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Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Here is a good sociological study of the 2nd generation Korean American church experience.


Although i am glad someone has documented this experience, I feel the documentation still is given through the perspective of the 2nd generation and cannot avoid some of the biases that may be inherent in these types of account. A 1st generation Korean may interpret this experience differently, particularly in the areas of intergeneration conflicts, and the driving forces that shaped the formation of the 2nd generation churches. However, after having said that, a voice or perspective from the 2nd generation is still much welcome on this matter.

One person found this helpful. Sharon Kim is a sociologist of religion who investigated the dynamics of second-generation Korean American churches in Los Angeles. But she gathered a broad base of data from 22 churches over 10 years , using participant-observation, literature review, surveys and interviews. Two churches started in the s, 15 in the s and 5 after Ten are nondenominational and the others range from Southern Baptist to Presbyterian.

The research is an insightful analysis of an innovative new grouping of churches that are mushrooming in number.


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Moreover, it has broader helpfulness with implications for culturally diverse ministry in other contexts. The churches evolved out of cultural and generational tensions. Sociologically, immigrant churches have functioned as social service agencies, a context for language and cultural maintenance, social hubs and organisations that confer social status for volunteer leaders compensating for their often downward mobility.

However, the second-generation have different needs and wanted worship that fitted their world including English language. They wanted leadership that empowered them rather than treating them as second-class citizens or immature children and transparent approaches to decision-making and not always deferring only to men over They were also disappointed with what they perceived as dysfunctional and hypocritical political infighting.

Starting their own churches has meant greater degrees of ownership and autonomy, as Pastor Kang of Voyage Christian Fellowship explains: Second generation as children of immigrants and racial minorities have shared values, usually related to Confucian ideals such as respect for parents, work ethic, family-centredness and emphasis on education, or at least the shared experience of feeling those pressures, and the shared desire for more expressive communication and unconditional affirmation. Starting distinct second generation congregations for Korean Americans seems to be unique among immigrant communities, but it may be a model for other cultural groups.

Lifestage modelling of migrant churches shows they often experience inevitable decline as the second generation leave either leaving immigrant churches for mainstream evangelical churches, or leaving faith altogether. From American evangelicals, they have adopted organizational structures and worship styles, while rejecting their individualism.

Finally, the second-generation leaders desire to break away from the materialism and status preoccupation that they observe in both mainstream evangelical and immigrant churches. Within their hybrid third spaces, they are selectively embracing cultural tools from various sources in order to invent distinct second-generation spirituality. They want their own voices to be nurtured and heard. Confucian society stresses the collective over the individual.

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Western influence means people often do what is good for them first, without thinking of the community. He expanded this idea: One of them is collective verses individual identity. Asian cultures tend to be much more bound by corporate identity encapsulated in the fact that in our culture, the family name comes first before your individual name. I read scripture a certain way.

I always had a gnawing feeling that the hyper-individualized interpretation of scripture was wrong.

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There is something lacking in mainstream evangelical faith. In the aftermath of the LA riots that ransacked Korean businesses, it was second generation Korean pastors who responded most vocally with advocacy for improved ethnic relationships. Many are also eager to shift their ethnic boundaries and welcome other Asian groups and all Americans. Some have a focused vision for second generation Koreans, convinced homogeneity is the best path to growth. Others are expanding to intentionally welcome other Asians and have been successful in this.

Still others have a multi-ethnic vision but are yet to broaden beyond their own Asian boundaries. Now that we are fully Asian American, I realize that this should not be our final destination. We need to stretch our boundaries further and become truly multiracial. In Australia it is almost half. With the advent of affordable air travel and high speed communication, immigrants do not need to sever ties to their homeland to the same extent as previous generations. They are more likely, Kim suggests, to seek a hybrid identity rather than assimilate to their new adopted country, and more likely to want to construct their own unique and autonomous expressions of church.

