Spring 2005 | Volume 2, Number 1

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Things That Count
Lots of us are busy running after things we think we want, but how many of us are seeking out what we truly need? Editor-in-Chief Jordan Hylden reflects on the sudden shock of a death in the family, and the hard lessons death can teach us about what really matters in life.
by Jordan Hylden '06

God and the Tsunami
Where is God in the midst of suffering? How could a loving God create a world filled with disease, natural disasters, and suffering? Megan Buresh wrestles with these eternal questions, brought on by the devastating South Asian tsunami.
by Megan Buresh '08

Why I Go to Church
Most college students are probably more likely to be found communing with their pillows on Sunday morning than darkening the doors of a church. It's hard to blame them-- really, who wants to wake up early on a weekend? Nathan Rosenberg explains why he persists in observing the strange and difficult ritual of church attendance.
by Nathan Rosenberg, Jr. '05

Jesus in the Real World: Reclaiming What Christian Culture Forgot
Mark Hill hates Christian culture. Well, not really-- it's just that it gets on his nerves. A lot. In this article, Hill points out the vapidity and plain-old-silliness of much of what passes for Christian pop culture in this country, and tries to imagine a better way forward.
by Mark Hill '05


Looking for Fathers in All the Wrong Places
If you're a guy, you probably need to read this article. The ever-wise Simeon Zahl points out, with painful accuracy, the deeply-felt need of many young men for the affirmation of a Father, and the messes we can get into while searching for substitutes.
by Simeon Zahl '04

Eyes Wide Open: A Christian Response to Poverty and Oppression
Two billion people in this world live on less than $2 per day-- less than we Harvard students usually spend on our daily Starbucks fix. Yi-An Huang, an economics concentrator and respected campus leader on issues of global poverty and oppression, reflects on what this means for Christians, and what we can do about it.
by Yi-An Huang '05

G.K. Chesterton and the Joy of Living
Why is it that so many of us have everything we want-- loving family, great friends, Ivy League education, and a bright future-- and yet still are unhappy? Fiction and Poetry Editor Jordan Teti takes a look at the thought of famed British essayist G.K. Chesterton, who had some surprising ideas about how Christianity might give us a way to feel at home in a world where we often feel homeless.
by Jordan Teti '08

How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
Being the biggest rock band in the world isn't enough for U2-- with their latest release, frontman Bono's lyrics continue to explore spiritual themes with lasting relevance and surprising prescience. Music buff Ben Woodruff takes a closer look at the message behind the iPod jingles and power chords.
by Benjamin Woodruff '08

Frodo's Gospel
For a while, it seemed as if you couldn't walk five feet without running into a hobbit, orc, or wizard-- Tolkien's sweeping vision of Middle-Earth dominated pop culture during its Hollywood box-office reign. Few people, however, realized that Tolkien's world was grounded firmly in his Christian faith.
Laura Shortill examines two books that explore the deeper truths to be found in Middle-Earth.
by Laura Shortill '07

Glimpses of God at Tinker Creek
If we feel like we can't hear God speaking to us, it may be because we aren't
listening: Assistant Managing Editor Grace Tiao reflects on the face of God in the beauty of nature, as seen through the eyes of author Annie Dillard.
by Grace Tiao '08

Gasp!  •  Shepherd – a David Poem
by Chi-Chi Esimai '08

Carmelites •  prayerful •  poppies
by Atalie Young '05

Midnight Eyesight
By Marie Janette Laperle '06


Coming Home
by Kirsten Nyborg '06