Sophia Lee

Sophia is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine. She is a World Journalism Institute and University of Southern California graduate. Sophia resides in Los Angeles, Calif., with her husband. Follow her on Twitter @SophiaLeeHyun.

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South Korean pastors: 'Please pray'

Tragedy | Churches minister to grieving families after ferry sinks with high school class aboard
by Sophia Lee
Posted 4/18/14, 10:10 am

The atmosphere during Wednesday night worship in South Korean churches was salty with tears and bitter with shock. By then, the whole nation was following the tragic news of the ferry Sewol’s sinking that morning with more than 320 high-school students aboard.

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Afterlife on screen

Movie | <em>Heaven Is for Real</em> emphasizes a wondrous hereafter at the risk of underplaying a terrible hell
by Sophia Lee
Posted 4/18/14, 01:00 am

Bible-believing Christians don’t need Hollywood to tell them heaven exists. But as they watch Heaven Is for Real, a drama film based on a nonfiction book, many will be asking, “Is Heaven Is for Real for real?” After all, a toddler’s account of heaven—asking angels to sing “We Will, We Will Rock You” and petting Jesus’ rainbow horse—does sound like a far stretch from the Bible.

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Salt and light on campus

Education | Christian colleges and universities feel the pressure to prove that the education they offer is worth the heavy costs
by Sophia Lee & Angela Lu Fulton
Posted 4/18/14, 01:00 am

CALIFORNIA, TEXAS, LOUISIANA, and MISSOURI—Bright studio lights line the walls of a room in California as four professional cameramen zoom in for close-ups and “confession cam” interviews, a staple of reality TV. But this is not a Hollywood studio: It’s a class at Biola, the Christian university once called the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, and the scene is part of Biola’s attempt to improve its online courses by making them more than talking head videos. 

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