Thank God It's Friday: Weekend Roundup for August 9, 2019


AARON LEE     |     AUGUSt 9, 2019     |    2 MIN READ

We kicked off our College Month by releasing a SOLA Starter Kit for College Students. Send it to your friends and family who are starting college and may have never heard of SOLA.

Concluding her series on fashion, Judy Lee wrote Rescuing Fashion From Consumerism Through a Gospel Perspective. Continuing his AA Guide to Premarital Counseling, Ben Shin shared Illuminating Relationship Dynamics.

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1. Ekemini Uwan: How Toni Morrison’s words pierced me, as a black Christian female writer

Writer Ekemini Uwan tweeted, “This is my first op-ed for a national news organization. It’s fitting that my first piece is a reflection on Toni Morrison. Even in death, she has given me a gift. I hope it provides comfort.

‘Toni saw me. Toni read me. Toni pierced me.’”

2. Russell Moore: White Nationalist Terrorism and the Gospel

ELRC President Russell Moore writes on the domestic terror attacks in El Paso and in Dayton.

3. Elsen Portugal: How Should Missionaries Help Create Indigenous Worship Music?

“To be sure, today’s cross-cultural workers need to invite the community’s ownership of their own cultural and church development. Encouraging musical and artistic forms that communicate well within a local culture is an important element of demonstrating love to a community and essential for a healthy partnership with new believers.”

4. Justin Taylor: 15 Pieces of Writing Advice from C. S. Lewis

Justin Taylor writes for The Gospel Coalition. I share this for our SOLA readers are also writers. Would you like to contribute to SOLA? Fill out our SOLA Contributor Form.

5. Sarah Huang: Consuming Culture: Food and the Shaping of Asian American Identity

Writing for Hyphen Magazine, psychologist Sarah Huang shares how food affects our Asian American identity.


1. Crossway: Students: Get Free Digital Access to 7 Study Bibles, Original Language Resources, and More

Crossway is offering students in an accredited college, seminary, or graduate school a free subscription to and includes access to 7 study Bibles, A suite of original language tools, The complete interactive Knowing the Bible study series, streaming Bible audio, and dozens of interactive reading plans.

2. The Business Podcast: Director Lulu Wang on making ‘The Farewell’

Podcast host Kim Masters conducts a 20-minute interview with director Lulu Wang for KCRW. In case you missed it, read our article Burdens and Truth: Inspired by "The Farewell" by SOLA editor Hannah Chao.

3. John Piper: The Glory of God and Why We Sing

DesiringGod released this 50-minute sermon from the Belfast Sing! Conference. “The greatness of God’s glory invites a response that moves his people beyond mere words. And so we sing.”


1. Hannah Chao: SOLA Starter Kit for College Students

“August means it’s almost time for school to start again. So here at SOLA, we will be featuring articles to help college students stay faithful to the Gospel as they transition back into the academic year.

To kick off our College Month, we’d like to recommend 5 articles to introduce (or reintroduce) our SOLA website and showcase its many offerings.”

2. Daniel K. Eng: When is "Privilege" Not a Problem?

“Yes, my ethnicity puts me at a disadvantage in some areas. But my gender and nationality give me access to opportunities that the majority of people in the world can only dream about. The fact that my parents have advanced academic degrees and a stable marriage has given me more access to opportunities than others.

It’s not productive to feel guilty about my privilege. I can’t change my circumstances or the system we live in. However, what I can do is be responsible. I can ask myself, What am I doing with my privilege?”

3. Ben Shin: Illuminating Relational Dynamics: The AA Guide to Premarital Counseling (Part 3)

“These issues might seem like “done deals” after months or even years of dating. But oftentimes in the course of an engagement, issues that were once hidden by one party suddenly come to the forefront, leading to even more wedding stress. Let us look at some of these potential minefields so we can analyze and defuse them.”

4. Judy Lee: Rescuing Fashion From Consumerism Through a Gospel Perspective

“What is our role as Christians in fashion, and to what extent should we care? Do we really need to research every label we buy and fork over $50 for an ethically-made T-shirt?”

5. Thank God It’s Friday: Weekend Roundup

In case you missed it, here are the highlights from last week: The Workers Who Make Korean Barbecue Possible Deserve Better, On Daughters and Dating: How to Intimidate Suitors, and Bruce Lee’s family calls ‘Once Upon a Time’ ‘a mockery.’ Is it insult or homage?

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.