‘There is No God in China’ – FICTION

Updated November 4, 2014 Inspired by China’s poorer villages and people, ‘There is No God in China’ will be serially written and posted Sundays. 甲Jiǎ Under the famine sun, my uncle squatted to dip his hands into a murky pit. Dirt…

Creation and Evolution: The 2014 Gallup Poll

Hi all, just a brief note to advert you all to the results of the 2014 Gallup Poll on Creationism and Evolution: http://www.gallup.com/poll/170822/believe-creationist-view-human-origins.aspx But see Biologos’s very interesting response! http://biologos.org/blog/what-americans-think-and-feel-about-evolution –S.G.M.

Book Review: God and the Gay Christian

From the Spring ’14 issue of the Ichthus. The rest of the issue will follow soon! I have posted this article separately by popular demand. –S.G.M. Also, do check out Matthew Vines’s response to Sam Allberry’s review of this book. I…

Jesus, Buddha, and the Zen of Struggle

Jesus, Buddha, and the Zen of Struggle

Can a socialist smile? Is it possible to be joyful while one rebels against the world? These questions seem to me among the most important any socialist can ask herself. The answers, after all, are not so clear. Aside from…

Father Forgive Them: Thoughts on Tonight’s Black Mass

Tonight, Jesus’ body and blood will be mocked in a Satanic Black Mass. In this time, as always, Christians should look to Jesus for a response. Jesus’ body and blood was desecrated in his brutal execution, yet in the midst…

God Among the Religions

God Among the Religions

Check out my op-ed over at the Harvard Crimson!  The comment thread below has also proven very thoughtful and interesting. I’m not sure if I’m supposed to re-post the op-ed here, so here’s the introductory excerpt: * * * It’s…

How To Get Enough Love

How To Get Enough Love

The humans I’ve met all seem to possess a deep and gnawing, essential and fundamental need for love powerful enough to soothe that incessant hunger for relationships that really mean something, for complete acceptance, attention, and purpose. You’re not crazy…

The Spring '14 Ichthus is Coming Soon!!!

The Spring ’14 Ichthus is Coming Soon!!!

As a teaser, here’s the Front Cover and the Table of Contents for this issue:  

It's God they ought to crucify

It’s God they ought to crucify

N.T. Wright Sings Sydney Carter from Thomas McKenzie on Vimeo. In the clip above, the celebrated New Testament scholar and former Bishop of Durham, N T Wright, sings the hymn “Friday Morning.”  This hymn by Sydney Carter continues to be…

Spider-man as a Christian Hero

Spider-man as a Christian Hero

Spider-man made his debut in 1962. Forty years later he was reimagined in a feature film. The basic story remained the same: a geeky teenager named Peter Parker gets bit by a spider, is endowed with superpowers, and becomes the…

That Feels Absurd to Me.

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…

The Kingdom of God, Or What Shall Christians Do?

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,…