A Blog For Busted-Up, Beat-Down People
J.S. Park is a hospital chaplain, a chaplain for the homeless, former atheist/agnostic, sixth degree black belt, suicide survivor, Korean-American, and loves Jesus.
J.S. currently serves at a 1000+ bed hospital, one of the top-ranked in the nation, and as a chaplain for Metropolitan Ministries, one of the largest nonprofit charities for the homeless on the east coast.
Some duties of a hospital chaplain: grief counseling, attending every death and Code Blue, help with end-of-life decision-making, notifying family members of loved ones in the ER, and advocating for patients and families in crisis.
Some duties of a chaplain for the homeless: trauma-informed care, grief support, church wound recovery, faith-based programs for low income families, and staff care for coworkers.
J.S. completed four units of CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) at Tampa General Hospital, which includes a six month internship and a year long residency. This is an accredited program with a cap of five chaplain residents per year.
In 2012, J.S. gave away half his salary to fight human trafficking, a check for $10,000.
Matching contributions raised another $10k.
[Part of this story was in Eugene Cho’s book Overrated (pp. 164-165), and his blog here.]
J.S. has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of South Florida and a M.Div from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He likes Cuban food, cold brew, tomato juice, and old black and white noir movies. He has a German shepherd named Rosco, and is overly fond of C.S. Lewis.
He has two toenails growing out of one toe. Really.
J.S. does #typewritertherapy, typewritten quotes made on a 1960s Smith Corona Classic 12 typewriter.
– A Note from J.S. –
This site is for doubters, questioners, the grieving, traumatized, burned out, and jaded. It’s for the honesty we all long for and the grace we all need.
“I believe; help my unbelief!” — Mark 9:24
I’m a full-time doubter. And I’m learning it’s okay. I’m learning it’s good to be skeptical, to ask questions, to challenge what we believe.
Even the “best” of us wrestle with the tension of wanting to believe, but struck by the constant panic that faith is crazy. Let’s talk about it.
This blog has an active Q&A. Questions are asked and answered directly through Tumblr.
My constant prayer for you and me is Psalm 139:23-24 —
“Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.”
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