Posts in Feb 1998

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From: Marfluctus@aol.com
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 11:31:06 EST
Subject: Re: CAC_Mail: Iris Chang

Dear Russel,

I think Sze-Kar posed a very nice piece on forgiveness and accountability a
few weeks back.
I would not bring it up to put down anyone but a historical fact should not be
distorted or ignored. If we do not learn from history, we will never
progress. Therefore, I will not go out my way to hide it either. In an
appropriate setting, I will talk about it whether it is in a group of Japanese
or Chinese. The main point that many people fail to realize is that Japan as
a nation has not fully taken responsibility for their atrocity during the war
and there are efforts by the right wing Japanese to hide these historical
facts. Therefore, I see that it is our duty to preserve this fact. I am
going to pick up my copy of the book today because my local Barnes and Noble
just notified me that Iris Chang’s book has arrived.

Hai-Tao Wang
whose family was from Nanking

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From: Han-Ron Siah
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 13:15:33 -0800 (PST)
Subject: CAC_Mail: CAC_MAIL: Zebulun 98 – Conference Info

Zebulun 98 (An Asian American Leadership conference) Feb 20-22, 1998
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Dates: Feb 20th (reg from 2-5pm with dinner on your own) through noon on
the 22nd
Where: Embassy Suites (Los Angeles Airport South) – there is a 24 hour
complimentary shuttle from LAX to the hotel. (1440 E. Imperial Ave El
Segundo, CA 90245)
Cost: $85
Price includes conference admission, notebook, two night lodging in a
suite, breakfast on Sat and Sun and dinner on Sat. (Do bring extra
money for the other meals)

As King David gathered his ‘mighty men’ those from the tribe of Zebulun
were known to be men who were equipped for battle and who served with an
undivided heart. As the new Asian-American campus ministry of CCC (Campus
Crusade for Christ) in LA, we are trusting God that Zebulun 98 will help
to raise up Asian-American Christians leaders who will be equipped for
spiritual battle and who will serve God with a undivided heart.

The main speakers are the following:

Tommy Dyo – Director of Asian-American Christian Fellowship. (AACF).
Danny Cortez – Pastor of New Heart Community Church (Multi-ethnic Church).

Barry Deguchi – Pastor of Ceritos Baptist (Asian-American Church)
Margaret Yu – a Regional Director of Pacific Southwest (InterCultural
Resources of Campus Crusade)

Some of the topics that will be addressed by the main speakers and seminar
speakers include: Dealing with shame, legalism, and cultural voices in your
personal growth and ministry; Honoring verses obeying your parents; the
unique role Asian Americans have in leading by influencing; Pray and
revival among Asian Americans.

This conference will be geared for Asian-American college students. Those
who desire to minister among Asian-Americans are also encouraged to
attend. Through the speakers, seminars and small group interactions we
hope to develop leadership skills, encourage students to appreciate and
understand their unique cultural heritage in light of God’s Word, and
increase their momentum as they return to their local ministry.

If you are interested in attending we are asking for some pre-registration
information and a $40. non-refundable deposit. Checks are to be made out
to ‘Campus Crusade for Christ’ and sent to 1921 Beloit Ave #2 Los
Angeles, CA 90025. The pre-registration information needed: name, male or
female, Campus address and phone #, permanent address and phone#, email
address, church or group.

Inquiries can be directed to Eric Kaneshiro: ekanes@compuserve.com

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From: jtc10@juno.com (J Chang)
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 1998 00:23:52 -0500
Subject: CAC_Mail: Pro-abortion Surgeon General Nominee Satcher

Dear CACers:

FYI. Your voices need to be heard.

In Him,
J. Chang
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ACTION ALERT: Oppose Pro-Abortion Nomination for Surgeon General

CONGRESSIONAL ALERT

** Nomination vote for pro-abortion Surgeon General Nominee David Satcher
to take place week of February 2 **

Background: In Mid-October, committee hearings were held on abortion
advocate Dr. David Satcher, current director for the Centers for Disease
Control. Dr. Satcher is a nominee to be Surgeon General and also to be
Assistant Secretary of Health at the Department of Health and Human
Services (combining these offices for first time in about 6 years).

The Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee voted on October 22 and
the
nomination of Dr. Satcher passed with only 5 nay votes, pro-life Senators
Coats (R-IN), Gregg (R-NH), Hutchinson (R-AR), DeWine (R-OH), and Enzi
(R-WY), and one abstention (Sen. McConnell, R-KY).

Upcoming Action: Early in the week of February 2, 1998, Dr. David
Satcher’s nomination will come to the full Senate for a vote. The
nomination may be filibustered by pro-life Senators, thus forcing the
Senate to vote on cloture (closing debate).. In the event of a cloture
vote, pro-life opponents of Satcher’s nomination will need 41 votes to
prevent this nominee from being confirmed as United States Surgeon
General.

Background on Satcher: Following the hearings, pro-life Senators Dan
Coats
(R-IN) and Tim Hutchinson (R-AR) submitted written questions to Satcher.

SATCHER SUPPORTS ABORTION:
“Like the President, I believe that the decision to have an abortion
should be between a woman, her conscience, and her doctor, and that
abortions should be safe, legal, and rare.” — Dr. Satcher’s written
answers to written questions from Sen. Coats Oct. 18, 1997

SUPPORTS PARTIAL-BIRTH ABORTION:
Senator Coats: “Please indicate whether you support the President’s
recent
veto of legislation regulating partial-birth abortions.”

Satcher: “I support the President’s position. The President opposes
late-term abortions except where necessary to protect the life and health
of the mother.” — D. Satcher’s written answers to written follow-up
questions from Sen. Coats Oct. 21, 1997

ACTION ITEMS:

1. If you have a pro-life Senator, call and encourage support for the
pro-life filibuster. The filibuster is one procedural method pro-life
Senators can use to block the nomination of this pro-abortion candidate.

2. Call and encourage both your Senators to *oppose a vote on cloture if
there is one.* By opposing the cloture vote, pro-life Senators can
continue to stop the nomination of this pro-abortion candidate.

3. Contact your Senators and let them know you *oppose the nomination of
David Satcher as Surgeon General*. If a vote on David Satcher occurs,
your
Senators need to know you oppose confirming this abortion advocate as our
Surgeon General.

HOW TO CONTACT:

You can call the capitol switchboard and ask for your Senators at
202-224-3121. The Armchair Lobbyist (http://www.prolife.org/tal) includes
specific office phone numbers, fax numbers and email addresses for
Senators from each state. Click on the “Contacting Congress” section.

Contact your Senators today and express your opposition to approving
abortion advocate David Satcher as Surgeon General.

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From: jtc10@juno.com (J Chang)
Date: Sun, 1 Feb 1998 12:13:03 -0500
Subject: CAC_Mail: Fwd: Focus on the Family President Dr. James Dobson Denounces…

Dear CACers:

FYI. Gambling…another hot issue but unfortunately a silent one
within the Church. It’s devastating effects are still yet to be totally
seen. It may be the next “abortion” issue in a few years. Please
pray!

In Him,
J. Chang
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Focus on the Family President Dr. James Dobson Denounces Efforts To
Undermine
Gambling Commission

If the Present Effort to Thwart the Commission’s Work Continues, We Will
Have
Little to Say to the Nation in Our Final Report.’

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ — Focus on the Family
president James C. Dobson, Ph.D., warns that the National Gambling Impact
Study Commission will not be able to fulfill its important mission. Dr.
Dobson, who serves on the Commission, released the following statement
today:

“The President and the Congress have asked us to investigate and report
on
six specific aspects of the gambling industry and provided $5 million to
accomplish the task. However, if the present effort to thwart the
Commission’s work continues, we will have little to say to the nation in
our
final report in 1999.

“It is becoming apparent that the gambling industry and its advocates are
attempting to prevent the Commission from taking a fair and objective
look at
casinos and other forms of gambling. The strategy is to attack the
Commissioners who don’t echo the party line, and to attempt to manage the
agendas at our meetings.

“For example, a site visit was held in Atlantic City last week to examine
the
impact of gambling on that community. Rather than hearing from
knowledgeable
people representing both sides of the issue, we were subjected to a
barrage of
enthusiastic speeches from state and local officials and others beholden
to
the gambling industry. Of the 23 presenters scheduled to talk about
Atlantic
City, only two were mildly critical.

“One of the most effusive was Sen. Torricelli (N.J.), who ranks 6th among
members of the Senate in receipt of gambling contributions. He admitted
after
his presentation that he had no objectivity on this issue, claiming to be
‘an
advocate’ for the industry. And so it went for two days. Consequently,
the
Commission learned little about Atlantic City or what gambling has done
to the
local economy or to the families living there.

“Missing was any discussion of suicides related to gambling, compulsive
gambling among casino employees, the proliferation of pawn shops and
‘cash for
gold’ establishments along Atlantic City’s main street, or the explosion
of
bankruptcies in Atlantic County.

“Where are the new businesses that supposedly sprang up after casinos
came to
town, and how many have fled? What is the effect on a community of being
dominated by one industry? What about prostitution and poverty in the
city?
Why is the unemployment rate still nearly three times the national
average,
despite the repeated claim that gambling had created many high quality
jobs?
Why was there no discussion of Professor Robert Goodman’s study released
in
1995, which concluded that Atlantic City went from 50th to first in the
nation
in per-capita crime three years after casinos arrived?

“These are the issues we should have examined carefully, but they were
avoided
or circumvented. Despite this biased and distorted representation,
Commissioners Wilhelm and Lanni called the hearing ‘balanced.’ The Las
Vegas
Review-Journal and Sun accused Chairwoman Kay James of ‘stack(ing) the
deck.’

“At one point, Commissioner Lanni stridently attacked Dr. Valerie Lorenz,
a
respected researcher who had the temerity to criticize the gambling
industry.
She has 24 years experience in studying pathological and problem
gambling, yet
her findings were angrily dismissed. Frank Fahrenkopf, who reportedly
earns
nearly a million dollars per year to do the industry’s bidding, said at
the
start of the hearing, ‘I thought that there were too many people who were
negative about the industry on the agenda.’ Perhaps Mr. Fahrenkopf would
have
preferred removal of the two critics from the list of 23 presenters.

“This Commission may represent the last opportunity for gambling in its
many
forms to be evaluated in an objective, scientific manner. That will be
impossible if this multi-billion dollar industry continues to devote its
vast
resources and influence to propaganda, intimidation and obfuscation.”

James C. Dobson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, national radio broadcaster and
president of Focus on the Family, a nonprofit Christian organization that
works to strengthen the emotional, psychological and spiritual health of
children and their families in the U.S. and throughout the world.

He has authored sixteen books and has been heavily involved in
governmental
activities related to the family. Dr. Dobson has an earned Ph.D. from
the
University of Southern California (1967) in the field of child
development and
holds numerous honorary doctorates. He was for 14 years an Associate
Clinical
Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Southern California School
of
Medicine and served for 17 years on the Attending Staff of Children’s
Hospital
of Los Angeles in the Division of Child Development and Medical Genetics.
He
is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family
Therapy, a licensed psychologist in California, and is listed in Who’s
Who in
Medicine and Healthcare.

Dr. Dobson served on the task force which summarized the White House
Conferences on the Family and received a special commendation from
President
Jimmy Carter in 1980. He was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the
National Advisory Commission to the office of Juvenile Justice and
Delinquency
Prevention, 1982-84. From 1984-87 he was regularly invited to the White
House
to consult with President Reagan and his staff on family matters. He
served
as co-chairman of the Citizens Advisory Panel for Tax Reform, in
consultation
with President Reagan, and served as a member and later chairman of the
United
States Army’s Family Initiative, 1986-88.

Dr. Dobson was appointed to Attorney General Edwin Meese’s Commission on
Pornography, 1985-86. He was also appointed in the Spring of 1987 to the
Attorney General’s Advisory Board on Missing and Exploited Children, and
to
Secretary Otis Bowen’s Panel on Teen Pregnancy Prevention, within the
Department of Health and Human Services. He also consulted with
President
George Bush on family related matters. In December, 1994, Dr. Dobson was
appointed by Senator Robert Dole to the Commission on Child and Family
Welfare
and in October 1996 was appointed by Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott to
the
National Gambling Impact Study Commission.

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From: jtc10@juno.com (J Chang)
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 1998 12:52:53 -0500
Subject: CAC_Mail: Disney Support of Planned Parenthood

Dear CACers:

FYI.

In Him,
J. Chang
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Family News in Focus
Disney Support of Planned Parenthood

By Martha Kleder, staff writer

Recent documents have turned up another reason to boycott Disney.
According to Will Dodson of the Southern Baptist Convention, Disney
is a corporate sponsor of Planned Parenthood. “This is the most
compelling reason to date for concerned citizens not to support a
corporation which is increasingly engaged in promoting an agenda
contrary to traditional values,” Dodson says.

Dodson adds that the news means Disney does not just support
anti-family agendas ideologically; it also funds them.

Copyright 1997 Focus on the Family
All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

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From: The Yees
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 1998 07:56:47 +0000
Subject: CAC_Mail: The Ethnic Question

Hi CACers –
Help! My church is wading through the perennial quesion of
whether to go the targeted Chinese/Asian-American route, or
try to expand into something more multi-cultural. (BTW, thank
you, Bill Leong, for re-broaching this whole subject recently.)
I’m looking for materials (tapes, books, articles) to pass out,
also any real live churches that have made headway (or at least
tried) being mostly-Asian but genuinely multi-cultural in both
membership and “church culture” (can it be done?).

Some stuff I have:
– – Lisa Sung’s IVP essay
– – Ken Fong’s diss
– – Wagner & McGavran’s Homogeneous Unit Principle stuff
– – Evergreen Baptist’s vision circa 1994 (has the new church
articulated its multi-cultural vision yet, Ken?)
– – David Ng’s _People on the Way_
– – the 1996 _Amerasian Journal_ issue on religion
Some stuff I’m looking for:
– – Any good rebuttals of the HUP that are *not* just theoretical idealisms
– – Any good extensions of the HUP that map out how to get from
homogeneous-unit evangelism to cross-unit community
– – Any good discussions of mono-Asian vs. pan-Asian vs. multi-cultural

I append an essay on the subject I wrote for our church a while back.

Russell Yee
Oakland

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The Ethnic Church
by Russell Yee, 1995

Every church is an ethnic church in the sense that every church has a
particular culture. Sometimes that culture is the majority,
western/Euro-American culture, so that it is not thought of as “ethnic.”
Sometimes that culture is distinct to a single minority group. And
sometimes that culture is a mixture of two or more other cultures. But
whether majority, minority, or mixed in culture, a given church’s life–its
worship, its music, its ways of gathering and growing as a community, its
encounter with the Gospel, its “voice”–is always embodied in a particular
culture.

In what are usually thought of as “ethnic” churches, the minority
culture is sometimes distinct, well-developed, and deeply-expressed, as it
is in much of the African-American church. In other “ethnic” churches, the
minority culture is emergent, ambiguous, nascent, or ambivalent, as it is in
much of the Asian-American church. Also, a high degree of biculturality
exists in the Asian-American church, a mix that is sometimes coherent and
harmonious, other times jarring and conflicted.

For all of its past history, all the members of NLCF have been
Asian-American, mostly Chinese-American. With the move to Castro Valley,
Sunday morning has become more multiethnic, with non-Asian members coming
from the former Baywood Baptist Church, as well as from new visitors. What
particular culture will NLCF develop? And will that culture be
intentionally chosen and pursued, or will it simply evolve?

In a church focused on one particular ethnic group, it may be easier to
develop and preserve a distinct, well-developed, and deeply-expressed
cultural expression of the Gospel, an expression that that ethnic group can
then contribute to the larger, multicultural scene (“Would there be black
gospel music if there had never been the African-American church?”). There
may be a clearer focus to evangelistic efforts (“If Asian-Americans don’t
evangelize other Asian-Americans, who will?”). And there may be greater
opportunities to confront the particular dysfunctionalities of that culture.
But such a church is also more prone to deteriorate into a “lifestyle
enclave”: somewhere people go to be comfortable around others like
themselves, rather than to be challenged by the claims of Christ and the
imperatives of the Gospel.

In a multiethnic church, the particular power of the Gospel to break
down ethnic barriers has a greater opportunity to work (“There is neither
Jew nor Greek”). There is the enrichment of a greater diversity of cultural
backgrounds and gifts. And there is an orientation towards the emerging,
multicultural world. But such a church also runs a greater risk of never
really developing any coherent culture (and thus no full encounter with the
Gospel) or of claiming to be “multicultural” while in fact the majority
culture or a single minority culture dominates (and other minority cultures
in that church never really find their “voice”).

America is the great multicultural experiment of modern history, an
experiment that is still young. The cultural challenge for all
churches–majority, minority, or mixed–is to encounter the Gospel in a way
that changes lives and breaks down barriers all barriers to Christian unity
both within and between groups. Pray with us that whatever particular
culture NLCF develops over time, the power of Jesus Christ to change lives
and redeem people and cultures will be at work, powerfully, and unmistakably.***

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From: “DJ Chuang”
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 1998 08:42:45 -0500
Subject: Re: CAC_Mail: The Ethnic Question

Russell:
Those are excellent questions and thoughts to ponder; the short
answer about what a particular church should target, whether
Chinese-American or Asian-American or multi-ethnic depends on its
specific calling and leading, for each target has its viability and
legitimacy.

Now there are a few books that counterbalance the HUP concept, most
notably that comes to mind are 3 (I’ve not read these, only skimmed
the first, but I think the thesis of each of these address the topic
at hand):

One New People: Models for Developing a Multiethnic Church ~ Manuel
Ortiz (1996; IVP)

Racial Equality in the Church : A Critique of the Homogeneous Unit
Principle in Light of a Practical Theology Perspective ~ Bruce W. Fong
(1996)

Where the Nations Meet : Reaching the World Next Door ~ Stephen A.
Rhodes (1998; IVP)

One of the lists that I’ve compiled personally about books in print
that relate to some of the questions you’re beginning to wrestle with
are on the CAC Asian American Resources page at:
http://www.aamdomain.com/cac/resource.htm

DJ

On 3 Feb 98 at 7:56, The Yees wrote:
> – Any good rebuttals of the HUP that are *not* just theoretical
> idealisms – Any good extensions of the HUP that map out how to get
> from homogeneous-unit evangelism to cross-unit community
– —
*

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From: jtc10@juno.com (J Chang)
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 1998 11:20:37 -0500
Subject: CAC_Mail: Child Care Poll

Dear CACers:

FYI, especially for parents with young children.

In Him,
J. Chang
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FRC RELEASES RESULTS OF POLL ON CHILD CARE

A new poll commissioned by Family Research Council found that
Americans view care by a child’s own mother as the single most
desirable form of child care and care by a government run
center as the least desirable. Conducted by Wirthlin Worldwide,
the poll also found that an overwhelming majority of adults
(71%) say that tax relief should be available to all families
with pre-school children, not just families who pay someone
for child care. In the poll, individuals were asked to rate
nine options for the care of their children. On average,
Americans rank these options in the following order of
preference:

1. Care by a child’s own mother
2. Care by the child’s own grandmother or other family member
3. Care by the child’s own parents working split shifts
4. Care by a church-run center
5. Care by a trusted neighbor or family friend
6. Care by a day care provider in the home
7. Care by a nanny or au pair
8. Care by a commercial day care center
9. Care by a government-run day care center

When it comes to child care, Americans want options that allow
them to spend more time with their families. The $22 billion
Clinton day care proposal would not help families with young
children spend more time with their kids. In fact, it — and
other day care plans — discriminate against the types of
arrangements Americans want most.

ACTION: No amount of government regulation of childcare centers
can replace parents’ love for their children. Washington can
help bring families together in the following ways:

1. Double the $500 per-child tax credit for families with
children under seven and phase-in coverage for all children.
2. Double the dependent exemption.
3. Enact “flex-time” legislation to provide opportunities for
families to juggle their work schedules to care for children.
4. Relieve the burden of the alternative-minimum-tax (AMT)
which is increasingly causing families to lose their
eligibility to receive the child credit.

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From: TSTseng@aol.com
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 1998 11:49:02 EST
Subject: CAC_Mail: Women/Religion in the U.S. course syllabus

Dear CACers:

Thanks to everyone who offered helpful comments regarding the “Evangelism in
Post-Modern America” course syllabus I posted a few weeks ago. I’d appreciate
your thoughts about the following course syllabus of a course on “Women and
Religion in the United States”. – Tim
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Colgate-Rochester Divinity School/Bexley Hall/St. Bernard’s Institute/Crozer
Theological Seminary

Women and Religion in the United States Syllabus
Spring 1998

Course No.: HS-WG 202

Classes meet
Tuesdays • 6:00-9:15 PM

Instructor: Rev. Dr. Timothy Tseng

Office Hours (Room 302)
Mondays, 9:30 AM -12:00 Noon
Wednesdays, 9:30 -12:00 Noon
Thursdays, 12:00 – 3:00 PM
other times by appointment

OFF: (716) 271-1320, ext. 260
FAX: (716) 271-8013
Email: tstseng@aol.com, ttseng@crds.edu
==================
Course Description & Objectives
HS-WG 202, or Women and Gender in the United States analyzes gender in
the United States from the seventeenth century to the present and the function
of organized religion in creating, reinforcing, and perpetuating gender roles
in American society. It also traces the participation of women in various
religious communities.
Through this course, students will:
1. be able to historically ground feminist and womanist discourse and gender
studies vis-a-vis religion.
2. reflect historically on strategies for women’s empowerment and leadership
in American religious organizations.
3. retrieve women’s experience in American Religious History.

Course Requirements

1. Required Texts

Throughout the semester, we will survey five focused texts. These texts
analyze a theme, movement, or person within the stream of American religious
history. They are assigned to illustrate the art (or science) of writing
history and to give focused attention to a few topics which may be glossed
over otherwise.

Margaret L. Bendroth. Fundamentalism and Gender, 1875-to the present. New
Haven: Yale University Press, 1993.
Robert Coles. Dorothy Day: A Radical Devotion. Addison-Wesley, 1987.
S
Revolutionary New England. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1994.
Jung Ha Kim. Bridge Makers and Cross Bearers: Korean-American Women and the
Church. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1997.
Nell Irvin Painter. Sojourner Truth: a life, a symbol. New York: W.W. Norton,
1996.

For background reading, I recommend the following texts which are not
required:

Susan Hill Lindley. You Have Stept Out of Your Place: A History of Women and
Religion in America. Westminster/John Knox, 1996.
Rosemary Reuther and Rosemary Skinner Keller, In Our Own Voices: Four
Centuries of American Women’s Religious Writings. New York: Harper, 1996.
Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia Routledge, 1997.

Because this is a reading intensive course, I suggest that you begin
reading assignments as early as possible. Complete reading assignments PRIOR
to the class session.

