148 results for author: Pastor Soo Kwan Lee


Be Careful About Mixing Our Faith With Indigenous Beliefs

Someone asked this question during Living Life Bible Study. “My parents recently received Jesus and were baptized. When they moved furniture, they followed the rules of feng shui. They said that feng shui was accepted as a branch of science and awards a Ph D…” It is natural for older generations who have been accustomed to the traditional belief system of Korea to be drawn to such a theory. In fact, my mother was saved in her advanced age, she often mentioned her horoscope and I had to correct her each time. It has been more than 10 years since she was saved and she attends church regularly and reads the bible diligently. I am pleased to ...

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Understand Menopause

When my wife and I came to America and joined the house church, we were in our thirties.  At that time, my shepherd's wife was in her fiftieth and my wife saw something which was difficult for her to understand.  Even during house church, the temperature was comfortable, but then she complained that it was too hot and lowered A/C to a freezing point. Then in another moment, she said it was too cold.  My wife could not understand such behavior. On top of that, Mrs. Shepherd who used to be kind toward us as a new young family would suddenly become cross and difficult so my wife thought, 'Oh, no, I did not know she was such a person!  She is very ...

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I Want to Introduce a Good Candidate for the Youth Ministry

As I wrote before, we gave much thought to the successor of Pastor Sam Oh since he was leaving. It is not easy to find the right candidate. Especially, due to the unique dimension of sharing with English speaking congregation, our youth ministry has its challenges which in turn demands special qualifications for the ministry worker. First, the person has to be bilingual. This is important not only to communicate with parents but also to deal with many VIPs who are coming from Korea. Second, the person should know about house church. Since both congregations are involved with house church ministry and as a continuation the minister of youth should ...

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How Not to be Offended

Once, at a church staff meeting, we read a book titled ‘Unoffendable’ by Brant Hansen. It can mean ‘Someone who would not get offended easily’. According to the author, the reason that we feel hurt and offended and get angry is mainly our choice and in his case, as he choose not to be offended his life and faith walk has started to change a great deal. He was born a pastor’s son and attended church from childhood and tried to live a life of piety. However, he was rigorous in principle, legalistic and easily offended. One day as he observed himself, he realized that he was always upset with others. This was his example. As he was driving ...

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The Reason for Our Passion

The pastor’s seminar which started Tuesday will end today. This time, there were 102 attendees for Korean seminars and 20 for English seminars. For Korean seminar participants, 65 came from north America, 23 came from Korea, and many more came from 13 countries in South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. It is not easy for pastors to find time in the middle of their busy schedule to attend this seminar. So I am very grateful to pastors and missionaries who came. It is my sincere desire that they gained a clear picture for the new testament church. We had several African American pastors for English seminar this time. Previously, American pastors ...

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Small Act of Service Transforms

I started to attend church at age 31.  Since I seek God desperately, I quickly had encounter with God in a dramatic way.  Within 6 months, pastor of my church suggested me to apply to a seminary.  At that time, I rather wanted to be a theology professor than a pastor, but I decided to go a seminary anyway and prayed to God to open the door for me.  However, God did not open the door for seminary.  Instead, He opened a door for work opportunity.  I was convinced of God’s direction and gave up of attending seminary. Once in a while, I think how my life would be like if I went to seminary then.  I am sure that it was not very fulfilling.  At ...

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Do You Know Ji Hye Park Violinist?

Sometimes people ask why SBC does not have music revival.  Churches of this size normally have professional musicians and regularly host music revival with songs, music, worship and testimony.  That is why they ask this question.  We often receive such requests, but we normally decline. Such events will be presented during Wednesday worship time.  Since we have relatively small congregation for Wednesday worship and do not have that many music fans who are eager to come for such event, we need to request SBC family to come to church for such event.  However, SBC family are quite busy with house church meeting and Sunday worship.  If they take ...

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