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Reimagining Globalization

MAY 2012: ESSAY by Hak Joon Lee Several years ago in one of the opening sessions of my ethics class, I gave the usual long lecture on globalization using various complex academic jargon such as time-space compression, glocality, deterritorialization, and transnationality. After the class, a witty student sent me an email that politely chided my pedagogical ineffectiveness in explaining globalization. "Professor, the following example is a far simpler account of globalization." Question: "What is the truest definition of globalization?" Answer:…
Hak Joon Lee
May 1, 2012
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To Save the Soul of America: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Renewal of America Today

To save the soul of America! I was astounded to learn this was the motto of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, civil rights movement. This motto was quite audacious given the minority status and the oppressed situation of African Americans at the time. African Americans were just thirteen percent of the U.S. population, and they had been racially oppressed for three hundred years. But they wanted to save the soul of America? It would have been much more reasonable if their…
Hak Joon Lee
March 1, 2008
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Am I My Brother’s Keeper?

The shootings at Virginia Tech engendered a huge shock and crushing sadness in everyone who heard the story. As in previous cases of school massacres, we all grieve over the premature ending of many promising, innocent lives and for the loved ones of those struck down. Whenever this sort of senseless killing happens, we are forced to examine the soul of our nation. Among many Western nations, why do so many rampage killings occur in the United States? Why do…
Hak Joon Lee
June 1, 2007
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Martin Luther King, Jr. and the War on Terror

JANUARY 2007: ESSAY by Hak Joon Lee Editors' Note: Contributing editor Hak Joon Lee is associate professor of ethics and community at New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He is also the author of the recently released book We Will Get to the Promised Land: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Communal-Political Spirituality(Pilgrim Press, 2006). This excerpt is reprinted by permission and continues Perspectives' recent look at issues surrounding the war on terror, the war in Iraq, and related…
Hak Joon Lee
January 16, 2007
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On Being Reformed:An Interview with Max Stackhouse

Max L. Stackhouse is the Rimmer and Ruth de Vries Professor of Reformed Theology and Public Life at Princeton Theological Seminary. He has published many books and articles in the areas of economic ethics, human rights, covenantal ethics, and family and globalization, including the God and Globalization series, of which he is chief editor (Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press International, 2000-Present). An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, Dr. Stackhouse has traveled and lectured globally, engaging in various intercultural…
Hak Joon Lee
October 16, 2005
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The Heart’s Bent

There was awkwardness between Jesus and Peter--after all, Peter had denied Jesus three times only a few days before. Yet Jesus did not demand an apology nor suggest Peter avoid such denials in the future. Instead Jesus simply asked: "Do you love me?" During the very brief time between his resurrection and ascension, Jesus could have said and taught many things to Peter. Jesus could have asked many questions to see whether Peter was up to the task of ministry.…
Hak Joon Lee
May 16, 2005