The volume is also an excellent example of ethnographic research and congregational studies for sociology or practical theology scholars and research students. This review was originally published in Australian eJournal of Theology As a Korean American Christian, I found this book both eye opening and hope-giving. That last question is one that I believe opens the door to all of our valid questions as we transition through life and transition through faith.

A woman who questions her Lord is not one who will be shunned by Him. Rather, our God eagerly awaits the conversation that begins when we do, in fact, dialogue with Him about our doubts and questions about faith. It is through that open door of conversation in which God molds and grows us into women who cherish our relationship with Jesus, even through times of transitions.

In my book Stress Point: She never ceases to spend time with Him, and if she does neglect this quality time, she knows she is always welcome right back to the throne. These five keys help us to see to direct our focus. When we ask who Jesus is and who we are as women who believe He is Savior, we need not be ashamed of questions and doubts that arise as we find our own faith as young adult women.

Based on the definition above, here are some practical ways to evaluate your faith and how you live it out daily. A heart in continual motion toward Jesus. It is often said that if we are not moving toward Jesus, we are actually moving away from Him. As you find your own faith, do something even if it is just one thing daily place yourself in the presence of your Jesus.

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There is not one thing in our day which will fulfill us more than soaking in presence of Jesus whether it be in prayer, in worship or reading the Bible. A heart that recognizes her sin and readily asks for forgiveness. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Discover Your Faith in God 4.

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The movie Grace Unplugged tells the story of Grace Trey, an ideal Christian teenager who is also a phenomenal singer. Best-selling authors Hayley and Michael DiMarco help readers understand what to do when faith meets real world challenges. Without solid beliefs, poor choices are likely to follow. You must take the time to really know who you are, who you are becoming, and who God made you to be. It's your personal faith. Paperback , pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Own It , please sign up.

Dennison Samuel I'd love to! My email is Dennis. Sorry for this late. I justnw saw this! See 2 questions about Own It…. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Sep 26, Lisa Johnson rated it it was amazing. Here is such a challenge to do just that: Consider what you ask? In six tho Title: In other words, not letting your faith rest on or in wherever you have placed it at this moment. As you read, you will learn that faith saves you, costs you, changes you, completes you and frees you. Now, maybe you have been a Christian for many years and think this is one book you can forego.

I ask you to reconsider that decision. I will share as I read that I was challenged at times to pray a prayer or repent because I was doing something contrary to what His Word instructs. Sometimes I would pray that God would strengthen me to obey Him in doing what He instructed me to do as I was turning the page.

I love the way the Lord loves to speak to each of us where we are in life. He loves it when we seek His face and when we own up to areas where we have sinned and then confess them. He loves to set us free from the bondage that at times we are totally unaware we have fallen into. He truly is amazing. So take a couple of hours to read and allow the Holy Spirit to examine you so He can draw you to His heart and return to the One who knows you better than you know yourself.

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Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Also follow me on Twitter lcjohnson, FaceBook at https: May 26, Kat rated it did not like it Shelves: I HATE books like this. There is so much wrong with this book I don't even know where to begin. I should have taken notes on all the contradictory crap that made no sense whatsoever. From the very beginning the authors were misinterpreting stories from the Bible and giving scriptures a different meaning to support their illogical reasoning.

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Pretty much if you want a book that will guilt you into giving up your happiness to become obsessed with God but not with religion then buy this book. This book was not about owning your own faith at all. It was about telling you why you should let God own you but not giving any real world examples of how to survive the actual everyday Christian walk using the "logic" given in the book.

I want my money back. Grace Unplugged was an awesome movie but this book will make anyone with common sense run as far away from christianity as they can.

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Aug 30, Taylor Troncin rated it did not like it Shelves: I won this book through a goodreads giveaway. Now, to be fair to the book and the authors I should not have entered in the giveaway.

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The subject matter well, anything religious-related tends to not go over well with me. It's a topic that I generally tend to try to avoid whenever possible. So, picking up this book was a challenge within itself. Now, my rating does not reflect the quality of the text or anything like that It's honestly just due to the subject matter and I should have thoug I won this book through a goodreads giveaway.