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
Category: Contemplating Life
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
Have you ever texted God? You know, when you send up a quick prayer in the middle of something else, like you'd text a friend. "Hey, God, I can't find my keys and we have to leave in 5 minutes. Please give me clarity!!" "God, You are so good!! Thank you!!" "How do I reach … Continue reading Are You Texting God?
It's a privilege, Lord To talk to You in prayer You bend your ear And listen there My filthy soul You see as clean All because of Christ in me I know this is the third poem in a row, so if you don't like poetry, sorry, haha. If you do like poetry, then here's … Continue reading The Privilege of Prayer
With quiet dignity Standing as a refuge For those who flock to you. You are shelter, Security, A place for us to Grow. Rooted in reality and Reaching to the sky, You remind me that An acorn has to Die Before it can Thrive. Hey, guys! It's been a busy summer at Camp Gilead, so … Continue reading Trees