Dr. Mark Taylor posting live from South Korea:

Wonders fill each day, each hour, here in Busan. My top ten list just from the past 24 hours.

10. My favorite kimchi, so far, turned out to be “spicy intestines,” not cabbage.

9. Giving a “Seattle Chocolates” bar as a gift to an Ethiopian pastor (coffee from Seattle seemed inappropriate since his people invited the drink!).

8. Receiving a holy card of St. Mark the Evangelist from the Greek Orthodox metropolitan of Zimbabwe (him not remembering my name until after he had bestowed the gift).

7. Favorite word: Ichbezogenheit, from our prayer of confession prayed in German: “self-centeredness,” yes, literally, “tied-up-in-I-ness.”

6. Favorite line from prayer (while a chorus of drums sounded): “Listen to the heartbeat of the people; listen to the heartbeat of the earth.”

5. Favorite name of a Christian denomination: Makhane Yesu – a dwelling place for Jesus (I drive by one of their congregations at Green Lake, but never knew what the name meant).

4. Favorite quote from the Archbishop of Canterbury’s talk: “When we look to God, our eyes go out to God’s people and God’s world.”

3. Favorite quote from the President of the Pentecostal World Fellowship’s talk: “Whoever is not against us, is for us” (Gospel of Mark).

2. Most ironic: The eighth century Hebrew prophet Amos visited the assembly and proclaimed in a loud voice: “God wants justice not applause.” People applauded him.

1. Most revelatory: the microphones and sound system for this morning’s bible study on Amos, “let justice roll down like waters,” only worked when the facilitator came down and stood in the middle of the assembled crowd.

~ Dr. Mark Lloyd Taylor

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