what’s not allowed on a WordPress.com blog

It’s not the easiest thing to find with mobile devices driving web design and oversimplified user interfaces, but having a blog powered by wordpress.com does come with some basic guidelines and rules for what content is allowed or prohibited at a wordpress.com blog, known as its Terms of Service (https://en.wordpress.com/tos/). And, occasionally the terms are updated and noted in the change log, most recently on October 9, 2016. The content that’s prohibited isn’t unreasonable but they should be made known and easier to find. Thus this blog post.

Here’s a mention of what content is prohibited and not allowed on wordpress.com blogs:

“make sure that none of the prohibited items (like spam, viruses, or serious threats of violence) appear on your website”

… you are entirely responsible for the content of, and any harm resulting from, that Content or your conduct. That is the case regardless of what form the Content takes, which includes, but is not limited to text, photo, video, audio, or code. By using WordPress.com, you represent and warrant that your Content and conduct do not violate these terms or the User Guidelines.

Here’s more details about prohibited content from the WordPress.com User Guidelines—

User Guidelines

To be transparent about what is and isn’t allowed on your site, we’ve put together this set of guidelines. The following activity/material isn’t allowed on WordPress.com.

  • Illegal content and conduct.
  • Intellectual property infringement.
  • Pornography.
  • Technologically harmful content.
  • Impersonation.
  • Directly threatening material.
  • Posting private information.
  • Advertising.
  • Hotlinking to WordPress.com.
  • Spam or machine-generated content.
  • Bear in mind that these are just guidelines — interpretations are up to us. These guidelines are not exhaustive and are subject to change.

And, WordPress.com is not to be used for archiving of tweets, as noted in a previous post titled WordPress.com is not for archiving. In case your blog gets an “account suspended” notice for an unknown reason, contact the good people at WordPress to inquire, via en.support.wordpress.com/suspended-blogs.

What an encrypted email looks like

What does it look like when you receive an encrypted message via email? Here’s an example of an actual secure email encrypted using a PGP key. This is know you know you’ve received an actual encrypted email and if it used your public key properly, and you have the private key to decrypt it, you’d be able to read this message.


Note that this message has been slightly obscured, so technically it is not possible to decrypt this sample encrypted message. This image is an illustration of how an encrypted email appears.

Someone filing a complaint against you?

I just received this voicemail from ‘someone trying to help me’—

“OK yes my name is Julie Barnett you know what I can I don’t know if the phone bad disconnected are you didn’t hang up so basically I’m going to give you the name and the number of the people that are trying to find us a complaint against you for you did you want if you want to ask any questions or if you have any concerns regarding these ashes are going to be five issue we definitely need to call us immediately the number is 855-412-7708 your case number is 37### if you think this is a scam but is now so we’re just definitely trying to help you get this information if you don’t want it then we’ll go ahead and proceed to the nest and we will be forced to make a decision without your consent not once again if you’re going to go ahead and call that number whenever you can if not that’s fine I _⁠_⁠_ just go ahead and process this complaint against you I will put our hold onto your account to see if you do call and just to see if this is a scam…”

ISAAC Honoring Pastor Louis Lee

via https://www.facebook.com/tim.tseng1/posts/10154576732863094

Honoring Pastor Louis Lee at the ISAAC Forum Nor Cal on Monday, September 26, 2016Tim Tseng: “Even though Asian American Christians are still largely separated by ethnicity, denominations, and generations today, under Louis’ leadership, there was a moment in the 1990s and 2000s when a generation of diverse Asian American evangelical leaders fellowshiped and conferenced together. Louis is an honest and humble leader – probably to a fault. But these qualities are exactly what was needed to build that amazing moment in history where a pan-Asian American vision was experienced by Christians of his generation. Over the last ten years, Asian American Christianity has changed so much. We have become more silo-ed and less interested in our Asian American identity and experience. So I’m not optimistic that we’ll ever capture that pan-Asian vision again unless leaders who display the same courage and graciousness as Louis Lee rise to the challenge. But for tonight, let’s honor Louis and the remarkably transformative impact that he has made!”

