Thank God It's Friday: Weekend Roundup for May 17, 2019


AARON LEE     |     MAY 17, 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, read Why Most Chinese American Christians Are Conservative Evangelicals by Andrew Ong.

Fitting with May also being Mental Health Awareness Month, DesiringGod published Scrambling for the Light: Christian Depression and the Use of Medication by medical doctor Kathryn Butler and The Year My World Fell Apart: My War with Spiritual Depression by Sovereign Grace Music director Bob Kauflin.

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. Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra: Why Christianity Quit Growing in Korea

TGC interviews Korean church leaders for a comprehensive picture of the state of Christianity in Korea.

2. Albert Mohler: ‘Secret science’ and the arrival of gene-edited babies

Albert Mohler discusses the news regarding Dr. He Jiankui and the world's first known gene-edited human babies.

3. ChinaSource: Seeking God for International Student Ministry in China

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

4. Brad Merchant: Reclaiming Friendship in the Social Media Age

“Social media’s distortion of genuine friendship and community presents Christians with a great opportunity to reclaim and reemphasize the priority of friendship.”

5. Abigail Dodds: How Motherhood Mimics the Cross

“God will use our history, our past education, and our premotherhood achievements for a purpose we may not immediately like: to show us who we are when they are taken from us.”


1. Russell Moore on YouTube

Russell Moore is president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and one of the nation’s leading ethicists, theologians, and cultural commentators. He just launched his YouTube channel featuring videos on Fortnite, Fake News, and the Enneagram.

2. Free in Christ: A 6-Day Devotional

“Over the course of six days, read through the book of Galatians alongside passages adapted from Christ Has Set Us Free: Preaching and Teaching Galatians and begin to better understand what Christ has done to set us free from the power of sin through his death and resurrection.”


1. Vivian Lee Mun: Teaching Our Children

Our interview with Dr. Vivian Lee Mun, author of the children’s book, "Who I Am… as a Child of God." This book helps parents and children have meaningful conversations about what it means to be a child of God in a simple yet powerful way.

2. Eddie Byun: What Can the Local Church Do to Support the Body of Christ Around the World?

“We need to be very conscious and intentional about making sure that we put a higher priority on our mission strategies—our going and our giving—towards parts of the world that have no Gospel witness or no local church in those communities yet.”

3. Tim St. John: A Hope That Groans: Walking With Those Who Are Suffering

“Our groaning hope helps locate us in God’s story of redemption. This is a life of waiting in the middle, a life longing for home. This honest hope allows us to move and live together, to participate in each other’s suffering, and most of all to remember the pain our Savior bore in order to bring us this hope.”

4. Thank God It’s Friday: Weekend Roundup

In case you missed it, here is our roundup from last week. Why East Asian Churches Need Membership, Chinese Bible Printing in China, 18 Paintings Christians Should See, and How Do You Know If You Should Adopt?


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, have one son, Linus, who is adopted. They live in California’s San Gabriel Valley, home to the largest concentration of Asian American communities in the United States. Aaron’s music, videos, podcasts, and articles about worship and art are on his website.