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Ministry Formation, Adjunct prof OT @DallasSeminary | PhD Bib Studies/OT '17 DTS | PharmD '94 @UMich Former pastor, former oncology pharmacist, & very Asian.
Mar 14 7 tweets 2 min read
When a woman is abused, the marriage vows have been violated by the abuser.
She is not being treated as flesh of his own flesh, she is not being loved as Christ loves his bride.
Not protecting her for the sake of the marriage is misguided and harmful.
(🧵) + In fact, the Torah provides a powerful example of God's protective care for women that is instructive in these matters.

In Num 5, there is legal instruction regarding the adjudication of cases where a woman is accused of adultery without witnesses. +
Nov 24, 2021 9 tweets 2 min read
A 🪡 about America in the larger scheme of world history.
I've often heard that America is a special nation chosen & blessed by God.
As I grow in my study of Scripture, esp the OT, I am struck by how incongruous this sentiment is with the vision of nations in the Bible. 1/ I want to focus on the Messianic Kingdom and how it stands in contrast to the great empires of world history.
In Isaiah 60 the LORD describes Zion as the heart of an utterly unique kingdom due to the rule of the Messiah. 2/
Oct 20, 2021 9 tweets 2 min read
Have heard some use Joseph's story as an example of forgiveness and moving on. Well, maybe not that simple. (🧵 coming):

First, what the brothers did to Joseph was trafficking in slaves. It is a sin punishable by death in the law (Deut 24:7), i.e., a really bad sin. 1/ Now when Joseph finally gets his chance to see his brothers, he doesn't just forgive and forget.

He runs them through a series of brutal tests.
Is this a classic story trope where we see Joseph's genius in testing his brothers? 2/
Aug 3, 2021 16 tweets 4 min read
A thread on being poor and parental love.🧵

I grew up poor during my grade school/middle school years & then lower middle class during my h.s. years.

My parents were always so tight with 💰 out of necessity. To me & my younger brother, it just felt like stinginess. 1/ Or we thought this was just how Korean immigrant parents were.🤷‍♂️
They were so stubborn about not buying anything unnecessary or a little too extra.
They were almost mean about it at times, but I realize they had to be because we were so annoying in asking for stuff. 2/
Aug 1, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
An encouragement from a study of the Psalms (🧵)

The form & style of a lament psalm and a psalm of confidence are similar. In both, the psalmist expresses strong emotions over a crisis, whether individual or communal. In both, the psalmist appeals to God out of desperation. 1/ And while both types of psalms read similarly up to a point, the lament remains in a minor key as the psalmist keeps faith while wrestling with pain.
The psalm of confidence diverges at the end, going into a major key and culminating in an expression of confidence & trust. 2/
May 12, 2021 7 tweets 2 min read
Gracious disagreement on non-essentials (🧵):

I hold to certain positions when it comes to various secondary theological questions. I used to want to correct others who disagreed and saw this as an important part of my Xian walk.

Then something funny happened... 1/ I started to find that intelligent, faithful believers reading the same Bible held different views and yet, I saw the fruit of the Spirit!
Wait! How could this be?

In fact, the further I went in my theological/biblical studies, I realized there's a lot I don't know. 2/
Apr 11, 2021 9 tweets 2 min read
In John 21:18-19, Jesus reveals to Peter how his life will end. Yes, there is a prediction of martyrdom, but there is more that is often missed. (Sermon notes🧵)

In Peter's earlier journey as a disciple, he wanted prominence and to prove himself to Jesus and the others. 1/ It makes sense that he would see himself as the one who would never abandon Jesus, even attempting to protect Jesus by the sword.

But the trifold denial of Jesus on the ight of Jesus' arrest broke Peter and crushed his sense of identity as a leader. 2/
Jul 29, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
Not going to go too deep into this hydroxychloroqione kerfufffle but...
I've worked as a pharmacist at a cancer research center. The strict regulations we have to observe for every clinical trial will make your head spin. Binders of protocols & strict compliance procedures. 1/4 If we have any mishaps including even having a storage freezer lose power, we have to document these incidents and report them to the people supervising that study.
We document every vial, pill, dose and account for every gram & milliliter used. 2/4
Feb 28, 2020 6 tweets 1 min read
COVID-19 has a viral profile like the flu. It's respiratory & spread by contact, not airborne.
It responds to the same basic precautions & measures that mitigate against the flu. Let's be wise - use sanitizers, wash hands thoroughly, & avoid unnecessary contact. And a few more notes while we're here:
I'm an oncology pharmacist and work in sterile prep. COVID-19 is not airborne meaning the virus isn't viable in the air for extended periods of time. It is however spread by aerosol media. 1/
Aug 6, 2019 11 tweets 2 min read
Been reading through 1-2 Kgs/1-2 Chron as well as the prophetic passages associated with Israel's & Judah's historical narratives. It has been enlightening to review this history & their respective descents toward judgment. There are relevant parallels for today. 1/ In the Northern Kingdom (Israel) the history of these tribes led to a tragic trajectory in which the wicked kings led Israel into blatant idolatry. They erected shrines to Asherah, Baal, Molech, et al and worshipped them openly. Their apostasy was open and blatant. 2/
Jul 22, 2019 12 tweets 2 min read
Some thoughts on migration/immigration:
Human migration has been a reality for as long as people groups have been around. Groups organically seek out favorable conditions. This is reasonable behavior.
This has been around much longer than the concept of national borders. 1/ In recent history, this natural human behavior has been complicated by national entities, borders, diplomatic relationships, and immigration laws. 2/
Jun 22, 2019 4 tweets 1 min read
Here is the heart of hypocrisy when it comes to our southern border crisis: 1) We say we want to reach & love the nations, but we fear them & treat them like subhumans when they come to our shores. We value our wrong conceptions of security more than their humanity. 1/ 2) We say we are a nation of laws and that we want to honor what is legal. Yet, we twist, obfuscate, & abuse those very laws when those laws actually help refugees, asylum seekers, immigrants, and those in need. We only want to keep the laws that benefit us. 2/