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Bruce Reyes-Chow
Bruce is a pastor, writer, consultant and coach who focuses on issues of faith, politics, technology and parenting.

He is the author of the eBook, The Definitive-ish Guide for Using Social Media in the Church (Shook Foil Books) and "But I don't see you as Asian": Curating Conversations About Race (June, 2013).

Bruce lives in San Francisco, CA with is wife, three daughters and one dog. In his spare time you may find him riding his motorycle, cheering on the Oakland A's, playing Settlers of Catan, tinkering with his fantasy sports teams or chauffeuring his daughters around town.

For his full bio, contact info and other shenanigans visit You can also see what others say about him via on wikipedia.

Entries by Bruce Reyes-Chow

In Defense of the Selfie

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 6:03 PM

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Great to see you, how are you?
Oh, on second thought, I don't actually care.

As a pastor, public speaker...

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Three People Who Live In My Head and the Words of Wisdom They Speak

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 11:43 AM

It really doesn't matter with whom I am interacting or in what context I find myself, there are three pieces of advice that constantly swirl around my mind as I struggle to be a helpful contributor to society. Of course I falter more than I succeed, but I do think...

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Nine Reasons to go See Selma

(10) Comments | Posted December 24, 2014 | 11:36 AM

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As we sat in the lounge of Selma's historic St. James Hotel, one by one onlookers came streaming in. Like any fan approaching larger than life figures in person, they were at first hesitant, not wanting to seem overzealous or forward -- but...

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10 Important Questions to Ask When Choosing a High School in San Francisco

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 2:32 PM

These past few weeks have been a tad bit stressful in our home. Not only do we have a high school senior who is fully immersed in her college application process, but even MORE stressful -- we have an 8th grader beginning to go through the high school discernment process in San Francisco.

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One Bad Apple and the Soils of Injustice

(1) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 1:37 PM

First, I offer prayers of peace and healing for the family of Michael Brown. While one should not have to know what it is like to have a loved one shot and killed in order to have compassion and empathy for those who have, my family has lived this experience.

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Talk to Your Kids About Ferguson

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 4:15 PM

A few months ago, I was asked to speak about race at a cooperative preschool here in San Francisco. The group was mostly white, middle to upper middle class and socially progressive. There were a few folks of color in the room. Some were church folks, others academics and others...

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Sitting With Death in a Social Media World

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 2:29 PM

Bruce Reyes-Chow Quote on Death and Grief.

Like so many others, I have struggled this week with the many stories of death and human tragedy that have been flooding my social media feeds.

War rages on in Israel/Palestine.

Michael Brown...

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Cebu City, My Lost Wallet and the Kindness of Humanity

(2) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 11:38 AM

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If you are like me, every once in a while an email arrives in your inbox from someone who is stuck in London or the Philippines because they were mugged and had their wallet stolen. Well, I didn't get mugged and instead of "stolen"...

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Why This Presbyterian Signed an Open Letter From the Asian American Community to the Evangelical Church

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 12:00 AM

Church is a funny thing. An ever cyclical journey of division, reunion, amazement, disappointment, joy, despair, hope and love -- it's the place that I call home. To be most precise, my ecclesiasticall mailing address is the Presbyterian Church (USA), my denomination of birth and choice; but my home...

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How I Survive Everyday Racism

(3) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 12:00 AM

One of my first memories of being a pastor was a visit I made to one of our home-bound members, Julie (not her real name). Julie had been a child of the church, had attended worship throughout her adulthood, sang in the choir for years and had been married there...

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Top 25 Social Media Platforms for Use in Church and Ministry

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 1:09 PM

Holy moley there are a ton of social media sites out there! Seriously, how the heck can anyone keep up with them all? After all, some of you church types have to do things like visit people in the hospital, prepare sermons, fix toilets and maybe, just maybe have a...

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Book Excerpt: He's a Different Kind of Black

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 11:42 AM

Below is an excerpt from my new Kickstarted book, But I Don't See You as Asian: curating Conversations about Race.

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As I mentioned in the opening chapter...

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Teaching Our Children to Be Joyfully Mediocre

(4) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 3:43 PM

I love playing the guitar.

But truth be told, I am not very good.

Sure, I can rock out on "Shine Jesus Shine," "One Tin Soldier" or "Brown-Eyed Girl" like no one's business, but I am pretty sure that I have reached my peak. I am fine knowing that my...

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An Open Letter to Parents About the Safety of Your Children

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 5:13 PM

Annie and Evelyn

Dear Parents,

I get it. I really do.

Whether it is the first time your daughter gets on the school bus or your son's first foray out into the playground by himself, there is something that stirs deep in...

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An Open Letter to Myself About Being a Man

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 1:29 AM


Dear Me,

Pardon the profanity, but it's time that you got your shit together.

Yeah, yeah, yeah... as the father of three girls, raised by

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Interview: Hal Taussig and A New New Testament

(1) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 3:30 PM

A few months ago, I posted some information about a project that I was invited to participate in, the formation of A NEW New Testament, organized by Hal Taussig. If you read the post, from the comments you can see that this book will stir the theological souls of many. Some will feel...

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Why This Pastor Tipped 50 Percent Today

(16) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 11:32 AM

I do not swear all that much, but church people tend to bring out the worst in me.

Photo: reddit

So here it goes, cover your ears, "What the Frak?!?!?"

I give God 10% Why...

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'Balls': The Importance of Laughing With Your Kids

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 9:27 AM

So this happened...

A few nights ago, my wife yelled from the other room, "Hey hon, the balls are in the bag by the door."

I caught the eye of my middle schooler.

She grinned.

I grinned.

Commence uncontrollable giggling.

My wife walked into the kitchen to find the two of...

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Automatic Wi-Fi Check-in on Facebook

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 11:25 AM

A few weeks ago at my "office" -- we'll just call it Philz Coffee on 25th and Douglas in Noe Valley in San Francisco -- when logging onto the wireless network, a different window popped up:

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Thoughts on My First PechaKucha Experience

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 9:57 AM

Photo: Adam Walker Cleaveland from PechaKucha from Barry Taylor
Photo: Adam Walker Cleaveland from PechaKucha from Barry Taylor

This past week I was invited be part of a slate of PechaKucha presentations at the Emergence Christianity Gathering in Memphis,...

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