Saturday, July 30, 2016

New Testament as Story: What or How Should I Tell?

Yung Suk Kim

It is no question that the New Testament is full of stories. I talk about how Jesus, Paul, and early Christian communities lived their lives as best as they could. I am indignant about Jesus’ innocent suffering caused by the political and religious powers. My voice turns dull and cumbersome in such a moment.  I admire Jesus for his life-risking work for God. I talk about Paul’s passion for God's good news for all, Jews and Gentiles.

After Paul, the churches became conservative and abandoned Paul’s vision of equality in Christ. Thus, for example, women were subordinate in the church. 

While tons of NT stories can be told from the reader’s diverse interpretive perspectives, not all the stories are equally effective or sound. So the question is how to interpret many diverse yet divergent stories in the New Testament and how to retell them in our tongue. 

Friday, July 8, 2016

My teaching philosophy

Yung Suk Kim

I foster and teach to engage in the knowledge of who we are in this world in which we see each other as diverse and different. 

Diversity is not a given but a source of critical engagement with one another. 

I value both a critical and self-critical stance toward any claim of the knowledge, the truth, and the reality. 

I emphasize the following as pedagogical goals: learning from others, challenging one another, affirming who we are, and working for common humanity through differences. 

In my teaching, all in all, I aim to communicate critical diversity and transformative identity in a variety of life contexts. 

This is also found on my website: 

my writing philosophy

Yung Suk Kim

Life is short, and writing is long.
By profession, I am a biblical scholar with expertise in New Testament study. In retrospect, all books and articles that I have written reflect a philosophy of writing characterized by the following characteristics: critical, short, and practical. 


Facts are different from fiction or belief. Through a critical study, I want to say what it is we can learn from ancient texts.


There are already millions of books out there. I always ask why I must write another book. 

As a writer, my job is to take a stand and to communicate it with diverse audiences. 

*See also: To become a prolific writer?