What is Citizens and Sons?

This blog was originally started by three college students at UCLA (Chris, Calvin, and Grant) who wanted to encourage some of their classmates and fellow church goes to understand theology and worldview better in a way that produced more intentional and vibrant Christian living. Only Grant continues to write here.

The name Citizens and Sons was chosen by Calvin because he is a hipster and liked ampersands and some band called Citizens & Saints.

Grant approved the name because he thought Calvin was referencing Ephesians 2:19, “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,” by adoption and thus sons. Since Grant wants, like the book of Ephesians, to exhort Christians to live in light of their position in Christ, he keeps the name despite its degenerate hipster background.

As of now the blog is largely a Bible blog, with applicable musings from Grant’s insights from his personal study of the Bible, with occasional comments on idiosyncratic Christian practices, worldview related issues, and physical Bibles.




Grant Gates (thebeardedone): Currently Activegrant.jpg

After attending UCLA and spending much sweet time in fellowship at Grace on Campus with my co-bloggers below, I am now attending The Master’s Seminary. I serve in college and disabilities ministry at my church and work at Joni and Friends. You can find me roasting, brewing, and drinking coffee while reading nerdy books and cheering for the Dodgers.

Calvin Hu (calvinnwho): Currently Inactive


Hi there!  My name is Calvin Hu, and I’m a hipster from San Francisco, CA.  Sometimes I write on this blog.  Other times I make other people write for me!  Example: this bio.

(Calvin is now pursuing his doctorate in piano performance in New York.)

Christopher Law (Mephibosheth): Currently Inactive


I was born and raised in Sactown (Sacramento, CA) and in a Christian home.  I’m Chinese, 5’5, brown-eyed, and a Christian.  My wardrobe consists of white t-shirts, basketball shorts, sweatpants, and hoodies.  And flip-flops.  Aside from that, there isn’t anything too notable or interesting about me.  I’m a pretty ordinary guy who loves Jesus, because He first loved me.

(Christopher is now married and lives in Los Angeles, CA serving in a young professionals ministry.)


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