Wendy Hu-Au, MDiv, is the executive pastor of Metro Hope Church in Harlem, New York City. She is a 2nd-generation Taiwanese-Chinese-American originally from Santa Barbara, California. She is mother to two biological children (ages 9 and 7) and one foster baby (just turned one). Currently, her family of five enjoys imagining themselves camping, playing soccer, or rock climbing while in reality they stay at home to protect the lives of the most vulnerable in their community.
Find her on Twitter @wendeeyah
What tempts Christians to offer platitudes or unfounded reassurances? It is the same temptation that the loud, white, male pastors we see in the media are currently succumbing to during the coronavirus pandemic. It is the temptation to avoid the reality of suffering. And it stems from a gross misunderstanding of what faith in Jesus actually means.
Director Barry Jenkins’ film, “If Beale Street Could Talk” (2018), stays faithful to the central theme of love in James Baldwin’s original novel while adding Jenkins’ own voice.
"The Reign of God: A Gospel Story" (2017) by Issey Fujishima is a graphic novel that attempts to reclaim the humanity and complexity of Jesus as a person in history. How human was Jesus? How much did he struggle with his calling?
AS AN ASIAN AMERICAN, I often feel selfconscious or distrustful of my feelings of happiness. I never wanted to come across as happier than others because that could make me seem insensitive or noncommunal.