How to share about the Hillsong Movie 

So want to make sure you’re aware of the new Hillsong film “Let Hope Rise” releasing in theaters nationwide this Friday, September 16http://hillsongmovie.com.

Three ways to help: 

1. Please share about the film through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. Here is a simple tweet/facebook message to share. Just copy and paste. 

Tweet or Facebook message to copy and paste

Can’t wait 2 see NEW @Hillsong Movie “LET HOPE RISE” in theaters this Friday Sept 16th. Get tickets now: http://theaters.hillsongmovie.com

This Friday, Sept 16, be part of a worship experience unlike any other. #HillsongMovie. Get your tickets now: bit.ly/hillsongmovietix

Post on Instagram. pics for posting on Instagram: http://hillsongmovie.com/share/

Also, here is a 30-second Instagram Trailer

2. Can you include the following blurb in any emails or blog posts you have going out to your email list/blog/church in the next 7 days? 

Hillsong- LET HOPE RISE, a new movie you won’t want to miss (http://hillsongmovie.com), opens in theaters across the US and around the world this Friday, September 16. The film captures the on-stage energy and off-stage hearts of the Australia-based band Hillsong UNITED. The film captures a new motion-picture genre- the theatrical worship experience, and explores Hillsong’s humble beginnings and astonishing rise to prominence as an international church whose songs are sung every Sunday by more than 50 million people worldwide. Tickets available at http://theaters.hillsongmovie.com.

3. Put up a blog post and use the below Q and A. Just copy and paste. 

Here is the official video trailer for the movie. Please share: https://www.youtube.com/v/3GkDLKtnwTY


A Conversation with Hillsong about HILLSONG – LET HOPE RISE


Brian Houston, Senior Pastor, Co-founder, Hillsong Church

Joel Houston, Lead Pastor, Hillsong NYC and Hillsong UNITED

Taya Smith, Worship Leader, Hillsong UNITED

Jonathon Douglass (JD), Worship Leader, Hillsong UNITED

Jad Gillies, Worship Leader, Hillsong UNITED

Dylan Thomas, Guitarist, Hillsong UNITED
What Might Surprise People to Know About Hillsong UNITED?

Dylan Thomas: We are literally a band that came from a church in Australia. We were a youth ministry. We never set out to be a band playing big arenas or anything like that. We just truly wanted to make music that could connect people to Jesus. When it started, it looked like 100 people in our youth ministry. We have just always trusted God and put everything into that and He’s made the whole thing happen. But you could take away the stadiums and our dreams are still the same: we just want to connect people to Jesus through our music. And we’re going to give that everything that we have.

Jad Gillies: We believe in the message that we’re carrying. We believe in the opportunity God has given us to actually help connect people with the message of the Gospel. And also encourage people that they can do extraordinary things with their ordinary lives. Our wives, ourselves, and our families believe in it so much that we will sacrifice for it. There is a cost, but we’re willing to pay it.

Taya Smith: I’m not from Sydney, so I grew up in a local church that sang Hillsong songs. I just know what an impact it was to go to a Hillsong Conference when I wasn’t part of Hillsong. Just knowing how much I felt a part of the greater Church—with a capital C—and knowing we were being poured into, loved on, and supported. We are all in this together.
Why did you agree to be part of Hillsong – Let Hope Rise?

Brian Houston: Our goal is that people encounter God. It’s not to go and just watch a nice movie, but to actually really experience the presence of God.

Joel Houston: What blows my mind are that people of faith are encouraged and people who walk in skeptical—even in their skepticism—have been like, “I was strangely surprised. I felt really good when I left the cinema.” That to me is why we engaged in this film in the first place. If ever there were a time when the world needed something to connect us to each other and to God, it’s right now. And if it should be through a film …
What has the reaction been to the film from audiences?

Jonathon Douglass (JD): It’s actually been incredible talking to people who have seen the film! They have walked away with what the heart of this film is all about: understanding the hope that we have in God.  Hopefully they will see from our story that we don’t have it all together, we’re not the best of the best. We’re just an ordinary group of young people—that are getting a little bit older, but still young at heart—that just love God and trust in Him. It doesn’t always make sense, but God’s with us and there’s a reason for us to have hope.
What do you hope audiences will take from Hillsong – Let Hope Rise?

