There's too much death in the world. That's what I find myself thinking as I look at every social media feed I have, every news notification that pops up on my phone, even in church prayer group emails I receive. There's just too. much. death. I started writing this because of the recent attention the … Continue reading Death + Life
Earlier this semester, I wrote an article about Christian comedian John Crist. I've been a big fan of Crist for basically his whole career, ever since I saw him opening for Tim Hawkins online and creating rather edgy satire of American Church culture on YouTube and Instagram. I probably can't even count the times my … Continue reading John Crist and the Greater Global Sexual Crisis
Predestination is... comforting?! A lesson from camp.
The following is adapted from a scholarship essay I wrote on the prompt of "What are you average at and how does the Lake Wobegon Effect (a natural tendency to overestimate one's capabilities and see oneself as better than others. Research psychologists refer to this tendency as self-enhancement bias and have found evidence for its … Continue reading Music. A Scholarship Essay
This week's parsha (weekly Torah portion) is Acharei Mot, Leviticus 16-18. In it, we find rules pertaining to killing and eating animals. The main one that I want to focus on is that you must drain the blood from the meat, for the soul (nefesh in Hebrew) is in the blood. I read the parsha and … Continue reading The Sanctity of Even Animal Life
As I approach the end (don't remind me! I'm loving this season of my life!) of the second-to-last semester of high school, I am very aware of the opportunities and privileges I've been given. I am dual-enrolled in a Stats class at our local state college. I finally made it to Advanced Band as a … Continue reading What An Opportunity!
The doctrine that we are created in the image of God gives a solid foundation for human freedom and moral significance. We do not have to resort to an irrational upper-story leap [from "fact- based science" to "value-based morality/ethics"]. Given the starting point of a personal God, our own personhood is completely explicable...The Christian worldview … Continue reading The Christian Foundation for the Highest Human Ideals