Naperville Christian Academy's Literary Magazine
A Letter From the Editors
Copia - Abundance
Through this literary magazine, we hope that NCA students will be able to see beauty in new and different ways. There is an abundance of beauty within and outside of the walls of Naperville Christian Academy that deserves our attention. We want readers to be able to wrestle with, question, reflect upon, and marvel at the photography, language, music, and more of this small magazine. But our dream doesn’t end between covers of a book. We want people to be affected by this magazine so that they can learn to find beauty everywhere, through every culture, every place, every heart--because a love for beauty leads to a deeper and fuller love for the Lord. He has given us the ability to create, and that is a gift too often taken lightly. Through these works we can inspire others to showcase their God-given gifts and demonstrate how richly we have been endowed with the opportunity to both learn and create. Remembering that we are all created in God’s image, we hope to encourage a respect and love for each other through these talents which express who we are.
Humble Little House
Ever since I was little I've always loved building things. A particular favorite of mine is building with foam board because of its ease of use with hot glue.
June 1, 2019
A Lament In Beauty
I have a tree in my family’s front yard that I can see through my window, birds will flutter past or onto it and even hop onto the roof in front of my window. The tree is probably older than me and maybe even my siblings...
May 31, 2019
Remembering The Nameless: What Science Fiction Teaches Us About Utilitarianism
“Every science fiction movie I have ever seen, any one that's worth its weight in celluloid, warns us about things that ultimately come true.” -Steven Spielberg
May 31, 2019
"I Will Spit You Out": Why The American Church Must Spurn Complacency and Risk It All
Wake up... before it’s too late. Believers in an American setting today are surrounded by secular distractions at a constant rate. Materialistic promotion and sexual or violent temptation are accessible at the fingertips of every person in moments. Taking part in the vicious cycle, Americans strive for worldly success in the form of wealth and social status in our consumeristic culture. The American Church is in danger of joining this immoral failure of the surrounding culture by focusing on market-driven ministry rather than God’s will...
May 31, 2019
An Armed Society Is A Polite Society
When we come to the debate over guns we all have ideas that we bring to the table. For the span of this argument we must all put aside our preconceived notions about the gun control debate because, at the end of the day, we as Christians are all arguing for one thing: peace...
May 29, 2019
Transgenderism: Speaking Truth While Showing Love
No more than one hundred years ago, the idea of transgenderism was much more of a hypothetical, taboo concept than a concrete reality. Fast forward to the present day, and one third of Christians in America say that they personally know someone who claims to be transgender, while seventy percent of American non-Christians believe that people should be allowed to use whatever public bathroom that they choose based on what gender they identify as...
May 28, 2019
More Than A Number: Bearing the Image of God in the Age of Big Data
Big Data algorithms are a technology that we interact with all the time, but many of us do not know how they influence the world or even what they are. This senior thesis is an exploration into how we Christians should approach this technology.
May 25, 2019
Teddy Bear's Picnic
After practicing for a little over half a year, we have finally finished our grand piece for the year.
Adelaide Mei and Karalyn Deets
Notturno by Grieg
This piece is one of the Lyric Pieces for piano by Edward Grieg. Its Italian name "Notturno" translates to "night," and this title appropriately suits the piece's dreamy and whimsical tone.
Prophetic Sermon - Compassion
A sermon written to be presented to Mr. Harrison's Bible class.
Rome Will Never Be The Same
A song written upon reading Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.
Oliver Twist Painting
The "Oliver Twist Painting" is about the reoccurring theme of darkness chasing away light in a manner of scandals, conspiracies, and incorrect judgement within the Dickens novel.
The winter cold replaced by growth again. Springtime at last has come, sunshine is bright...
Someone To Look Up To
A poem, inspired by the novel The Swiss Family Robinson, about Jack Robinson's view of his oldest brother Fritz.