Third Culture Kid between Faith & Culture…

January 11, 2012



Third Culture Kids (TCK) book

I didn't know there was a book!

I did a little soul-searching recently. I decided I could make the purpose and focus of this blog clearer. And it’s tied to my background as a Third Culture Kid (TCK).

…On the one hand, this is just a personal spiritual blog. There’s nothing necessarily focused about that.

…But on the other hand, this is my personal spiritual blog! What you get at Blog One Another is what I’m seeing and experiencing, that I want to pass on to you. So I had to ask myself, “What’s so unique about my perspective?”

A Third Culture Kid lives in two worlds

Answer: I’m a TCK, a Third Culture Kid — I grew up in Japan, as an American. I’m used to being the child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. It colors everything about how I see culture, belonging, and what to do when cultures clash. I found myself sketching these ideas on a whiteboard:

whiteboard ideas

Whiteboard scribbles

By now, you’ve seen those orange guys in the banner stretching that poor grey fellow. You know, up in the banner. The whiteboard shows the genesis of the image: “squeeze / stretch / Ahhh!” It’s in the stretching that I find Jesus.

And so, I introduce Blog One Another’s new tagline: Stretching between faith & culture (to find Jesus). Maybe this helps explain:

  • …why I find close friendship with both Christians and atheists.
  • …why I seem similar to you, and then surprisingly different, whether you’re a Christian or an atheist.
  • …why you can help me live into the way of Christ, whether you’re a Christian or an atheist.
  • …why I seem conservative. Or liberal. Or something.
  • …why I hold to the Bible, while looking around me to see what God is saying & doing.
  • …why I want Christians to stop trying so hard to evangelize to their friends, while wanting my atheist friends to experience the amazing healing & empowering love of God in Jesus Christ.

So I revamped my About page to reflect this focus. Go check it out. You’ll like the images I chose!

I have good plans for this blog for this year, so stick around. Thanks for being part of Blog One Another! …Again, check out the About page. I’d love to hear what you think. 🙂

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Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

2 responses to Third Culture Kid between Faith & Culture…

  1. “We must live an amphibious life.” – Evelyn Underhill, The Spiritual life.

    • Nice, Dave. I assume you were responding to my tweet, “I’m a cultural & spiritual amphibian.”

      Part of what I’ve been journaling lately (and discussing with Kay) is a desire to get better at “hearing with both ears” and “seeing with both eyes.”