
Joe Saylor, drums
and special guests!

Tickets are $10, $5 for students and seniors
RSVP here:

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Victor Lin CD Release Party


Coffeehouse Theology

Just received my copy of a newly released book, Coffeehouse Theology: Reflecting on God in Everyday Life published by NavPress by my buddy Ed Cyzewski [] from Biblical Theological Seminary. I heart Ed and you should too. I don’t deserve it but I get a nice little acknowledgment in it. Thanks Ed! And thanks Marla [] for letting me know before I got my copy. Check out her blog for thoughts on third spaces.
I’ll be doing a review of Coffeehouse Theology soon. There will be a blogging tour of his book [link for schedule]. I think it’ll be a great resource to help the Christians apply theology to everyday life. Ed’s already written two study guides. Christians need to think or perhaps think harder but very often they don’t know how to when it comes to everyday issues.
Regardless anything containing the word “coffee” is cool and sells well.

I recommend picking up this book and reading it with a cup of fine coffee from, a socially conscious roasting company started by another abcpastor friend, Scott Hackman.


Victor Lin CD Release Party

The Hymnbook CD by Victor LinMy uber talented friend Victor Lin is having a CD release concert for his latest work, The Hymnbook. Check it out if you’re in the Big Apple Saturday.

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CD Release Concert: The Hymnbook
Church Of The Advent Hope
111 E 87th St at Lexington Ave

Listen to select tracks at
Download some on MySpace


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Jayden Bathtime

Do you want to be a better dad?
How about a savvy daddy? founder and ABCPastor friend, Tony Chen has launched, the web magazine/community dedicated to fueling your passion to be a great dad. They’ve got a good start and some big ideas that I can’t wait to see realized.

Go Now!

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Asian American Tune-Up

A small but significant mention of my friend Victor Lin in the world of Jazz
(Link: Nobody Leaves Without Singing the Blues, The New York Sun)
Beautiful article by the way.

Also check out Tim Be Told at Columbia University tomorrow with Jonathan Walton. Their debut CD is really worth a listen. They’ll be featured at ACHTUNG 2007 too!


breathing after a long weekend from the delaware valley joint youth retreat and church activity, i can’t believe many moons ago i was at that retreat as an impressionable youth!?!?! i have no recollection of the messages at all. but it was definitely good to be around yoots again. all in all, i miss my boys and girls from jersey incredibly. so much his.tory. sending out a prayer to you all.

be prepared for his world domination…check out


magical people

my boy hosive proclaimed his love for magical people once.
i love magical people too.
there are special people in the world who step into a room and charge the atmosphere simply with their presence. there are those who have a quiet way about them and when they speak they earn the silence of others. their words can change lives, alleviate and heal the oppressive states we find ourselves in. some are able to always see moments in life as colorful living beauty where others see as mundane. they see people, really see them in such a way they feel more human again. they may walk beside you for even a brief period of time and are able to leave such an fingerprint upon your soul that you are no longer the same. sometimes it’s in their death that makes that kind of mark which moves us to finally count our days and live a new kind of life.
in memory of a good brother who touched our communities – raise your cups high. drink to life. let the firing of rifles resound.
alas i repent. i don’t have many days left to spare.

just like the one who stepped into this world, walked with everyday people and called them his friends even when they weren’t when it counted most. he didn’t force people to live a certain way but he spoke of another way and showed them the way to this life, the way it was meant to be lived. in fact he was the way.

when i look at the world [u2, all that you can’t leave behind ]
When you look at the world / What is it that you see? / People find all kinds of things / That bring them to their knees / I see an expression / So clear and so true / That it changes the atmosphere / When you walk into the room
So I try to be like you / Try to feel it like you do / But without you it’s no use / I can’t see what you see / When I look at the world
When the night is someone elses / And you’re trying to get some sleep / When your thoughts are too expensive / To ever want to keep / When there’s all kinds of chaos / And everyone is walking lame
You don’t even blink now, do you / Or even look away
So I try to be like you / Try to feel it like you do / But without you it’s no use / I can’t see what you see / When I look at the world
I can’t wait any longer / I can’t wait till I’m stronger / Can’t wait any longer / To see what you see / When I look at the world
I’m in the waiting room / Can’t see for the smoke / I think of you and your holy book / While the rest of us choke
Tell me, tell me, what do you see? Tell me, tell me, what’s wrong with me

So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it. colossians 3:12-14

i heart my magical friends and yeah they’re supastars.

respect to my boy webba and the yoyonation for being showcased on nbc news JOIN THE NATION!

much love to anna michelle and teddy for getting blinged out last week and gettin yours on ugly betty
anna and teddy anna and teddy
get your apron on at – sold at anthropologie and other fine retailers…

and of course this post aint magical without my best boy who knows just what to do when the moment arises. you just love the camera.
thanks eric for the kodak moment
jayden was demonstrating his skills of listening and compassion when little becca didn’t exactly appreciate all the superbowl excitement


jayden fab

courtesy of my boy dan chen

joining the boys club
congratulations to tony & catherine chen on the birth of their baby boy, timothy. tony is founder of the blog – hospital impact.



it is finished
the scourging of exams and papers are over. my body and mind left almost lifeless. the end and the beginning has finally come. i look forward to graduation this saturday with mixed feelings. maybe things will change once i join with my brothers and sisters for this commemoration.

so what does this mean? i get an master of divinity.
but what exactly does that mean?
i’m not quite sure. maybe i’ll get the answer this weekend.

bloggin ::
now perhaps i can blog more and not just be a stalker.
my affections will once again be roused. it has been a good break to have not done this for almost a month. it was not my intention. i’m a bad blogger.

however, there are some blogs of note that i would like to encourage you to go venture.

my good buddy tony has recently put together an awesome blog about hospital leadership on hospitalimpact — what will it take for our hospitals to be the best run organizations on the face of the planet?
tony’s a pro as he shares his insights as a conscious kellogg mba grad and strategic planner within the hospital system in chicago. his blog is a chock full o fun.

also check out my seminary brother, ed’s in a mirror dimly blog as he explores the emergent mystique.

[american born chinese pastor]
seeks to be that third place for those who are american born chinese [abc] in ministry.
here we may explore issues unique to the chinese church and doing ministry in that context
expand the intersection of asian american culture and christian faith
or simply expose what goes on in the mind of this abcpastor

this may be a bit ambitious or even naiive but i do hope that through the posts we can bring together different faith communities, passions for the advancement of the Gospel and the equipping of the body of Christ.

if you are an abc pastor or have any suggestions or would like to contribute to make this space evolve, just comment.

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