2. Book Review Essays

You will be required to write a 4-5 page (typed, double-spaced) critical
book review essay for each of the assigned texts. These essays are to
summarize and provide reflection on the “focused texts.” Each book review
essay is worth 10 points. Due dates are listed in the class schedule. The
essays will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:
a. How well it summarize the contents of the book. Is the author’s
perspective presented fairly? Are the most essential points discussed?
b. How well it describes the book’s significance for the historical
contexts out of which the book was written. Is the essay a vehicle towards a
better understanding of the book’s historical context? Does the essay
adequately describe and reflect on the historical contexts from which the
author writes?
c. How well it identifies the implications of the text for theological
reflection and ministerial practice. How well does the essay connect the
message of these texts, their historical contexts, and their author’s
historical contexts to contemporary or future theological and ministerial
concerns.

3. Research Paper/Project

e comprised of two
portions:
A. The first will be research prospectus (10 points) by which you will
summarize your data collection efforts [a reading list] and provide a research
agenda [a 3-4 paragraph summary of the “problematique” that you are
investigating].
B. The second will be the research paper/project itself (40 points). A
paper should be between 25 and 30 pages in length inclusive of footnotes and
bibliography (consult the Chicago Manuel of Style). A project can take the
form of an artistic expression or a different format – provided that it is
accompanied by a 5-10 page description or narrative.
C. Students are expected to consult with the instructor about the topic
choosen. A decision about the research project should be made by the third
week of the course.

4. Student presence in the classroom.
Attendance and active participation are required. This includes
providing leadership for classroom discussions. Student initiative to
interact with the instructor is encouraged.

Grading Policy
1. All written assignments must be turned in on their due dates. Extensions
will be considered only in cases of legitimate emergency and if the instructor
is contacted prior to the session that the assignment is due.
2. This course will employ a point grading system. The maximum number of
points each written assignments can be assigned is listed here:

Research Prospectus 10 points
Research Paper/Project 40 points
Book Reviews (10 points each) 50 points
Total 100 points

The following scale will be used to determine final student grade:

A 100-93 C 76-73
A- 92-90 C- 72-70
B+ 89-87 D+ 69-67
B 86-83 D 66-63
B- 82-80 D- 62-60
C+ 79-77 F 59-0

Women and Religion in the United States
Course Schedule • Spring 1998

Feb. 3 Introduction
• The Necessary Historical Grounding of Feminist/Womanist Theory

Begin Reading Susan Juster, Disorderly Women.

Feb. 10 Historical Antecedents
• The Necessary Historical Grounding of Feminist/Womanist Theory (continued)
• Medieval European, Hispanic,
merican, and Asian women’s
experience.

Reading Assignment (due today): None

Feb. 17 17th-18th Centuries
• Women in Puritan America
• Student led discussion: Susan Juster, Disorderly Women
**Research Prospectus due**

Reading Assignment (due today):
Today: finish Juster.
Begin reading Nell Irvin Painter, Sojourner Truth.

Feb 24 19th Century Euro-American Women’s Experience
• The Idea of Domesticity: The Rise of “Separate Spheres” ideology.
• Discuss research prospectus.

Reading Assignment: [none]

Mar 3 19th Century African-American Women’s Experience
• Women in African-American Religion
• Student led discussion: Nell Irvin Painter, Sojourner Truth.

Reading Assignment:
Today: finish Nell Irvin Painter, Sojourner Truth.
Begin reading Margaret L. Bendroth, Fundamentalism and Gender.

Mar 10 Women and Social Reform in the United States
• Frances Willard and the WCTU; Jane Addams and Hull House

Reading Assignment:
Today: finish Margaret L. Bendroth, Fundamentalism and Gender.
Begin reading Robert Coles. Dorothy Day: A Radical Devotion.

Mar 17 Reading week: No classes

Mar 24 Fundamentalism and Gender
• Victorian womanhood and the feminization of American culture thesis
• Student led discussion: Margaret L. Bendroth, Fundamentalism and Gender.

Reading Assignment:
Today: finish Margaret L. Bendroth, Fundamentalism and Gender.
Begin reading Robert Coles. Dorothy Day: A Radical Devotion.

Mar 31 No classes: Tim attends American Baptist General Board orientation.

Apr 7 After Suffrage
• The Marginalization of Victorian ideology in 20th Century America

Reading Assignment:
Begin reading: Jung Ha Kim, Bridge Makers and Cross Bearers

Apr 14 Roman Catholic Women’s Experience
• Catholicism in the United States
• Student led discussion: Robert Coles, Dorothy Day.

Reading Assignment:
Finish: Robert Coles, Dorothy Day.

Apr 21 Second Wave Feminism and Womanism
• From Betty Friedan to bell hooks

Reading Assignment:
(none)

Apr 23-25 Women & Twentieth Century Protestantism
ence
• Between Confucian patriarchy and rescue missions.
• Student Led Discussion: Kim, Bridge Makers

Reading Assignment:
Finish: Jung Ha Kim, Bridge Makers and Cross Bearers

May 5 Backlash and New Beginnings?
• Victoria Returns: Women in Right Wing Movements

Reading Assignment:
none

May 15 Last Day To Turn In Your Research Papers/Projects [by 4:30 PM]
** Kim Review Due **
** Research Paper/Project Due **

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From: Ken Fong
Date: Tue, 03 Feb 1998 10:49:56 -0800
Subject: Re: CAC_Mail: The Ethnic Question

Hi, Russ.

Yes, Evergreen.LA has articulated a new demographic goal since I became the senior a
year and a half ago. This isn’t exactly the way it appears in print, but since I am
the main articulator of this, I guess whatever I say here is official enough.

When I first began believing that the Lord was calling me into pastoral ministry, I
felt quite strongly that, given my own upbringing and circles of influence, my
target group would be more acculturated ABCs. Not finding an existing church that
matched that vision and not receiving much encouragement from the Chinese pastors I
consulted, I eventually latched on to Evergreen Baptist Church, then in East LA and
then a just-renewing JA church that ministered only in English and that was open to
ABCs coming. Over the 18 years that I’ve served here, I’ve watched the Spirit
expand my/our concept of our demographic group. To my surprise, we now have an
unusual mix of Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Burmese, Thai, Indonesian,
Malayasian, Filipino, Pacific Islander, Indian, African-American, Anglo-American,
Portugese, Latino, and biracial. Whew! And to my/our further surprise, given the
fact that our staff operates solely in English (though a few are bilingual), the
people in our congregation today aren’t just highly Americanized ones. In direct
contrast to my dissertation’s predictions, we have everything from first to sixth
generation people coming now!

I provide this background so that you can appreciate what has led to the alterring
of our demographic vision. It used to be “Americanized Asian Americans (AAAs) and
those who most closely identify with this emerging subculture.” Now it’s
“multi-Asian/multi-ethnic.” I’ll elaborate on this in a moment. What I think is
highly germane to this subject of target group but rarely discussed is the fact, in
our case at least, that the description or definition was/is partially driven by
those who are coming. Too often, I run across churches or ministries that proclaim
to be “Asian American” when in fact they really appear to be, say, an ABC ministry
with a smattering of other-Asians. Or “multi-ethnic” when in fact the number of
non-Asians coming is miniscule. What I’m trying to say is, as important as it is to
define and declare one’s target population, one must also be careful not to overlook
the “reaching power” of the current leadership or ministry culture. For example, it
would be simple for, say, a Chinese church in a now-Cuban neighborhood to declare
that, from now on, it was going to be a Chinese-Cuban church. But if there aren’t
any Cubans on the staff or in leadership, if the church makes hardly any effort to
include Cuban culture or attitudes, there probably won’t be a significant number of
Cubans coming any time soon. In other words, we would be wise to distinguish
between demographic goals that are more wishful thinking or kingdom idealism than
reality.

Thus, our current demographic description is both an attempt to affirm those who are
already coming and to express a kingdom ideal. In other words, our
description–“multi-Asian/multi-ethnic”–is us trying to describe accurately the
population that now attends AND us trying to point the way to the next century.

What we’re just now discovering is that we can move too quickly towards being
multi-ethnic at the expense of discovering what it means to be multi-Asian. While
appreciating that we must work at both goals simultaneously, we see now that being
multi-Asian, with the unique and rich mix of Asian heritages God has given us, is
not a simple matter. What a shame it would be if we bypassed the opportunity to
assemble a new “plate lunch” amongst the variety of Asian offerings because we were
too focused on becoming multi-ethnic. Since we are just waking up to this
challenge, I can’t offer much more on this multi-Asian aspect, only to say that our
staff and leadership are beginning to grapple with this. If anything, we believe
the emergence of this new paradigm, while Spirit-driven and -directed, must be both
strategic and intentional on our parts.

When our website gets up and running in the next month or so, I plan to have essays
or articles on similar subjects there. For now, I hope this helps.

ken fong.

The Yees wrote:

> Hi CACers –
> Help! My church is wading through the perennial quesion of
> whether to go the targeted Chinese/Asian-American route, or
> try to expand into something more multi-cultural. (BTW, thank
> you, Bill Leong, for re-broaching this whole subject recently.)
> I’m looking for materials (tapes, books, articles) to pass out,
> also any real live churches that have made headway (or at least
> tried) being mostly-Asian but genuinely multi-cultural in both
> membership and “church culture” (can it be done?).
>
> Some stuff I have:
> – Lisa Sung’s IVP essay
> – Ken Fong’s diss
> – Wagner & McGavran’s Homogeneous Unit Principle stuff
> – Evergreen Baptist’s vision circa 1994 (has the new church
> articulated its multi-cultural vision yet, Ken?)
> – David Ng’s _People on the Way_
> – the 1996 _Amerasian Journal_ issue on religion
> Some stuff I’m looking for:
> – Any good rebuttals of the HUP that are *not* just theoretical idealisms
> – Any good extensions of the HUP that map out how to get from
> homogeneous-unit evangelism to cross-unit community
> – Any good discussions of mono-Asian vs. pan-Asian vs. multi-cultural
>
> I append an essay on the subject I wrote for our church a while back.
>
> Russell Yee
> Oakland
>
> **************************************************
>
> The Ethnic Church
> by Russell Yee, 1995
>
> Every church is an ethnic church in the sense that every church has a
> particular culture. Sometimes that culture is the majority,
> western/Euro-American culture, so that it is not thought of as “ethnic.”
> Sometimes that culture is distinct to a single minority group. And
> sometimes that culture is a mixture of two or more other cultures. But
> whether majority, minority, or mixed in culture, a given church’s life–its
> worship, its music, its ways of gathering and growing as a community, its
> encounter with the Gospel, its “voice”–is always embodied in a particular
> culture.
>
> In what are usually thought of as “ethnic” churches, the minority
> culture is sometimes distinct, well-developed, and deeply-expressed, as it
> is in much of the African-American church. In other “ethnic” churches, the
> minority culture is emergent, ambiguous, nascent, or ambivalent, as it is in
> much of the Asian-American church. Also, a high degree of biculturality
> exists in the Asian-American church, a mix that is sometimes coherent and
> harmonious, other times jarring and conflicted.
>
> For all of its past history, all the members of NLCF have been
> Asian-American, mostly Chinese-American. With the move to Castro Valley,
> Sunday morning has become more multiethnic, with non-Asian members coming
> from the former Baywood Baptist Church, as well as from new visitors. What
> particular culture will NLCF develop? And will that culture be
> intentionally chosen and pursued, or will it simply evolve?
>
> In a church focused on one particular ethnic group, it may be easier to
> develop and preserve a distinct, well-developed, and deeply-expressed
> cultural expression of the Gospel, an expression that that ethnic group can
> then contribute to the larger, multicultural scene (“Would there be black
> gospel music if there had never been the African-American church?”). There
> may be a clearer focus to evangelistic efforts (“If Asian-Americans don’t
> evangelize other Asian-Americans, who will?”). And there may be greater
> opportunities to confront the particular dysfunctionalities of that culture.
> But such a church is also more prone to deteriorate into a “lifestyle
> enclave”: somewhere people go to be comfortable around others like
> themselves, rather than to be challenged by the claims of Christ and the
> imperatives of the Gospel.
>
> In a multiethnic church, the particular power of the Gospel to break
> down ethnic barriers has a greater opportunity to work (“There is neither
> Jew nor Greek”). There is the enrichment of a greater diversity of cultural
> backgrounds and gifts. And there is an orientation towards the emerging,
> multicultural world. But such a church also runs a greater risk of never
> really developing any coherent culture (and thus no full encounter with the
> Gospel) or of claiming to be “multicultural” while in fact the majority
> culture or a single minority culture dominates (and other minority cultures
> in that church never really find their “voice”).
>
> America is the great multicultural experiment of modern history, an
> experiment that is still young. The cultural challenge for all
> churches–majority, minority, or mixed–is to encounter the Gospel in a way
> that changes lives and breaks down barriers all barriers to Christian unity
> both within and between groups. Pray with us that whatever particular
> culture NLCF develops over time, the power of Jesus Christ to change lives
> and redeem people and cultures will be at work, powerfully, and unmistakably.***

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From: RECONCILE1@aol.com
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 1998 16:29:10 -0500 (EST)
Subject: CAC_Mail: remove from mailing list

Please remove us from your mailing list, we do not have the time to keep up
with all you send out.

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From: TSTseng@aol.com
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 1998 22:56:49 EST
Subject: CAC_Mail: Fwd: The Annual Conference of PANAAWTM and the Doctoral Seminar

Dear friends:

This is FYI, Tim Tseng

Date: Tue, 3 Feb 1998 13:09:58 -0500 (EST)
From: Jung Ha Kim
To: aarcsposts@socrates.berkeley.edu
Subject: The Annual Conference of PANAAWTM and the Doctoral Seminar

Colleagues,
Please, share the following information with other colleagues and
students:

The annual conference of PANAAWTM will talk place from March 13-15, 1998
at University of Toronto/Emmanuel College in Toronto, Canada. Along with
the annual meetings, PANAAWTM is providing its Doctoral Seminar for the
second time from March 12-13 for Pacific, Asian, and Asian North American
women students in the fields of Theology, Ministry, Religious Studies and
other related areas. This year, discussions of the doctoral seminar
will be subdivided largely into three themes: 1) self-presentation and
professional development; 2) dissertation; and 3) strategy issues.
There will be an ample opportunity to discuss other issues with a pool
of resource persons — Rita Brock, Jung Ha Kim, Pui Lan Kwok, Greer Anne
Wenh-In Ng, and others — at the meeting. In order to further enhance
this seminar to be more effective and productive for the participants,
submission of a c.v. (curriculum vita) and a prospectus of the
dissertation (or an outline of the project/study) by Feb. 15, 1998 to Rita
N. Brock is recommended. Rita Brock’s e-mail address is:
brock@radcliffe.edu.

For questions and further information regarding the annual conference of
PANWAATM and/or the doctoral seminar, please, contact either Grace Kim at
416-515-8099 (e-mail address: pyclee@sunwise.uwaterloo.ca) or Wenh-in Ng
at 416-585-4549 (e-mail address: gawi.ng@utoronto.ca).

This is an excellent opportunity to meet other Pacific, Asian, Asian North
American women in the fields of Religion/Theology. Please, share this
information with others as well. Thanks!

Jung Ha Kim, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology
Georgia State University

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From: David Wong
Date: Wed, 04 Feb 1998 02:05:37 -0500
Subject: Re: CAC_Mail: The Ethnic Question

Russell and DJ,

I appreciate the discussion about the “Ethnic Question.” Two days ago, I
was in a committee meeting of our C&MA District discussing this
particular topic. The pastor from Nicaragua said his church is
multi-ethnic because although they all speak Spanish in the church, they
are from different countries and localities. The Anglo pastor said his
church is multi-racial because they are all different color. Another
said her church is multi-cultural because it is four congregation
meeting under one roof. So they ask me, “What is an international
church?”

Boy, that gave me an opportunity to share my humble concept of ministry
to groups of people in the 21st century. I suggest that in the 60’s, it
was considered a big advance to have a multi-racial church. The base for
this model is crossing the skin color line, “Red and Yellow, Black and
White, they are precious in His sight.”

Then in the 70’s the focus was on culture. It was a time when I saw the
Sunday school curriculum reflected teaching on understanding blacks.
latimos, and Asians. Their history and heritage is something for Anglos
to understand. Pictorial illustrations were more inclusive of the
diverse cultures. So the churches began to accept diversity, not only in
color of the people, but their culture as well. I remember in Cumberland
in 1975 when the Vietnamese refugess arrived. Though they were ethnic
Chinese, most were culturally Vietnamese- so it transformed our Sunday
luncheon and pot-luck to include some Chinese Vietnamese food.

The 80’s saw the emphasis on ethnicity. An example is the growth of
Vietnamese-Chinese church. These refugees did not feel comfortable in
the typical Chinese church – so they set out on planting ethnic
congregation – emphasis is on people of the same background, language
and place of origin. Now we have the Swatow church, the Fukienese and
Taiwanese church. It is more than language, but an ethnic people.

Forgive me for not being articulate in defining all this. Let me share
what is happening in the Washington International Church. We are a
church formed 6 years ago in Georgetown, Washington, DC. To date, we
have had people from 84 countries and territories who have worshipped
with us. Some are here for a brief periods, like students, diplomats,
businessmen. About 55% are Asians-Chinese, Filipinos, Indonesians, etc.
The others include Hispanics, Europeans, Caribbians, etc.

I feel that when I “target” the international community – I minister to
the whole person in all three dimensions – race, culture and ethnicity.
They feel very much at home as long as I don’t play favourites. In my
Governing Board, we have Chinese, Filipino, Indonesian, Anglo American,
and Columbian. The worship team includes Filipino, Japanese, Swiss,
American, Indonesian and Chinese. We have formed a Hispanic Fellowship
with the intention of it becoming a church plant in two years to reach
Hispanic in Washington DC. A Chinese Bible study we started a few years
ago is now an independent church with focus on reaching people from the
People’s Republic of China. We hope to start a Russian Bible study soon.
We are three minutes away from the Russian Embassy and many of their
staff family come to our free ESOL classes.

Thus far, the most receptive group to the Gospel of Jesus Christ are
those from the PRC. It is great to have them give their testimonies in
English at baptismal service.

We do not have many ABCs. We are reaching mostly a first generation of
internationals. I believe in the next five years, this would be the
trend among denominations. The focus would be broader. It is interesting
that when the ABC come to our church, although the music is contemporary
and everything is in English, he/she is not comfortable because it is
not quite “American” enough. I constantly have to remind people that
Americans are “internationals” too. I actually saw a church flyer that
invited internationals to their event, and then added “Americans welcome
too!”

Someone asked me about the homogeneous principle. I said it certainly
applies here. We are a homogeneous group- our similarity is our
diversity. We share a common identity-we are all different. We laugh
about this, but it is true. Our bond in Christ makes it even more
precious. Our people also have no more excuse about not witnessing to
people who are not their “kind.” The world has come to us. Let us go to
them with the Gospel. I am very amazed at what God is doing. Although we
are a small congregation and the financial standing of many are not
stable, the people have given over $50,000 since the church inception to
missions. We have send short term missionaries to Kazakstan, Puerto Rico
and Bolivia.

Perhaps we are experimenting with something new here. I would appreciate
hearing from others who are reaching out to internationals by intent and
design, so we can share experiences and do some networking. I welcome
your questions and suggestions.

in Christ,
David Wong
Washington International Church
http://www.internationalchurch.org

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From: Ken Fong
Date: Wed, 04 Feb 1998 01:06:25 -0800
Subject: Re: CAC_Mail: The Ethnic Question

Brother David,
What a truly fascinating ministry God has given to you all! Thanks for
sharing so much about it. Many of us will be watching and learning from you
all!

Ken Fong
Evergreen Baptist Church of LA

David Wong wrote:

> Russell and DJ,
>
> I appreciate the discussion about the “Ethnic Question.” Two days ago, I
> was in a committee meeting of our C&MA District discussing this
> particular topic. The pastor from Nicaragua said his church is
> multi-ethnic because although they all speak Spanish in the church, they
> are from different countries and localities. The Anglo pastor said his
> church is multi-racial because they are all different color. Another
> said her church is multi-cultural because it is four congregation
> meeting under one roof. So they ask me, “What is an international
> church?”
>
> Boy, that gave me an opportunity to share my humble concept of ministry
> to groups of people in the 21st century. I suggest that in the 60’s, it
> was considered a big advance to have a multi-racial church. The base for
> this model is crossing the skin color line, “Red and Yellow, Black and
> White, they are precious in His sight.”
>
> Then in the 70’s the focus was on culture. It was a time when I saw the
> Sunday school curriculum reflected teaching on understanding blacks.
> latimos, and Asians. Their history and heritage is something for Anglos
> to understand. Pictorial illustrations were more inclusive of the
> diverse cultures. So the churches began to accept diversity, not only in
> color of the people, but their culture as well. I remember in Cumberland
> in 1975 when the Vietnamese refugess arrived. Though they were ethnic
> Chinese, most were culturally Vietnamese- so it transformed our Sunday
> luncheon and pot-luck to include some Chinese Vietnamese food.
>
> The 80’s saw the emphasis on ethnicity. An example is the growth of
> Vietnamese-Chinese church. These refugees did not feel comfortable in
> the typical Chinese church – so they set out on planting ethnic
> congregation – emphasis is on people of the same background, language
> and place of origin. Now we have the Swatow church, the Fukienese and
> Taiwanese church. It is more than language, but an ethnic people.
>
> Forgive me for not being articulate in defining all this. Let me share
> what is happening in the Washington International Church. We are a
> church formed 6 years ago in Georgetown, Washington, DC. To date, we
> have had people from 84 countries and territories who have worshipped
> with us. Some are here for a brief periods, like students, diplomats,
> businessmen. About 55% are Asians-Chinese, Filipinos, Indonesians, etc.
> The others include Hispanics, Europeans, Caribbians, etc.
>
> I feel that when I “target” the international community – I minister to
> the whole person in all three dimensions – race, culture and ethnicity.
> They feel very much at home as long as I don’t play favourites. In my
> Governing Board, we have Chinese, Filipino, Indonesian, Anglo American,
> and Columbian. The worship team includes Filipino, Japanese, Swiss,
> American, Indonesian and Chinese. We have formed a Hispanic Fellowship
> with the intention of it becoming a church plant in two years to reach
> Hispanic in Washington DC. A Chinese Bible study we started a few years
> ago is now an independent church with focus on reaching people from the
> People’s Republic of China. We hope to start a Russian Bible study soon.
> We are three minutes away from the Russian Embassy and many of their
> staff family come to our free ESOL classes.
>
> Thus far, the most receptive group to the Gospel of Jesus Christ are
> those from the PRC. It is great to have them give their testimonies in
> English at baptismal service.
>
> We do not have many ABCs. We are reaching mostly a first generation of
> internationals. I believe in the next five years, this would be the
> trend among denominations. The focus would be broader. It is interesting
> that when the ABC come to our church, although the music is contemporary
> and everything is in English, he/she is not comfortable because it is
> not quite “American” enough. I constantly have to remind people that
> Americans are “internationals” too. I actually saw a church flyer that
> invited internationals to their event, and then added “Americans welcome
> too!”
>
> Someone asked me about the homogeneous principle. I said it certainly
> applies here. We are a homogeneous group- our similarity is our
> diversity. We share a common identity-we are all different. We laugh
> about this, but it is true. Our bond in Christ makes it even more
> precious. Our people also have no more excuse about not witnessing to
> people who are not their “kind.” The world has come to us. Let us go to
> them with the Gospel. I am very amazed at what God is doing. Although we
> are a small congregation and the financial standing of many are not
> stable, the people have given over $50,000 since the church inception to
> missions. We have send short term missionaries to Kazakstan, Puerto Rico
> and Bolivia.
>
> Perhaps we are experimenting with something new here. I would appreciate
> hearing from others who are reaching out to internationals by intent and
> design, so we can share experiences and do some networking. I welcome
> your questions and suggestions.
>
> in Christ,
> David Wong
> Washington International Church
> http://www.internationalchurch.org

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From: TSTseng@aol.com
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 1998 09:19:04 EST
Subject: CAC_Mail: Fwd: Spencer Perkins (fwd)

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CACers:

FYI, Tim Tseng

Date: Wed, 4 Feb 1998 06:05:11 -0500 (EST)
From: Wingson Wong
To: Tim and Betty Tseng
Subject: Spencer Perkins (fwd)

For your information. Sorry it is so long. Please edit it for your
needs. Thanks.

