Every now and then, when my doubts start to gang up on me, I skim through Confessions of a Prodigal Daughter to be reminded, Oh, this is why I chose Christianity. These are the reasons I'm still here. I stand by those reasons. My faith is generally strengthened by hardship, because it's when I lean … Continue reading When I can’t believe in the Church
I never liked Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, growing up. Jewish holidays can best be summarized as “They tried to kill us, we survived, let’s eat,” and thus tend to be joyful occasions, but not this one. It’s a somber day of reflecting on our sins and making amends with the people we’ve hurt. … Continue reading Yom Kippur and #MeToo
This post originally appeared on Tim Fall's blog. Some people have a clear idea of how God will “use” them, especially if they came to faith from a struggle like drinking, drugs, or some kind of abuse. They know exactly who their audience is. The words come naturally and with ease. I follow lots of … Continue reading What is my “ministry”?
The Social Justice Statement, a document composed by prominent white evangelical men, claims that caring for minorities somehow compromises the gospel. It denies any culpability in systemic racism, and any responsibility for how anti-gay and anti-woman rhetoric causes harm. None of this is surprising. In fact, it fits rather well in an era in which … Continue reading The Social Justice Statement is an affront to black, Jewish Jesus
I try not to employ the “No True Scotsman” fallacy very often – it’s not up to me to see into people’s hearts and determine who is a legitimate Christian, and who is not. At the same time, a person born in a Jewish family who later believes in Jesus is, by definition, no longer … Continue reading Who are the “true believers”?
I remember sitting in Bible studies in which the Hebrew Scriptures were studied – usually the prophets. Without fail, someone would mention where they could find Jesus in those verses, but especially in Isaiah 53. That passage in particular was just so “obvious” that Jesus’ life was planned from the beginning of creation. This is … Continue reading Is Jesus found in the Old Testament?
This week I had an article published on Sojourners: When I was studying biblical counseling at a conservative Baptist seminary five years ago, a student invited me to a Passover Seder on campus. I was reluctant to respond because the student was a Messianic Judaism major and the Seder was being hosted by his department. … Continue reading How Some Christians Mistake Honoring Jewish Culture With Appropriating It
I recently listened to a podcast episode by Uniquely Woman on the history of what has become known as the “quiet time” – the portion of the day in which Christians read their Bibles, usually in an arm chair or at a farmhouse table with a mug of coffee and open journal for note-taking (you’ve … Continue reading A brief history of the “quiet time”
When I first converted, one thing I immediately noticed was how common it is for Christians to praise God for every good thing that happens in their lives, even if it happened as a result of human actions. God was praised for giving someone a job, even though they took the time to apply and … Continue reading What financial struggle taught me about faith
Josh took on the task of shopping for a new church during the summer I went back to Ohio to take care of Dad. One Sunday he sent me a text: This pastor is British and snarky. You’ll love this place! Well. How could I say no to that? When I returned to Colorado that … Continue reading Grieving for Jewish relatives in an evangelical church