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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

A Poem -- Holidazed

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 9:25 AM

Too often we forget that the holidays season isn't always filled with joy. Weaved throughout the celebrations, goodwill and giving are stories of sadness, exclusion and despair. Keeping these things in mind, here are some words.


Weather shifts
Invitations arrive
Decorations appear

Joyful, joyful...

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Three Reasons Why You Will Hate Snapchat -- but Should Try it Anyway

(1) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 12:33 PM

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Snapchat examples

When I signed up and starting using SnapChat, I was confused.

I mean really confused: "Snaps" and "Story" and "Fires," and . . .*

Seriously, Alice in Wonderland confused.

As you can imagine, being the...

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Spotlight: The Struggles of Faith, Religion and Abuse

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 11:07 AM

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Spotlight Movie Review: Bruce Reyes-Chow

My Review of Spotlight

Whenever I attend a movie screening for a film that address religions and faith, I try my darnedest to remain as objective as possible. I realize...

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Again With the Model Minority Talk?

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 7:26 PM

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This is exhausting.

If you have not read the recent New York Times opinion piece from Nicholas Kristof, The Asian Advantage, this op-ed, has once again riled-up those docile, quiet, and respectful Asian Americans.

Kristof, in his attempt to confront and...

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My Letter to Gradye Parsons About His Letter to Donald Trump

(1) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 12:00 AM

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Dear Gradye,


With the letter to Donald Trump that was sent out last week, the "Jesus was not political" faction of our dear Presbyterian Church (USA) must be flipping out! I can't imagine the messages and calls that you are being...

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My Brother-in-Law Wouldn't Have Wanted His Killer to Face the Death Penalty

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 4:23 PM

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When I was in high school I was on the debate team. I distinctly remember the season when we debated capital punishment and I was placed on the pro-side of the debate. At this point in my life, I was very much in favor of...

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10 Tips for Soccer Parents on the Sidleines

(1) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 12:20 PM

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A few years ago I wrote a post about soccer parents, but at that point, I did not imagine that we would now be one of "those" families, driving to soccer games in different cities,...

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In Defense of the Selfie

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

In defense of the selfie - Bruce Reyes-ChowIn defense of the selfie - Bruce Reyes-Chow

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.

Grey Line for Reyes-Chow Blog

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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