In His Undying Love,

Wingson Wong

ww21@columbia.edu

Romans 8:28-39

– ———- Forwarded message ———-
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 1998 14:52:25 EST
From: MMHensley@aol.com
Subject: Spencer Perkins

Dear Friends:
If you have read anything on racial reconciliation you have probably heard the
name of Spencer Perkins, son of John Perkins. He has been a leader and a
voice to the church. Two days ago Spencer suddenly passed away at 43.

For some of you the following info will be of importance. I am sending you
some recent emails from IV staff, an note from Chris Rice who co authored
“More Than Equals” by IVP w/ Spencer and a press release from John Perkinsfrom
John Perkins.

Spencer died just days after a conference that IV co sponsored and half of my
staff team attended in Jackson, MS. One evening about 100+ IVCF staff gathered
to talk about what God is saying to IV. During the discussion Neil Rendall
who has been on staff in our region for over 30 years seemed to have words
that are now seen to have been prophetic. Neil “cautioned us that this
commitment to racial reconciliation is not a game, not a band-wagon to jump
on, but a battle in which some of us may lose our lives,” given the list of
casualties he himself has seen/known in his years with IV. He also shared that
the realities associated with counting the cost of this commitment have been
something that he and Jeannie(his wife) have been grappling with, and are
still processing: is it worth
giving our lives for/to in the next 10 years? ”

I pray God will use Spencer’s death in our movement and in the church at
large.

>From Paul Tok-Director of Asian American Ministries with IVCF:

Those of us who attended the Racial Reconciliation Conference this past
weekend were sobered by the events of the weekend: Neil Rendall’s prophetic
words Friday night to the InterVarsity staff present about counting the cost
of being involved in racial reconciliation and then within 12 hours to see
Spencer struggle for his life Saturday morning with a hypoglycemic episode.

Additionally, early Monday a.m., the day after the conference ended, the
offices of Jackson’s African American newspaper were firebombed and
essentially destroyed. The offices were but blocks from where we met.

I strongly sense the spiritual battle we are in when we take on the humanly
impossible task of racial reconciliation. It is not for the faint of heart or
for those who think it’s cool. Presently, I am counting the cost for myself
and my family whether I will be a player or not. It feels a lot more cozy to
just do Asian American ministry and stick “my folks,” thank you. I’m
frightened by the potential cost of racial reconciliation.

Many across the country are praying fervently for the Perkins and Rice
families. That’s good and needed. Could some of us also build into our
prayer lives in March, April and May some serious prayer for them. By then,
the shock will be lessened and the loss of husband/father/son/yokefellow will
be keenly felt.

My heart especially goes out to Spencer’s father, John. When Spencer went
into the hypoglycemic episode, John ran over to him, yelling, “My son! My
son! What’s wrong with my son!” Someone said that this was one of the things
John feared most: losing Spencer. Let’s really uphold John and his wife, Vera
Mae.

#####

To: My Dear Friends

from Chris

The brother in Christ I called my “yokefellow, “Spencer Perkins, has finished
his earthly race. As his father, evangelical leader John, said yesterday,
“Spencer now sees clearly what I still see only dimly through a glass.”
Spencer now has all the answers he ever longed for regarding his heart’s
pursuit-reconciliation.

Spencer, 43, died in his home of a massive heart attack yesterday (Jan. 27)
shortly after 1 PM. Spencer’s wife and “soulmate,” Nancy, and their three
children-Jonathan (11), Jubilee (8), and April Joy (4)-are in need of your
prayers.

Last night, as hundreds of Voice of Calvary church members and extended
friends and family descended upon Antioch and Reconcilers’ offices to grieve
and offer support, the question “why?” was not far from our lips. But much
more so, there is a sense of painful, yet joyful, thankfulness that our friend
and mentor in the faith was faithful to the end to his prophetic calling.

Spencer died Tuesday, just three days after passing out at our historic
“College, Ethnicity, and Reconciliation” conference held here in Jackson.
Immediately, more than 300 conference attendees joined in prayer for his
safety. The conference, which had already been a smashing strategic success,
suddenly became a prayer service of racial unity, as all entreated God for
Spencer’s safety.

God graciously answered our prayers, and Spencer emerged doggedly from the
hospital Saturday night to deliver, along with me, what became his final call.
In our closing address to the conference at Belhaven College (where both of us
graduated), Spencer outlined a new vision for a higher level of
reconciliation-a call to radical grace among the races.

It was a message that grew out of his walk with God and our struggles as an
interracial Christian community and even in facing seemingly-insurmountable
obstacles in our own “yokefellow” relationship.

Sitting on a stool to save strength, Spencer said:

“What’s so amazing about grace is that God forgives us and embraces us with
open arms even though we don’t deserve it. What’s new about grace, at least
for me, is that because we are grateful for what God did for us, we allow him
to do the same to others through us. This means that if I know this loving
God who is so full of grace, then I will forgive and accept (embrace) those
who, like me, don’t deserve my grace and forgiveness.”

Spencer spoke of the challenge to create a “culture of grace,” and continued,
“What I am learning about grace lifts a weight from my shoulders, which is
nothing short of invigorating. When we can forgive and embrace those who
refuse to listen to God’s command to do justice, it allows them to hear God’s
judgment without feeling a personal judgment from us. Which, in the end,
gives our message more integrity. Being able to give grace while preaching
justice will make our witness even more effective.”

He had been eager to deliver this message, and we thank God that on Saturday
he did. (The full text of Spencer’s Saturday night message will be reprinted
in the next issue of Reconcilers magazine.)

Just three days later, however, on Tuesday, Spencer experienced a massive
heart attack which was totally unrelated to Saturday’s fainting spell (the
result of a diabetic seizure). In fact, while at the hospital Saturday,
Spencer’s EKG had shown his heart to be completely healthy.

So why did God take Spencer? This is the question that all of us committed to
reconciliation now ask. For Spencer and me, the ministry of reconciliation was
a calling, first and foremost, to one another. If it couldn’t work in our own
relationship, we felt we had nothing to say to the crowds. Over 10 years
speaking across the nation, we always stood together. That was our witness.
Just as Jesus sent his disciples out two by two, so had God called us.

Right now there are many things I don’t understand. What I do understand is
that Spencer finished the race to which our Loving Father called him. And I
am a witness to the tens of thousands of lives who were touched by his life,
his voice, and his special spirit of compassion. God is moving upon His
people, and His work will not be stopped.

We at Reconcilers Fellowship have decided to enter a season of earnest prayer
to seek God face. I am canceling all of the speaking engagements Spencer and
I had scheduled. Moreover, we stopped the upcoming issue of Reconcilers
Magazine at the printer yesterday, and will now restructure it as a tribute to
my brother and yours, Spencer. We will also reflect on the future of our
ministry, which is clearly empowering many, many of God’s people down the
highway.

The outpouring of support we’ve already received has been astounding and
encouraging. You share our grief and we all will walk through this time
together.

Be encouraged! God always has the Final Word, and I know Spencer looks down
from the great cloud of witnesses cheering us on in the race of
reconciliation. Goodbye, my brother!

P.S. Many of you are attempting to reach me by phone. I’m sorry if I’m not
able to take your call. PLEASE PRAY FOR US instead of calling, and use email
to send me a message. Thanks for standing with us. I am thankful so much for
the thousands of friendships God gave me and Spencer in our ministry.

JANUARY 27, 1998

STATEMENT BY DR. JOHN M. PERKINS
Re: The death of his oldest son and co-worker, Spencer Perkins

Today, January 27, shortly after 1 pm, my son Spencer died suddenly in his
Jackson home, the result of massive heart failure. He was 43. He leaves his
wife, Nancy, son Johnathan (11) and daughters Jubilee (8), and April Joy (4).

My son also leaves a legacy of faithful service to the God we both love and to
his people. In every way, Spencer was a reconciler.

Spencer is the one who invited me to Sunday school in 1957, out of which I
came to know Jesus Christ. So Spencer came to Christ before me, and he’s gone
on to heaven before me. He’ll be there to greet me when I get there. It will
make Heaven a much more inviting place for me.

Spencer took over my passion and gave words and intelligence to it. You see, I
had just a third grade education, and Spencer brought some intelligence to the
whole reconcilation process. In doing so, he made a place for himself as a
builder of God’s kingdom here on earth. I wanted our time on earth to last
longer, but God saw fit to bring him on in.

This past Saturday’s reconciliation conference was his last hoorah. The
conference–“College, Ethnicity, and Reconciliation”–brought together more
than three hundred faculty, deans, college presidents, and campus workers from
more than 50 campuses across the nation. It was co-sponsored by
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, the Coalition for Christian Colleges and
Universities, the National Black Evangelical Association, Belhaven College,
and Tougaloo College.

Spencer and his long-time friend and ministry partner, Chris Rice, gave the
closing address on Saturday night. Spencer spoke with passion about the need
for grace to abound as we all work to realize true, Christ-honoring
reconciliation on our nation’s campuses, and beyond.

Spencer never claimed to have the ultimate answers. He was too authentic for
that. But Spencer was a reconciler. Like everyone devoted to this high
calling, he lived daily with the hard unanswered questions race presents.

But today–in the early afternoon–my oldest son got the answers to every
question that had ever puzzled him. Spencer’s mother, Vera Mae, and I–along
with the rest of his family–will sorely miss our son. But Spencer now sees
clearly what I still see only dimly through a glass, and for this, I rejoice.

# # #

A special college fund is being established for the Perkins children. In lieu
of flowers, send donations to: John M. Perkins Foundation, PO Box 32, Jackson,
MS 39205. Please earmark any donations to: “Perkins’ children fund.”

Please direct all media queries to Joe Maxwell at 601-856-4821 (work) or
601-856-4582 (home).

Friday evening wake is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at McRaven Funeral Home in
Jackson, MS.

Funeral service will be held at Voice of Calvary Fellowship, 3200 Robinson
Road, Jackson, MS 39209. (601) 922-5835

Burial site is Cedarlawn Cemetary in Jackson, MS (2434 W. Capitol Street).

#####

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From: Sze-kar Wan
Date: Wed, 04 Feb 1998 18:19:58 -0500
Subject: CAC_Mail: NYU racial poblem

Dear CACers: The following has come to my attention–Sze-kar

*****

> From: David Eng
> To: Jkuan
> Subject: NYU’s racial exclusion of chinese workers
> Date: Monday, February 02, 1998 7:22 AM
>
> Hi Jeff,
>
> I got your name from both Rev. Law out here in NY and Peter Lin, and
> that I should speak to you about the matter of New York University’s
> racist exclusion of chinese construction workers from work sites.
>
> NYU, one of the largest university institutions on New York City has
> been excluding chinese construction workers from employment since Spring
> of 1997. We have appealed to NYU to address the problem of the
> exclusion, but they have ignored and justified the exclusion of chinese
> construction workers,
> and were even quoted so in a news article that ran here in the NY, a
> news article which labeled the construction workers and their student
> supporters as “crafty,” “sneaky” and “interlopers.” When one student
> who was supporting the campaign asked the adminstration a few questions
> about the exclusion of chinese workers at and Asian Studies reception in
> December, NYU refused to comment, and days later, the student found a
> letter in the mail, from the administration, requesting him to attend a
> disciplinary hearing for “disrupting the event.” This set off a city
> wide campaign to condemn the NYU Administration for practicing racism,
> especially when it claims to be an institution of higher learning, a
> place where ideas are free-flowing, and there is a commitment to
> diversity, etc. The campaign includes other minority communities who
> are often also faced with the same racial exclusion from jobs that the
> Chinese are facing at NYU.
>
> The campaign against NYU would like the Chinese Caucus of The United
> Methodist Church to join us in our fight for economic justice. I’ve
> enclosed a letter that NYU alumni had written condemning NYU for its
> racism, as a sample letter for the Chinese Caucus, and I urge you to
> also write to NYU president Jay Oliva, expressing your support for
> the Chinese workers, and the student who spoke out against the racism,
> and demand these three things of NYU:
> 1) Immediately retract disciplinary measure against Sigmund Shen for
> speaking out against racism;
> 2) Hire Chinese construction workers immediately. Stop excluding Chinese
> workers from union jobs at sites owned by NYU;
> 3) Apologize to the Chinese community suffering from such acts of racist
> exclusion.
>
> If you have any questions, please call me at (212) 473-5874.
>
> thanks,
>
> David Eng
>
> ——————-
> NYU alumni letter……
>
> Jay Oliva, President
> New York University
> Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
> 70 Washington Square South
> New York, NY 10012-1091
>
> RE: Exclusion of Chinese construction workers at 14th Street
>
> Dear President Oliva:
>
> It is with great dismay that we write to you on the eve of Christmas.
> It has been very distressing for us, as alumni, to learn about the
> continued exclusion of Chinese immigrant workers from the NYU-owned East
> 14th St. construction site.
>
> We have heard how the workers and students have tried on several
> different occasions to speak to you. Even months after the anti-Chinese
> hiring practices of Plaza Construction Corporation were brought to your
> attention, NYU construction sites are still excluding Chinese workers.
> Even more appalling, is that fact that your administration is trying to
> penalize one of our students, Sigmund Shen, for acting on the very
> ideals that it is our role as an academic liberal arts institution to
> support and encourage.
>
> While students at NYU, we learned that ours was a school built by
> immigrant workers and attended by children of immigrants. We were told
> repeatedly that NYU’s mission was to be a “private university in the
> public service.” These were fine traditions in which we took great
> pride. But recent events have tarnished the image of our alma mater.
>
> For eight months NYU has repeatedly meeting with students and resolving
> this problem with the community. We are ashamed of the fact that Vice
> President Robert Goldfeld can continue to claim that NYU is not
> accountable for what goes on at a site bought, financed, and developed
> by NYU. A racist article in the NY Press has demonized the workers with
> 19th century stereotypes. We sincerely hope that NYU does not share the
> blatantly racist views of the New York Press.
>
> As long as the exclusion of Chinese immigrant workers from the East 14th
> St. site continues, and as long as students are threatened with
> “disciplinary proceedings” for following their conscience, we can no
> longer and will no longer support NYU.
>
> We hope to hear from you as soon as possible. We are anxious to hear
> your plans for resolving this situation. Hopefully, we will not have to
> spend our New Year mobilizing more alumni against racism at our alma
> mater.
>
> Sincerely,

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From: Rlfong@aol.com
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 1998 02:19:53 EST
Subject: CAC_Mail: Billy Graham for Time Magazine 100 most influential people 20thC?

Came across this post from unknown sources for your consideration:

>——————-
>Dear Friends and Family:
>
>I read this week that Time Magazine is going to begin publishing special
>issues in the near future to commemorate the 100 most influential people of
>the 20th century, culminating with the Man or Woman of the Century late in
>1999.
>
>I looked at the list and it contained names like John Kennedy, Franklin
>Roosevelt, George Marshall, Nelson Mandela, Golda Meir, Adolf Hitler,
>Joseph Stalin, Dwight Eisenhower, Vladimir Lenin, Mao Zedong, Winston
>Churchill, Bill Gates, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, etc., etc., all of whom have
>been influential in their respective ways. However, I kept reading,
>thinking I would see Billy Graham’s name, but it wasn’t there (surprise,
>surprise).
>
>Although I was NOT surprised, because Time tends to be a liberal
>publication, I was disappointed.
>
>Billy Graham has probably had more of an impact on our world (and the
>Kingdom of God) in this century than anyone realizes.
>
>So, I went to the following site to vote, as I had read in the article that
>I could: http://www.pathfinder.com/time/time100poll.html
>…and the thought struck me: this is a way that the Lord could be
>glorified, by people honoring one of His most faithful servants.
>
>So, if you’re interested, you can also vote for Billy Graham, who has truly
>been one of the most influential people of the 20th century. I think it
>would be fitting, at the end of the century, and near the end of Rev.
>Graham’s life, to honor him in this way.
>
>If you do vote please pass the web address along to others you know who
>might be willing to vote, too. I believe Billy Graham would be honored,
>and more importantly, the Lord would be, too.
>
>This is the latest off the web site:
>LEADERS AND REVOLUTIONARIES
>Winston Churchill, Mustafa Kaman Ataturk, Che Guevara, Ronald Reagan, Jean
>Moline, Adolf Hitler, Franklin Roosevelt, Patton
>
>ENTERTAINERS AND ARTISTS
>Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Charles Aznavour, Charlie Chaplin, w n p
>Barbellionl, William S Burroughs, Ayn Rand, George Best
>
>BUILDERS AND TITANS
>Howard Hughes, Henry Ford, vehbi koc, murat arslan1, bill gates, w. edwards
>deming, william randolph hearst, frank lloyd wright
>
>SCIENTISTS AND HEALERS
>viktor hambardzumian, milton friedman, einstein, jonas salk, alan turing,
>yasar nuri ozturk, enrico fermi, edward teller
>
>HEROES AND ADVENTURERS
>nelson mandela, mustafa kemal ataturk1, yuri gagarin, che guevara1, g
>gordon liddy, neil armstrong, john galt, martin luther king, jr.
>

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From: RevCow@aol.com
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 1998 02:49:39 EST
Subject: CAC_Mail: Jesus vs. Mohammed

For your reading pleasure. My apologies to those who have already
received this.

*****
Between moments of dispensing wisdom, it seems that historical religious
leaders had also learned software programming.

One day, a great contest was held to test their skills.

After days and days of fierce competition, only two leaders remained for
the last day’s event: Jesus and Mohammed.

The judge described the software application required for the final test,
and gave the signal to start writing code.

The two contestants feverishly typed away on their keyboards. Routines,
classes, applets and applications flew by on their screens at incredible
speeds. Windows, dialogs, and other intricate graphics began forming on
their monitors.

The clock showed that the contest would soon be finished.

Suddenly, a bolt of lightening flashed and the power went out. After a
moment it came back on — just in time for the clock to announce that the
last competition was over.

The judge asked the two contestants to reveal their finished software.
Mohammed angrily said that he’d lost it all in the power outage. The
judge turned to the other competitor.

Jesus smiled, clicked a mouse and a dazzling application appeared on his
screen. After just a few moments, the judge was clearly impressed and
declared Jesus the victor.

When asked why the decision was made, the judge pointed out the unique
characteristic that set the winner apart from all the other leaders:

Jesus saves.
*****

Rev. Ted Kau
Harvest San Gabriel Valley

Surely the preacher’s greatest sin is to put people to sleep with the
greatest story ever told.
– –Bruce W. Thielemann

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From: HarryWLew@aol.com
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 1998 17:08:40 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: CAC_Mail: NYU racial poblem

Dear Sze-Kar and CACers,

The letter concerning the “NYU racial problem” from David Eng is quite
one-sided.

Unless we want to respond to Eng’s request in a knee jerk fashion, shouldn’t
we want to hear what NYU’s side is?

What reason this day and age could NYU possibly have to discriminate against
Chinese construction workers because they are Chinese?

Is it possible that NYU or the Plaza Construction Corp. has a policy of
hiring only union workers, and the Chinese workers are not unionized? If
that’s the case, by calling NYU “racist”, Eng shows himself to be another
race huckster and monger. We would be fools to take him seriously.

We need more information and not just from Eng.

Yours in Christ,
Harry Lew

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From: Sze-kar Wan
Date: Thu, 05 Feb 1998 18:23:51 -0500
Subject: Re: CAC_Mail: NYU racial poblem

HarryWLew@aol.com wrote:
>
> Dear Sze-Kar and CACers,
>
> The letter concerning the “NYU racial problem” from David Eng is quite
> one-sided.
>
> Unless we want to respond to Eng’s request in a knee jerk fashion, shouldn’t
> we want to hear what NYU’s side is?
>
> What reason this day and age could NYU possibly have to discriminate against
> Chinese construction workers because they are Chinese?
>
> Is it possible that NYU or the Plaza Construction Corp. has a policy of
> hiring only union workers, and the Chinese workers are not unionized? If
> that’s the case, by calling NYU “racist”, Eng shows himself to be another
> race huckster and monger. We would be fools to take him seriously.
>
> We need more information and not just from Eng.
>

I forwarded the letter because it might be something of potential
interest to CACers; I make no apology for its veracity, since I don’t
know the situation. Before anyone calls anyone “racist” or “race
huckster and monger,” however, it behooves us to get more information.
Does anyone in the New York area have a take on this?

Sze-kar

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From: Antti Lange
Date: Fri, 06 Feb 1998 05:38:59 +0200
Subject: Re: CAC_Mail: Jesus vs…

My Chinese Sisters and Brothers worldwide,

Please do not sleep over this once-only urgent opportunity!

RevCow@aol.com wrote:
> *****
> Between moments of dispensing wisdom, it seems that
> historical religious leaders had also learned software programming.
> One day, a great contest was held to test their skills….
> Jesus saves.
> *****
> Surely the preacher’s greatest sin is to put people to sleep with the
> greatest story ever told.
> –Bruce W. Thielemann

Let me hastily bring to your attention the door of FKFvision
opened by God for us who love our persecuted Sisters and
Brothers worldwide. We could together create jobs and
business opportunities under the protection of the Patent
Cooperation Treaty (PCT) that has now been signed by
most nations on Earth including CHINA. The world is too
large for me and my small group of FKF-friends to reach
it all within the 3 months period still available for us.

