My fairy-tale obsession started with Disney, but it didn’t end there. When I “outgrew” princesses, I found myself immersed in fantasy worlds, including those of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. I made a full circle in high school when I read original fairy tales such as “Through the Looking Glass” and Grimm’s Fairy Tales. In… Continue reading In Defense of Fairy Tales
I attend Messiah College, a non-denominational Christian school. “Non-denominational” means “open or acceptable to people of any Christian denomination.” However, most non-denominational churches adhere to Protestant tenants, as do many of my peers. Due to my Episcopal roots, I struggled to spiritually plant myself at Messiah. The first time I attended Powerhouse, the student-run worship… Continue reading Called to Unity
In high school, I asked my youth group leader a question that has plagued humanity for centuries: “Who gets to go to Heaven?” He pointed me to John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”… Continue reading Who Goes Home?
In his commencement address to Stanford University, Steve Jobs discusses his own response in the face of death and its impact on his motivation to live a meaningful life. Jobs argues that “Death is very likely the single best invention of life.” Here, he touches on a claim pertinent to Christian life: in creating death,… Continue reading The Motivation of Death
Tim Keller defines an adventure as “there and back again.” In The Hobbit, Bilbo left the Shire on a journey, and in the end returned to the serenity of his Hobbit hole. This is an adventure; one goes on an expedition and then returns home safe and sound. A quest, on the other hand, comes… Continue reading Quest for Personal Legend
“Stories, hymns, histories, parables, and visions become as important as commandments and ethical teachings in molding the faith perspective through which we view our broken world and seek to mediate God’s healing.” —Bruce C. Birch Stories, whether through written or oral tales or through song, play a significant role in Christianity. God’s flawless story is… Continue reading Narrative in Christianity
All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was broken, The crownless again… Continue reading Not All Who Wander Are Lost