Joel Houston: The one thing I hope that people take away from this film—regardless of what they’re going through, whatever life looks like for them—is that they leave with their head a little higher than it was when they walked into the cinema. This doesn’t mean they have to become a Christian, or believe what we believe, or even love the music. But it means all of a sudden their eyes might see something—a greater truth. In the midst of all life’s questions, in all of the stuff … maybe there’s something greater.

Jonathon Douglass (JD): For us, the one thing we would hope people take away when they come and see Let Hope Rise is they would see what God could do with a life that would say, “I trust You, I’m going to follow You.” I hope they will leave uplifted and encouraged that we have this hope in God, that He’s with us, that He’s good, and His plan is good.

Taya Smith: I hope people come away with hope. Whatever they’re facing, whatever circumstances they’ve been through, I hope that at the end of this film, they walk away encouraged, knowing there’s a God who loves them, who believes in them, and that the best is yet to come. I hope they would walk out different than when they walked in!

HILLSONG – LET HOPE RISE opens nationwide this Friday. (www.hillsongmovie.com)

Asian Americans’ growing influence

This is a letter published in Inheritance Magazine, December 2012 – mirrored from web.archive.org/web/20140701175714/http://inheritancemag.com/cover-stories/a-new-frontier/1327

A New Frontier

Asian Americans are on the cusp of something big.

Historians William Strauss and Neil Howe studied American generations as far back as 1584. Based on their findings, they took some guesses at what future generations would look like. Some thought they were more like horoscope experts.

But when they took a stab at what the Millennial generation (b. 1981-2002) would look like as adults, there was a shocking similarity from when they were at their oldest and when they were 10 years old. In their book Generations, they predicted that Asian Americans would be “a major cultural and intellectual force” by 2025 — like the German descendants in the 1880s and 1890s, and their Jewish counterparts of the 1930s and 1940s.

There are certainly critics of Strauss and Howe’s findings and conclusions, which I can’t get into right now. But I will go on record to say this:

I think they’re on to something.

For example — and yes, I’m writing in huge generalities — many Jewish immigrants that came to this country were seamstresses and tailors. Their children, brought up with an emphasis on education, were a more professional class. This generation started many of the most prominent investment banks and law firms in our country. The short time of their social and economic climb is rather unique in American history. The next generation? Prominent filmmakers, authors, actors, musicians, and scholars.

The prosperity of the previous generation helped sponsor the next generation’s creativity.

See a pattern?

Many Asian immigrants started work here as dry cleaners, tailors, grocery store owners and other similar professions. Their children, with an emphasis on education, took on more professional roles, and were encouraged to become doctors, lawyers or engineers. With their prosperity, the next generation is poised to make their cultural and intellectual marks on the culture.

It’s going to be big.

We’re seeing the beginning of this. Asian Americans are filling our colleges and universities, and are becoming influential in their fields, some taking leadership in these academic institutions. But it’s also happening in culture: Justin Lin is directing Hollywood blockbusters. Far East Movement went multi-platinum. Russell Peters, an Indian Canadian comedian, is big throughout the world. And for ballers, I only need to write two words: Jeremy Lin. (He’s an InterVarsity Asian American Ministries alum, by the way. I couldn’t help myself.)

And yes, Asian American Christians are taking their place in traditionally white campus ministries and churches. They’re writing books, filling seminary posts, planting and preaching in megachurches. And our professionals are writing about faith for wider audiences: Michael Luo, in a personal article for The New York Times titled “Faith, Pride, and Points”,  wrote about a phenomena called “Asian American Christianity.”

It’s happening.

But my hope is that Asian American Christians will also find their God-given creativity as well, and release it into the broader world.

Where I am going with this?

What if missions and the arts weren’t divorced, but were fully reconciled with each other? How do Asian Americans keep from succumbing to the temptations of greatness, yet use what we’ve been given to bless others? And what if we, with the growing cultural power we will accumulate, would use our prosperity and creativity to heal a hurting world in Jesus’ name?


