Articles By: Victoria Van Vlear

Writing as Art

During my final semester of college, I’m taking a class called “Vision, Voice, and Practice.” The painting and poetry professors have teamed up to teach it, and it’s offered for either upper division Art or English credit. That’s where the “Vision” (art) and “Voice” (writing) parts...
March 25th, 2014 | Art & Literature, Media | Read More

Why You Should Listen to Communists

Don’t panic. I am not a communist. I’m a patriotic American, and I fully believe in the freedom and opportunity of the capitalist system, in which hard work, motivation, and diligence gives way to success. I did, however, just finish reading Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels’ Communist Manifesto,...
March 4th, 2014 | Politics | Read More

Pull Question: The Origin of the Species

Why is the existence of God beyond the scope of science for Darwin? Darwin’s Origin of the Species ends with the following sentence: There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet...
February 27th, 2014 | Pull Questions | Read More

Why Read Books?

The current age is that of technology—but more importantly, that of the Internet. We thrive on Facebook, Twitter and blogs. We watch movies on flat screens, post pictures on Tumblr, and text instead of talk. Our world is instantaneous, filled with fast-paced sound bites and  bold colors to catch...
January 13th, 2014 | Literature | Read More

Starving, Going to War, and Giving Thanks

The images that come to mind with Thanksgiving are typically related to food: turkey, gravy, stuffing, a slice of pumpkin or apple pie. Family may also come to mind, along with the occasional Pilgrim. We don’t usually think of bloodshed, cannons, civil war, and patriotism. Yet these were the circumstances...
November 25th, 2013 | Holidays | Read More

A Final Act of Service

Who does a funeral benefit? This last week, I took some time off from work and school to be with my family as we buried my grandfather. It was a difficult but rich time, remembering and learning more about a man who was one of my heroes. Prior to this week, I had always thought that the funeral was solely...
November 11th, 2013 | Culture, Family Issues | Read More

A Time for Everything: Changing Seasons

Last weekend in Los Angeles, we had 90-degree weather. On Saturday, I wore shorts and flip flops; on Sunday, a sun dress. I am very tired of the summer. Don’t get me wrong—one of the reasons I love living in Southern California is the near-paradise weather. We rarely get rain, bask in 80 degrees...
October 17th, 2013 | Culture | Read More

What Kind of Faith Do I Have?

There seems to be a disconnect in my life between my absolute faith in Christ as the Savior of the world and of my soul, and my sometimes-less-certain faith in his guidance of my everyday life. Of course, in my head I absolutely believe that he will provide for me every second of every day. But sometimes...
September 24th, 2013 | Evangelicals, Religion | Read More

From Atoms to Mustard Seeds: Assurance and Uncertainty

John Wesley insists we can have assurance of our salvation. Romans 8:16 states, “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” Wesley takes this to mean that we can be absolutely certain of our entrance into heaven: “To secure us from all delusion, God gives us...
September 4th, 2013 | Religion | Read More

Experiencing Joy in Leviticus

God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He is omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent. Before time came into being: I AM. After the world has passed away and Satan is cast into the lake of fire: I AM. God will never change, never be imperfect, never sin. He is the Creator, Ruler, Judge and Savior...
August 7th, 2013 | Evangelicals, Religion | Read More