Letter from the Editor

BY SARAH CHO Dear Reader, “No, we are not going to do an issue on men. What could people possibly have to say about men? Women are the oppressed ones in this society. Here, how about environmentalism…” I admit it. When the editorial staff began discussing the theme for this issue, I initially doubted that many people – male or female – would want to … Continue reading Letter from the Editor

Loving Lady Kirk

BY LUE-YEE TSANG I n The Lord of the Rings, many of the heroes are moved by thoughts of places. Rivers and mountains matter. Minas Tirith matters. Likewise, the Apostle Paul says Christians are citizens of the heavenly city, holy Zion, the “Jerusalem above,” and “she is our mother.” It was thus that John Newton, who wrote “Amazing Grace,” also penned these words: Glorious things of … Continue reading Loving Lady Kirk

Masculinity and the Church’s Gender Gap

BY ELIZABETH SEGRAN Those of us who attend church on a regular basis have noticed a disturbing trend: there is a major gender disparity in the pews. Statistically, within the English speaking world, women consistently outnumber men. For every three women in church, there are only two men.Batson, C.D., P.A. Schoenrade, and W.L. Ventis. The Religious Experience: A Social-psychological Perspective. New York: Oxford University Press, … Continue reading Masculinity and the Church’s Gender Gap

The Lost Boys

BY DANIEL GARCIA

Wandering around a place like Berkeley for a while, you can get a pretty good survey of the issues people have with Christianity. You hear words like irrational, outdated, imperialistic, unscientific, intolerant, and misogynistic. That last one, though, usually elicits, initially, a particular response. While a lot can (and should) be said about gender and Christianity, my usual first thought is, “Have you ever looked around at a church?” When I look around, it is not women who are leaving in droves. Instead, in my experience, rarely do men ever outnumber women in Christian circles, unless the mission of the group is particularly unique. Continue reading “The Lost Boys”

Oh, Brother

BY LILA CARPENTER

Time Magazine published an article claiming that siblings have more influence in shaping you than anyone else. The idea makes sense; siblings are with you long before you meet your life partner and long after your parents pass. They are there when you move, change schools, and go home for Christmas. Although I am by no means an expert on relational or family psychology, I do have 20 years’ experience of siblinghood. Speaking as someone with two brothers, I can testify to the fact that brothers play a significant role in developing their sisters. Men underestimate the degree to which they shape their sisters. Continue reading “Oh, Brother”

Guilt, Grace, Gratitude

BY TIMOTHY CHO

What does it mean to “be a man?” In a postmodern world of relativity, the term “man” can take on many forms and definitions. In light of this, we must be particularly careful not to give in to this relativity but, rather, find the absolute definition of a man. That absolute ought to come from an absolute truth that speaks of the nature of man: The Word. From it, we see three basic, yet fundamental truths: Guilt, Grace, and Gratitude, or, as the early Protestant confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, puts clearly: “how great my sins and miseries are; how I may be delivered from all my sins and miseries; how I shall express my gratitude to God for such deliverance.” Continue reading “Guilt, Grace, Gratitude”

Why We Do What We Do

BY ANDREW KUO

Hypocritical. Closed-minded. Ig­no­rant. Overbearing. Preachy. Chau­vi­nistic. Sexually re­pressed. Don’t drink. Don’t go to parties. Don’t date. Don’t have sex before marriage. Don’t do this. Don’t do that. Let’s face it: Christianity has a terrible reputation in modern society, especially with the younger generation. Christianity comes off as boring and restrictive and doesn’t make sense to most people. As I was pondering how to explain my views on sexual sin in the context of men, I felt compelled to write about something that would be understood by everyone – Christian and non-Christian. Continue reading “Why We Do What We Do”

Men and Music

BY JAMES YOO

Where are my brothers? Where are all the men in church? When I look around at most churches I’ve attended in the US, congregations are filled with women, husbands who’ve been dragged by their wives, and soft-spoken boys. Sadly, it is the minority of men in the church who are Christian warriors like Stephen, willing to die for Christ and to preach His name all the while; there seem to be too few who, like Paul and Silas, would sing praises to the Almighty when imprisoned, awaiting near-certain doom. Would the current culture’s popular praise model even elicit such a response? When indeed “the music fades,”“The Heart of Worship,” Matt Redman. what words are left in our mouths? When a man is beset on all sides, will he really sing that he will “soar above the storms”?“Still,” Hillsong. When the future is uncertain or when faith is weak, can a man earnestly rely on his own promises to love the Lord always?“I’ll Always Love You,” Tim Hughes. Is the Church today equipping a man with the means necessary to face all trials as our Lord promised us? Truly, both men and women are called to put on the whole armor of God and fight for the Kingdom – albeit in separate roles – but the mainstream approach to worship through song seems to be displacing men from the barracks altogether. Continue reading “Men and Music”

Mathematics of Our Origin

BY SEAN JEONG

Where does the universe come from?” is an important question. It not only gives us insight into the question “Where are we going?”, but also reflects on the nature and purpose of our existence.

Saint Thomas Aquinas, in his work Summa Theologica, defends the existence of God with five detailed arguments (“Quinque viae”), the first three directly relating to God as the true origin of the universe. In a CliffsNote version of these three arguments, he reasons that the logical need for there to be the first mover and first cause points to God as a possible initiator. Continue reading “Mathematics of Our Origin”