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?”

Remembrance of Later Things


What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun  (Ecclesiastes 1:9).

Would Solomon still have written this if he had seen today’s world, with its satellites and computers and autonomous vehicles? On the outside at least, the world has changed immensely since he wrote those words. Have science and technology allowed us to break free of this cycle, to overcome the hopelessness of nature? Continue reading “Remembrance of Later Things”

The Crippling Power of Love

William Tang, CONTRIBUTING WRITER In today’s society, many people see love through a rather one-sided lens. It’s the lifeblood of fairy tales, the driving factor behind the most endearing of songs, and the intangible force that ties together even the most unlikely of marriages. And while I certainly agree with each of these associations, there’s another facet of love that is often overlooked: its power … Continue reading The Crippling Power of Love

“Scientia Potentia Est”

Knowledge is power, but what is knowledge? Lauren Hall,  CONTRIBUTING WRITER Scientia potentia est, more commonly known as “knowledge is power,” is an aphorism suggesting that higher forms of knowledge correlate with greater power. Though the aphorism has been uttered so frequently as to relegate it trite, it reflects humanity’s desire to establish a measure of objective truth as a means of explanation for the … Continue reading “Scientia Potentia Est”

On the Dignity of Sex

A.S. BETHEL, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR In the 19 years that I have been alive, the topic of sexual intercourse has never been discussed in my family. We all know what it is—it’s just awkward to bring up. Yet, the media these days is lowering standards of what is “PG-13”; books detail the process of intercourse, and music hints at experiences. “Sex” has become a topic with … Continue reading On the Dignity of Sex

Boundary Lessons from Infants


I am about to graduate, and one of my greatest fears is that I won’t have any friends after college. I know it sounds irrational, but I have had a bad history with friendships. hroughout my childhood, I alternated between one best friend I would become tired of and a group of friends where everyone else seemed closer to each other than they were to me. Is there hope for me? Or will my greatest fear soon become realized?

In my desire to learn more about forming friendships, I began to research how people form attachments. Continue reading “Boundary Lessons from Infants”

Relating as God’s Image-Bearers

MEREDITH TRIPLET, CONTRIBUTING WRITER Looking back at my undergraduate experience, relationships played the biggest role in shaping me towards maturity — topping the impact of both classes and extracurricular activities. Why are relationships so important? Why do we spend so much of our time and energy trying to maintain friendships, fall in love, and avoid conflict? Because, as people made in the image of God, … Continue reading Relating as God’s Image-Bearers