Speaking before a gathering at Christ Church in downtown Berkeley on Monday night, Trade As One founder Nathan George described the “process of re-conversion” that led him to found his organization, which partners with producers in the developing world to bring their products to market in the U.S. Continue reading “Trading As One”
Having survived the inhuman physical slavery of the 19th century, the political slavery called colonialism of the 20th century, the developing world economic enslavement, we cannot, we dare not, allow ourselves and the millions we represent to be kept in religious and spiritual dungeon.
You read that right: an African called it “slavery”. It wasn’t a Westerner co-opting the word in disrespect for those who have suffered chattel slavery. Continue reading “The Anglican Church and Theological Bondage”
BY ALEXIS EILS
I was at a movie theater recently and passed a billboard advertising gift certificates to the surrounding shopping center’s multitude of venues. It proclaimed, “Giving is easy!” and went on to describe the many ways one could use such a birthday or holiday gift. The assertion got me thinking. Is giving really that easy? Continue reading “On Charity”
BY JOHN MONTAGUE John Lennon asked us to “imagine there’s no heaven.” In his famous anthem, he envisaged a world that had abandoned religion, nationalism, and capitalism: “Imagine all the people / Living for today … Living life in peace … Sharing all the world.” The picture he painted with his lyrics, piano keys, and crooning voice has proven so attractive that Rolling Stone recently … Continue reading The Christian Imagination
BY TIFFANY TSAO
Whenever I return home to Singapore for Christmas, I can always expect a miracle. Or rather, I can always expect to hear about one from my family. Past miracles related to me have involved the inexplicable healing of serious and terminal illnesses, angelic visitations, exorcisms of demons, and the like. My aunt once showed me photos taken during her trip to Israel with luminous white spots here and there. “Angels,” she told me. “Are you sure?” I asked. “What else could they be?” she replied, somewhat defensively. “Something wrong with the camera?” “Like what?” “I dunno,” I mumbled; not knowing very much about cameras, I decided to let the matter drop. Another time, my mother told me of a woman in her office who found out she had cancer. After an extended session of prayer, the doctors found no trace of the malignant tumors which they had previously found throughout her body. “Praise God. Isn’t He amazing?” my mother asked, rhetorically of course. If the story was true, I was inclined to agree with her, finding this incident a far more convincing instance of divine intervention than white spots in a photograph. Continue reading “Expecting Miracles”
BY EZRA JUSTIN LEE
Dad tells me it’s just what I need. And I am not in the right mind to make my own decisions. I fell hard in love, or the closest thing I’ve felt to it, for a Juliet when my name wasn’t even Romeo. And knowing this, I still tried to change the title of a story that had had futility written all over it—even from the beginning of my pursuit.
I have just professed my love to a girl who laughs at me when I say, “I like you,” and explains away why I actually don’t when I tell her again that I do. In response to this trauma of failure and break of heart, I decide to anesthetize the pain with an adventure. Adventure is the perfect drug for these cases. Fun, affordable at times, mind- and time-consuming, and—for the most part—it can be legal. Dad’s right. Adventure it is. The perfect medicine. Continue reading “Serendipity on the Metro”
BY BRITTANY TYLER Why me? If there is one single question that all Jews have asked since Father Abraham, it could be no other. Jews have always been kicked out, singled out, persecuted, excluded, resented and unwanted, ridiculed, fooled, denied, and forced to hide–and all for no other reason than being “God’s chosen people.” Yet for what purpose did God choose them? To suffer? Until … Continue reading The Last Exile
BY SARAH CHO Every Wednesday, Peter Kim, pastor of Korean-American Campus Mission at Berkeley, takes the Megabus up from southern California for the weekly worship service. Then he spends half of Thursday with the fellowship’s students before taking the Megabus back down. And while most of his students enjoyed winter break warming their beds and mindlessly clicking remote controls, he traveled across the planet to … Continue reading Following Footsteps
BY WILL URICH
“In my opinion, the best thing you can do is find a person who loves you for exactly what you are. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what have you, the right person will still think the sun shines out your ass. That’s the kind of person that’s worth sticking with.”
—J.K. Simmons, Juno
It’s funny how we, all of us, put off the truth we know in our hearts. We are attached to this world, to our insecurities. I know I am. Continue reading “The Vision of Love”
BY LUE-YEE TSANG Many people call God the ﬁrst priority in their lives. Or perhaps they pray, “Lord, help us to make you our ﬁrst priority.” Sounds right. After all, does Jesus not say, “Seek ﬁrst the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matt. 6:33, emphasis mine)? Hold your horses. Read that verse again. This time … Continue reading First Priority?