The Fast Kalman Filter (FKF) has already been patented
in about 40 countries but the coverage could now be extended
up to 88 countries including CHINA. However, there is now a
new great urgency:
translators, agents, etc. should be found and start their
work immediately as the door will be closed 15 May 1998.

Please see my home page where all necessary details for
prompt helping actions can be found.

Yours in Christ Jesus,
Antti Lange
the inventor of FKF by God’s grace
lange@fkf.net
http://fkf.net

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From: jtc10@juno.com (J Chang)
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 1998 00:50:02 -0500
Subject: CAC_Mail: “Pro-Abortion Surgeon General Nominee Up For U.S. Senate Vote”

Dear CACers:

FYI.

In Him,
J. Chang
– ————-

The U.S. Senate will likely vote as early as Tuesday, February 10, on the
nomination of
David Satcher, M.D., as surgeon general, but pro-family lawmakers and
advocates believe
that his position on partial-birth abortion and other issues disqualify
him for the
job. Leading the charge against Dr. Satcher is Missouri Senator John
Ashcroft. We
suggest you call your senators immediately (Capitol switchboard
202/224-3121) and urge
them to stand with Ashcroft in opposing Dr. Satcher’s nomination as
surgeon general.

Point you browser to the following World Wide Web address to e-mail your
senators of
the 105th Congress: http://www.senate.gov/senator/membmail.html

We are including a statement on Dr. Satcher issued by our friend and
Family Research
Council President – Gary L. Bauer. Please read the statement and take
action.

Thank you,
Buddy Smith, Editor
AFA ACTION ALERT

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL
Gary L. Bauer, President
801 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202/393-2100
Fax: 202/393-2134
Internet: http://www.frc.org

STATEMENT BY GARY L. BAUER, PRESIDENT OF FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL, ON U.S.
SURGEON
GENERAL NOMINEE DAVID SATCHER, JANUARY 20, 1998

I stand here today because the President of the United States is once
again using the
pulpit of Surgeon General to try and undermine American families and the
sanctity of
human life. Twenty-five years after seven judicial activists proclaimed a
“right” which
has killed upwards of 35 million American children, the United States
Senate will be
asked to vote on a man who believes in the right to partial-birth
abortion.

When Dr. Satcher indicated his support for partial-birth abortion, he
departed from
thousands of his colleagues in the medical profession who emphatically
declare that
there is no health reason to puncture the skull of a partially delivered
child and
vacuum the child’s brains out. Let us make no mistake about this horrific
and barbaric
procedure, partial-birth abortion is legalized infanticide.

President Clinton’s second veto of the partial-birth abortion ban
demonstrates that he
is accepting misleading advice from those who put the politics of
abortion over the
principles and values of our nation. Unfortunately, it seems that Dr.
Satcher, a career
public health official, would continue to offer the President and our
nation misleading
information on partial-birth abortion.

Beyond his support for legalized infanticide, Dr. Satcher has supported
other radical
agendas which undermine the rights of our nation’s parents and even the
existence of
our drug-free neighborhoods. In 1994, under his direction, the Centers
For Disease
Control released a taxpayer-financed $800,000 national ad campaign aimed
at our
nation’s youth. One ad said, “Latex condoms are available in different
sizes, colors,
and textures. Find the one that is right for you.” By running these ads,
Dr. Satcher
simply tramples on the rights of millions of American parents who feel
that it is they,
and not the federal government, who should be educating their children on
morality.

On another disturbing front, Dr. Satcher has supported the possibility of
giving drug
addicts free needles at taxpayer expense. While Dr. Satcher hides behind
his openness
to “the input of quality science” on needle-exchange programs, he
repeatedly references
only the pro-needle giveaway studies done in the United States.
Apparently, Dr. Satcher
thinks the U.S. will be able to avoid the problems that have plagued
Switzerland’s and
Canada’s needle giveaway programs which have fostered neighborhood crime
and decay.
With an ample supply of addicts and no police supervision, one doesn’t
have to be a
scientist to realize that drug dealers would have an open invitation to
prey upon the
vulnerable young.

In 1994, members of the United States Senate called for the resignation
of former
Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders after she had advocated a variety of
radical public
policy positions. In 1995, they defeated former abortionist Henry Foster
for the post
of Surgeon General. A diverse pool of qualified candidates is available
for this
position. In 1998, the U.S. Senate should not endorse as Surgeon General
an individual
whose policies undermine family values and whose beliefs legitimize the
gruesome
practice of partial-birth abortion.

END Statement By Gary L. Bauer

====================================================
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Please tell a friend about the AFA ACTION ALERT

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From: Gdaht@aol.com
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 1998 23:25:04 EST
Subject: CAC_Mail: El Nino vs. FKF

Does this mean that simpler weather forecasting is on the way? 🙂 G

<>

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From: Antti Lange
Date: Sat, 07 Feb 1998 07:23:41 +0200
Subject: Re: CAC_Mail: El Nino vs. FKF

Gdaht@aol.com wrote:
>
> Does this mean that simpler weather forecasting is on the way? 🙂 G

Yes! This means that there will soon be “super” navigation receivers
which predict the weather when providing your personal coordinates.
However, Global Circulation Models (GCM) of the atmosphere are so
sophisticated to run that I never expect them to be run on your
personal cellular phone. Thus, FKF will not give a shortcut of solving
various difficult El Nino problems that are of global nature.

Sincerely yours, Antti
>
> < It was understood that optimal K-Filters of large systems were computationally
> intractable…

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From: jtc10@juno.com (J Chang)
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 1998 15:31:29 -0500
Subject: CAC_Mail: Valentine’s Day

Dear CACers:

FYI. A little history to add to the romance.

In Him,
J. Chang
– ————-

Ever wonder who St. Valentine was? Or why so many people get
all mushy around the second week of February? Here’s a brief
synopsis:

St. Valentine was actually two people (that weren’t romantically
involved who were martyred on the same day (c. 270). Feasts
commemorating them were celebrated on February 14. One was
a priest and physician who died in Rome during the persecution
of Christians by Claudius II Grothicus. The other was the bishop
at Terni, Italy who was also martyred in Rome. Both have been
buried at different places along the Flaminian Way.

So why do people send “valentines” or “love-tokens” to one another
on that day? The origin of that tradition is not thought to have any
connection with the saint’s day. Rather it comes from an early
European belief that the second week of February was when birds
began to mate. The idea suggests that lovers should probably
exchange notes and gifts on February 14 in conjunction with what
nature practiced.

Nowadays, Valentine’s Day is observed as a special day for love
and romance. This topic is one of the oldest, and probably most-
discussed, issues in history! As Christians, we know that love
originates from God and that God is love (1 John 4:16).

Source: Christianity Online

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From: Gdaht@aol.com
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 1998 14:23:03 EST
Subject: Re: CAC_Mail: Valentine’s Day

In a message dated 98-02-07 15:40:01 EST, you write:

<>

A little poetry, too 🙂 Happy Valentine’s Day, esp to ‘Dogchair’, G

=====

Wishful Thinking?

I wish we’d hear the prophets like they had in Israel
A bard like Jeremiah with the voice of Gabriel
Words of revelation* burning fires up the feeble
I wish the World his power, bring his power to the people

I wish we climbed the mountains where his Spirit never dies
Fresh waters feed the foliage where deer are staying dry
And gamblers seek their fortune but the quietness is theirs’
I wish for you the wilderness, the wild in me cares

I wish we had Jerusalem without our dirty air
Town without the ghetto, no one down or in despair
Society in rhythms like a poet at his best
I wish for you the Renaissance with reasons all can rest

I wish we had the army sworn to serve each other first
A military weapon to destroy the source of thirst
Or permanence to soothe the pain of death in our mystique
I wish for you the strength of youth in life and your physique

I wish we had a President whom all of us could trust
The reign of people little known like justice for the just
Officials unofficial like a tank without a turret
I wish for you the sweetest peace with all who would prefer it

I wish we had a billionaire to share our poverty
The certain kind of future not of cold uncertainty
Well-being for a thousand years with many more to come
I wish for you the Promised Land, the bright millennium

I wish you all the very best, the power of the Lord
I wish for you the love of him the church is moving toward
I wish for you his presence in the Spirit’s holy story
I wish for you the living God, a taste of real glory

c. 1998 go

* Heb 6:4,5: “…who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the
Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of
the coming age…”

“Eyes once opened, cannot be shut.
Minds, having embraced the real, the solid, Light itself,
will not return to caves in Shadowland
– –at least they shouldn’t” –S.W.,1997

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From: jtc10@juno.com (J Chang)
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 1998 15:41:18 -0500
Subject: CAC_Mail: INTERNET FOR CHRISTIANS: Humor

Dear CACers:

FYI.

In Him,
J. Chang
– ————–

The wisdom of today’s politicians (and others), in their own words…

“THE PRESIDENT HAS KEPT ALL OF THE PROMISES HE INTENDED TO KEEP.” –
– — Clinton aide George Stephanopolous speaking on Larry King Live

“THE POLICE ARE NOT HERE TO CREATE DISORDER, THEY’RE HERE TO PRESERVE
DISORDER”
– — Former Chicago Mayor Daley during the infamous 1968 convention

“TRADITIONALLY, MOST OF AUSTRALIA’S IMPORTS COME FROM OVERSEAS”
– — Former Australian Cabinet Minister Keppel Enderbery

“THE STREETS ARE SAFE IN PHILADELPHIA, IT’S ONLY THE PEOPLE THAT MAKE
THEM
UNSAFE”
– — Former Philadelphia Mayor and Police Chief Frank Rizzo

“THE INTERNET IS A GREAT WAY TO GET ON THE NET”
– — presidential candidate Bob Dole

“WE’RE GOING TO TURN THIS TEAM AROUND 360 DEGREES.”
– — Jason Kidd, upon his draft to the Dallas Mavericks

“I’M NOT GOING TO HAVE SOME REPORTERS PAWING THROUGH OUR PAPERS. WE ARE
THE
PRESIDENT.”
– — Hillary Clinton commenting on the release of subpoenaed documents

“CHINA IS A BIG COUNTRY, INHABITED BY MANY CHINESE”
– — Former French President Charles De Gaulle

“THINGS ARE MORE LIKE THEY ARE NOW THAN THEY EVER WERE BEFORE.”
– — Former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Network. The newsletter may be posted and distributed without charge for
non-profit use. Commercial media may quote from it with proper
attribution
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From: jtc10@juno.com (J Chang)
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 1998 10:35:14 -0500
Subject: CAC_Mail: 600,000 American Teens Will Say ‘No’ to Food to Fight World Hunger.

Dear CACers:

FYI.

In Him,
J. Chang
– ————–
600,000 American Teens Will Say ‘No’ to Food to Fight World Hunger

SEATTLE, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ — More than 600,000 American teens are
preparing
to give up food for 30 hours, as part of the annual World Vision 30 Hour
Famine. The program is designed to help young people learn about global
hunger issues while raising funds to fight hunger. Sponsored by families
and
friends, the young people together are expected to raise an estimated
$6.6
million.

>From 1:00 p.m. on Friday, February 27 to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, February
28,
the participants will go without food, consuming only water and fruit
juices.
While they are fasting to help people in other countries, many groups —
representing schools, churches, families, youth groups and civic
organizations
– — will work together to provide hands-on assistance in their own
communities
by coordinating food drives, serving in soup kitchens or assisting in
homeless
shelters.

In addition to conducting community service projects, students and group
leaders are devising creative ways to spend their 30 hours without food.
In
several parts of the country, fasting students will sleep in cardboard
shelters so they can better identify with the homeless; hold candlelight
vigils; or coordinate benefit concerts.

Some Examples of the Activities Planned:

* In Glendora, CA, 40 youths from the Glenkirk Presbyterian Church will
be

painting a baseball field, and fixing a house in a low-income

neighborhood;

* In Nyack, NY, students from Nyack College will be holding a concert for

famine aid to North Korea;

* In Boston and Minneapolis, dozens of youth groups will go door-to-door

collecting canned food to benefit area food banks and shelters;

* In Atlanta, 150 teens from Grace Church and St. Simon’s Episcopal
Church

will make sandwiches for a local shelter;

* In Milwaukee, 350 kids representing 14 area churches are planning a

citywide famine event;

* Sixty teens in San Diego will work in an orphanage in Mexico and sleep

in cardboard shelters.

“The compassion shown by these kids for the world’s poor is
overwhelming,”
said Doug McGlashan, National Director of the 30 Hour Famine. “The more
they
learn about the needs of the poor, the more they become committed to
making a
difference in their world. We can all learn from their example.”

The funds raised during the World Vision 30 Hour Famine in 1998 will be
used
in countries such as Peru, North Korea, India, Azerbaijan, Mali and the
United
States. The 30 Hour Famine supports both emergency relief efforts and
long-
term development projects to help break the cycle of hunger and poverty.

Last year, more than 500,000 teens across the United States raised $5.2
million through sponsor pledges. Worldwide, similar famine efforts
involved
more than 1.2 million participants in 20 countries, who collectively
raised
more than $22 million to fight hunger at home and overseas through World
Vision projects. World Vision is the largest privately funded
international
Christian relief and development agency in the country working in 101
countries through more than 4,500 projects.

To sign up for the 30 Hour Famine call 800-7FAMINE or visit the 30 Hour
Famine
Web site — http://www.30hourfamine.org.

SOURCE World Vision U.S.

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From: “DJ Chuang”
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 1998 21:51:13 -0500
Subject: CAC_Mail: info about CAC

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions about CAC

Updated: 10 Feb 98

[This is a monthly posting; * marks What’s New]

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From: SKYLeung@aol.com
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 1998 23:10:29 EST
Subject: CAC_Mail: Re: identificational repentance

My post last night botched, so here it is again. [Maybe the randomness of the
thoughts generated such a large co-variance matrix that a large K-filter is
required…]
– —
Brother DJ,

Thank you for the document from C. Peter Wagner on Identificational
Repentance. Have you ever thought about posting it somewhere for folks
to download? The information is certainly further food for thought in
my consideration of the forgiveness, which was sparked by posts on the
CAC – most recently Brother Sze-kar’s on 27 Dec 97 and Brother Benjamin’s
on 30 Jan 98.

For my own benefit, I’ve variously abridged or expanded on their original
thoughts as a backdrop to my contemplation of the identificational
repentance material. I invite them to correct or rejoinder my statements
where they feel I’ve totally twisted or confused their original points.

Along the lines of Brother Sze-kar’s post, the concepts of forgiveness,
justice, and reconciliation have to do with relationship. Mercy (embodied
in forgiveness) and justice are part of God’s nature, and are attributes
we have to some limited degree. They are communicable. Reconciliation
is the repair of broken relationships. Reconciliation underlies the
way in which God demonstrates and satisfies his mercy and justice.
Justice should be distinguished from forgiveness.

I observe that in our “distorted” human economy, they do not have to go
hand in hand. You can have one without the other. We often find it
difficult to show mercy without knowing that justice has been upheld.
But, our inconsistency sometimes allows for just one. In God’s economy,
both are required – otherwise he goes against his nature.

God’s people on earth should be about forgiveness and justice. But,
we shouldn’t lose sight of God’s desire for reconciliation in the
process.

Forgiveness is desirable both for the debtor and the debtee, but for
different reasons. Truly we are the ones that suffer (on many levels –
spiritual, social, mental, and even psycho-somatic) if we can’t forgive.
We are also told to forgive and our ability to forgive is
indicative of our heart condition – our attitude towards God and our
understanding of what he has done for us. (See Mt 6.14-15
and prayer). A believer’s unwillingness to forgive, like any sin,
strains the relationship with God, even though reconciliation may
already have taken place. [I’ve been in some extended discussion elsewhere
on the nature of the “condition” of our forgiveness of others as we
petition God for His forgiveness of us – whether it is a matter of merit
or capacity.]

I like what Brother Benjamin pointed out about forgiveness not being one
and the same as forgetting. If it were, amnesia would be bliss – helping
us be more Christ-like. Sin doesn’t go away just by ignoring it or
denying it. God’s people can’t simply turn a blind eye to sin
and injustice. Mt 7.1 is not about refraining from calling sin as sin.
If we see a wrong in society, we call it as such and we might even be led
to do something to rectify it. Historical amnesia doesn’t seem desirable
either in light of the secular proverb: “Those who ignore history are
bound to repeat it.”

I agree with Brother Sze-kar that without repentance, forgiveness seems
empty and inauthentic. Our forgiveness should be unlimited, but it may
also be “conditional.” In Lk 17.3-4, Jesus includes the notion of the
debtor repenting in his explanation to Peter that he is to forgive up to
seven times in a day – i.e. unlimited.

However, as you pointed out to me, we don’t need to wait for the debtor
to repent and ask for forgiveness before we do so. We may free ourselves
from the burden of holding an account well before the offender comes to
ask for forgiveness.

Finally, as a backdrop, I note what Brother Sze-kar suggested about the
differentiating between individual and corporate repentance, forgiveness,
and reconciliation. I agree. He further suggests that a holocaust
survivor can not absolve the collective German guilt on behalf of his or
her fellow Jews? The fact that the survivor is perfectly willing to
relate to a German is not a factor. Moreover an individual German can not
repent on behalf of the German nation?

It is at this point that I note that Wagner’s suggestions bring another
possibility on the matter. While stating that “we must not assume that
one act of repentance and confession will suffice in all cases, although
it may in some,” and that “only Christians can do the necessary confession
and repentance because only they have the spiritual authority to apply
the blood of Jesus,” he goes on to suggest that Christian leaders can be
effective participants in spiritual initiatives to confess the (past) sins
of their nations, peoples, and “groups.” He cites OT examples from
Dn 9.20 and Ne 1.6. He ties it in to a need to “heal the land” (2 Ch 7.14).

He makes an understandable case. I would wonder how others would respond
to the notion. I note however, that he doesn’t really address the matter
of people groups where Christian leaders are difficult to find or aren’t
really recognized by their “groups.” Moreover, the planned initiative
involving the Japanese only concerns Pearl Harbor!

Well, that’s all I’ll say about identificational repentance for now.
However, there are a few more thoughts on different levels of repentance,
forgiveness and reconciliation:

Society, and government more specifically, exercise mercy and justice
as well. These are not usually to be confused with our exercise or
God’s exercise of mercy and justice. Governments are instruments of
God and we pray for government leaders to be Godly, but, with the
exception of theocracies, if and how governments carry them out may be
quite opposite of what God has done/does/will do. Hence, what
a government does within its established law (in the name of justice
rather than correction) to a repentant sinner on death row comes off as
an inverse of what God has already doneto him. While we are discerning
of right and wrong, we do not condemn sinners. That is God’s prerogative.

We may forgive men their sins in the name of Christ and their sins are
forgiven (Jn 20.23), but we can’t forgive them on the part of the
government. Someone who violates legal code, let’s say perjures themselves,
is accountable to the civil courts. It is not as God’s people that anyone
should stand in judge of the person.

Enough contemplating,
Stephen

P.S. I enjoyed visiting Ambassador again on Sunday.

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From: jtc10@juno.com (J Chang)
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 1998 21:58:59 -0500
Subject: CAC_Mail: 1998 Call for Exemplary Papers in Humility Theology

Dear CACers:

FYI.

In Him,
J. Chang
– ————–

To encourage scholarly research on matters of both spiritual and
scientific significance, the John Templeton Foundation invites
scholars to submit published papers on topics regarding the
constructive interaction of:

– –Religion and the medical sciences
– –Religion and the behavioral sciences, or
– –Theology and the natural sciences

These papers must proceed from professional scholarship and
display a spirit of intellectual humility, a respect for varied
theological traditions, and an attitude of open-minded inquiry
into the varied ways in which theology/religion and the empirical
sciences can be mutually informative.

Prizes ranging from $500 to $3000 will be awarded in November 1998.

1998 program deadline: June 1, 1998.
1999 program deadline: June 1, 1999.

For full details and application form, visit our Web site, or write to:

Exemplary Papers Program Director
John Templeton Foundation
PO Box 8322
Radnor, PA 19087-8322
USA

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SOURCE: (“Physician Magazine” Jan/Feb 1998)

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From: jtc10@juno.com (J Chang)
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 1998 22:29:31 -0500
Subject: CAC_Mail: Update on Surgeon General Vote

Dear CACers:

FYI. Follow-up article on previous posts.

In Him,
J. Chang
– ————-

Senate Confirms New Surgeon General

WASHINGTON — Abortion proponent Dr. David Satcher overcame opposition on
abortion and won Senate confirmation today as surgeon general.

The 63-35 vote means the surgeon general’s post will be filled for the
first time since pro-abortion Dr. Joycelyn Elders was forced to resign
more than three years ago.

The confirmation vote came after the Senate agreed, 75-23, to end debate
over the one-time inner-city doctor who has enjoyed bipartisan support
since President Clinton nominated him in September.

On the final vote, 19 Republicans joined 44 Democrats in voting for
Satcher’s nomination. Voting against were 35 Republcians.

Satcher was also confirmed as assistant secretary for health.

Sen. John Ashcroft, R-Mo., who led the opposition, said America deserved
a
better candidate.

The cloture vote (to end debate) was as follows (no is the pro-life
vote):

YEAS—75

Abraham Feingold Lott
Akaka Feinstein Mack
Baucus Ford McCain
Bennett Frist Mikulski
Biden Glenn Moseley-Braun
Bingaman Gorton Moynihan
Bond Graham Murkowski
Boxer Grams Murray
Breaux Gregg Nickles
Bryan Hagel Reed
Bumpers Harkin Reid
Byrd Hatch Robb
Chafee Hollings Rockefeller
Cleland Hutchison Roth
Cochran Inouye Sarbanes
Collins Jeffords Smith (OR)
Conrad Johnson Snowe
Coverdell Kennedy Specter
Craig Kerrey Stevens
Daschle Kerry Thomas
DeWine Kohl Thompson
Dodd Landrieu Thurmond
Domenici Lautenberg Torricelli
Dorgan Leahy Wellstone
Durbin Lieberman Wyden

NAYS—23

Allard Faircloth Lugar
Ashcroft Gramm McConnell
Brownback Grassley Roberts
Burns Helms Santorum
Campbell Hutchinson Sessions
Coats Inhofe Shelby
D’Amato Kempthorne Smith (NH)
Enzi Kyl

NOT VOTING—2

Levin Warner

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From: jtc10@juno.com (J Chang)
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 1998 22:43:41 -0500
Subject: CAC_Mail: Carman to Bring His Unique Show to…

Dear CACers:

FYI. Good opportunity for outreach. Mardi Gras, anyone?

In HIm,
J. Chang
– ————-

Carman to Bring His Unique Show to Mardi Gras;
How Will Mardi Gras Revelers Respond?

