Social Issues, Theology

Coronavirus and evangelical fear of uncertainty

Evangelical discomfort with uncertainty has become clearer to me in the few months that Covid-19 has ravaged the planet. For a community of people that are supposed to be "set apart" from the world -- that is, to exercise discernment and caution in all things -- it is evangelical Christians that are the most likely… Continue reading Coronavirus and evangelical fear of uncertainty

Theology

Faith and intellectual curiosity

Growing up Jewish, you can imagine the many hurdles I had to jump through in order to grow comfortable enough with the Christian faith to start considering myself one (see my memoir). Contending with Jesus being more than just a prophet was one thing; contending with certain Christian subcultures was something else altogether. In my… Continue reading Faith and intellectual curiosity

Theology

On having a “flexible faith”

I once had a high school English teacher who told the class we could argue in our term papers that Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is about a cheese sandwich, and get full credit...if we could make a credible case for it, using textual and historical evidence. As far as I'm aware, no one wrote a… Continue reading On having a “flexible faith”

Theology

We don’t need sanitized Scripture

You’ve probably seen it before: the Instagram photo of a Bible study, complete with a cup of coffee (maybe the mug has a Psalm or Proverb printed on it in swirly script) and open journal (the cover of which is probably embossed with something like “For I know the plans I have for you”). I… Continue reading We don’t need sanitized Scripture

Theology

The biggest theological differences between Judaism and Christianity

Much of my work consists of pointing out the ways that Jews and Christians can learn from each other, based on their shared history in Scripture. Today, however, I want to point out some of the ways that the two faiths differ in their theologies. These differences go a lot deeper than simply “Jesus” and… Continue reading The biggest theological differences between Judaism and Christianity

Theology

Why progressive and conservative Christians don’t like me

These days, telling people "I'm a Christian" doesn't mean much of anything. Saying, "I'm Anglican" narrows it down a little bit, but still leaves room for lots of questions. I chose my church because it best reflects how I understand the Christian faith. I believe that all the essential principles of Christianity are summed up… Continue reading Why progressive and conservative Christians don’t like me

Theology

When spiritual nourishment comes from two different places

Some people can be fully nourished from a bible study, singing worship songs, or just being around fellow believers. When your identity is interfaith, it's not always that simple. After several disappointing experiences with Christians, I found myself hungry for connection with the Jewish community again: a group that is more concerned about asking the right questions… Continue reading When spiritual nourishment comes from two different places

Theology

Seeing the Bible the way we do people

Lately I’ve been thinking about how easy it is to judge the entire character of a person based on an isolated comment on social media – especially if it’s related to politics. All the assumptions you can make, the stereotypes, the judgments, come easily. Intent and inflection are utterly lost. I was talking to my… Continue reading Seeing the Bible the way we do people