False Mystery, True Faith

Simon Kuang, Staff Writer Where do babies come from? Psalm 139 in the Old Testament praises God for the mystery of life: “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.”1 The psalmist implores us to marvel at this question’s answer (or lack thereof). But the ancient Hebrews surely had not thumbed through a 9th grade biology text, or visited the … Continue reading False Mystery, True Faith

Music, Coding, and Life

As a music double-major at UC Berkeley, I have the privilege of attending UCB Symphony Orchestra concerts for free. Although I often attend performances and regularly study the music and history relevant to orchestral performances, I never cease to be amazed by the sheer complexity and beauty of the orchestra. All the instruments not only play in perfect harmony, but also synchronize tempo and dynamic … Continue reading Music, Coding, and Life

Why Politics?

“Why politics?” This is a question I’ve received more times than I can count, especially since I recently decided to run for ASUC Senate at UC Berkeley. “Shouldn’t Christians pursue more ‘important’ aspirations, like missions, prayer, or family?” “Isn’t politics too corrupt and dark for Christians to engage in?” “Aren’t you afraid of being sucked into the world’s values and compromising your purity?” “Jesus didn’t … Continue reading Why Politics?

Why in the name of Jesus?


“In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

For some, this phrase is meaningless. For others, it’s merely a routine ending to prayer. And still for others, it’s the single most powerful way to plead with God. In this article, I will unpack this phrase through the following question: why do Christians end their prayers with the name of Jesus? Continue reading “Why in the name of Jesus?”

So where are the real scary things?


No force of man or nature grips the human heart with as much violence as fear. We look both ways before crossing the street and procrastinate looking up our grades. We live in a decade in which the manipulation of fear has proven itself so insidious that nations and continents wage war to eradicate it. My challenge, however, is to look at the things that you fear as an individual: what are these things that paralyze us or move us to act? Rejection, disease, disaster, loss—surely, death? Continue reading “So where are the real scary things?”