Confessions of an Economics Concentrator – Peter Hickman

Technically, I am not an economics concentrator – I am an applied mathematics concentrator with an area of application in economics – but for the most part I live in the same academic world as most of the 750 or…

Dear Blog Readers 2015

Dear Readers, Hope this finds you well. I am writing to inform you about a few updates and changes to our blog going forward this semester. First, for the convenience of our off-campus readers, we are in the process of…

By Faith Alone

A few rough thoughts on the difficult topic of justification by works, inspired by the work of Martin Luther and Rudolf Bultmann. In a blog post of his, Wesley Hill recently drew my attention to a beautiful progressive Lutheran Ash…

The Day I Danced with Dolphins: An Exploration of the Concept of Fear of God

A brief article to say: I swam with wild dolphins, and in a moment I understood — and appreciated — more fully what is meant by the saying, “Fear of God.” Right now, I am traveling with my mother on…

Odysseus, Harvard Students, and Jesus

Central to the Odyssey is a motivation upon which human actions are built, called Kleos by the Ancient Greeks. Kleos is the glory and renown merited by an individual through his actions. It encompasses fame, the means by which fame…

Why God is Not Timeless, Pt. II: Scripture

Here’s a question. Does it make sense to ask God: what time is it now? Or, what is going on the universe, right now? The timelessness view says no. There is no “now” from God’s point of view. He “does…

Review: Peter Enns’ The Bible Tells Me So

  What is the Bible? The Word of God? Inspired? Inerrant? Infallible? Truth? None of the above? According to biblical scholar Peter Enns, many Christians are wrong about the nature of the book they consider Scripture. In his new book The Bible Tells Me…

True and Dark Faith, or, “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish”

“Live only in true and dark faith,” writes St John of the Cross (1542-1591) in one of his letters. What can he mean by dark faith? What is faith, anyway? Why do sixteenth century monks write such scary things? In…

John 1:14 (A Christmas Poem)

Tonight at church we sang Silent Night and I do not understand because I do not think the night stood by silently When he ripped a hole in the roof and rapelled umbilically into our repulsive feed trough I think…

Confession as Freedom

Note: I’m posting here my piece “Last Things” in anticipation of its appearance in the Ichthus print issue (theme: “Confessions”), to be published in January. If you’ve read through any portion of this journal (which I hope you have; it’s…

O Little Town of Bethlehem (reprise)

Check out my op-ed celebrating the beginning of Advent season in the Harvard Crimson. (It’s a development of my earlier piece here.) Here’s the teaser: Phillips Brooks is a name well known to all Harvard students. Lesser known, however, is the…

A Christian Response to Consumerism

Recently a student in a Harvard Christian fellowship I am part of started a thread on our fellowship’s email list with this: Something that I’ve been thinking and praying about a lot lately is the pervasiveness of materialism in Western…