NASHVILLE, Tenn.–(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)–Feb. 10, 1998–Mardi Gras
will
have a new addition to its party line-up this year, and it’s not what you
would expect. Christian music Superstar Carman will host a free concert
on
February 23 in the middle of Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

Carman, who is known for taking huge steps of faith in his ministry,
will
do something no other Christian music artist has done, or perhaps, dared
to
do. His full-stage show, a combination of pop concert and evangelistic
outreach, will be offered on the corner of Canal and Rampert Streets in
the
French Quarter of New Orleans, immediately following the Orpheus Parade
at
approximately 8 p.m.

Carman said, “Scripture tells us that `where sin abounds, grace does
much
more abound.’ I know that God put it in my heart to go down to New
Orleans and
present the Gospel of Jesus Christ through my music.”

Support for the event is building in the community. Bishop Paul
Morton of
Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church in New Orleans has vowed
the
support of his 25,000-member congregation. After the show, leaders from
the
congregation will be available for prayer and counseling.

Performing during an event like Mardi Gras is not new for Carman. In
the
past, he has done concerts at Spring Break in Florida, with a stage
sandwiched
between the Playboy Channel and MTV stages. Currently, Carman holds the
record
for the largest Christian concert ever. In 1994, more than 73,000 saw
Carman
at Texas Stadium in Dallas.

Carman has just released his newest album, “Mission 3:16”, on
Sparrow
Records. In addition to the Mardi Gras performance, Carman will launch a
nation-wide stadium tour in 1999. Carman has sold more than seven million
albums and videos. Carman has earned seven RIAA-certified Gold albums,
four
RIAA-certified Gold videos and three RIAA-certified Platinum videos.

For information about covering this event, please call Tricia
Brodbine at
615/371-6518.

CONTACT:

Sparrow Record, Nashville

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From: Rlfong@aol.com
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 02:35:37 EST
Subject: CAC_Mail: VIRUS WARNING – This one’s for real!

VIRUS WARNING – This one’s for real!

Send it to everyone you know!

Alert! This is a notice to inform you of
THE CURSE. The most devastating
catastrophe known to humanity.

Infection status: You are already infected!
(The CURSE was downloaded by Adam and
Eve and we all are born into it.)

Damage: Every component of your life
is affected. We have been brought under
the wrath of God (Eph 2:3); made liable to
all miseries in this life, to death itself, and
even to the pains of hell forever!
(Rom 6:23; Matt 25:41)

Remedy: The only remedy is complete
forensic reconfiguration of all component parts.
This is called Justification. (Eph 1:7; 2 Cor 5:21)
This is followed by a radical lifetime software
purge called Sanctification. (2 Thess 3:13; Eph 4:24)
The only means of rescue from the power and
results of THE CURSE is faith in the Lord Jesus
Christ. (Acts 4:12)

Cost: You cannot purchase this remedy. It is not
so simple. The cost is the eternal wrath of God.

Access: You may acquire justification free of charge.
The price was already paid on the cross of Christ.
But you must beg for it on your knees. (many perish
maintaining their “dignity” i.e. pride)

“Being justified by faith, we have peace with
God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom
we have access by faith into this grace in which
we stand, and rejoice in the hope of the glory
of God.”(Rom 5:1,2)

For more information and validation, consult
the only User’s Manual – The Holy Bible.

WARNING – THIS IS NOT A HOAX. Please
do not disregard this warning. Do not delay!
The CURSE impairs logical functions, input
and output, processing and communication,
linkup with other systems, and corrupts all
disks. The final result will be a total crash.
The time of the crash cannot be ascertained,
but the fate is worse than mere termination.

Jesus Christ is the Lord of all things, every
system, every user… and is your only hope.

The good news is that he is available by 24 hour
access. No hardware necessary. Simply
cry out to him to take your sin and give you
his righteousness. Understanding your plight,
you have no options:

The buttons are not OK or CANCEL.
They are REPENT or PERISH.

“Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you
will be saved.”
___________________________________
=====================================================
If you try to imitate Christ the world will praise you;
if you become Christlike it will hate you.
========================================================

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From: jtc10@juno.com (J Chang)
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 18:24:56 -0500
Subject: CAC_Mail: Pro-Crisis Pregnancy Center Legislation

Dear CACers:

FYI. Practical ways to help women & the unborn.

In Him,
J. Chang
– ————-

Subject: Congressman Introduces Pro-CPC Legislation

Congressman Joe Pitts (R-PA), who in the Pennsylvania state General
Assembly was instrumental in getting an abortion alternatives funding
program in the budget, is now a Congressman, and he’s taking the lead in
the national effort to provide abortion alternatives.

Pitts, a strong advocate of the right to life, will be introducing
legislation in this year’s Congressional session to promote
life-affirming
alternatives to abortion. The funding will help existing or newly
established pregnancy help centers and maternity homes open their doors
to
more women and girls who need their services. The program funding will
also help agencies providing adoption services for those who want to let
their children live, but are unable to parent the children themselves.

Please contact your Representative an urge support for Congressman Pitt’s
proposal. You can find contact information for your members of Congress
at
http://www.prolife.org/tal

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CHILD CUSTODY PROTECTION ACT

Parents, not abortion advocates, should provide guidance to
minors, FRC says

WASHINGTON — “It is a sad situation in our nation that the basic rights
of parents to raise their children are continually undermined,” said
Marty
Dannenfelser, Director of Media and Government Relations for the Family
Research Council. Dannenfelser joined Senator Spence Abraham (R-MI) and
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) at a press conference announcing the
introduction of new federal legislation to protect parents’ rights and
safeguard the integrity of state laws which place limitations on minor
girls having abortions.

“Even though 22 states require parental notification or consent in order
for a minor girl to obtain an abortion, parents’ rights are being
circumvented as individuals transport minors across state lines for an
abortion,” Dannenfelser said. “The most disturbing instances are
situations where the adult(s) involved seek to conceal sexual abuse,
statutory rape or similar behaviors.

“Family Research Council calls on Congress to pass the Child Custody
Protection Act to be introduced by Senator Abraham and Representative
Ros-Lehtinen. This legislation reflects the importance of respecting
both
the laws of states and the interests of parental participation in a
decision that has serious medical and emotional consequences for their
daughters.”

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From: “Rev. L. Dowell”
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 21:17:19 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: CAC_Mail: VIRUS WARNING – This one’s for real!

Greetings:
Is this for real?
Cute. I may have missed something.
If I did, please forgive this post.
But I happen to think that
the gospel of Jesus is neither cute
nor is it funny.
It is deadly serious as pertains to sin.
While this message may be somewhat
“relevant”, as given herein,
I have some fundamental
differences (problems) with its
content and its delivery.
All we have to do is to just
Stand up, Open our mouths, and
Tell God’s truths forthrightly as it
Comes through The Holy Ghost.
I believe this valuable Word
The Lord has entrusted to us
will be more believable
and of much more value
to unbelievers
and to
believers
as well.
That’s my thought on the
“virus” which has been likened
to sin.
If I missed it,
please help me to find it.
Thanks.

God’s peace and power,
Rev. L. Dowell
revldowell-clergywomen@erols.com
===========================

At 02:35 13/2/1998 EST, you wrote:
>
>VIRUS WARNING – This one’s for real!
>
>Send it to everyone you know!
>
>Alert! This is a notice to inform you of
>THE CURSE. The most devastating
>catastrophe known to humanity.
>
>Infection status: You are already infected!
>(The CURSE was downloaded by Adam and
>Eve and we all are born into it.)
>
>Damage: Every component of your life
>is affected. We have been brought under
>the wrath of God (Eph 2:3); made liable to
>all miseries in this life, to death itself, and
>even to the pains of hell forever!
>(Rom 6:23; Matt 25:41)
>
>Remedy: The only remedy is complete
>forensic reconfiguration of all component parts.
>This is called Justification. (Eph 1:7; 2 Cor 5:21)
>This is followed by a radical lifetime software
>purge called Sanctification. (2 Thess 3:13; Eph 4:24)
>The only means of rescue from the power and
>results of THE CURSE is faith in the Lord Jesus
>Christ. (Acts 4:12)
>
>Cost: You cannot purchase this remedy. It is not
>so simple. The cost is the eternal wrath of God.
>
>Access: You may acquire justification free of charge.
>The price was already paid on the cross of Christ.
>But you must beg for it on your knees. (many perish
>maintaining their “dignity” i.e. pride)
>
>”Being justified by faith, we have peace with
>God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom
>we have access by faith into this grace in which
>we stand, and rejoice in the hope of the glory
>of God.”(Rom 5:1,2)
>
>For more information and validation, consult
>the only User’s Manual – The Holy Bible.
>
>WARNING – THIS IS NOT A HOAX. Please
>do not disregard this warning. Do not delay!
>The CURSE impairs logical functions, input
>and output, processing and communication,
>linkup with other systems, and corrupts all
>disks. The final result will be a total crash.
>The time of the crash cannot be ascertained,
>but the fate is worse than mere termination.
>
>Jesus Christ is the Lord of all things, every
>system, every user… and is your only hope.
>
>The good news is that he is available by 24 hour
>access. No hardware necessary. Simply
>cry out to him to take your sin and give you
>his righteousness. Understanding your plight,
>you have no options:
>
>The buttons are not OK or CANCEL.
>They are REPENT or PERISH.
>
>”Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you
>will be saved.”
>___________________________________
>=====================================================
>If you try to imitate Christ the world will praise you;
>if you become Christlike it will hate you.
>========================================================
>
>

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From: “Sam Gibson”
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 22:08:10 -0500
Subject: CAC_Mail: Greetings!!

Greetings!! Thank you for including me in your forum! As a way to get to
know me you could visit my web page. As well as having a pretty good Bible
Study (if I do say so myself) there are also some very resourceful Christian
resources. The URL is:

http://www.erols.com/cygnus6

Thank you again!

Sincerely,

Sam Gibson

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From: Antti Lange
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 1998 05:29:17 +0200
Subject: Re: CAC_Mail: VIRUS WARNING – This one’s for real!

Rev. L. Dowell wrote:
> But I happen to think that
> the gospel of Jesus is neither cute
> nor is it funny.
I fully agree. However, Jesus spoke many parables to
the multitudes and revealed the gospel as it is to his
closest desciples. I must admit that if the Lord would
have had approached me fully straightforwardly then I
had probably escaped too far away from Him to ever humble
myself before Him. It took time and a lot of patience
from Him and His servants to convince me of my sins.

> Stand up, Open our mouths, and
> Tell God’s truths forthrightly as it
> Comes through The Holy Ghost.
I think we all fully agree.

> That’s my thought on the
> “virus” which has been likened
> to sin.
I personally found it very instructive to myself
but by all means we must try to avoid offending
those whom we am trying to win with His love.
___________________
> >=====================================================
> >If you try to imitate Christ the world will praise you;
> >if you become Christlike it will hate you.
> >========================================================
This certainly is also true.

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From: jtc10@juno.com (J Chang)
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 1998 16:16:29 -0500
Subject: CAC_Mail: Life on the Edge Tour

Dear CACers:

FYI. Especially for parents with teens.

In Him,
J. Chang
– ————-

Join thousands of moms, dads and teens for a life-changing
opportunity to recapture relationships and make connections that
last a lifetime at Focus on the Family’s “Life on the Edge Tour.”

During this unforgettable weekend, your bonds will be strengthened
through inspirational speakers, contemporary Christian musicians
and meaningful fellowship. And you’ll leave with a better under-
standing of each other, a stronger faith and a closer relationship.

Your son or daughter won’t be a teen forever. Don’t miss out on
this critical time to impact their lives with faith, values and love.
Capitivate their hearts and minds at the “Life on the Edge Tour.”

Scheduled speakers and musicians include:

Tim Kimmel, Miles McPherson, Milton Creagh, Carol Kuykendall,
Point of Grace, Paul & Nicole Johnson

Cities————————–Dates————————–

Lakeland, FL—————-March 20-21, 1998
Marrietta, GA—————- May 15-16, 1998
Grand Rapids, MI———-September 25-26, 1998
Seattle, WA——————October 23-24, 1998
Tampa, FL——————-February 26-27, 1999
Milwaukee, WI————–April 23-24, 1999

For more information, call 1-800-232-6459
To register by phone, call 719-531-9300. Please have credit card
ready.

– ———————————————————-
(SOURCE: “Citizen Magazine” Feb. 1998)

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From: Ken Fong
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 1998 16:36:17 -0800
Subject: [Fwd: CAC_Mail: Greetings!!]

This is a multi-part message in MIME format.
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Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit

Hey, fellow CACers! Have any of you taken the time, like I just did, to visit
the webpage of this Sam Gibson who just signed on? Contrary to his friendly
greeting, he apparently has dedicated himself to debunking the Bible and
disarming Christianity. Pretty intense guy. If you really want to be
challenged, check out his page that contains 150+ questions that, if any of us
answer them ‘correctly’, he promises to convert to Christianity.

Mike, Peter, and John: check this dude out. these are some SERIOUS questions.

Gibson, apparently, is something called a scientific pantheist. Welcome to the
21st century, y’all!

ken fong.

Sam Gibson wrote:

> Greetings!! Thank you for including me in your forum! As a way to get to
> know me you could visit my web page. As well as having a pretty good Bible
> Study (if I do say so myself) there are also some very resourceful Christian
> resources. The URL is:
>
> http://www.erols.com/cygnus6
>
> Thank you again!
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Sam Gibson

——————————

From: “Rev. L. Dowell”
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 1998 00:56:09 -0500
Subject: Re: [Fwd: CAC_Mail: Greetings!!]

Ken Fong wrote:
>
> Hey, fellow CACers! Have any of you taken the time, like I just did, to visit
> the webpage of this Sam Gibson who just signed on? Contrary to his friendly
> greeting, he apparently has dedicated himself to debunking the Bible and
> disarming Christianity. Pretty intense guy. If you really want to be
> challenged, check out his page that contains 150+ questions that, if any of us
> answer them ‘correctly’, he promises to convert to Christianity.
>
> Mike, Peter, and John: check this dude out. these are some SERIOUS questions.
>
> Gibson, apparently, is something called a scientific pantheist. Welcome to the
> 21st century, y’all!
>
> ken fong.
>
> Sam Gibson wrote:
>
> > Greetings!! Thank you for including me in your forum! As a way to get to
> > know me you could visit my web page. As well as having a pretty good Bible
> > Study (if I do say so myself) there are also some very resourceful Christian
> > resources. The URL is:
> >
> > http://www.erols.com/cygnus6
> >
> > Thank you again!
> >
> > Sincerely,
> >
> > Sam Gibson
>
> —————————————————————
>
> Subject: CAC_Mail: Greetings!!
> Date: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 22:08:10 -0500
> From: “Sam Gibson”
> To:
>
> Greetings!! Thank you for including me in your forum! As a way to get to
> know me you could visit my web page. As well as having a pretty good Bible
> Study (if I do say so myself) there are also some very resourceful Christian
> resources. The URL is:
>
> http://www.erols.com/cygnus6
>
> Thank you again!
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Sam Gibson
=================================/ld
Greetings to all:
I was just informed that I had, indeed, missed the intent and content of
the recent post about the “virus no-hoax”. But just as was pointed out
that the above url exploration points to anything but Jesus Christ, so,
too, am I keenly aware that everything that might seem to pass for
Christian or as being Godly is not necessarily so. The main population I
have convincing is the professed Christians. They dare fellow Christians
to judge. They dare fellow Christians to try the spirits and to test the
spirits and to place the fruit under close inspection of the Bible. My
concern is that there might be those online who might become highly
incensed about opening that virus post and finding they were “tricked”
into receiving the gospel of Jesus. We ought not condone trickery or
deceptive means to promote the Spiritual truths of our Lord and God.
This [my] post is in no way meant to defame, demean, or to denigrate
anyone here. Just some food for thought.
God Bless.
Rev. L. Dowell [revldowell-clergywomen@erols.com]

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From: David Wong
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 1998 01:02:25 -0500
Subject: Re: [Fwd: CAC_Mail: Greetings!!]

Dear Ken,

I wrote this Sam Gibson a reply but decided not to send it. I am glad
you call attention to this very misleading posting. Surely his offer of
“very resourceful Christian resource” is nothing but to confuse new
believers.

It is another man looking for the truth at the wrong place, or perhaps a
guy looking for attention. I knew something was not right when a guy
would boast of his Bible study materials which is pitifully flawed.

David Wong

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From: James Wong
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 1998 01:01:26 -0500
Subject: Re: [Fwd: CAC_Mail: Greetings!!]

I love this dude. These are all great and legitimate questions that
most unbelievers will ask at one time or another. Study them well and
listen hard and it’ll make you a much better evangelist. I think we are
so caught up with presenting our Christian agendas that we hardly take
the time to listen to the doubts, objections and questions posed by the
world.

Willow Creek refers to this as understanding and knowing what’s inside
the mind of unchurched Harry and Mary before we can present a message
and lifestyle that’s relevant to them. Some of the questions posed
seemed to be elementary but often unbelievers struggle with these very
same issues and they usually go unanswered.

James Wong

Ken Fong wrote:
>
> Hey, fellow CACers! Have any of you taken the time, like I just did, to visit
> the webpage of this Sam Gibson who just signed on? Contrary to his friendly
> greeting, he apparently has dedicated himself to debunking the Bible and
> disarming Christianity. Pretty intense guy. If you really want to be
> challenged, check out his page that contains 150+ questions that, if any of us
> answer them ‘correctly’, he promises to convert to Christianity.
>
> Mike, Peter, and John: check this dude out. these are some SERIOUS questions.
>
> Gibson, apparently, is something called a scientific pantheist. Welcome to the
> 21st century, y’all!
>
> ken fong.
>
> Sam Gibson wrote:
>
> > Greetings!! Thank you for including me in your forum! As a way to get to
> > know me you could visit my web page. As well as having a pretty good Bible
> > Study (if I do say so myself) there are also some very resourceful Christian
> > resources. The URL is:
> >
> > http://www.erols.com/cygnus6
> >
> > Thank you again!
> >
> > Sincerely,
> >
> > Sam Gibson

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From: jtc10@juno.com (J Chang)
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 1998 12:24:04 -0500
Subject: Re: CAC_Mail: Pro-Crisis Pregnancy Center Legislation

Dear Ray:

Thanks for sharing some of your thoughts. I can understand
some of your concerns regarding the “pro-CPC legislation.”

There are many crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) that are
religiously-based in orientation. For those CPCs, there are
inherent dangers in accepting any governmental funds as
there will inevitably be federal restrictions on the religious
speech of the CPCs due to the separation of church & state
issue.

However, for the non-sectarian CPCs, such strings on speech
may not be as tight, though how the details will work out remains
to be seen.

Regardless of how one’s perspective is on the general issues of
“more government” vs. “less government,” the reality is that
CPCs are doing a tremendous job, behind the scenes of
providing women with alternatives to abortion. At the same time,
CPCs are often struggling financially with shoe-string budgets
& manned by overworked but dedicated unsung volunteer heroes.

The questions remains: Why do so many of the CPCs financially
struggle to maintain their annual operating budgets as they try
to persist in the noble, herculean task of saving the lives of babies?
While at the same time, why does Planned Parenthood receive
millions of our tax dollars under Title X funding as they shamelessly
perform & promote abortions, ending the lives of babies?

What’s wrong with this picture? Perhaps we can at least keep the
size of government spending steady by shifting the monies from Planned
Parenthood to the CPCs.

The Christian singer Keith Green once said that if the Church was
doing its job there wouldn’t be a need for the welfare system because
the Church is the welfare system. In the same line of thinking, the
Church is the CPC; perhaps the reason why CPCs have such need
is because the Church is not doing enough of its job. Otherwise there
wouldn’t be a need for pro-life legislators to even think about federal
funding for CPCs. Church-funded CPCs would be the ideal way to go.
Federally funded CPCs is only the last resort if possible.

In Him,
J. Chang

On Sat, 14 Feb 1998 19:19:08 +0000 “Ray Downen (outreach@ipa.net)”
writes:

>I read this first note with mixed emotions. Good for pro-life
>supporters wherever they are. But to suppose that it’s desirable for
>government to be involved in abortion alternatives is to suppose that
>Uncle Sam should spend our money on anything and everything, which
>then involves bureaucrats IN anything and everything, and we don’t at
>all need that!

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From: jtc10@juno.com (J Chang)
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 1998 01:41:35 -0500
Subject: CAC_Mail: CPC Approval Rating at 87 Percent

Dear CACers:

FYI. CPCs are making a difference all across America.

In Him,
J. Chang
– ————-
CPC Approval Rating at 87 Percent

By Lara McGovern, staff writer

A new survey, commissioned by the Family Research Council
(FRC), holds good news for pro-life crisis pregnancy centers.
Out of 630 women representatives of the U.S., there was not a
single woman who would say they think these centers have a
very negative impact, FRC spokesman Curt Young explains.

He adds that CPCs enjoy an 87 percent approval rating. The
results were unveiled for the first time at the Focus on the Family
Crisis Pregnancy Director’s Conference in Colorado Springs this
past weekend.

We don’t really know how effective we are when we’re way out there,
says Karen Noe, a CPC director from Wooster, Ohio.

Karen adds, guess one of the greatest eye-openers I’ve had is to
bring my focus back in on the clients we want to reach.

Seeing these numbers was comforting, CPC director Patty Gulch
says. It is encouraging to me to know that yes, abortion is a problem,
but not because we’re doing something wrong.

Copyright 1998 Focus on the Family
All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

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From: jtc10@juno.com (J Chang)
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 1998 10:51:21 -0500
Subject: CAC_Mail: One Way to Help a Christian CPC

Dear CACers:

We all realize how abortion is a plague in this nation. But crisis
pregnancy centers (CPCs) across the U.S. are making a difference
by touching many lives for Christ.

I’m helping out one of my favorite CPCs
– BORO PREGNANCY COUNSELING CENTER at

by just clicking on a page at eyegive. It’s free, fast, and easy. It
doesn’t cost anybody (but advertisers) anything. Each of us visiting
regularly can raise $25, $50, or more.

Boro Pregnancy Counseling Center (BPCC) is a non-profit Christian crisis
pregnancy center located in NYC that helps women in crisis pregnancy
situations with alternatives to abortion. If we all get together, we can
help to raise additional needed funds for BPCC or even for your own
special Christian ministry.

Please consider helping what I think is a very worthy cause.

Just cut and paste the URL into your browser and visit eyegive.

It’s fast, easy, FREE!, and it does good for something I care about and I

hope you will too.

In Him,

J. Chang
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From: AsianPK@aol.com
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 1998 16:11:38 EST
Subject: CAC_Mail: Promise Keepers Events in 98

Here is a list of scheduled events for PK in 1998. Although there is no fee
this year for any PK event, men are asked to register anyway to help the
planning process. Presently, registration is open only for three events
(Detroit, Little Rock, and Philadelphia) but this coming Monday, Feb 23,
registration will be open for all these events by calling 800.888.7595.

PLEASE NOTE!! ALL CITIES, DATES, AND VENUES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE!

