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About pken1997

3rd gen American Born Chinese, originally from Sacramento, CA, but moved to LA in 1978 to finish seminary @ Fuller in Pasadena. Joined the staff of Evergreen Baptist Church of LA in 1981 and became senior pastor in 1997 after the church 'hived.' Re-imagined our church to be Faith Village, a picture and preview of what God is doing in and for all creation. I was a trustee for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Westmont College, and the Asian American Drug Abuse Program. I wrote one of the first books on the future of Asian American churches ("Pursuing the Pearl") and was the Bible expositor at Urbana 2000. I am a organizational transformation consultant with The Genysys Group and a North American delegate to the 3rd Lausanne Congress on Evangelism in Cape Town, South Africa (Oct '10). I've been married since 1981 and our daughter was born in 1999.

Where Are You? I just posted the above article and the following comment on our church’s private FB page for our LGBTQ support group The Open Door: “As you read thru this article about the high price that evangelical churches like ours … Continue reading

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Self-emptying Evangelism

I've learned to ask myself, "How open am I to be impacted and influenced first by who this person is and what they truly believe, to demonstrate such a deep and sincere understanding of them first?" Continue reading

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Staying Connected Till the End: Getting Ready to Put Down Our Dog

Dogs have ways of telling their owners that it’s time to put them down. Continue reading

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When Did Being “Conservative” Become the Safest Thing for a Christian to Be?

I just finished speaking at a historic week-long annual Christian conference. I met my future wife while both of us served on staff at the conference’s 1979 high school camp and we helped lead subsequent camps for teens and then … Continue reading

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This Problem Already Has a Proven Solution

[Sojourners asked me to write this as a follow up to the Harper/Wallis post.  I submitted it but I never heard back from them.  So rather than waste this piece, I thought I’d post it here.]     A recent … Continue reading

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Identifying Blind Spots and the Asian American Letter to the Church

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Two Caveats: I don’t like to be in the limelight. It’s not my natural inclination to engage in dicey conversations or involve myself in conflicts. Yet if I’ve learned anything over my short 28 years…

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Are You Sure I’m a Heretic?

I might be imagining this (for reasons that I shall make plain in a moment or two), but does it strike you that some people today are quite quick to label another person a heretic?  To be more specific, it … Continue reading

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