Thank God It's Friday: Weekend Roundup for August 23, 2019


AARON LEE     |     AUGUST 23, 2019     |    2 MIN READ

Last week we introduced two new SOLA editorial board members. Tim St. John and Moses Y. Lee will be contributing articles and curating content for our website. Read more about them and view some of their work in our announcement.

Three of our articles have appeared across the Internet over the week. The Gospel Coalition reshared and featured in their newsletter The Temptations of Using Your "Calling" as an Excuse by Kevin Yi. Youth-worker resource Rooted linked to two of our articles which are now in their top 10. They are The Divide Between the Kid and Adult Tables  by Daniel Greenhouse Kim and Gen Z: Searching For Treasure in a Scattered World by Jiwon J. Lee.

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1. Doug Bock Clark: The American Missionary and the Uncontacted Tribe

This article appeared at “When a 26-year-old American missionary set out for a lush island in the Indian Ocean last year, it was with one objective in mind: to convert the uncontacted Sentinelese tribe, who had lived for centuries in isolation, free from modern technology, disease, and religion. John Chau's mission had ambitions for a great awakening, but what awaited instead was tragedy.”

2. Tim Challies: The Power Over Christian Publishing We’ve Given To Amazon

From one of the pioneers of Christian blogging comes a warning for those of us who love to read and write.

3. Kimberly Yan: A Love Letter To My American Father’s Chinese Accent

Writer Kimberly Yan tweets, “Asian America has had such a complex relationship with the accents of our loved ones because the world makes us feel as though every hint of the past chips away at our patriotism. That isn't so. These are just some spoken words I didn't have.”

4. Chase Replogle: The Pastor as Writer

SOLA serves as a digital platform for evangelical leaders, writers, speakers, and bloggers who share the same values of faith to provide Gospel-centered resources. In this article, Chase Replogle shares “six reasons to sharpen your writing skills.”

5. Philippe Thao: Before "Crazy Rich Asians," YouTubers Paved the Way for Better Asian Representation

“YouTube was filled with Asian-American creators telling their stories long before Hollywood became invested.”


1. Matt Boswell and Matt Papa: His Mercy Is More

13 hymns for the church including my favorites His Mercy Is More, Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery, Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor, and Lord From Sorrows Deep I Call.

2. 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel - Penal Substitutionary Atonement

The August issue of the 9Marks Journal featuring articles by J. I. Packer, Mark Dever, Kevin DeYoung, Harry Fujiwara, Conrad Mbewe, and more.

3. 2019 Normal Pastor Conference: Sermon Audio

“This isn’t about big churches or small churches or big platforms or small platforms. Whatever your ministry context or scale, The Normal Pastor is for any minister who is a little more convinced each day that he needs a lot more gospel and a lot less of himself.”


1. James H. Lee: Maybe It’s Not Just About Community: Trinitarian Reasons for Worshiping Faithfully on Sundays

“Community can be found anywhere; it doesn’t have to be at a church. Secular communities can seem more attractive because people mistakenly translate loose morality into loving inclusivity. If we base our Sunday worshiping on the community we worship with, then a relational issue with another person will drive us away from worshiping relationship with our God. As worship is what we give to God to show His worth and not ours, it seems insensible to show up to worship if the community is good for me, or vice versa. If community should not be the primary reason for worshipping faithfully on Sundays, then what should be?”

2. Harold Lee and David Nam: The Minefield of Ministry - A Conversation with Harold Kim in Response to Joshua Harris

David interviewed Pastor Harold to explore some of the broader issues raised by Harris’ life and actions. The aim of this interview was not to dissect Harris’s announcement or to respond directly to Harris’s personal situation. Instead, they talked about how Christians should view influential leaders and how being a pastor can be a difficult, lonely journey.

3. John Jae Lee: Holding Onto What is True

“My college pastor reached out to me and told me to hold onto what is true. At first, I was incredulous. The advice was too simple. At the time, I had already been struggling with the possible existence of absolute truth. So then how could truth exist in this world if it seems detached from all the violence and horrendous things happening around me?”

4. Moses Y. Lee: 7 Lies Christians in College Tell Themselves

“I don’t know when or how it happened, but I picked up many lies about the Christian faith as a college student, lies that took years to recognize and repent of. Though it’s been almost a decade since I graduated, I’ve noticed many Christians in college today tend to believe these same lies.”

5. SOLA Editorial Board: Introducing Two New SOLA Editorial Board Members

We are pleased to announce two new members to our SOLA Editorial Board. Tim St. John and Moses Y. Lee will be contributing articles and curating content for our website.

Board members write, edit, and procure content for the website to empower Christians, and especially Asian American Christians. All of our board members believe that God has called them to work together in shaping the gospel voice for and of the emerging Asian American generation.

6. Thank God It’s Friday: Weekend Roundup

In case you missed it, here are some headlines from last week: How the Korean Pentecost Can Guide Revival Today, Why Church Interns Are More Valuable Than You Think, Bonhoeffer Convinced Me to Abandon My Dream, and Faithfulness in Writing.

Aaron Lee serves as the Social Media Officer of First Chinese Baptist Church of Walnut and is the assistant digital marketer at the SOLA Network. 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.