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April 15, 2020

The outbreak of the coronavirus is likely the most life-altering event most of us can remember. We are generally too young to remember 9/11, and the 2008 financial crisis did not affect daily life to this extreme. It has single-handedly brought the seemingly imperturbable flow of daily life to a grinding halt. Such an event demands a response. The most natural reactions are bitterness for its destructiveness or an apathy that simply waits until it passes, but I would advocate gratitude as the proper response. I d...

April 12, 2020

Life is on pause, while death keeps churning. 

We’ve stowed normalcy away, folding it up and tucking it into the closet for the summer, itching to bring it back out again come fall. We crave its soft boring linens, that comforting frequency of repetition and familiarity, that we can sink into after a long day. The stores, the parks, even Disneyland – they’re all shuttered, and even the streets have none but the misfortunate wanderers.

And yet, while some wait for the return, others are too desperate to care. Death...

April 5, 2020

Like many of you, I was horrified when I saw this headline in The New York Times last week: “When You Die of the Coronavirus, You Die Alone.”

Although the newspaper has since changed the headline – it now reads “I’m on the Front Lines. I Have No Plan for This” to undoubtedly soften the blow of Dr. Daniela J. Lamas’ dismal account of her experiences at a Boston I.C.U. – the original sentiment still haunts me. No one wants to hear stories of patients who spend their final moments in total isolation, away from not on...

October 24, 2019

People often reject Christianity in an effort to avoid religion, while still wanting to remain “spiritual.” These actions stem from the presupposition that spirituality is based on love, unity, and freedom, while religion is grounded in fear, separation, and dictation.

October 24, 2019

My experience at a law firm this summer showed me how the Christian gospel is still both good advice and, more importantly, good news.

September 30, 2019

Logic and emotion need not be an explosive mixture but instead when held together in tension, they can weave a harmonious melody.

September 23, 2019

It was one of those nights, a pendulum that dangles a bit at the precipice of each climax: might slip, might not. There was a familiar staleness in the air, the type that would swaddle up any cries or shrieks in a clammy silence, but would tease any insecurities with relentless whisperings.

I sat on a couch facing a blank television, arm resting on a melted stack of books spilled across my lap, eyes pinned to a small chunk of shadow, one of the indistinguishable thousands in the room. I stared a bit longer. It's i...

September 15, 2019

Gospel proclamation need not be set against social care, for Biblical, spiritual redemption was never merely about individual or personal salvation, but about the establishment of a kingdom – both personal and cosmic.

September 9, 2019

Working to fight the presence of egodystonic thoughts requires us to consistently shift our attention back to the present where God’s grace is, to turn our thoughts to what is “right, pure, lovely, and admirable.”

September 2, 2019

From a Christian perspective, we see that AI isn't really causing us to ask new questions of humanity, what we're able to do or where we're headed. Rather, it’s causing us to ask the same old questions in light of new opportunities.

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