Thank God It's Friday: Weekend Roundup for March 22, 2019


AARON LEE     |     MARCH 22, 2019     |    2 MIN READ

With over 600 attendees, the 2019 SOLA Conference was a sold out event! SOLA editor Hannah Chao recapped the conference on the website.

Be on the lookout for a conference recap video, photos, recordings, testimonials, and more. Stay connected with SOLA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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1. Steve Bang Lee: So What Was It Like Being Married to Someone Pursuing Medicine?

SOLA Executive Team member Steve Bang Lee gives an even take on a career in medicine and an encouragement for us to be missional for the kingdom.

2. Kerry Schottelkorb and Joann Pittman: China Tells Christianity To Be More Chinese

In this article from Christianity Today, the president and senior vice president of discuss sinicization - the government’s policy of reducing Western influence on religion and making it “more Chinese.”

3. Jonathan Hayashi: 15 Words of Comfort for Those Walking Through Pain/Suffering

SOLA contributor Jonathan Hayashi shares some much needed words from pastor-theologians.

4. Josie Huang: The Other LA College Cheating Scandal — The One You Might Have Missed

Writing for LAist, Josie Huang reveals former and current students impersonated dozens of Chinese nationals to cheat on English exams.

5. Eric Davis: 10 Reasons Why the Bible Regards Women Higher than All Other Systems

“The fact is, God’s inerrant word of the 66 books of the Bible regards women higher than any other ideology, religion, philosophy, or system in history. Nothing teaches a higher view of women than biblical Christianity.”


1. For the Church: Won Kwak on How to Identify Leaders in a Smaller Church

In this brief video interview, asks Won Kwak, Lead Pastor of Maranatha Grace Church in Fort Lee, New Jersey: "How do you identify potential leaders, especially in a smaller church?"

2. The Sing Team: In Tenderness

My favorite song from Citizens, the praise band from the SOLA Conference, is In Tenderness. Check out this slower, calmer cover by The Sing Team on Spotify or YouTube.

3. ERLC: Better Together with Amy Whitfield

Amy Whitfield, the director of communications for Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, speaks with author Trillia Newbell about women in leadership on this podcast from the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.


1. Heidi Tai: What’s Wrong with Our World?

“Let’s do better than to use God’s word to justify a hateful, violent and divisive world. Please, for the sake of the gospel, let’s do better.”

2. Hannah Chao: SOLA Conference 2019 Recap

“This year’s conference, which took place at New Life Community Church in Artesia, CA, had the theme, “The Prevailing Church,” which centered around the idea that God's church is being built by Jesus no matter how strong the external cultural pressures from beyond or how fierce the internal struggles from within.”

3. Michael Agapito: Why Creeds and Confessions Matter

“Creeds and confessions are a summary of faithful teaching according to Scripture.”

4. Fred Mok: How Asian Americans Misunderstand Shame

“Misunderstanding shame is particularly painful to Asian Americans . . . Here are three [misunderstandings], how we can experience freedom from lies about our cultural heritage and identity, and even experience shame as a gift.”

5. Thank God It’s Friday: Weekend Roundup

In case you missed it, here is our roundup from last week. The Apologetic of Being Mom: Why Mothers Must Be Theologians, 5 Signs Your Church Has an Unhealthy Preaching Culture, Your Children Can’t Bear the Burden of Being Your Identity, When I Don’t Experience the Gospel, and Will Bibles Designed for the Instagram Generation Get Millennials Into Religion?

Aaron Lee serves as the Social Media Officer of First Chinese Baptist Church of Walnut. He is a Sunday School teacher and music leader. He works as a Registered Nurse Clinical Analyst. He and his wife, Jess, live in Alhambra, a city in California’s San Gabriel Valley, home to the largest concentration of Asian American communities in the United States. His music, podcasts, and articles about worship and art are on his website.