Detroit (Silverdome) 5/15-16
Little Rock (War Memorial Stadium) 5/22-23
LA (LA Coliseum) 5/22-23
Fresno (Beiden Field) 6/5-6
St. Pete (Tropicana Dome) 6/12-13
Knoxville (Thompson-Boling Arena) 6/12-13
Columbia, MO (Faurot Mem. Stadium) 6/19-20
Philadelphia (Veterans Stadium) 7/10-11
Miinneapolis (Metrodome) 7/17-18
Indianapolis (RCA Dome) 7/24-25
Eugene, OR (Autzen Stadium) 7/31-8/1
Omaha (Civic Auditorium) 8/7-8
Grand Rapids, MI (Van Andel Arena) 8/14-15
Houston (Astrodome/Astrohall) 8/21-22
Tucson (Convention Ctr Arena) 9/18-19
Milwaukee (Bradley Center) 9/25-26
Columbia, SC (William-Brice Stadium) 10/2-3
Colorado Springs (Pikes Peak Speedway) 10/9-10
Sacramento (Arco Arena) 10/9-10

There will also be two special conferences designed for Asian American men.
This past August PK sponsored the first Asian American Men’s Conference in the
SF area where about 800 men gathered. This year, due to financial
limitations, PK will not be able to sponsor these two AA conferences.
However, I am helping to coordinate both of these conferences under a small
para church ministry I started back in 88 called MESA, Ministries for English
Speaking Asians.

The Northern California AA Men’s Conf will be on Saturday, October 24, 1998 at
the Redwood Chapel in Castro Valley (about 15 min south of Oakland, same site
as last year). The Southern California AA Men’s Conf will be on Saturday,
September 26, 1998. Here is more info on the Nor Cal conf. Additional info
for the Southern Cal conf will be available very soon.

Louis Lee (PK National Cultural Relations Manager for Asian Americans)

MESA
Ministries for English Speaking Asians
_________________________________________________________
16089 Penn Ave. San Lorenzo, CA 94580 (510)278-1000 [email =
AsianPK@aol.com]

1998 Nor Cal Asian American Mens Conference
The purpose of this conference is to evangelize unchurched and encourage
churched Asian American men through quality worship and Bible teaching. It is
also our desire to facilitate greater harmony and cooperation among the
evangelical Asian American community in Northern California as Chinese,
Japanese, Korean, Filipino, and other Asian American men gather for worship
and fellowship.
“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!” (Psalm
133:1)

Date: Saturday, October 24, 1998
Location: Redwood Chapel, Castro Valley (same as last year)

Speakers: Reuel Calica, Ken Fong, David Gibbons, Jeff Louie, Wayne Ogimachi

Worship Team: Peter Lum will once again lead this tremendous team consisting
of musicians and singers from both Northern and Southern California!

Workshop teachers: To be announced
Conference Theme: To be announced

Cost: $35 (includes lunch – However, cannot guarantee lunch for registrations
after 10/14/98)
Save $5 registering before 10/1/98! Save $10 registering before 8/1/98!!
Special! Churches that register 10+ men at the same time will receive a free
registration for their pastor!
To encourage churches and individuals to invite unchurched men to this
conference we are offering a special conference ticket for only $10. These
“Special Guest” tickets will be a different color and are intended to be used
only by men who are not attending church on a regular basis. It is our goal
to recruit at least 40 churches and para church ministries who will commit to
purchasing at least five (5) of these special guest tickets. These tickets
can then be resold to their constituents to encourage them to host unchurched
neighbors, co-workers, relatives, etc. This will help bring in at least 200
unchurched men to this conference! If you would like to join this “Special
Guest Team” of 40 churches and organizations, please let me know as soon as
possible!
We will also provide a special discount of $15 (in addition to early
registration discounts!) for full time students college aged and younger.
This year’s conference will be sponsored by MESA. MESA hopes to raise $5,000
by the end of March for “seed money” (registration brochure design and
production – $3,500; deposit for facility rental – $500; $1,000 for promotion
of conference and mailings). We are trusting God to provide through churches
and individuals who desire to invest in this special conference ministry.

Prayer Partners Needed! Even though the conference is still about 8 months
away, it is imperative that we begin now to recruit prayer partners. If you
or any one you know would be willing to pray for this conference ministry at
least once a week, please let me know ASAP what day of the week you would
select. We are also looking for a prayer coordinator to help lead and
coordinate the prayer ministry for this conference.

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From: “DJ Chuang”
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 1998 18:38:06 -0500
Subject: CAC_Mail: PrayUSA 98

Originally From: asotl@juno.com (Martin M Chow)

Dear CAC Forum members:

From March 1 to April 9 of this year, America will be prayed for by
Christians worldwide as perhaps never before. Last year, more than
fifteen and a half million believers prayed and fasted for revival and
spiritual awakening in the U.S.A. throughout the month of April. This
culminated in the National Day of Prayer and Nationally Broadcast
Concert of Prayer on May 1.

As the newly-installed National Asian Coordinator for PrayUSA!, I
prayerfully hope to mobilize at least 30,000 intercessors among the
Asian-American Christian community (Chinese, Japanese, Korean,
Filipino, Indonesian, Vietnamese, etc.) to pray and fast during the
forty days of prayer before Resurrection Sunday.

As all of us realize, our nation is in spiritual and moral trouble.
And only a nationwide revival can prepare America and her future
generations for the challenges of the 21st century.

To see that Asians are mobilized to pray is no small task. This is why
I humbly appeal for your assistance. I’m asking the Lord to raise up
mobilizers and coordinators in each Asian Christian ethnic group who
will inform and activate their networks about PrayUSA!, which
constitutes a broad, grassroots coalition of dedicated Christians
across this land from various denominational and socio-economic
backgrounds who have a passion to see a divine visitation come and
transform our families, churches and communities.

Currently, we have products available to assist in the process of
prayer mobilization. These include a 40-day prayer calendar ($3.00 per
dozen), an audio calendar ($5.00 each), the PrayUSA! 98 Kit ($10.00)
and the PrayUSA! ’98 Video ($15.00). If you wish to order these
materials, we will fax you the order form. Upon receipt of your
completed form (by mail or fax) and your check paid to “Metawake,” we
wil lthen mail your order as soon as possible.

If you are interested in ordering these materials and/or serving as an
intercessor, mobilizer, donor or setting up a temporary office in your
area (between January to May) to help spread the word about PrayUSA!
98, please contact me at your earliest convenience!

Thank you and may God bless you richly throughout this new “year of
the tiger.”

Your co-servant in Christ,

Martin Mei-ta Chow
PrayUSA! ’98 National Asian Coordinator

Address: Metawake Revival & Evangelism, Inc.
P.O. Box 2214
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91729-2214
Tel. 909-944-4963
Fax: 909-944-6339
Pgr: 909-457-2777
E-mail: (H) asotl@juno.com
(O) metawake@juno.com
Website: http://www.usprayertrack.org

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From: Jose Antonio Prieto Llanillo
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 1998 19:32:31 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Re: CAC_Mail: PrayUSA 98

On Wed, 18 Feb 1998, DJ Chuang wrote:

> Originally From: asotl@juno.com (Martin M Chow)
>
> Dear CAC Forum members:
>
> >From March 1 to April 9 of this year, America will be prayed for by
> Christians worldwide as perhaps never before. Last year, more than
> fifteen and a half million believers prayed and fasted for revival and
> spiritual awakening in the U.S.A. throughout the month of April. This
> culminated in the National Day of Prayer and Nationally Broadcast
> Concert of Prayer on May 1.
>
> As the newly-installed National Asian Coordinator for PrayUSA!, I
> prayerfully hope to mobilize at least 30,000 intercessors among the
> Asian-American Christian community (Chinese, Japanese, Korean,
> Filipino, Indonesian, Vietnamese, etc.) to pray and fast during the
> forty days of prayer before Resurrection Sunday.
>
> As all of us realize, our nation is in spiritual and moral trouble.
> And only a nationwide revival can prepare America and her future
> generations for the challenges of the 21st century.
>
> To see that Asians are mobilized to pray is no small task. This is why
> I humbly appeal for your assistance. I’m asking the Lord to raise up
> mobilizers and coordinators in each Asian Christian ethnic group who
> will inform and activate their networks about PrayUSA!, which
> constitutes a broad, grassroots coalition of dedicated Christians
> across this land from various denominational and socio-economic
> backgrounds who have a passion to see a divine visitation come and
> transform our families, churches and communities.
>
> Currently, we have products available to assist in the process of
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Date: Wed, 18 Feb 1998 21:50:47 -0500
To: sipaz@igc.org, mcintire@sandia.aug.com
From: SIPAZ
Subject: Appeal to Religious 4of4

Dear Friends,

SIPAZ is circulating the attached statement on the Chiapas conflict in the
aftermath of the Acteal massacre. We are seeking the endorsement of
religious leaders, primarily in the U.S., and we would appreciate your
help. Attached is a copy.

We believe that this is a critical time for the religious community to
register its anguish in the face of the unspeakable tragedy of Acteal. We
must also recognize that the massacre is only the worst explosion in a
growing pattern of paramilitary violence. Hence this is a critical time to
register our profound concern that the violence be ended and that a just
and lasting resolution of the ongoing conflict be achieved.

For endorsers we are especially interested in persons in leadership
positions in national and regional church denominations and congregations
as well as in other faith-based organizations or movements. We would
welcome the endorsement of anyone identified as a religious leader or
representative. PLEASE CONSIDER WHOM YOU MIGHT APPROACH ABOUT ENDORSING THE
STATEMENT.

That the Mexican government is extremely sensitive to outside pressure is
evident from its high-profile response to the massacre. In the U.S., we
expect the issue of U.S. military assistance to Mexico to achieve a
considerably greater visibility in 1998 as calls mount for a cutoff. Hence
we can expect that this statement, endorsed by a significant number of
prominent religious leaders, will have a constructive impact on both the
Mexican and U.S. governments.

In addition, we will seek to have the statement printed or reported on in a
wide variety of U.S. and Mexican media outlets, especially the religious
press. In this sense it will serve as a tool to inform and mobilize the
religious community and, to some extent, the general public.

WE WILL COLLECT ENDORSEMENTS UNTIL FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27. Endorsers should
reply by then via mail, email or fax, indicating their support for the
statement and how they should be identified on the statement and if their
organizational identity should be listed “for identification purposes only.”

After the sign-on period, we will send the statement, along with the names
and identities of endorsers, to U.S. and Mexican government officials and
to the media. We will also send you a final copy. We would appreciate
your help in getting it into your denominational or congregational
publications, to other media outlets, and to others in your constituency.

Please note that the statement pledges our support for ecumenical dialogue
efforts in Chiapas. Currently religious differences contribute to the
polarization in Chiapas. The ecumenical dialogue efforts initiated by
church leaders there, with which SIPAZ has assisted, are rooted in the
vision of the potential for a shared Christian faith to be a force for
reconciliation instead.

Two ecumenical dialogue conferences, bringing together grassroots
evangelical and Catholic representatives from conflicted areas in Chiapas,
were held in 1997. More are planned for 1998, the first being at the end
of this month. We reported on the September 1997 gathering in the October
SIPAZ Report (Vol. II, No. 4, available from our office or on our website:
http://www.nonviolence.org/sipaz). It was also covered in the January issue of
Sojourners magazine.

Here are three ways in which you can support these efforts:

1) keep them in your prayers;

2) send a message of support to the next ecumenical dialogue (February
27-28); messages may be sent via SIPAZ;

3) religious leaders might consider visiting Chiapas; Bishop Ruiz is
hosting an ecumenical delegation of European church leaders April 22-29; he
has invited SIPAZ to extend an invitation to U.S. church representatives;
contact our office for more information; in addition, SIPAZ will be hosting
other delegations this year (dates yet to be determined).

As SIPAZ continues to work in this area, we will extend other
opportunities for your support and collaboration.

Attached is a some background information on the text along with sources
for the facts that are cited.

Finally, for those of you not familiar with our work, SIPAZ is an
international coalition of some 40 organizations from North America, Latin
America and Europe formed at the request of Mexican church and human rights
contacts to support the peace process in Chiapas. Our work consists of
violence-reduction and peacebuilding strategies on the ground in Chiapas
and informing and mobilizing the international community. We would be
pleased to add you to our mailing list to receive our quarterly SIPAZ
Report as well as Urgent Action appeals.

Thank you for your help with this important initiative in the long and
painful struggle for a just and lasting peace in Chiapas.

Sincerely,

Phil McManus Chair, SIPAZ

BACKGROUND ON RELIGIOUS LEADERS STATEMENT

* The facts about the massacre and Las Abejas have been well established in
press accounts citing the many witnesses as well as church sources with
long experience in the area.

* Government officials routinely cite historic injustice as a root cause of
the Chiapas conflict. For example, in a recent op-ed piece the Mexican
consul in Boston wrote, “The impoverished Indians of Southern Mexico have
been largely exploited by local authorities and landowners for at least 500
years.” (Notwithstanding that both the officials and the “authorities and
landowners” are members of the same ruling party.)

* Press reports as well as human rights groups such as the Fray Bartolome
de las Casas Human Rights Center estimate the number of deaths from the
violence since the cease-fire at 300-600. The same sources place the
current number of displaced persons in the northern region and the
highlands of Chiapas in the vicinity of 10,000, with 6,000 reportedly in
the Polho area (near Acteal) alone.

* There is as yet little sign that the response of the Mexican government
to the massacre reflects any significant change in its Chiapas policy.
However at the least it reflects the intense pressure that the Zedillo
administration faced. Fingering local PRI politicians and forcing the
governor and the Interior Minister to resign reflect the high political
cost of the massacre. Chuayffet, the Interior Minister, was perhaps the
second most prominent PRI politician after Zedillo. He had his sights set
on running for president in 2000, so we can assume that he did not go
happily. It may well be that the Mexican government is waiting for the
uproar to subside before determining what changes may be called for in its
policy. Hence this is a critical moment to bring constructive pressure to
bear.

* The army document on paramilitary groups was reported on and excerpted in
the leading Mexican intellectual weekly, Proceso (No. 1105; January 4,
1998). The Mexican Defense Ministry has reportedly denied its
authenticity. However after reading it, one can only conclude that if it
is a fake, it is an extremely clever one. Copies are available in Spanish
and English.

* Documentation on the growth of paramilitary groups in Chiapas can be
found in reports by Human Rights Watch, the Fray Bartolome de las Casas
Human Rights Center, and SIPAZ, among others.

* The entire text of what had been a secret agreement was published in the
Mexican daily La Jornada. A Mexican Army general signed as a witness.

* The text of the letter by Bishop Raul Vera to the Interior Minister was
released by the Catholic Diocese of San Cristobal after the massacre.

* Numerous press reports cited the 5000 troop increase in Chiapas (bringing
the current total to approximately 35,000) and the aggressive patrols in
and around Zapatista strongholds such as La Realidad and Morelia right
after New Year’s. This is a bit of a complicated point. If the Zedillo
administration were to decide to disarm the paramilitary groups, we can
expect that it would turn to the Army to accomplish the task. On the other
hand, when the military stepped up its activities after the massacre,
instead of heading for the easily identifiable areas where paramilitary
groups have wreaked havoc, it headed instead for Zapatista strongholds
where the Zapatista presence has not resulted in any pattern of violent
social conflict.

* Mexican press reports (e.g., Milenio, No. 21, January 1998) have
identified prominent Mexican military officials who have been trained at
the School of the Americas, including some who have played important roles
in the counterinsurgency campaign in Chiapas. School of the Americas Watch,
the organization working to shut down the School of the Americas, has been
an important source of this information. The number of Mexican officials
at the School of the Americas doubled in 1997. For documentation on U.S.
and other foreign military assistance to Mexico, contact our office.

* Regarding the legality of U.S. military assistance, the Leahy Amendment
was part of the foreign-aid spending bill that President Clinton signed
into law on November 26, 1997. It prohibits U.S. military aid to foreign
military units implicated in human rights violations.

* The San Andres Accords on Indigenous Rights and Culture were signed by
EZLN (Zapatista Army) and Mexican government representatives in February
1996. After months of subsequent wrangling over the language of the
implementing legislation, COCOPA (the congressional mediation body)
announced that it would draft the legislation, based on the comments of the
two sides, but that it would only accept a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response; no
amendments. The EZLN agreed to the COCOPA proposal but the federal
government rejected it, instead introducing a modified version. One of the
Zapatista conditions for renewing the peace talks (in which several themes
remain to be discussed) is the implementation of the existing agreements.

RELIGIOUS LEADERS CALL FOR PEACE IN CHIAPAS
===========================================

In Memory of the Martyrs of Acteal

When all the prisoners of the land are crushed under foot, when human
rights are perverted in the presence of the Most High, when one’s case is
subverted – does the Lord not see it?… All our enemies have opened their
mouths against us; panic and pitfall have come upon us, devastation and
destruction. My eyes flow with rivers of tears because of the destruction
of my people. Lamentations 3:34-36,46-48

WE CRY OUT IN GRIEF joining our voices to the worldwide clamor prompted by
the December 22 massacre in Acteal, Chiapas, Mexico. The 45 victims, mostly
women and children murdered in the very act of praying for peace, were
members of a Christian group, Las Abejas (The Bees). They had chosen the
path of nonviolent love in their unceasing struggle for justice, a
commitment for which they paid the ultimate price.

We, the undersigned religious leaders, call on the governments of Mexico
and the United States to examine official policies that have resulted in
stalled peace talks and repeated explosions of violence in Chiapas.
Resolute action is urgently needed to de-militarize the conflict and
achieve a negotiated resolution.

The Mexican government has recognized repeatedly that the intolerable
situation of indigenous peoples in Chiapas is rooted in centuries of
oppression and discrimination. Recent years have seen the rise of organized
opposition, including everything from political parties to non-governmental
organizations to an armed insurgency. As representatives of the religious
community, we lament that historic injustices have at times been
exacerbated by the intolerance of various religious communities. We
deplore the rise of paramilitary groups in this conflictive context and the
enormous cost in human suffering – hundreds of deaths, thousands displaced,
untold deprivation and disease.

We are encouraged that the Mexican government reacted to the massacre and
resultant outcry by arresting members of a paramilitary group, including
the local ruling- party mayor. In addition, the governor of Chiapas and
the federal Interior Minister were replaced. However, there is evidence of
a pattern of government tolerance – and even support – for such
paramilitary groups:

* Recent media reports revealed an October 1994 Mexican Army document
calling for “the advising and support of the self-defense forces or other
paramilitary groups” in order “to break the support relationship that
exists between the population and the [Zapatista Army].”

* Mexican and international human rights groups have documented the growing
number of paramilitary groups operating with impunity in Chiapas since 1995.

* In July 1997, the Chiapas state government provided the notorious
paramilitary group “Paz y Justicia” with $580,000 in assistance, ostensibly
for agricultural projects.

* Raul Vera, Coadjutor Bishop in San Cristobal de las Casas, wrote to the
Mexican Interior Minister in October 1997: “We have information that
paramilitary groups are multiplying…ruling party congressmen are
sponsoring the sale and the trafficking of weapons, acting as protectors
and coordinators of the various paramilitary groups.” He received no reply.

We are further troubled that after the massacre, the military increased its
presence in Chiapas by 5,000 troops and staged aggressive maneuvers in
Zapatista areas.

The United States must also examine its role in the increasing
militarization of the conflict. Key military officials in Chiapas
responsible for counterinsurgency strategy have been trained at the U.S.
School of the Americas. Most of the Mexican Army’s weapons come from the U.S.

Any attempt at a military solution in Chiapas will only lead to more
bloodshed and unrest, a loss of credibility for the Mexican government, and
strained U.S.-Mexico relations.

WE CALL FOR PEACE pledging our solidarity with the suffering people of
Chiapas.

We call upon the U.S. government to re-examine the appropriateness and
legality of further U.S. military assistance and training in light of the
widespread human rights abuses attributed to the Mexican Army by Amnesty
International and other human rights groups and in light of the Army’s
reported ties with paramilitary groups.

We call on the Zedillo administration in Mexico to act decisively to
achieve a negotiated solution and specifically: * to take immediate steps
to disarm completely the paramilitary groups in Chiapas; * to implement the
February 1996 San Andres Accords on Indigenous Rights and Culture without
further delay as a necessary prelude to renewed peace talks; * to refrain
from any military action that might threaten peace talks.

Inspired and challenged by the witness of the martyrs of Acteal, we commit
ourselves to: * continuous prayer and effective advocacy for a just and
lasting peace; * support for existing ecumenical dialogue initiatives in an
effort to create a positive environment for trust and cooperation among the
indigenous people of Chiapas.

May the sacrifice of the many martyrs of Chiapas be the last shedding of
innocent blood in that suffering region. May their vision and their
commitment to nonviolence be an inspiration that spurs renewed efforts in
the search for a community of peace on earth.

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From: jtc10@juno.com (J Chang)
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 1998 15:10:02 -0500
Subject: Re: CAC_Mail: Fwd: Appeal to Religious 4of4

Dear Tim:

Could you give a summary of the background information
regarding the Acteal massacre & the Chiapas conflict?
I’m not familiar with the situation. Thanks!

In Him,
J. Chang

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Date: Thu, 19 Feb 1998 17:45:07 -0500
Subject: CAC_Mail: Free Winans Video

Dear CACers:

FYI. Especially for the parents of youngsters or young
people themselves.

In Him,
J. Chang
– ————–
Free Winans Video

By Lara McGovern, staff writer

Lifeline long-distance company is giving away music videos of
Angie and Debby Winans’ song called “Not Natural.”

“We decided it is such a positive message, it needed to get out
to our youth, Lifeline representative Bill Horn says. The Winans
were vilified by the mainstream media for taking a stand against
abortion, homosexuality, pornography and gangs.

Any young person can call 1-800-311-2779 to receive a free video.
Horn claims it can teach them how to take a stand for moral principles.

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From: TSTseng@aol.com
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 1998 01:02:53 EST
Subject: Re: Re: CAC_Mail: Fwd: Appeal to Religious 4of4

J:

Here’s some background from Sojourners (Jan/Feb 1998). Also, note that just
today, Mexico expelled an American “activist” representing clergy in Chicago.
– Tim

In a message dated 2/19/98 10:04:08 PM, jtc10@juno.com wrote:

<>

Commentary
From Sojourners Online, copyright 1998 Sojourners, January-February
1998, Vol. 27, No. 1.

A Collaboration Against Hatred Churches meet to seek peace in Chiapas.
By Jim Hodgson

The struggle for peace in Chiapas has taken some ugly twists in the past
two years. Paramilitary groups backed by the Mexican army and the
Chiapas state security police are attacking civilians they perceive to
be supporters of a four-year-old guerrilla movement, the Zapatista Army
for National Liberation. Among the most recent victims were two lay
catechists wounded last November while traveling with Catholic Bishops
Samuel Ruiz and Raul Vera.

