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preaching on Virginia Tech tragedy

As an Asian American minister of the Gospel, we have an unparalleled opportunity to address the particular context of the gunman’s ethnic and cultural identity, which has so much in common with those of us in that 1.5 and 2.0 generation journey. While there are universal principles to the Christian faith, there are also particulars, and it is up to us to speak into it; non-Asians can’t do it for us.

In my quest for other Asian American voices that addressed the tragedy on Sunday 4/22/07 that specifically address our cultural context through a theological lens, here are sermons I’ve found so far [will be updated as we find more; please add more in the comments section below too]::

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3 responses to “preaching on Virginia Tech tragedy

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  2. Bill

    It’s not yet on their downloadable messages page (, but Pastor Jamie Kim of New Covenant Fellowship Church talked about Cho in his evangelistic sermon at their EM service at their VA campus on 4/29.
    His text was Luke 19, and his message was (roughly–sorry, I didn’t take notes) that Zaccheus was probably bitter about being short, and that’s why he turned against his people as a tax collector, but Jesus reached out to him and he was genuinely changed. Cho was similarly different and an outsider, and his actions are understandable in that context (because we all are capable of the same thing when pushed), but if he had encountered Christ through the church or friends, then he would have been changed, as well.

  3. djchuang

    Bill, thanks for the mention to Pastor Jamie Kim’s sermon. According to one MSNBC article, “His parents turned to the church for help with his emotional problems, but he was bullied in his Christian youth group, especially by rich kids.” I’d like to hear of changes that immigrant Asian/ Korean churches will make to better serve those who struggle with addictions and mental illness, get rid of that stigma, rather than calls for fasting or fundraising for memorial funds.

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