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The Asian Invasion and other minorities fast becoming the majority

Minority Population Growth

According to a recent aricle from the NYTimes, minorities now form majority in one-third of most-populous counties. That’s right, a whole lotta Asians.
Asians were the only major racial or ethnic group to record population gains in every county in the New York metropolitan region since 2005, according to recent census figures. Interestingly, the Hispanic population decreased.

From 2005 to 2006, the number of Asians increased by more than 10 percent in three New Jersey counties: Gloucester, Salem and Warren.

The highest growth rates among Asian populations were in metropolitan Napa, Calif., and Ocala, Naples, Cape Coral and Port St. Lucie, Fla. The greatest numerical increases were in New York (309,773), Los Angeles (216,987), Washington (105,390), San Francisco (103,073) and Chicago (93,237).

From July 1, 2005, to July 1, 2006, metropolitan Chicago edged out Honolulu in Asian population.

Whites are now in the minority in nearly one in 10 U.S. counties. Some of them aren’t too happy with the increasing diversity in our country. What year is this? Minorities have for a long time had large populations in the cities but now they’re spreading into the suburbs and beyond where many Whites moved to get away from the ails of the city. Change happens.

“The new melting pots are not large international gateways,” Professor Frey said, adding, “Rather, many are fast-growing suburbs themselves.

As a person who’s job is to be where the most people are to make the highest impact I used to think I needed to be in the cities exclusively because of population density. Being in New Jersey shown me otherwise. While I think I still need to be in the city for other reasons it would be wise to think strategically about the suburbs.

Some churches seem to be on top of that.
Who woulda thunk that Lansdale, Pa would have a growing Asian population? Just 21 miles north of Philly. Cornerstone Presbyterian is a growing Asian-American family church engaging that growing population. Lansdale? It has a population of 15,913 among which is 8% Asian. Neighbor, Montgomeryville also sports a hearty 8%.

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rev mcgreevey?

what the? i just thought this was interesting news. former new jersey gov. james mcgreevey has decided to pursue his master of divinity at general theological seminary. he was received as an episcopalian on sunday in nyc. in 2004 mcgreevey resigned from his position when he made public that he was gay and was having an affair. he is still in the midst of a nasty divorce.
who wouldathinkit? back in jersey i had the privilege to rub shoulders with some politicians and understand the system a little more. politicians are indeed interesting creatures. mcgreevey definitely stood out in his journey to office then and he still stands out in his choices now. i wish him well.

i still haven’t decided which political machine is worst – nj or philly…?




even NYC gave respect. (the empire state building was lit red)
i know this is a unusual post here but you gotta understand. but i guess it’s also tough to understand if you didn’t attend RU. if you didn’t attend this fine higher education establishment, it’s quite ok. just don’t be hatin. these are the days i would love to be in jersey. to join all the excitement. though i’ve been very much out of the loop with regards to sports. i’ve been waiting for this for a looooong time. . all i gotta say is that i’ve always been a believer. you may have heard me speak very highly of RU and the state of new jersey. i’ve even said many years ago…in 5-10 years rutgers will have a bowl game…they will have a national championship. NOW BELIEVE!

this original post time was 1am. what was i thinking? excited? oh yea. watch the highlights.

i’ve always believed that jerzee was one of the most strategic places to be and being by RU undoubtedly the best place to be in the whole state. it is a place of complete tension. it’s diverse and yet very segregated. it’s old and new. it’s got money and poverty. all the action and all the love belong to new york city or philly. it needs to see something happen. it needs people who make this place their home but know their place of rest is somewhere very other.

Coach Schiano, a true believer. . .
There was a great article in the NYT about a man and his dream. For all you philly folk, Schiano was an assistant coach at our beloved Penn State with JOPA. While coaching there, he said that his dream job was RU. RESPECT.

“A lot of people don’t think of New Jersey the way I do,” Schiano said. “They like to make jokes.”

People need to love NJ. Christians need to love Jersey.