The Zapatista uprising began in eastern Chiapas on New Year’s Day in
1994. Initially, it led to negotiations with the federal government, but
also to increased militarization in the largely indigenous states of
southern Mexico. Events in Chiapas attracted global attention, as
indigenous people in Mexico’s poorest state took up arms on the day that
the North American Free Trade Agreement came into effect. Their
spokesperson, Subcomandante Marcos, eloquently expressed the Zapatista
call for health care, housing, education, land, and respect for human
rights. But negotiations ended in mid-1996 because the government
refused to implement agreements on indigenous rights reached earlier
that year.

North of the original conflict zone, related strife threatens the lives
of thousands of indigenous farmers. This conflict polarizes communities
along both political and religious lines. According to the International
Service for Peace (SIPAZ), more than 4,000 people h
nd 300 killed in the past two years. In this new
example of low-intensity warfare, the government and its armed forces
create paramilitary groups (armed civilians) to provoke conflict, and
then use the conflict to justify repression of groups that press for
social reforms. In northern Chiapas, the major paramilitary group is
called “Paz y Justicia” (Peace and Justice).

Last fall, Catholics and members of at least six Protestant churches
tried to remove religious differences from issues involved in the
conflict. Seventy people gathered for three days in San Cristóbal de Las
Casas to pray, sing, talk, and work together, and they ended with a
strong commitment to continue and expand the dialogue.

Those attending represented four of the state’s linguistic groups
(Ch’ol, Tsotsil, Tseltal, and Spanish) and included people from the
Baptist, Catholic, Church of God, Full Gospel, Presbyterian, and Seventh
Day Adventist traditions. Some of those present had been in direct
conflict with each other. As stories unfolded of forced expulsions,
murders, and thefts, it became clear that many Catholics in the Ch’ol
areas perceive their Presbyterian neighbors as supporters of
paramilitary groups and of Mexico’s long-ruling Institutional
Revolutionary Party (PRI). The Presbyterians tended to perceive
Catholics as supporters of the social democratic opposition—the Party of
the Democratic Revolution—or even of the Zapatista army.

RUIZ, THE CATHOLIC BISHOP of San Cristóbal, was one of the key players
in the encounter. For nearly four decades he has accompanied the poor
and indigenous people of his diocese through a long process of biblical
reflection and recuperation of indigenous traditions. The result is a
large number of highly articulate people who know how to defend their
rights.

For example, a woman from a rural part of Sabanilla told the gathering,
“We as Catholics have been struggling for the good of our brothers and
sisters as indigenous people. We talk about peace, but many people do
not have fo
ce.”

Some participants, however, criticized Christian involvement in
politics, saying they preferred to work with authorities, not against
them. “We are builders of healthy, biblical cultures,” said a
Presbyterian from Salto de Agua. “Christ taught us to respect the laws
of our country.” Another Presbyterian from Ocosingo said, “We pray for
our authorities, whom God has placed there and with whom we have to
work.”

Bishop Ruiz defended his pastoral approach to social problems, comparing
the Word of God to a light shone on social reality. “The light does not
tell me what to do,” Ruiz said, “but it shows me what is there so that I
can decide what to do.”

Nataniel Navarro of the Council of Indigenous Campesino Evangelical
Churches, a national association of 40 Protestant and pentecostal
congregations, said Baptists in the conflict zones have fared better
than other Protestants because they do not do door-to-door
proselytizing. “That’s in the past,” he insisted. “We share the gospel
in other ways, by creating credit unions and developing health projects,
for example.”

Participants agreed that religious divisions in Chiapas have been
manipulated by the government and that the roots of the violence are in
social injustice. “We commit ourselves to make efforts together, without
hatred or violence, to collaborate in the eradication of such causes,”
their closing statement said.

The encounter signified a new phase in the process of building peace
with justice in Chiapas. It was hard to demonize the “other” while
washing dishes together after a meal of tortillas and beans. Ecumenism
got a boost in a country where interchurch cooperation has been weak.
Good will was shown on all sides, but events since the meeting—the
spread of paramilitary violence to more areas and especially recent
attacks on Catholic church leaders—point out the need for more local
mediation work by and among religious leaders.

JIM HODGSON is a Canadian journalist based in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and
former communications se

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From: jtc10@juno.com (J Chang)
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 1998 19:04:07 -0500
Subject: CAC_Mail: “Howard Stern ‘Under Fire’ From AFA!”

Dear CACers:

FYI. Concerned believers coming together & making a difference
for Christ’s kingdom in the marketplace of cultural values.

In Him,
J. Chang
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AFA ACTION ALERT 2/18/98

American Family Association Dear CACers:
>
>FYI. Especially for the parents of youngsters or young
>people themselves.
>
>In Him,
>J. Chang
>————–
>Free Winans Video
>
>By Lara McGovern, staff writer
>
>Lifeline long-distance company is giving away music videos of
>Angie and Debby Winans’ song called “Not Natural.”
>
>”We decided it is such a positive message, it needed to get out
>to our youth, Lifeline representative Bill Horn says. The Winans
>were vilified by the mainstream media for taking a stand against
>abortion, homosexuality, pornography and gangs.
>
>Any young person can call 1-800-311-2779 to receive a free video.
>Horn claims it can teach them how to take a stand for moral
>principles.
>
>Copyright 1998 Focus on the Family
>All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

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Date: Sun, 22 Feb 1998 23:12:20 EST
Subject: CAC_Mail: Fwd: AAASCommunity: AAASPosts: Asian Amer. Films at Harvard

FYI, Tim

From: Tajimapena@aol.com
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ASIAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL
(a Sneak Preview of Asian American Independent Features)

The Harvard University Asia Center is proud to present its Asian American
Film Festival, a rare sneak preview at the growing new phenomenon of Asian
American independent features, as well as several new documentaries. The
Festival is presented as part of a week of activities at Harvard University
highlighting both cultural and scholarly events concerning Asia in celebration
of the Opening of the Harvard University Asia Center. It is sponsored by the
Harvard Asia Center and the Harvard Office for the Arts, and is curated by
Renee Tajima-Peña.

Directors for each feature* will be present and will take questions following
the viewing.

Showing Friday, February 27 to Sunday, March 1 at the Harvard Film Archive,
Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge. Tickets are
$7, $5 for students. Showing Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7 at the
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge. Tickets are $7, $4 for
students and members (not available as advance purchase).

Friday, February 27 at 7pm Yellow
(Carpenter Center) directed by Chris Chan Lee

Saturday, February 28 at 7pm hundred percent**
(Carpenter Center) directed by Eric Koyanagi

Sunday, March 1 at 3pm My America…or Honk if You Love Buddha
(Carpenter Center) directed by Renee Tajima-Peña

Sunday, March 1 at 8pm Kelly Loves Tony**
(Carpenter Center) A.K.A. Don Bonus
directed by Spencer Nakasako
with Sokly Ny, Kelly Saeturn and Tony Saleio

Friday, March 6 at 7:45pm Strawberry Fields
(Brattle Theatre) directed by Rea Tajiri

Saturday, March 7 at 7:30pm Chinese Box**
(Brattle Theatre) directed by Wayne Wang

***
YELLOW
Written and directed by Chris Chan Lee, produced by David Yang.
Starring Soon-Tek Oh, Amy Hill, Michael Chung, Burt Bulos, Angie Sugh, Mia
Suh, Jason J. Tobin, Lela Lee, Mary Chen, and John Cho.
100 minutes, 35mm
(Friday, February 27, 8pm, at the Carpenter Center)
Yellow is an edgy take on “American Graffiti” Koreatown-style, as an ensemble
of high school friends plan their last night together in Los Angeles. When
their friend, Sin Lee, mysteriously loses his father’s grocery earnings, the
group embarks on a wild night through the subculture of Koreatown. Yellow
reimagines a place that most Americans associate only as the epicenter of the
L.A. riots.

***
hundred percent
Written and directed by Eric Koyanagi, produced by Jusak Yang Bernhard and
Paul G. Bens, Jr., executive produced by Vinod B. Sekhar and Rumi Malott.
Starring Tamlyn Tomita, Stan Egi, Garrett Wong, and Dustin Nguyen.
103 minutes, 35mm
(Saturday, Febrary 28, 7pm, at the Carpenter Center)
A rollicking farce set amongst the multi-culti hoi-polloi of Venice Beach,
California. Part caper, part slacker tale of six lives intertwined by race,
class, and the boardwalk, hundred percent collides head-on with the old
clichés of Asian Americans. Instead, Koyanagi serves up a vision of a new
Asian America replete with its own homegrown icons, ranging from Bruce Lee to
Bob Marley.
This will be a sneak preview screening of a yet-to-be released film.

***
MY AMERICA . . . OR HONK IF YOU LOVE BUDDHA
Produced, written and directed by Renee Tajima-Peña, co-produced by Quynh
Thai, music by Jon Jang.
Featuring Victor Wong.
87 minutes, 16mm
(Sunday, March 1, 3pm, at the Carpenter Center)
From the Academy Award-nominated filmmaker (Who Killed Vincent Chin?).
Inspired by her “road guru” Victor Wong, the iconoclastic actor and Jack
Kerouac contemporary, Tajima-Peña leads us on an irreverent, cross-country
search for Asian America. In far-flung places such as Orlando, New Orleans,
and Duluth, she discovers a new subculture of rappers, debutantes, and freedom
fighters. An award-winner at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival.

***
KELLY LOVES TONY
Directed by Spencer Nakasako with Kelly Saeturn and Tony Saleio, produced by
Spencer Nakasako, executive produced by Deanne Borshay.
60 minutes, 16mm
A.K.A. DON BONUS
Directed by Spencer Nakasako with Sokly Ny, produced by Spencer Nakasako,
executive produced by Wayne Wang and James Yee.
60 minutes, 16mm
(Sunday, March 1, 8pm, at the Carpenter Center)
Filmmaker Spencer Nakasako (who starred in and co-directed Life is Cheap with
Wang), has pioneered a powerful new form of camcorder diaries in collaboration
with young Southeast Asian refugees of the “1.5 generation” living in some of
the San Francisco Bay Area’s poorest neighborhoods. In the groundbreaking,
Emmy Award-winning documentary, A.K.A. Don Bonus, Nakasako gave a Hi-8 camera
to Sokly “Don Bonus” Ny, a Cambodian teenager living in the Tenderloin. Shot
entirely from his point-of-view, the film documents Sokly’s struggles to
complete his senior year in high school. In Nakasako’s newest work, an
Oakland couple who were born into the Mien hilltribe of Laos turn the cameras
on the first year of their lives together. Kelly is fresh out of high school,
pregnant, and confronting the dissonance between her family’s expectations and
her own ambitions. Tony is fresh out of San Quentin, facing the spectre of
deportation and diplomatic limbo.
A.K.A. Don Bonus premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, and
earned a National Emmy Award; 1st Place, Visions du RÈel, Nyon Film Festival;
a Golden Gate Award from the San Francisco International Film Festival; and
Juror’s Choice at the Charlotte Film & Video Festival, and screened at the
Berlin International Film Festival, Amsterdam Film Festival, Yamagata
Documentary Festival, and aired nationally on PBS’s P.O.V. series.
The screening of Kelly Loves Tony is a sneak preview of a yet-to-be released
film.

***
STRAWBERRY FIELDS
Directed by Rea Tajiri, written by Kerri Sakamoto, produced by Jason Kliot and
Rea Tajiri, Open City Films, executive produced by Joana Vincente and Michael
Wolkowitz.
Starring Suzy Nakamura, James Sie, Heather Yoshimura, Marilyn Tokuda, Peter
Yoshida, Chris Tashima, and Reiko Mathieu.
86 minutes, 35mm
(Friday, March 6, 7:45pm, at the Brattle Theatre)
From the award-winning filmmaker Rea Tajiri (History and Memory) and Canadian
writer Kerri Sakamoto, whose first novel, The Electrical Field, will be
published in 1998 by W.W. Norton & Co. Strawberry Fields is an enigmatic tale
of a sixteen-year-old Japanese American girl living in Chicago amidst the
social turmoil of 1970s America. It is the story of Irene, a young woman
haunted by a pyromaniac fascination and the all-too-real seeming ghost of her
little sister, embarks on a search for her family’s hidden past.

***
CHINESE BOX
Directed by Wayne Wang, produced by Lydian Dean Pilcher and Jean-Louis Piel,
Screenplay by Jean-Claude Carriere and Larry Gross, story by Jean-Claude
Carriere, Paul Theroux, and Wayne Wang.
Starring Jeremy Irons, Gong Li, Maggie Cheung, Michael Hui, and Ruben Blades.
110 minutes, 35mm
(Saturday, March 7, 7:30pm, at the Brattle Theatre)
A story of passion and imperfect love, the lives of four people are
intertwined with the city of Hong Kong itself. An English journalist who
learns he is dying decides to act on his love for a woman who is torn between
two men, and a city that is torn between two nations. As he documents the
last six months of Hong Kong through a series of what he calls “Pompeii
Tapes,” he also encounters a young woman who attempted suicide because she was
jilted by her English boyfriend. As the political transition becomes a
reality on the night of June 30, 1997, our characters now face their separate
destinies like this vital city which has provided the setting for their
personal dramas.
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From: JWongCDI@aol.com
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 1998 15:33:17 -0500 (EST)
Subject: CAC_Mail: re: CAC_Mail, The Ethnic Question

I would like to focus on Russel’s article on the culture issue, (shared Feb.
3) rather than the demographics and ethnic targets.

He had written: >>>”Every church is an ethnic church in the sense that every
church has a particular culture…..

What particular culture will NLCF develop? And will that culture be
intentionally chosen and pursued, or will it simply evolve?

In a church focused on one particular ethnic group, it may be easier to
develop and preserve a distinct, well-developed, and deeply-expressed
cultural expression of the Gospel” <<>”But whether
majority, minority, or mixed in culture, a given church’s life–its worship,
its music, its ways of gathering and growing as a community, its encounter
with the Gospel, its “voice”–is always embodied in a particular culture.”<<

Our cultures must not conform the believer. A discovery of what the Kingdom
culture is like and adopting it's concepts of what is good to do and the
right way to do it, is the way we are to be transformed.

When a church consists of members raised by several cultures, how will the
church leadership guide in the maturing of the members? Can we find a
standard/model which all believers are to conform to and thus be transformed?
Or does the standard/model shift from culture to culture? Does the church
tolerate (prefer "allow") various interpretations of what is good to do and
what is the right way to do it? Or has the leadership identified the
thoughts and the ways of God, which all believers must accept and yield to?
Who among the church pastors and leaders knows what is THE good to do and
THE right way to do it? And does the rest of the staff agree? Diverse
cultures, I believe would make this most difficult.

We should not be satisfied with a spirit of tolerance and acceptance in the
life of the church ("harmony/love") at the expense of a commitment to pursue
God's thoughts and ways. When a pastor preaches about how a Christian should
behave or think, do all the staff agree, or do we allow for the "cultural
differences", ignoring the standards that "I" believe are biblical since what
he says is not my area of responsibility?

I've heard that the Kingdom culture does not exist,.. certainly, not
completely. Of course not, but that does not excuse the need to discover
God's thoughts and ways and to make them ours, for His thoughts and His ways
constitutes the core of the Kingdom's culture.

In conclusion: To do multi-ethnic ministries, the leadership must know the
"lies" of each culture and how they can be changed to the Kingdom's culture.
"Lies" are the good & evil and the right & wrong their culture believes in.

Joe Wong
Church Dynamics International

(DJ, I would welcome your critique of these comments. Does Bruce Fong's book
speak well to this?)

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From: jtc10@juno.com (J Chang)
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 1998 17:24:42 -0500
Subject: CAC_Mail: "Bookseller Barnes & Noble Faces Child-Porn Charges"

Dear CACers:

FYI.

In Him,
J. Chang
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USA TODAY [2/19/98] has reported that a grand jury in Montgomery,
Alabama, indicted the
nation's largest bookseller, Barnes & Noble, on child pornography charges
involving the
sale of books by noted photographers whose work includes pictures of nude
children. The
books are THE AGE OF INNOCENCE by David Hamilton an RADIANT IDENTITIES by
Jock Sturges.
The indictment accuses the New York-based company of selling books that
show "persons
under 17 years of age involved in obscene acts." If convicted, the
company could be
fined up to $10,000 on each of the 32 counts. A spokesman said the
company respects
"the right of individuals to make decisions about what they buy and
read." A Tennessee
grand jury returned an indictment against the bookstore chain over the
same books in
November. The charge of distributing obscene material harmful to minors
has not gone to
trial yet.

A growing number of outraged people in scattered communities are
complaining that the
New York-based bookstore chain BARNES & NOBLE – with about 500 "super
stores" – is
selling child porn. And they're not just complaining. They're protesting,
picketing and
demanding the removal of offensive material.

Although the works of other "artists" are sometimes mentioned, the
allegations center
on the photography collections of Jock Sturges (RADIANT IDENTITIES and
THE LAST DAY OF
SUMMER), Sally Mann (IMMEDIATE FAMILY) and David Hamilton (THE AGE OF
INNOCENCE). To
those who are incensed that the bookstores are selling the works, they
are a clear case
of child obscenity.

"If this type of material is allowed to stay in the store, it's going to
legitimize
something that is illegal," said John Oliver, president of the Middle
Tennessee
Coalition for the Protection of Children and Families, a group of two
dozen people in
Williamson County who want the books removed.

Oliver presented compelling evidence from the works of Sturges and
Hamilton to a
reporter for the Nashville Banner: pictures showing preteen girls lying
in provocative
poses, their breasts and genitals exposed: nude adolescent boys holding
hands on the
beach; young teen aged girls locked in embraces with other girls, or
touching their own
genitals.

In one picture from AGE OF INNOCENCE, a nude picture of a 12 or
13-year-old girl is
accompanied by a poem which reads: "Take me, take, some of you, while I
am yet young
and true. Ere I can my soul disguise; Heave my breasts, and roll my
eyes."

"What does that picture mean to you?" Oliver asks. "I'll tell you what it
means to me.
It's telling someone, 'Rape me.'"

Detective Robert Fraker of the Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, Police
Department said he
believes the work of Sturges is illegal. He said, "They're the same type
of photographs
that I've seen confiscated from pedophiles. To put them in a book and put
a fancy cover
on it doesn't make it protected, period." Fraker told the Associated
Press that he
would like to see Sturges' books off the shelves of Pittsburgh area
bookstores.

When Oliver and others first began hearing about the books, they went to
see for
themselves. Appalled, they approached the manager of their local Barnes &
Noble store
to complain that the books were not only offensive but illegal. "Their
attitude was
that it didn't matter, that they could sell any books they wanted to,"
Oliver said.

So the group began to picket outside the store in an attempt to draw
public attention
to the content of the books. Customers coming to Barnes & Noble were
given literature,
asking them to boycott the bookseller.

If the manager of the local Barnes & Noble store was nonchalant about the
coalition's
activities, local law enforcement was ambivalent about the group's
request for
prosecution under the state's child pornography laws. After relentless
pressure,
however, Williamson County District Attorney Joe Baugh slapped a grand
jury indictment
on Barnes & Noble – but for a misdemeanor charge, not the felony the
coalition wanted.

Still, it's a start, said Troy Newman, project coordinator for Loyal
Opposition, which
has targeted Sturges' works with protests across the nation. "Once we
recognize it's
pornography, the next step is to check the ages of the people who are
posing nude" to
apply relevant child obscenity laws, he said.

Sources: Nashville Banner, 12/29/97; Citizen Issues Alert, 12/3/97;
Jacksonville
(Florida) Times-Union, 11/9/97; AFA Journal, 3/98, USA TODAY, 12/19/98

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From: HarryWLew@aol.com
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 1998 08:37:09 -0500 (EST)
Subject: CAC_Mail: Good News About Racial Progress

Dear CACers,

Race hucksters and mongers have a stake in wanting all the news about
American race relations to be negative, e.g. comments like, "Sure there may
appear to be some progress, but look at all the bad…"

When was the last time you went to a Christian conference or seminar on
racial reconciliation, and there was genuine rejoicing and gratitude to God
for the progress we have made? Kind of reminds me of those who say we
shouldn't celebrate Thanksgiving because of all the hungry people out there.

I have been reading Abigail and Stephan Thernstrom's AMERICA IN BLACK AND
WHITE: ONE NATION, INDIVISIBLE (Simon & Shuster, 1997), and can highly
recommend it to you to get a more balanced and realistic picture of what is
happening in the United States. The book also contains some interesting facts
and statistics about Chinese and other Asian Americans.

For those of you who don't have the time or interest to read the book, I've
included a "Reader's Digest" version blurb below recently e-mailed to me by a
colleague:

* * * * * * *

Reader's Digest Highlights Good News On Race — Blacks and Whites Now
Closer, Despite Media's Negative Spin; — African-Americans Continue
Climb to White-Collar Middle Class

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb. 23, 1998–Driven by media
misinformation, Americans often exaggerate the bad news on race

– — while neglecting a half-century of dramatic advances. The March 1998
issue of Reader's Digest magazine tackles some serious national
misconceptions by spotlighting the Good News About Racial Progress.

From economic reporting to the O.J. Simpson trial, division and
racism are constant media themes. But while racial hatred and hostility
have far from vanished, barriers continue to fall in employment, housing,
social and sexual relations, report Abigail and Stephan Thernstrom. Their
exclusive article for Reader's Digest underscores three major trends:

1. A black middle class has arrived.

More than 50 percent of employed African-Americans now hold
white-collar positions, up from only 5 percent in 1940. Back then, only
one black family in 100 enjoyed a middle-class income; by 1995 it was 49
in 100 (defined as at least $30,910 for a two-parent family with two
children, $40,728 for the same couple with four children).

While the typical white family still earns a lot more, that is
because it is more likely to collect two paychecks. Comparing married
couples — a major portion of the middle-class — the white-black income
gap is now just 13 percent.

And more than 40 percent of black households now own their own homes,
a tremendous change, the Thernstroms point out.

2. Blacks are moving to the suburbs.

While whites continue to leave the inner cities, so do blacks. The
number of black suburbanites has almost tripled in a generation, to 10.6
million. By 1990 in Atlanta, for example, 64 percent of African-Americans
called the suburbs home.

And this is not just phony integration, from one all-black
neighborhood to another — by 1994, six in 10 whites reported that they
lived in neighborhoods with blacks.

3. Bigotry has declined.

A national survey in the 1940s asked whether Negroes should have as
good a chance as white people to get any kind of job. Would any such
question even be asked today? And would any but a small lunatic fringe
respond, as a majority of whites did back then, that white people should
have the first chance at any kind of job?

Barriers are falling outside the workplace as well. In 1964, less
than one in five whites reported having a black friend; by 1989 the
number was two out of three. And more than eight in 10 African-Americans
had a white friend.

And what about interracial sex, the last taboo?

— By 1994, 65 percent of whites approved of black-white dating,
up from just 10 percent in 1963.