The answer to this question is one huge reason why this year’s Urbana is important. This year’s vision is: “to compel this generation to give their whole lives for God’s global mission.”

Imagine our whole lives — our work, our resources, our education, our passions, our gifts, our dreams — into the work of God, playing our part in God’s unfolding drama of redemption.

Urbana 12 can stoke this kind of prophetic imagination.

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship — a movement of nearly 38,000 core students and faculty on almost 580 campuses, and the U.S. member of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) — has co-hosted the Urbana Student Missions Conference every three years since 1946 — except in 2000, when the Y2K scare pushed the conference one year back. Since then, nearly a quarter of a million delegates have been challenged to seek their place in God’s global mission.


If you’re looking for your place in the world, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more stimulating environment. It’s a place to experience the musical worship of many different cultures, blending and mixing and praising in a fusion of cultural and heavenly delight. Great speakers, like David Platt, will challenge us to a different vision of life. Even more practically, missions agencies from all over the world help you figure out where you can worship and serve. You can figure out what it means to be a businessperson overseas for the Kingdom, or seek out where justice and spirituality meet, or find a community that loves the world’s urban poor, or explore where creativity and spirituality meet to advance God’s kingdom.

It’s a banquet table of missional dreams. And the good news is that there’s a place at the table for Asian Americans.

At our last Urbana in 2009, just shy of a quarter of the delegates were of Asian descent, including South Asians. It’s great to see how the Asian American umbrella must continue to increase: we are not just Far East Asians any more. We are also South Asians, South East Asians, and Pacific Islanders.


And now that we’re looking ahead, Urbana 12 will be the first Urbana led by an Asian American. Tom Lin currently serves as InterVarsity’s Vice President of Missions and the Director of Urbana. And he’s got the chops: he planted a student movement in Mongolia with IFES, and helped plant 16 new InterVarsity chapters stateside — in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa. For an Asian American, talk about cross-cultural. And he also serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board for Wycliffe Bible Translators and as the Lausanne International Deputy Director for North America. He’s a great example of an Asian American Christian contributing to God’s global purposes.

He’s someone who’s gone ahead of us. And at Urbana, you can meet many, many more. To meet others, you’ll not only have the Exhibitor’s Hall, but you can also come to the Asian American Ministries Lounge at Urbana. We’ve got new, exciting things this year. One part of the Urbana AAM Lounge will be brimming with content, with 32 8-minute talks from Asian Christian leaders. We’ll also feature “arts spotlights”, where we’ll gather a panel of authors, musicians, and poets — while even having an open mic! We’ll also host ethnic-specific gatherings, particularly for the South Asian, Filipino, and Hmong communities.

The other part of the Lounge will be more of a social side, with food and a chance to unwind and relax. Still, there will be a “Genius Bar” of sorts — though we’re going to have to come up with a better name by then — where you can come and ask any question about doing ministry to and by Asian Americans and get consulting from experienced leaders. Come, bring your friends or your church group, and make connections with other leaders and delegates who are doing great work around the world.

If you make Urbana your next stop, come with your belt a little loosened and your pants a bit baggy, because you’ll end up at quite a banquet.

And possibly, you may start with God’s leading, to make your mark as well.

Your brother in Christ,
James Choung
National Director, InterVarsity
Asian American Ministries


when Outlook quarantine requires a client certificate on Safari

One of the email inboxes I use gets emails from Spam notification quarantine@messaging.microsoft.com and when I click on “Release to Inbox” or “Report as Not Junk” to let an inadvertently temporarily blocked spam-quarantined message through, I get a little popup error message on the Mac Safari browser:

Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 8.58.21 AM

Finally found a solution at the Microsoft support site: Mac users can’t release messages from Exchange Online Protection quarantine

To resolve this issue, follow these steps:

  1. Locate the Keychain Access program on the Mac. To do this, open Finder, and then open the Applications folder. The Applications folder contains a folder that’s named Utilities. The Keychain Access program is in the Utilities folder.
  2. Open Keychain Access, and then locate all certificates in the Safari dialog box that show as This client requires a certificate.
  3. Select the certificates that you located in step 2, and then delete them from Keychain Access.
  4. Restart Safari.