Real Conversations – “Scriptural Truths on Cultural Opinions”

Series:

October 28, 2018 – November 25, 2018 (5 weeks)

Goal:

There are difficult issues that impact our lives deeply. The church is often clumsy in talking about these issues or silent because they seem too taboo. Instead of allowing culture to shape our hearts and heads, we will attempt to tackle some of these topics. Each week, we will frame the issue biblically by a pastor with teaching. In addition, we will have a talk (testimony or Q&A) by people who are living through the issue as a believer. In a way, we are having real conversations.

Format:

Teaching by a Pastor + Talk by a Someone with Real-Life Experience

Topics:

Date: October 28, 2018

Topic: How can one reconcile the tension that some have between wanting to be a follower of Jesus and having same-sex attraction?

Teaching: Steve Bang Lee

Talk: Q&A with Becket Cool (Author & Speaker) by Romin Bahk

Date: November 4, 2018

Topic: How does a loving God allow for disabilities and what God-given opportunities do the disabilities offer?

Teaching: Steve Chang

Talk: Stephanie Chung (Author of Joe’s Table)

Date: November 11, 2018

Topic: Privilege – What does Bible has to say about and to those on the margins of culture?

Teaching: Steve Chang

Talk: Alexander Jun (Author of White Out)

Date: November 18, 2018

Topic: How can Christians and the church better able to understand and accept those struggling with mental health?

Teaching: Jim Masteller (Founder of CIFT)

Talk: Romin Bahk (Living Hope staff)

Date: November 25, 2018

Topic: How can Christians prepare for and accept the tragedy of death and terminal illness?

Teaching: Steve Chang

Talk: David Park (Oncologist)


Speaker Bios:

Becket Cook

Becket Cook was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He spends much of his time in ministry speaking at churches and universities helping believers (and non-believers) understand the issue of same-sex attraction biblically, theologically, culturally, and personally. Becket received his master’s degree from Talbot School of Theology at Biola University in 2017.

Stephanie Chung

Stephanie Chung, a mother of five, is a philanthropist at heart, an accomplished musician, a true diplomat, and an educator. She is the recipient of two honorary doctorates, one in Humanities and the other in Music, conferred by Trinity Western University in Canada and Belhaven University in the United States, respectively. Stephanie’s most recent accomplishment is the establishment of Joe’s Table Café which is staffed with people with different abilities. Stephanie’s vision came from her desire to find meaningful employment for her late son, Joseph Chung. Stephanie’s book about Joseph’s life, entitled, “Joe’s Table”, has now been published in three different languages – Korean, Chinese and English – and has received numerous heartfelt reviews.

 

Alexander Jun

Alexander Jun, Ph.D. is a professor of higher education at Azusa Pacific University. He serves as a Ruling Elder at New Life Fullerton, worked alongside Mission to the World (MTW) with his family for three years in Cambodia. In 2017, Alex was elected as the moderator for the 45th General Assembly for the Presbyterian Church in America, the first minority to hold this position for the denomination. Alex is married to Jeany, a professor of pharmacy at Keck Graduate Institute in Claremont, CA. They have three children.

 

Jim Masteller

Jim is the founder of the Center for Individual and Family Therapy, a Christian counseling center with over 55 therapists and 5 locations in Southern California. Jim has served as the Pastor of Rock Harbor Church in Costa Mesa, California and Senior Pastor of Orange Covenant Church in Orange. Prior to this, he served 20 years as an active duty chaplain for the United States Army. He has his Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is also a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Jim has been married to his wife Sally for 50 years. They have two grown daughters both of whom are married with children and living in the area.

 

David Park

David is a medical oncologist practicing in Fullerton and the medical director of the St Jude Crosson Cancer Institute. David has been a member Living Hope Community Church since 2002 and serves on the elder board. David oversees our Mission Board and has served full-time on a para-church ministry in the past. David is married to Helen and has three children: Tobi, Abigail & Luke.

 

Resources:

Same-Sex Attraction

Disabilities

Race & Privilege

Mental Health

Death & Disease