–Just 4 percent of whites approved of interracial marriage in

1958. By 1994, that figure was up to 45 percent.

–And in 1963, less than 1 in 100 African-Americans marriages were

racially mixed.

By 1993, 12 percent were.

Serious inequalities do remain, they acknowledge. But black Americans
can rise to the top. Just ask Richard D. Parsons, president of media
powerhouse Time Warner. Kenneth Chenault, president and chief operating
officer at global financial giant American Express. Or Ann Fudge, head of
manufacturing, promotion and sales at Kraft Foods $2.7 billion Post
Cereals and Maxwell House Coffee divisions.

And don't forget Colin Powell. He recalls driving with his wife
through the town of Woodbridge, Va., and not finding even a gas-station
bathroom that we were allowed to use. That was 1962. In 1996, reliable
polls suggest, General Powell could have been elected president.

Blacks and whites, media accounts would have us believe, are still
separate and hostile. But Good News About Racial Progress, in the March
1998 Reader's Digest, provides a fresh look at the long road we've
traveled, and new hope for the journey ahead.

Abigail Thernstrom, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and
husband Stephan, a history professor at Harvard University, are the
authors of America in Black and White: One Nation Indivisible.

The Reader's Digest Association, Inc. is a global publisher and
direct marketer of products that inform, enrich, entertain and inspire
people of all ages and all cultures around the world. Global revenues
were $2.8 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1997. Global
Headquarters is in Pleasantville, N.Y.

* * * * * * *

Anyone who interprets this message as my saying that we have arrived in terms
of race relations or that we don't need to make any more progress, needs to
take a remedial reading class.

Yours in Christ,
Harry Lew

= = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

"Race matters–so does gender, socio-economic class, age, nationality,
education, religion, diet, exercise, television viewing habits, taste in
books and music, location, location, location, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera."

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From: Gregory Jao
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 1998 09:58:08 -0600
Subject: CAC_Mail: re: CAC_Mail, The Ethnic Question-CDIJoe

Joe,

You wrote:
>I had tried to write on this matter before. Right off, I think you should
>know my perspective: I view culture as a primary enemy of the Kingdom. I
>propose that the aim of a church is to evolve towards the Kingdom’s culture.

>When a church consists of members raised by several cultures, how will the
>church leadership guide in the maturing of the members? Can we find a
>standard/model which all believers are to conform to and thus be transformed?
> Or does the standard/model shift from culture to culture? Does the church
>tolerate (prefer “allow”) various interpretations of what is good to do and
>what is the right way to do it? Or has the leadership identified the
>thoughts and the ways of God, which all believers must accept and yield to?

I wonder if perhaps your statement conflates biblical standards with the
cultural expression of those standards. I would agree with what you say if
the issue is transcultural biblical principles (e.g., prohibitions on
adultery, slander, gossip, etc.) On the other hand, I think many cultural
issues do not implicate transcultural biblical principles (e.g., is music to
be written in the tonic or diatonic, what archetectural style is most
appropriate for a church building, etc.) Obviously, these issues may
implicate larger categories of biblical truth (beauty, holiness, etc.) but
they don’t always. I wonder if saying that culture is the enemy of the
gospel too quickly ignores the fact that the gospel was given within the
context of an undeniably sinful culture (Greco-Roman/Palestine).

I wonder also if perhaps the Incarnation plays too small a role in your
position. Isn’t it significant that Jesus was incarnated in a specific
time, specific place, and specific culture? That he spoke Aramaic and not
some “heavenly” language that needed to be translated? That he used parables
which rely on culturally-specific illustrations and allusions? That God
became man?

Isn’t it important to remember that the Holy Spirit gave the gift of tongues
(“we hear the gospel in our own language”) rather than the “gift of ears”
(“wow, we hear the gospel in Aramaic and understand it”)? That Paul wanted
to become all things to all people? That bible translation is a mission
priority for Christians? (Contrast our position with Islam, which states
that the Koran may only be properly understood in Arabic.)

It seems that God and the early church used and adapted cultural forms to
the extent that they didn’t violate Kingdom values, principles, and
standards. For example, our music should be God-honoring, but the early
church and the Holy Spirit did not take pains to preserve the musical
notation and the words (beyond the scaps that appear in Scripture) of the
songs sung by the early church. Kingdom principles have been preserved, but
cultural expression of those principles and truths seem to be the norm.

Perhaps that is what you mean when you say:

>I’ve heard that the Kingdom culture does not exist,.. certainly, not
>completely. Of course not, but that does not excuse the need to discover
>God’s thoughts and ways and to make them ours, for His thoughts and His ways
>constitutes the core of the Kingdom’s culture.

If so, I apologize for the long ramble which preceeds this. I guess my
possibly knee-jerk response arises from hearing other folk make similar
statements about culture while attempting to assert and promote a Kingdom
culture that eerily resembles their own culture (whether mid-1950s American
middle class, nuclear family culture or traditional Chinese culture.) If
I’ve assumed too much in your language, I apologize.

You also say:
>In conclusion: To do multi-ethnic ministries, the leadership must know the
>”lies” of each culture and how they can be changed to the Kingdom’s culture.
> “Lies” are the good & evil and the right & wrong their culture believes in.
>
I’d agree wholeheartedly with assuming “lies” equal the evil in each
culture. I guess I’d want to affirm that all truth (and good and right) are
God’s truth. Some aspects of our culture should be affirmed. At one point,
some InterVarsity staff in the Chicagoland area nuanced our national
ministry values for Asian Americans. I think we tried to do what you suggest.

For example, our ministry value of evangelism states: Evangelism: We
believe that every person ought to have an opportunity to respond to Jesus
Christ as Lord and Savior and to accept His invitation to follow Him into a
life of Christian discipleship.

We contextualized that for an Asian American body by noting:
As immigrants or descendant of immigrants, Asian Americans can capitalize
on the principle of identification to demonstrate the trans-cultural nature
of the Kingdom. Also, as a bi-cultural people, Asian Americans can possess
an awareness of the culturally-loaded presuppositions, concepts, or phrases
which occur in the apologetics and evangelistic techniques of evangelicals
in the dominant culture.
We affirm that our cultural heritage promotes many values — including
hospitality, relational commitment, and respectfulness — which encourage
and nurture an evangelistic relationship. We rejoice that the relative
“success” of Asian American in the educational and vocational marketplace
wins our witness access to many arenas. We also rejoice that our position
as a people of two worlds facilitates our ability to engage both cultures
simultaneously.
We regret, however, that our Asian cultural heritage mandates compromise,
accommodation, or avoidance rather than the confrontation which evangelism
occasionally requires. We express contrition that our concern for “face”
often makes us unwilling to become fools for Christ. We also repent of our
often xenocentric evangelistic concerns.
As a ministry, we commit ourselves to developing culturally-relevant
evangelistic materials and to encouraging Asian Americans to crucify their
culturally-imposed mores to better communicate the necessity of salvation.

For those of you who are interested, here’s another quote from the Lausanne
Covenent, clause 10, that I think balances the issues pretty well.

“The development of strategies for world evangelisation calls for
imaginative pioneering methods. Under God, the result will be the rise of
churches deeply rooted in Christ and closely related to their culture.
Culture must always be tested and judged by Scripture. Because man is God’s
creature, some of his culture is rich in beauty and goodness. Because he
has fallen, all of it is tainted with sin and some of it is demonic. The
gospel does not presuppose the supriority of any culture according to its
own criteria of truth and righteousness, and insists on moral absolutes in
every culture. Missions have all too frequently exported with the gospel an
alien culture, and churches have sometimes been in bondage to culture rather
than to the Scripture….”

(Mark 7:8, 9, 13; Gen. 4:21, 22; 1 Cor. 9:19-23)

Sorry for the long post.

Greg Jao

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From: “DJ Chuang”
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 1998 16:49:02 -0500
Subject: CAC_Mail: Re: The Ethnic Question

CACers:
The challenge of the topic does tend to require lengthy discourse in
order to convey the complexities of the issues involved re: culture and
Gospel..

It is my impression that with missiological and anthropological
efforts, we’ve still got work to do in this arena, and in particular,
among Asian Americans, and thus, Chinese Americans.

A good way to define culture is the set of behaviors, values, beliefs,
and worldview of a group of people (from Dr. Kwast (sp?)), and
intricately related with that is language, and perhaps methods.

With that working definition, I believe it’s helpful to acknowledge the
falleness and sinfulness (and “lies”) of each culture, and at the same
time, we need forge beyond that to define and enact Kingdom
behaviors, values, beliefs, and worldview.

In this process of fleshing out a “kingdom culture”, I think your
message implies that we should arrive at one coherent defined culture
by which everyone will do everything and value everything in the same
discrete way, perhaps most vividly seen as a multiethnic community.

However, it may be that the “kingdom culture” could be have as many
varieties as there are human cultures now (thus each culture may be
‘redeemed’ to become biblical), or “kingdom culture” will have some
cultural aspects that are discrete/ defined in common (such as
preaching), and other cultural aspects that are allowed to be diverse
(such as worship styles).

DJ

On 23 Feb 98 at 15:33, JWongCDI@aol.com wrote:

> I had tried to write on this matter before. Right off, I think you
> should know my perspective: I view culture as a primary enemy of the
> Kingdom. I propose that the aim of a church is to evolve towards the
> Kingdom’s culture.
:
> I’ve heard that the Kingdom culture does not exist,.. certainly, not
> completely. Of course not, but that does not excuse the need to
> discover God’s thoughts and ways and to make them ours, for His
> thoughts and His ways constitutes the core of the Kingdom’s culture.
>
> In conclusion: To do multi-ethnic ministries, the leadership must know
> the “lies” of each culture and how they can be changed to the
> Kingdom’s culture.
– —
*

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From: Ken Fong
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 1998 15:01:59 -0800
Subject: Re: CAC_Mail: re: CAC_Mail, The Ethnic Question-CDIJoe

Your post WAS long, Cyberlurker Greg, but imho, well put and helpful for me. Thanks
for adding your thoughts to Joe’s. It was also informative to hear IVCF’s adjustment
for AsiAm distinctiveness.

ken fong.

Gregory Jao wrote:

> Joe,
>
> You wrote:
> >I had tried to write on this matter before. Right off, I think you should
> >know my perspective: I view culture as a primary enemy of the Kingdom. I
> >propose that the aim of a church is to evolve towards the Kingdom’s culture.
>
> >When a church consists of members raised by several cultures, how will the
> >church leadership guide in the maturing of the members? Can we find a
> >standard/model which all believers are to conform to and thus be transformed?
> > Or does the standard/model shift from culture to culture? Does the church
> >tolerate (prefer “allow”) various interpretations of what is good to do and
> >what is the right way to do it? Or has the leadership identified the
> >thoughts and the ways of God, which all believers must accept and yield to?
>
> I wonder if perhaps your statement conflates biblical standards with the
> cultural expression of those standards. I would agree with what you say if
> the issue is transcultural biblical principles (e.g., prohibitions on
> adultery, slander, gossip, etc.) On the other hand, I think many cultural
> issues do not implicate transcultural biblical principles (e.g., is music to
> be written in the tonic or diatonic, what archetectural style is most
> appropriate for a church building, etc.) Obviously, these issues may
> implicate larger categories of biblical truth (beauty, holiness, etc.) but
> they don’t always. I wonder if saying that culture is the enemy of the
> gospel too quickly ignores the fact that the gospel was given within the
> context of an undeniably sinful culture (Greco-Roman/Palestine).
>
> I wonder also if perhaps the Incarnation plays too small a role in your
> position. Isn’t it significant that Jesus was incarnated in a specific
> time, specific place, and specific culture? That he spoke Aramaic and not
> some “heavenly” language that needed to be translated? That he used parables
> which rely on culturally-specific illustrations and allusions? That God
> became man?
>
> Isn’t it important to remember that the Holy Spirit gave the gift of tongues
> (“we hear the gospel in our own language”) rather than the “gift of ears”
> (“wow, we hear the gospel in Aramaic and understand it”)? That Paul wanted
> to become all things to all people? That bible translation is a mission
> priority for Christians? (Contrast our position with Islam, which states
> that the Koran may only be properly understood in Arabic.)
>
> It seems that God and the early church used and adapted cultural forms to
> the extent that they didn’t violate Kingdom values, principles, and
> standards. For example, our music should be God-honoring, but the early
> church and the Holy Spirit did not take pains to preserve the musical
> notation and the words (beyond the scaps that appear in Scripture) of the
> songs sung by the early church. Kingdom principles have been preserved, but
> cultural expression of those principles and truths seem to be the norm.
>
> Perhaps that is what you mean when you say:
>
> >I’ve heard that the Kingdom culture does not exist,.. certainly, not
> >completely. Of course not, but that does not excuse the need to discover
> >God’s thoughts and ways and to make them ours, for His thoughts and His ways
> >constitutes the core of the Kingdom’s culture.
>
> If so, I apologize for the long ramble which preceeds this. I guess my
> possibly knee-jerk response arises from hearing other folk make similar
> statements about culture while attempting to assert and promote a Kingdom
> culture that eerily resembles their own culture (whether mid-1950s American
> middle class, nuclear family culture or traditional Chinese culture.) If
> I’ve assumed too much in your language, I apologize.
>
> You also say:
> >In conclusion: To do multi-ethnic ministries, the leadership must know the
> >”lies” of each culture and how they can be changed to the Kingdom’s culture.
> > “Lies” are the good & evil and the right & wrong their culture believes in.
> >
> I’d agree wholeheartedly with assuming “lies” equal the evil in each
> culture. I guess I’d want to affirm that all truth (and good and right) are
> God’s truth. Some aspects of our culture should be affirmed. At one point,
> some InterVarsity staff in the Chicagoland area nuanced our national
> ministry values for Asian Americans. I think we tried to do what you suggest.
>
> For example, our ministry value of evangelism states: Evangelism: We
> believe that every person ought to have an opportunity to respond to Jesus
> Christ as Lord and Savior and to accept His invitation to follow Him into a
> life of Christian discipleship.
>
> We contextualized that for an Asian American body by noting:
> As immigrants or descendant of immigrants, Asian Americans can capitalize
> on the principle of identification to demonstrate the trans-cultural nature
> of the Kingdom. Also, as a bi-cultural people, Asian Americans can possess
> an awareness of the culturally-loaded presuppositions, concepts, or phrases
> which occur in the apologetics and evangelistic techniques of evangelicals
> in the dominant culture.
> We affirm that our cultural heritage promotes many values — including
> hospitality, relational commitment, and respectfulness — which encourage
> and nurture an evangelistic relationship. We rejoice that the relative
> “success” of Asian American in the educational and vocational marketplace
> wins our witness access to many arenas. We also rejoice that our position
> as a people of two worlds facilitates our ability to engage both cultures
> simultaneously.
> We regret, however, that our Asian cultural heritage mandates compromise,
> accommodation, or avoidance rather than the confrontation which evangelism
> occasionally requires. We express contrition that our concern for “face”
> often makes us unwilling to become fools for Christ. We also repent of our
> often xenocentric evangelistic concerns.
> As a ministry, we commit ourselves to developing culturally-relevant
> evangelistic materials and to encouraging Asian Americans to crucify their
> culturally-imposed mores to better communicate the necessity of salvation.
>
> For those of you who are interested, here’s another quote from the Lausanne
> Covenent, clause 10, that I think balances the issues pretty well.
>
> “The development of strategies for world evangelisation calls for
> imaginative pioneering methods. Under God, the result will be the rise of
> churches deeply rooted in Christ and closely related to their culture.
> Culture must always be tested and judged by Scripture. Because man is God’s
> creature, some of his culture is rich in beauty and goodness. Because he
> has fallen, all of it is tainted with sin and some of it is demonic. The
> gospel does not presuppose the supriority of any culture according to its
> own criteria of truth and righteousness, and insists on moral absolutes in
> every culture. Missions have all too frequently exported with the gospel an
> alien culture, and churches have sometimes been in bondage to culture rather
> than to the Scripture….”
>
> (Mark 7:8, 9, 13; Gen. 4:21, 22; 1 Cor. 9:19-23)
>
> Sorry for the long post.
>
> Greg Jao

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From: Grace May
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 1998 10:40:57 -0500 (EST)
Subject: CAC_Mail: Christ & Culture

Great hearing the issue of Christ & Culture raised in our CAC forum.
I especially appreciated Greg’s response — put far more concisely than I
could ever have done — as well as Joe’s reminder of the sins and graces
found in our own culture.
For those who are curious, I would really like to re-engage the issue of
women and men in God’s economy of redemption, but for now need to
concentrate on my dissertation. I’ve saved all the e-mail exchanges on
that topic and hope one day to reply to some, if not all, of them.
During this season of Lent, let us wait with patient expectation,
Grace

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From: jtc10@juno.com (J Chang)
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 1998 23:10:34 -0500
Subject: CAC_Mail: Promise Keepers Update

Dear CACers:

FYI.

In Him,
J. Chang
– ————-
PROMISE KEEPERS REVENUE SHIFT NECESSITATES LAYOFFS
STAFF ANNOUNCEMENT MADE TODAY

Denver, CO, February 18, 1998 — Promise Keepers, the Denver-based
Christian men ministry, today gave its staff six weeks notice that they
will be paid until March 31, and no further. As stable and sufficient
donations are received, re-staffing will occur.

As Promise Keepers begins to rely solely on donations to fund its
ministry, this income shift represents a transition of a magnitude
unique in the history of non-profit organizations. Today’s changes
are due to a financial shortfall caused by the move from a fee-based
income to support from donations alone. The new dependence upon
contributions has proved to be both a financial and an operational
challenge.

This year all Promise Keepers’ events will charge no admission fees.
Open the Gates in 98 is designed to remove all financial barriers to
participation in Promise Keepers.

Bill McCartney, Founder and CEO of the ministry, told the staff today in
the face of the layoffs, “I have a broken heart. But, I don’t have a
discouraged heart. I have a heart that is filled with hope.” McCartney
says the ministry is moving from a salaried staff to an all volunteer
staff for an indefinite period of time until revenues increase.
McCartney
stressed that we will honor the commitment to all Promise Keepers
vendors and they will be paid in full.

Cutbacks in the ministry began last year in anticipation of a reduced
revenue stream. Staff layoffs occurred in July. McCartney pledged last
November that there would be no further staff reductions. He said at
the time, “We’re all in this together. If one can’t get paid, then no
one
will be paid.”

Most nonprofit organizations experience a drop-off in donations during
the months of January and February. This follows the traditional
pinnacle
of giving at Christmas and year’s end. Promise Keepers’ 1997 year-end
revenues were already committed to pay millions of dollars for Stand in
the Gap, the sacred assembly Promise Keepers sponsored on the Mall
in Washington, DC. The October 4th event was perhaps the largest
religious event in American history.

In the past, registrations of $60 each have provided a reliable revenue
stream for Promise Keepers; enough to fund 64 conferences over the
last six years. During those years, these admission fees provided 72
percent of the organization’s income.

Promise Keepers has 345 full-time staff members nationwide. Many
have volunteered to continue to work with the organization in a concerted
effort to complete preparations for 19 stadium events planned for this
summer. The ministry expects that donations from local communities
and national sponsors will cover the considerable cost of producing the
events.

McCartney today issued a challenge to church leaders to rally around the
ministry’s twofold mission of calling men to church, and of bringing the
churches of America together. He said, “We have seen how God has used
this ministry to change men’s lives and lead them back to church. Now,
as
the fees to all events are removed, it is time for those churches to
assist
us in our mission to men.”

Last year the Promise Keepers board of directors unanimously supported
McCartney’s call for removing all admission fees from the signature
stadium
events that have been the hallmark of the ministry. More than 2.6
million men
have attended such events in stadiums all over the US since 1991.

Promise Keepers will re-staff as the ministry’s income increases and is
stabilized.

– ——— End forwarded message ———-

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From: darryl_fong@juno.com
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 1998 00:06:52 PST
Subject: Re: CAC_Mail: Free Winans Video

the video is free if you sign up with Lifeline (Long distance company)

On Thu, 19 Feb 1998 17:45:07 -0500 jtc10@juno.com (J Chang) writes:
>Dear CACers:
>
>FYI. Especially for the parents of youngsters or young
>people themselves.
>
>In Him,
>J. Chang
>————–
>Free Winans Video
>
>By Lara McGovern, staff writer
>
>Lifeline long-distance company is giving away music videos of
>Angie and Debby Winans’ song called “Not Natural.”
>
>”We decided it is such a positive message, it needed to get out
>to our youth, Lifeline representative Bill Horn says. The Winans
>were vilified by the mainstream media for taking a stand against
>abortion, homosexuality, pornography and gangs.
>
>Any young person can call 1-800-311-2779 to receive a free video.
>Horn claims it can teach them how to take a stand for moral
>principles.
>
>Copyright 1998 Focus on the Family
>All rights reserved. International copyright secured.
>
>——— End forwarded message ———-
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From: Sze-kar Wan
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 1998 12:08:55 -0500
Subject: Re: CAC_Mail: Christ & Culture

Good job, Greg, on an incisive piece on Christ and culture. There is no
simplistic answer to the question, and I am glad that you have nuanced
the complexity so well.

Sze-kar

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From: jtc10@juno.com (J Chang)
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 1998 18:47:39 -0500
Subject: Re: CAC_Mail: “Bookseller Barnes & Noble Faces Child-Porn Charges”

Dear CACers:

It has been brought to my attention that the email address previously
mentioned in a recent post continues to bounce back messages
as undeliverable.

You may try instead. This was an email
address found from their AOL site.

Thank you for the attempts to email your concerns to Barnes and Noble.
Today’s segment from “Family New in Focus” reported that Barnes
and Noble will ignore the 32-count indictment and continue to stock
the books (mentioned below) that many regard as child pornography.

Apparently they haven’t have from enough concerned believers. Again,
it seems that Barnes & Noble’s bottom line of the “mighty dollar”
continues to prevail over the interests of exploited young girls.

Below is a repeat of some background info.

In Him,
J. Chang

– ————–
USA TODAY [2/19/98] has reported that a grand jury in Montgomery,
Alabama, indicted the
nation’s largest bookseller, Barnes & Noble, on child pornography charges
involving the
sale of books by noted photographers whose work includes pictures of nude
children. The
books are THE AGE OF INNOCENCE by David Hamilton an RADIANT IDENTITIES by
Jock Sturges.
The indictment accuses the New York-based company of selling books that
show “persons
under 17 years of age involved in obscene acts.” If convicted, the
company could be
fined up to $10,000 on each of the 32 counts. A spokesman said the
company respects
“the right of individuals to make decisions about what they buy and
read.” A Tennessee
grand jury returned an indictment against the bookstore chain over the
same books in
November. The charge of distributing obscene material harmful to minors
has not gone to
trial yet.

>>CONTACT:
>>Barnes & Nobel
>>Telephone: 800-668-7053

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