If one guy can do something so miraculous with practically the worst football team in division 1-A…what would happen in a place where a community of people excelled in what they studied, where they worked and lived but were something else so radically different about them? why not?

i miss new jersey. whowouldathunkit?



naked is the point
just trying to figure out where i am. feeling a little vertigo. i used to simply love nyc because it was home. life appeared to be more simple then. now i love nyc just because i can’t stand the jersey suburbs. it’s like that old commercial, “this is your brain. this is your brain on crack.” life in the burbs is mindnumbingly illusive. the houses, the cars, the shopping, the job, the life. this isn’t real. it’s not life. it’s a relentless hiding and covering up. it’s all chasing after the wind.

in contrast, the city is messy, complex, and yes – dark. in that way, it longs for hope. but there is a sense of hopefulness there in the midst what appears to be chaotic. you see people step in and out of light and dark spaces. their shadows embedded with their stories dancing under street lamps.

and being chinese. dang. a people who never say what they really mean. a facade of familial love for what really is simply social order. where control equals peace and harmony. feelings are stuffed. rational logic override. false humility and pretenses. hiding. truly a sleeping dragon.
truth be told, we’re all afraid. we’re afraid of each other, of being found out, our weaknesses exposed. naked, body and soul. just mere shadows of what we’re supposed to be.
at the same time we long for that release, perhaps it’s forgiveness. what we want is acceptance. it’s hard to let someone in enough to help us. what if they really see us as we are? so we turn to self help books because we may be able to do it ourselves. it’s too risky to ask for help. we try and follow a new routine. we pop pills. read more. we’re just dealing with symptoms. dammit our core is still rotting away.
love washes away fear, inviting us to be naked. on the most deepest level, love making between two partners consummates in nakedness and penetration, a mutual giving and receiving.

enters a bride, with a scarlet past. the ultimate sign of healing is her approaching the altar and there waiting for her is the groom. he knows all of her past. accepts her and is proud of her for turning from that past to be with him only, now and forevermore. she is in her white gown.
take me as i am. no more. no less.
take me home.

Goose’s wife: Hey Goose you big stud!
Goose: That’s me, honey.
Goose’s wife: Take me to bed or lose me forever.
Goose: Show me the way home, honey.

I am the only one to blame for this / Somehow it all adds up the same / Soaring on the wings of selfish pride I flew too high and like Icarus I collide / With a world I try so hard to leave behind / To rid myself of all but love to give and die

To turn away and not become / Another nail to pierce the skin of one who loves more deeply than the oceans, more abundant than the tears / Of a world embracing every heartache / Can I be the one to sacrifice / Or grip the spear and watch the blood and water flow

To love you – take my world apart / To need you – I am on my knees / To love you – take my world apart / To need you – broken on my knees
All said and done I stand alone Amongst remains of a life I should not own / It takes all I am to believe In the mercy that covers me

Did you really have to die for me? All I am for all you are
Because what I need and what I believe are worlds apart

I look beyond the empty cross forgetting what my life has cost and wipe away the crimson stains and dull the nails that still remain / More and more I need you now, I owe you more each passing hour the battle between grace and pride I gave up not so long ago / So steal my heart and take the pain and wash the feet and cleanse my pride / take the selfish, take the weak, and all the things I cannot hide take the beauty, / take my tears the sin-soaked heart and make it yours take my world all apart / take it now, take it now and serve the ones that I despise / speak the words I can’t deny / watch the world I used to love fall to dust and thrown away / I look beyond the empty cross forgetting what my life has cost / so wipe away the crimson stains and dull the nails that still remain / so steal my heart and take the pain / take the selfish, take the weak and all the things I cannot hide / take the beauty, take my tears / take my world apart, take my world apart / I pray, I pray, I pray / take my world apart


getting out more :: emergent cohort of central nj

getting out more ::.

it’s nice to get out and live. that’s why i don’t blog much anymore besides the fact that i have a million other things going on. but i still spend more time with my powerbook than i do with my wife. i stare at it and interact with it much longer. i’ve got issues but i did manage to get out the last couple of thursday nights over to charlie brown’s where i got to hang with with my buddy todd and meet some fine princeton seminary guys. it has been refreshing. last night we kicked-off an emergent cohort here in central nj (via tony jones [theoblogy]) where i got to talk face to face with dr. darrell guder. i had no idea that he would be there. it quickly became one of those situations where you have all these questions when reading his books and then when you’re right there in front of the man you don’t know whether you should ask those questions or not. i just wanted to hear him talk. the question remains, what is emergent? is it a conversation or a movement?

i’m not going to even pretend like i have a grasp on it all. perhaps i’m not even emergent. if i am then it’s by accident. that seems to be the case with those churches that have been labeled emergent and have not set out to be one. it cannot be a model but a process. to be a model would betray ’emergent’. it must continue to be a process. so for now, i’m just listening in like a fly on the wall.

what it is so far in short ::. something new. reforming. listening to the marginalized. seeking unity. the sent people of God.

what it is not in short ::. a new church model. being relevant to xers and millenials. youth specialties.

tallskinnykiwi and theoblogy have some great posts on the subject. but i can’t help but want to hear more asian-american voices or ‘other’ voices. where my people at?

[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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