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…

The Digital Church

The Digital Church

I attend church. I read my Bible. Experiencing community in a fellowship of believers is an integral, in fact necessary, facet of the Christian faith. Reading one’s Bible is indispensable; the centuries-old textual encounter with counter-cultural spiritual truths is both…

‘There is No God in China’ – FICTION

Final version posted! 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 suspended…

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: