Ben Shin

Pre-Marital Counseling Asian-American Style, Part Two

By Ben Shin Apr. 15, 2014 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership

In my last blog, I discussed the concept of how the parent-child relationship is viewed differently from an Eastern Asian style than a Western American style. With this difference comes the difficulty of “leaving and cleaving” as found in Genesis 2:25. This also relates to obedience from parents for a lifetime since being a child is viewed more as a permanent status rather than an age range. This is also coupled with a long-term care of the parents supported by passages such as 1 Timothy 5:8 which states that if one does not care for his family that he is worse than an unbeliever.

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Pre-Marital Counseling Asian-American Style, Part One

By Ben Shin Mar. 17, 2014 9:00 a.m. Marriage and Family

Recently, a friend contacted me and asked for a resource in pre-marital counseling that would be specific to some of the unique cultural needs of an Asian-American couple. I thought about this for a while and realized that I was not familiar with such a curriculum. I explained to him that I typically use material by Family Life’s Dennis and Barbara Rainey and add my own insights on some of the challenges for Asian-Americans in preparing to get married. This first blog will summarize some of those insights.

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Ain’t That a Shame, Part Two: Learning Important Lessons Today from Examples of the Past

By Ben Shin Feb. 17, 2014 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament

In my last blog, I attempted to explain some aspects of shame and how it is different from guilt, as well as to show how shame should be defined more in terms of a relational understanding rather than simply a judicial aspect of exchange. This blog will show a connection between 1st century Roman culture and 21st century Asian-American culture and the lessons that can be learned from studying and comparing both.

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Ain’t That a Shame, Part One: Understanding An Older Concept In Today’s World

By Ben Shin Jan. 15, 2014 1:45 p.m. Theology, Church Life, Culture, New Testament

The dynamics of shame are one of the greatest cultural dynamics of the New Testament. This paradigm is key in understanding other concepts and various texts accurately especially as it relates to topics such as approval, reputation, glory, and status. While these practices were prevalent in the 1st century of the Mediterranean, they also have current bearing to different segments of society today, specifically Asian-Americans in the 21st century. This blog will be the first in a series of blogs that will demonstrate the correlation of Paul’s use of shame in light of the framework of Roman cultural practices as well as how it relates to modern 21st century Asian-American spiritual tendencies.

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How to Invite and Host a Guest Speaker for a Retreat, Part Two

By Ben Shin Nov. 26, 2013 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership

In my last blog, I wrote on how to invite a guest speaker to a retreat well. This included knowing how to choose a speaker for your group’s needs, giving enough time to prepare for the retreat, and serving him well as he arrives to the retreat. The goal for the time at the retreat is to serve the speaker well so that he would gladly want to return in the future without a second thought. This entry will concentrate on how to host the speaker well at a retreat.

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How to Invite and Host a Guest Speaker for a Retreat, Part One

By Ben Shin Oct. 16, 2013 8:05 a.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership

Being a retreat speaker can be an enjoyable time but can also be a challenging time. The difference maker for which outcome occurs is largely dependent on the host for the speaker. Over the years, as both a speaker and also as a host, I’ve seen some excellent treatment of speakers and also some situations that could use a lot of improvement. This will be a 2 part series of blogs in which I hope to highlight some ways to invite and host a guest speaker in which he would feel very well taken care of throughout the whole process. In this first part of the series, I will focus on how to invite a guest speaker to a retreat.

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The Value of Office Hours

By Ben Shin May. 3, 2013 1:11 p.m. Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

I love my office. There are many reasons that I love my office. One is that I can store the many books that I own in there. Second, it is a place for study or reading in a quiet setting. But what I love most is that my office is a place for ministry and discipleship to occur. In other words, it is a safe place to meet students who are not only facing the challenges of academia but also the hardships of life. For this reason, the value of my office hours is priceless!

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