14/100 Days of Podcasts
"I began to realize that. God created me as well as everyone else uniquely. And I think it was a mentor of mine who once said, the world needs you to be you, the world needs Derrick, not a carbon copy of someone else."
[00:00:00] Welcome + Introduce Derrick
[00:01:54] What's your relationship like to church? How did you grow up? What was religion like
[00:01:58] Catholicism + Adoption of it by family orientation, I guess it was one of those relationships with the church that I would go to every Sunday.
[00:04:13] Understanding Faith growing up and in college
[00:07:25] Introspection and Deep Awareness of Who You Are – unpacking Derrick'sunconventional’ layers
[00:08:10] Leadership: Understanding who you are NOT
[00:09:25] Ministry with the homeless community--going with them to their mental health appointments, etc.
[00:10:26] Boundaries: Learning to say, “No” - Both physical, mental and all of the above emotional, I had to learn to say no.
[00:12:05] Mental Health in the Scriptures: Prophet, Elijah and depression
[00:12:32]Derrick and Helen Vulnerably unpack depression and suicide
[00:13:33] “Consumer- driven Christianity”
[00:19:36] “To show others that I was busy, that I was doing something in life, but inside I was broken”
[00:22:00] Derrick Discusses Navigating Spaces as an Asian American Pastor in evangelical ministry
[00:24:56] Getting Over Barriers of Judgement
[00:26:39] Derrick On: Allowing His Kids to explore different avenues of creativity
[00:28:53] “God created me as well as everyone else uniquely. And I think it was a mentor of mine who once said, the world needs you to be you, the world needs Derrick, not a carbon copy of someone else.”
[00:30:16] “And from a spiritual perspective, I believe that we all have a specific purpose and to not live it out would be really shortchanging, not just God, but shortchanging yourself. And that's something that has really resonated within me. And I try to instill into my book or even, back when I was teaching in the public school, teaching my students.”