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Mar 13 5 tweets 1 min read
One tell-tale sign of cult-like behavior is what is said about a person who leaves a church/organization. It became very clear as I left certain church circles that there was an entire narrative that had been crafted about me and the reason I had left - all of which were false. I've heard of everything from being a scapegoat for an organization's financial woes to becoming "liberal" to wanting to make a platform for myself to just being a bitter person. It was never framed around the issues of spiritual abuse, racism, misogyny, and moral compromise.
Dec 31, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
One of the most painful things is when you share your story of spiritual abuse with someone you trust and respect and they break their friendship with you rather than believe you and act on what you've shared. Christians & churches are often so ill-equipped to provide suitable spiritual care for those who have undergone spiritual abuse & trauma. We often don't have the framework to be able to walk with people who have experienced harm from the church rather than find ways to cure them.
Nov 1, 2021 16 tweets 4 min read
It was not just that Presbyterians individually were slave owners, but the fact that Presbyterian congregations as a body owned enslaved people and would fund endowments, pastors' salaries, and other works of ministry through the leasing of enslaved work.

leben.us/slave-owning-p… This actually heightens the discussion about reparations because it is clear that Presbyterianism in America (second only to Anglicanism in America) was directly funded through the institution of slavery, so much so that congregations as a body would own enslaved people.
Oct 30, 2021 6 tweets 1 min read
People often blame White Evangelicals who are a part of churches that are about entertainment and loose on doctrine to explain the 81% vote for Trump. The problem is that there were plenty of theologically conservative, doctrinally precise, hymns/psalms only who supported Trump. I'll make this even more pointed: there were many Reformed Christians, churches, church leaders, and seminary professors who love to talk about liturgy this, theology that, doctrine this, reverent worship that, who supported Trump.
Oct 29, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Christians in the US fail to recognize that immigration laws have historically been racially motivated in the country as a way to prevent non-White people from either entering the country or integrating as full members of society. They have been used as a tool of White supremacy. That's not just a hunch or an opinion. Read the historic immigration laws, the policies that were developed by agencies in the US, court rulings at both local and federal levels, and the influential rhetoric of politicians and leaders over the past several centuries.
Oct 28, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Racism must be primarily seen as a liturgy of behaviors and habits. Christians especially have been limited in thinking that racism is about belief or intention solely. "I didn't mean to....""I have warm feelings towards..."

Racism is about behavior. If it walks and quacks like a duck, it's a duck.
Oct 27, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
It's a matter of fact that 1) anti Asian racism has grown significantly and 2) this violence is directly tied to anti Asian rhetoric from Trump and his allies and enablers.

This has to be addressed in our churches, where a significant number of people have both voted for and been formed by this rhetoric.

White Reformed and Evangelical leaders need to put love of their Asian American brothers and sisters over their love of money, career, and comfort of their predominantly White donor base. The silence from many sends a clear message.
Oct 22, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
It's easy to talk about the necessity and benefits of community without addressing Western presuppositions about what community means. Community is not simply a voluntary association of hermetically sealed individuals. It is a vibrant perichoresis and co-inherence of persons. In fact, our individuality finds its moorings within the dynamics of community in such a way that, as CS Lewis stated, "In each of my friends there is something that only some other friend can fully bring out. By myself I am not large enough to call the whole man into activity;
Oct 20, 2021 8 tweets 2 min read
Oh, I haven't told my story about paternity leave (or the lack thereof) in Christian nonprofits.

When I was working at a Christian nonprofit, my wife was pregnant with our second child, and due to the fact that we had a health scare during the delivery of our first child during seminary, I wanted to make sure I was able to be there for my family for at least several weeks to make sure everyone was cared for and felt safe.

