Letter from the Editor

BY SARAH CHO Dear Reader, In the name of progress, our society continually dubs individuals as heroes of noble thought, beautiful appearance, extraordinary character and expertise, setting them apart from the common mold. The university is, in fact, an important hub where many of these societal heroes are produced. But when we fixate our gazes on these figures, we often forget that they—regardless of what … Continue reading Letter from the Editor

In Defense of Risk


Last spring, a group of students decided to hold a dinner for the Christian community. Their motivation was simple: to promote cross-Christian dialogue. At this event, Bears Breaking Bread, the hope was that good discussion would be fostered between groups that generally don’t talk to each other, such as Protestants and Catholics. But, it was clear from the start that many groups thought this dinner was a bad idea, spiritually dangerous.They discouraged members from going, warning that if they did go, they should be intellectually armed. In a way, there was a spirit of fear, a quarantine: to venture inside, one must have the right protection. Continue reading “In Defense of Risk”

Seeing Miracles Today


O ur God is not a superhero.

  Many of us learned the opposite in Sunday School as children, and I do not mean to disparage your childhood churches by saying this; saying “God is the ultimate superhero” is true is some respects, and it is an easy stepping stone for young people to reach greater knowledge. Like saying “the American Revolution was fought because of taxes,” there is a grain of truth, though it is grossly oversimplified. Continue reading “Seeing Miracles Today”

Heroes Get Remembered


One thing I know and am constantly amazed by and grateful for is that I am loved—I was saved by a hero unlike any other, with whom none can, or could ever, compare. But what do most people think of when they hear the word “hero”? Do you imagine a tall man in a cape or a knight in shining armor? A mythological demigod of unsurpassed might and strength? A renowned swordsman or archer? What exactly constitutes a hero? Continue reading “Heroes Get Remembered”

Super Gifts


Well, crap. Bruce put down the pencil after tallying up his scores:

Likeability: 7
Indestructibility: 1
Super senses: 0
X-Ray Vision: 0
Dedication: 10
Web Shooting: 0
Wall Crawling: 0
Superhuman Strength: 0
Flying Ability: 0
Invisibility: 0
Control of the Elements: 0
Intelligence: 9

He peeked over at Clark’s paper. Indestructibility, Superhuman Strength, and Flying Ability all had high marks. Bruce feigned stretching as he turned himself in his seat to peek at Peter’s paper: Wall Crawling, Super Sense, Web Shooting…anything cool missing from Clark’s paper had high marks on Peter’s. Now Bruce leaned over to his left and, finally, he noticed a pattern of numbers he recognized on Tony’s paper. Although he still felt bad about the boringness of his scores, he was glad to know that he was not alone. Continue reading “Super Gifts”



 W e want to be the authors and leading actors of our own scripts, deciding right and wrong in worlds we create. The unfolding of our stories are grand masterpieces that aim to find any way for the world to continually shine on us spotlights, for the audience to cry and be mad and rejoice with us. And why shouldn’t this be so? You are the author and hero of the story you’ve created, right? But then you realize something: Not only are you the author and protagonist, you are the audience as well. The one you’re truly trying to impress is your own conscience. You try to justify your faults by displaying your good sides rather than your bad, in order to reassure yourself that you are a “good person.” Continue reading “De-script-ion”

The One and Only Real-Life Superhero


 The body-tight spandex, the cape flowing in the wind, the mask to hide one’s identity, the inconceivable weapons and gadgets and the powers beyond normal human capabilities—we are all familiar with what characterizes a superhero but all these attributes of superheroes only exist to us as fantasies. Batman, Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, Superman, the Green Lantern, Hiro Nakamura, and Jack Bauer are all confined to their glossy paper and screen-projected media due to their fictional nature. Continue reading “The One and Only Real-Life Superhero”

Thoughts on Prayer and Disappointment


Imagine that most Christians have at one  point or another, if not on an on-going basis, struggled with the concept of prayer. Prayer may be one of the most mysterious and hard to understand concepts in Christianity for me. At the same time, prayer is a more immediate issue than many other complex intellectual discussions, such as predestination or infant baptism. Continue reading “Thoughts on Prayer and Disappointment”

The Call


 B ehind me my friend is praying in tongues, in front of me the worship leader is prophesying coming revival, and surrounding us thousands of Christians are bent over crying and singing to YAHWEH. I stared into the sky as I rested on the grassy lawn in front of Capitol Mall in Sacramento. My mind wandered, my stomach churned—but my heart and soul remained unmoved. Continue reading “The Call”

Jesus Fish


 Survival of the fittest should not apply to religion, yet studying the biological sciences can be a tough journey for Christians. Life scientists and Christians alike are constantly confronted with two controversial issues: the first, evolution; the second, the overall existence of God. These matters can be incredibly difficult to grapple with and even Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, struggled. He began as a prayerful Christian, even studying at seminary during his younger years. However, as he discovered more about evolution, he rejected Christianity entirely, saying, “I gradually came to disbelieve in Christianity as a divine revelation.” Continue reading “Jesus Fish”