Andrew Kim and Gabriel Brotzman were both original members of Cornerstone Magazine. As graduating seniors, they will be dearly missed by the staff for their dedication to Christ, their kindness and generosity , and their hard work.
As someone who grew up Buddhist and converted to Christianity only a couple of years previous to coming to the US, I came into college with a slight expectation that I’d hold off on my faith until after Brown. But God had other plans for me. I write this today, struck by the fact that my faith grew, not withered, at Brown. And so much of it is because of an important lesson I learned — to learn to be vulnerable and depend on others.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!”
When I took several wrong turns my first year at Brown, it was through two wonderful religious life affiliates at Brown — John Michaelson and Adam Koelsch — that I was able to stand up again and be restored. Likewise, in bringing Cornerstone from an idea to fruition, I know it could not have happened without each of the first staff team members and co-founders.
Now, I strive each day to “lean not on [my] own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5), and I’m grateful to all those at Brown who have taught me to do so.
My hope in helping to start this magazine was that Brown students could begin to better explore the one thing you won’t learn in a Brown classroom — the reality of a fellow Brunonian’s testimony. We exist as your peers to engage with this campus in a caring and loving way, to remind those around us that we too seek to know how we should best spend this life. But don’t be surprised when we come to you with more than just a life philosophy or a list of things not to do. Don’t be surprised when we say that our goals aren’t just extracurricular or complementary to the greater goal of fitting in. We want you to see with our lives, our energy, our artistry, and our thoughts, just how important this Jesus is to us. And I hope in some way these pages allow you to meditate with greater comfort on the apostle Paul’s words, the great mystery: “Behold! We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.”