That Feels Absurd to Me.

Jeff Who Lives at Home contains a striking juxtaposition between the beauty of the world that the movie takes place in (it is sunny throughout the movie, the music is upbeat, and the colors are bright) and the brokenness of…

A condensed version of this essay appears in the Spring 2014 issue of the Ichthus. Christianity is, as none would seriously doubt, centered on the figure of Jesus.  He is the root and seed of the entire religion, and without him,…

Why I Call Myself “Evangelical” – And Why That Might Be A Problem

One night during my first semester at Harvard, I was chatting with a new friend in my dorm room. We were still getting to know each other, and that night, we ended up talking about my Christian faith. At some…

Beautiful Things Out of Dust: Reflections on Andy Sun's Death

Ed.’s Note:  The thoughts and prayers of the Ichthus go out to Andy Sun and his family.  He was a beloved member of our community as a business team member in Spring 2013. – S.G.M. Last week, a dear brother in Christ and…

Good Friday

The life of Jesus went as swift and straight as a thunderbolt. It was above all things dramatic; it did above all things consist in doing something that had to be done. … The primary thing that he was going…

The Volly Awards

Last night I attended an awards ceremony unlike any I had ever seen. Just yesterday, my local church, Aletheia (located at the Cambridge YMCA), honored their volunteers with an entertaining dinner and Oscar-esque ceremony dubbed the inaugural “Volly Awards.” Immediately…

Keepin' It Real: Conclusion; PT. VI of VI

Conclusion This is part six of six. All in all, I’ve written five other parts, some long, some short, and now our little theological road trip is at an end. I mention this because so far I’ve yet to say…

In Other Words: the Letter to the Church in Sardis

Revelation 3 1“And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works; you have a name of being alive,…

The Fourth Aspect: Empathy, A Letter from Spring Break PT. V of VI

Dearest friends, I thought this week we might be served by a clear outline, one which cuts through the usual executional fluff of my writing. Our goal: As I see things, empathy could easily be the highest virtue of Christianity….

Time Management and the Gospel

I often fall into the trap of thinking that the busier I am, the more I’m maximizing my time, packing the most I can into this precious, ever-fleeting resource. I may be a lustful, greedy, proud, angry, jealous glutton, but…

To be sung to How Great Thou Art, as additional verses. And when I think that earth and sky are empty Of any grace, and I am all alone, I still find God, the Giver of all plenty, Speaking again:…

Why Harvard Owns my Soul

I think it started at Visitas. Seventeen, bright-eyed, and fresh off a plane from Denver, I nervously met my freshman host and his roommates at Matthews Hall in Harvard Yard. As I peppered them with questions about their lives at…