Thank God It's Friday: Weekend Roundup for July 5, 2019


AARON LEE     |     July 5, 2019     |    2 MIN READ

This week SOLA intern Judy Lee continued her series “That’s a Gift?” where she surveys the gifts God gives us and identifies how they can become our idols. Fittingly, for your Fourth of July BBQs, she wrote How to Consume Food Without Letting it Consume You.

Today is my wedding anniversary, so I wrote a short article dedicated to my wife who patiently waited for the arrival of our adopted son, Linus. If you are in a season of waiting this summer, I want you to know that God is Working in Your Waiting.

Do you have a video, podcast, or playlist you would like to recommend? Please tweet me @musicgoon or email me at and send me your recommendations along with a short write-up. We will do our best to include it in a future weekend roundup!


1. Jason Chao: Finding a new calling while on an art walk at the Getty Center June 8th, 2019

A story of finding a new calling as a Chinese American creative artist.

2. Steve Bang Lee: A Pastor’s Joys and Challenges of Starting In A New Church

SOLA conference director Steve Bang Lee blogs on the beginning of his new church context.

3. Gloria Furman: How Pregnancy and Labor Point Us to the Gospel

“When you see a pregnant woman or an expectant adoptive mom here you see a reminder that every complicating pain in bringing forth children should point us to the fact that we are sinners in need of a deliverer.”

4. Jonathan Hayashi: New Approach in The Missionary Graveyard

SOLA contributor Jonathan Hayashi on mission work in Japan and the importance of content and culture.

5. Tim Challies: Make Some Return to Your Parents

A Biblical basis for showing honor to our parents.


1. Jerry Hwang: The Paradox of Joy and Sorrow in Suffering

Dr. Jerry Hwang preached a 60-minute sermon at FCBC Walnut from Psalm 126 last Sunday. He makes many connections to Jewish and Asian culture. He asks: “A healthy relationship with God involves both joy as well as sorrow. Given this paradox, how healthy are you?” Watch on YouTube or listen via Podcasts.

2. Ligonier: Columns from Tabletalk Magazine, July 2019

Read articles from Burk Parsons, David Mathis, Sinclair Ferguson, and Kevin DeYoung regarding the importance of our faithfulness to God in the little things.

3. SBTS: Southern Seminary Magazine, Spring 2019

A special Boyce College edition of the campus magazine with articles from Albert Mohler, Andrew Smith, and Adam Winters.


1. Daniel Potter Kim: Conveying Our Emotions and God’s Truth in Our Praise

“Our goal as worship leaders is the same as any other believers worshipping God: Put the gospel on display for all the world to see, and use all means available to make that message clear to them. Music is one of those means. So we need to make sure our songs reflect Him in all that He is -- glorious and full of emotion.”

2. Justin C. Ha: Rooted in a Mobile Era

“Mobility is a wonderful privilege — not a necessity. [...]It’s possible to find purpose by rooting, not by always chasing after it. There is a time for everything — a time to uproot and move where God calls… and a time to root and remain still (Ecclesiastes 3:2).”

3. Judy Lee: How to Consume Food without Letting it Consume You

“Regarding food outside of its true context of being a gift from God will lead to an unhealthy relationship with it. Food, which was meant for our enjoyment and consumption, begins to consume us. And for some people, including myself, it becomes a disorder.”

4. Thank God It’s Friday: Weekend Roundup

In case you missed it, here is our roundup from last week: What the British Museum Taught Me About Faith, “Oddly Fundamentalist," Advice for Parents on the Eve of College Entrance Exams, How To Show God’s Love to the Gay Community, and The Discipline of Discontentment.

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.