The Christian nonprofit did not have paternity leave policy, so I used up all of my remaining vacation and sick time, which wasn't
Oct 5, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
It's striking to me that there are Christians who think that people are making up stories of spiritual abuse for some sort of personal gain. We've lost so much by going public-friends, church, careers, reputations. The only thing we may have gained is solidarity w/ other victims. No one would purposefully place a target on their backs to get their names dragged through the mud with nothing to gain and everything to lose unless it is all true. No one is making a profit off of being a victim. No one's growing their platform. No one wants to be known
Oct 3, 2021 5 tweets 1 min read
Spiritually abusive leaders will drag your name through the mud whether or not you leave loud. They will change the narrative and incentivize other people to not contact you for the truth. They will make you out to be the problem and will try to make your future miserable. If you do go public, then they will accuse you of slander and libel (what they've already been doing themselves) and if they have the power to, will use legal means to silence you. They will contact other churches, organizations, etc. in order to "warn" them ahead of time about
Sep 30, 2021 9 tweets 2 min read
The amount of times Asian American men and women get mistaken for other Asian American men and women (especially in Evangelical/Reformed Christian circles) demonstrates how the "perpetual foreigner" and "yellow peril" stereotypes captivate these spaces. Asian Americans are often seen as an amorphous mass of easily interchangeable "Others" who are either the "model minority" to bolster whiteness or "yellow peril" that stokes fear in whiteness (and often both at the same time).
Sep 29, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
The local church is meant to be a place where doubt, half-faith, and "I don't know if I can follow Jesus yet" can be welcomed and embraced. It is not meant to be a place where you "fake it till you make it" and repress doubts and struggles of faith. The local church is also meant to be a place where people who walk contrary to Christ can witness and experience kingdom living in a way that convinces more than their minds about the true, good, and beautiful way of Christ.
Sep 19, 2021 11 tweets 3 min read
1. Listen to a sermon/series by Piper, Driscoll, Paul Washer, Chandler, Mahaney, etc.
2. Buy an ESV (extra kudos if you get the Study Bible).
3. Buy YRR gear, clothes, etc. They aren't "buttery soft," but they'll have the face of Calvin or Spurgeon.
4. Do YRR things. Go to conferences, drink beer, smoke cigars, argue with people on Puritanboard.
5. Decide you're "called to the ministry" and go to a Reformed college/seminary.
6. Grow your library with all of the books that everyone says you should be reading, while you amass huge school debt.
Sep 17, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
Growing up, I was one of a tiny handful of Asian Americans at my private school from preschool through junior high. I experienced quite a lot of bullying and racism that I've blocked off in my mind due to the trauma and amount of pain it caused in my formative years. One thing I do remember that was life-giving was that we would celebrate an "international day" once a year, where everyone would bring a dish from their cultural heritage to share. Every year, my mom would make japchae (Korean stir fried glass noodles) for "international day"
Sep 16, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
I've gotten a couple replies like the screenshot below. A couple thoughts:

1) Empathy and showing mercy are two different things.
2) The passages in the OT that speak like this are a) descriptive, not prescriptive, and b) are redemptive-historically bound to a certain context. Image 3) The NT and the work of Jesus provides clarity on the ethic of love where it may have been redemptive-historically muddled in the OT (e.g. laws about disobedient children).
4) My original argument stands - the Bible does not spend time talking about the dangers of people
Aug 28, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
When Luther helped establish the common chest, out of which the poor could take whatever their financial needs required, a common critique was essentially, "What if people take advantage of this common chest?"

Luther's response is fascinating: "it is better to have greed take too much in an orderly way than to have general plundering... Let each one examine himself to see what he should take for his own needs and what he should leave for the common chest."

In other words, in Luther's mind, the generosity of the church
Aug 21, 2021 9 tweets 2 min read
If pastors cannot be honest about their struggles and besetting sins with people in their congregations, they aren't really pastoring. Pastoring, according to Jesus, is walking and serving in weakness, because that's where the power of God is found. Unfortunately, the model for "pastoring" today looks more like being a spiritual guru, a put-together CEO, or a visionary leader. Pastors are expected to wear a mask of self-competency rather than leading in weakness and dependence upon God.
Aug 18, 2021 13 tweets 3 min read
You can go back further than Johnathan Edwards to the 17th century in the Netherlands during the time of the Synod of Dordt, when the Reformed condemned the teachings of Arminius with the Canons of Dordt.

jstor.org/stable/3163567 At the same time that delegates were hashing out responses to the Remonstrants that eventually become common parlance as the "5 points of Calvinism" long afterwards, it is more than likely that the majority opinion of these delegates was in favor of slavery and the slave trade.
Aug 17, 2021 7 tweets 2 min read
This recent article by a leading voice in the broadly Reformed world is well within what I've come to expect in these circles when a Reformed "hero" is discovered to be gravely on the side of injustice. Step one: claim that even though are well-read on the works and life of the Reformed hero, you've never heard about their unjust actions, even though the primary and secondary literature on the topic is myriad.

Step two: pit the Reformed hero's "fruit" and influence against
Aug 16, 2021 6 tweets 1 min read
Jesus warned His disciples that people would hate those who follow His ways. I've sadly come to realize that Jesus was including those who consider themselves Christians. More and more often, it is Christians who push back the hardest against basic Christian ethics and truth. Many Christians in the US (namely, White Evangelicals, but not limited to them) have so conflated their partisanship with Christianity that they get triggered when they hear basic Christian calls for dignity, equity, and justice. The Sermon on the Mount is abhorrent to them.