Thanos and Theodicy: Why don’t we just fix the world? (Part 1)

by Bradley Yam, SY ’21 Imagine that you are given a glove that granted you magical god-like powers over all of human life everywhere. You would only need to snap your fingers, and it would in some way make the … Continue reading Thanos and Theodicy: Why don’t we just fix the world? (Part 1)

Fishers of Men

While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him.

(Matthew 4:18-20)

The above verse is one of my favorite verses in the Bible. Matthew 4:18-20 is more than just another display of Jesus’s (naturally) perfect play on words. It puts me in the moment – dehydrated and dirty, hopelessly waiting for fish that never come – standing beside Simon Peter and Andrew as Jesus calls to us. In an instant, our once laughable attempt at considering ourselves fishermen bears more meaning than we could have ever imagined. Yes, we are fishermen (albeit poor ones). However, if we drop everything and follow Jesus we can be great fishers of men. All we need is a little faith.

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Stepping Outside (Spiritual Comfort Zones)

“Disrupting my comfort zone, bombarding myself with challenging people and situations — this is the best way I know to keep growing. And to paraphrase a biologist I once met, if you’re not growing, you’re dying.”

– Brian Grazer, Disrupting My Comfort Zone

Recently, the idea of spiritual stagnation has rested heavily on my mind. I wonder if a relationship with God can truly flourish under a schedule. Wake up, pray, have breakfast, pray, go to class, pray while walking, have lunch, pray… It is almost comical how predictable the cycle devolves from there. I am grateful that I am able to weave my faith into my day, but am I satisfied? Furthermore, am I growing? Continue reading “Stepping Outside (Spiritual Comfort Zones)”

Living in Parable: A Thought

“I will open my mouth in parables; 

I will utter what has been hidden since

the foundation of the world.” (Matthew 13:35)

       The walk to Pierson’s Silent Study Break was a uneventful occurrence (to the unseeing onlooker). Another slightly brisk February evening, another student walking to a destination, another end to another normal day. Yet, all at once, nothing was normal. The way the wind shifted the leaves, like a gentle blow of soft pursed lips, captivated me. Continue reading “Living in Parable: A Thought”

Sense: A Thought

Can you feel it? Imagine the soft brush of cloth against your skin, the subtle settling of a snowflake on your shoulder, the gentle caress of a loved one. Listen carefully to the rush of a passing car and the flittering sound of voices rising and falling. Open your eyes to capture a passing cloud, a line of poetry, a smiling face. Let flowers and the smell of rain on concrete fill your nose. Taste the umami of life. It will settle on your taste buds like a familiar friend. Continue reading “Sense: A Thought”