Thank God It's Friday: Weekend Roundup for May 10, 2019


AARON LEE     |     MAY 10, 2019     |    2 MIN READ

For the month of May, I will dive into the SOLA archives and feature articles specific to Asian American issues in celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. This week, in anticipation of Mother’s Day, read A Better Understanding of Our Parent’s Church by James H. Lee.

In light of May also being Mental Health Awareness Month, we reshared this article on our Facebook page regarding counseling and the church: You Are A Counselor: Counseling Others with the Gospel by Kim Kira.

Will you be writing anything this month regarding AAPI or mental health issues? If you would like your work to be on my radar, please tweet me @musicgoon or email me at


1. Chariot Lu: Why East Asian Churches Need Membership

Chariot Lu, a pastor in East Asia contributes to the 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together.

2. ChinaSource: Chinese Bible Printing in China

Published on Chinese Church Voices - a weekly column of the ChinaSource Blog providing translations of original writing by Christians in China.

3. Brett McCracken: 18 Paintings Christians Should See

SOLA Editorial Board advisor Brett McCracken writes for The Gospel Coalition.

4. Jen Oshman: How Do You Know If You Should Adopt?

“It’s common to hear young Christian couples say, ‘Of course, one day, we’d like to adopt.’ It’s almost a cliché. But in our good desires to care for orphans, we shouldn’t enter thoughtlessly into adoption.”


1. Bible App Recommendation: Literal Word

Literal Word is a free Bible app featuring the NASB translation, complete lexicons for original Hebrew and Greek words, and a simple and straightforward search function. Download Literal Word for iPhone and Android.

2. Colin Smothers: Holy Sexuality: An Interview with Christopher Yuan

Christopher Yuan is featured on this 60-minute podcast from The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.

3. Abigail Dodds: Womanhood and the Bible

In this 30-minute podcast from Crossay, Abigail Dodds looks at the term “complementarianism” and encourages kindness when discussing Biblical manhood and womanhood.


1. Ray Causly: How Can Asian American Churches Better Reflect the Gospel?

“We have to become passionate about the Gospel and when we do that, the world will look in and they'll see a Gospel-revealing community. ‘What? A Black dude and an Asian dude co-leading as pastors?’”

2. Alexander Jun: How Should Christians View Race in Light of the Gospel?

“I think the challenge is especially if you're in a minority ethnicity in the United States and by extension Christians in the United States, a lot of minority Christians will assume that to be colorblind or to have a colorblind theology means assimilation.”

3. Hanley Liu: What Does Commitment to the Local Church Require?

“When you put that all together, the Holy Spirit has actually ordained for the spiritual gifts to be activated in a committed body of believers.”

4. Thank God It’s Friday: Weekend Roundup

In case you missed it, here is our roundup from last week. As churches are demolished at home, Chinese Christians find religious freedom in Kenya, Though once thought to be a god, the emperor of ‘secular’ Japan is still considered a priest of Shinto. How secular can a society really be when worship is involved?, Bible Bite: Seeing God's Fingerprints, Teaching Children to Pray, Learning to See Your Single Neighbor

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.