My Story

Joseph Yoo (although that’s not my legal name…)
No longer a teenager. Nor am I in my twenties. But I look young. Still. 
Somewhere in Korea | Hometown: I consider Mililani, Oahu, HI my hometown | Current: Santa Barbara, CA
Education: Mililani High School | University of Hawaii – Manoa (BA in Psychology) | Wesley Theological Seminary
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I have been married to a woman who is both beautiful on the outside and inside since 2006. I’m definitely the reacher in this relationship. We both grew up as PKs (pastor’s kid) and have many, many, many pastors in our respective families. As much as I wanted to avoid ministry, I felt the call into ministry around spring time of 2003, and decided to attend Wesley Theological Seminary for the fall semester of 2003.

I don’t have much accomplishments to “brag” about. Getting married is (and always will be) my biggest accomplishment in my life. And that was by God’s grace.
I am an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. That sounds a lot more fancier than it really is.
I am trying more and more to fit into the plan and vision God has for me, and not the other way around.

I’m, at best, an average blogger and subpar writer. I blog (and like blogging) because it gives me an outlet (and space outside of a church setting) to share my thoughts about faith, ministry and all things life. But be aware of grammatical errors. It drives my wife crazy. And it may drive you crazy. English is my second language. (Though, I’ve been living in the States since I was 6.)
I haven’t published anything, and though it’s one of my dreams, it probably will never happen. That’s okay, too. It’s nice to have dreams, even if they may never come to fruition.  Outside of my small circle of friends, I’m not much of a sought out speaker. Well, I’m not really sought out within my small circle of friends, either.

I am very grateful for those who take their time to read the blog posts and especially this “about me” page.

Blog Disclaimer
I often say stupid and (perhaps) inappropriate things. So you should know that my thoughts and opinions do not reflect the United Methodist Church or the church that I currently serve: St. Mark United Methodist Church.

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17 thoughts on “My Story

  1. Please know that my reply to your posting curtismchale on the B-I-B-L-E is the first time I have ever responded to a website where in order to post a reply, one was required to provide a e-mail address. May God bless you and your ministry as you seek to be faithful to His call upon your life. Sincerely. Bruce.

  2. Dear Brethren in Christ,
    Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ! I studied your web site, and I am deeply inspired with all of the teachings. This is such a wonderful studies you have arranged for all the nations, in the long run of your service for the nations of the all the world. I am from Islamic Republic of Pakistan where it is difficult to have Radio and TV channel for preaching purposes. As the religious extremists and fanatics are very active they would not allow us to do that here; the Satan has real strong hold over everything. We humbly request you to expand your outreach your program in Urdu and Punjabi and other Pakistani languages so that Urdu and Punjabi and other Pakistan languages speaking may listen your message particularly in Pakistan and generally in the world. Urdu and Punjabi are the languages spoken and understood by more than one sixth of the total population of the world. Urdu is spoken in Pakistan, India, Nepal, and Afghanistan and also in Indonesia, Malaysia, Iran and others. I would ask you to pray and share it among the brethrens there. I would offer my services for being translator, recorder and distribution/sales. I pray that God may bless you to take a good decision. May His perfect will be done! Grace and Peace be with you, all brethrens.
    Yours brother in Christ
    Nadeem James , Pakistan

  3. heh, ive been reading your blogs, tsk tsk
    well you realy do act like what youve written
    well anyways take care, and this is jinyoung by the way

  4. miren yo no se halar ingles pero aun asi me encantan las canciones del grupo ya que ustedes son una fuerte fuente de musica edificante y que ha impactadomuchos corazones el la ciudad de mexico, sigan adelante que las bendiciones de dsios para con ustedes son cada vez mas grandes y hay que seguir ganando jovenes para cristo.

  5. i love your take on signs and stuff, an dyou have given me a different take on this particular quote which i agree with, but i think i still like the meaning as i interpreted it. not to say that i am proud of a falling apart bible, but that i should aspire to read it more. but i like hearing someone else’s take on it, otherwise i might say it and unintentionally hurt someone else. Thank you for you insight :) how do i follow your blog?

    • Something that should go without speaking, but apparently does not based on what I am sad to say I have witnessed of late (p.s. this is not at my home church, but others I have been invited to attend):

      More often addressed with regard to women’s appropriate church dress this consideration should also be used when addressing the attire of men, especially those who are setting an example for the flock as shepherds of it. Wisely and considerately wear clothing in a manner that does not inappropriately reveal sexually alluring body parts such as might cause someone in the congregation or on the staff to stumble and shift their attention unnecessarily from worshiping the Lord and listening to His word to involvement with earthly/worldly lusts or into a critical spirit because of what they are embarrassed to see or are confused by why they are seeing it. Just a thought some may not have been particularly mindful of.

      IThess 4:3-8 “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you His Holy Spirit. “

  6. P.S. My comment above was in response to the blog question about pastor dress code, and is in no way to be considered a reflection toward/on anyone running this website. It’s just a note of concern regarding my recent observation of a more casual attitude about dressing conservatively, and more public body-part showing than I have been used to in the past.

  7. Would it be okay if I reprinted your posting, “How is it with your soul?” in my the newsletter for my two small churches (with proper attribution, of course)? I am trying to help these two west Texas congregations discover what the Spirit is leading them to do and be in the 21st century.

    Every blessing,

  8. Dude…I grew up a pastor’s kid as well. I’ve been reading each and everyone of your posts for a few months now, and now I have read your story. Where are the swords, guns, and aliens? Shoot! Revamp the love story. Just kidding man. May the Lord continue to use you. Don’t put yourself down brother. You will get published if the Lord wills it!

  9. I really like your blog and your honesty. I found your article “Tough Question at Starbucks” on the MinistryMatters website. Have you heard of (Twitter @faithvillage) I’m the editorial assistant there, and I’d love to invite you to become a contributor. I can email you more info if that will help. Looking forward to talking to you more about it. Find me on twitter @amberdobecka
    :) Thanks & Blessings!

  10. I am really enjoying the theme/design of your
    blog. Do you ever run into any web browser compatibility issues?
    A handful of my blog audience have complained about my blog not working correctly in Explorer but looks great in Opera.
    Do you have any recommendations to help fix this problem?

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