Original sin vs. Original blessing

You would think that, in order to convert from one religion to another, one would have to be pretty damn certain about their new beliefs. And I was – I still am, for the most part. It’s the details that sometimes trip me up – are people born sinners? Will God eternally punish people who… Continue reading Original sin vs. Original blessing

Social Issues

Podcast: A Jew and a Gentile walk into a bar…mitzvah

Last week I had a great discussion with A Jew and a Gentile Walk into a Bar Mitzvah on their podcast. As you can probably guess from the title, the show literally consists of a Jewish and gentile host whop regularly dissect various interfaith issues. On this episode, I discuss My book, Confessions of a… Continue reading Podcast: A Jew and a Gentile walk into a bar…mitzvah


Reconciling hell

One week before my father died of cancer, I received an email from a family friend— we’ll call her G—wanting to know if he had been “saved” yet; the implication being there wasn’t much time left before it would be too late. By that point, Dad had succumbed to a comatose-like state, with occasional hallucinations… Continue reading Reconciling hell


When you and your spouse are “unequally yoked”

When we first starting dating, Josh and I were mutually burned out by "Cru Culture" - the branch of Campus Crusade for Christ we were both part of that was highly legalistic and overly concerned with outward appearances. Despite our different backgrounds -- he grew up Church of Christ, and I grew up Jewish --… Continue reading When you and your spouse are “unequally yoked”


A fresh look at the parable of the prodigal son

It must be pretty obvious that I have a soft spot in my heart for the parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32, seeing as I named my memoir after it. The parable is about two sons who work for their father. The younger one asks his father for his share of the inheritance… Continue reading A fresh look at the parable of the prodigal son


When grief and Bible study collide

Two years ago at this time, I had my father-daughter dance five months before my actual wedding. I tried on my dress in the Catan’s Bridal suite, gathered my un-hemmed skirt, and shuffled over to Dad’s wheelchair to ask him to dance with me. Mom played Pachelbel Canon on her iphone while we “danced” as… Continue reading When grief and Bible study collide


Fundamentalism and interfaith dialogue

I had the privilege of participating in Colorado State’s first “Better Together” Day: a collaborative effort of various faith ministries on campus. The point was to wear a nametag with your faith affiliation on it so you could find someone of a different faith tradition to talk to and learn from. There were “Christian,” “Jewish,”… Continue reading Fundamentalism and interfaith dialogue


The reasons for religious conversion

I stumbled across this blog post yesterday: When People Change Religions, Logic and Reason Aren’t Always in the Picture, inspired by Susan Jacoby’s new book, Strange Gods: a secular history of conversion. Jacoby writes: People generally think about conversion only in terms of a spiritual journey, when in fact, there are a lot of secular… Continue reading The reasons for religious conversion


Why I’m not a Messianic Jew

It’s a struggle for some people to believe that “Christian with Jewish heritage” and “Messianic Jew” are not the same thing. I completely understand why; it wasn’t that long ago that I myself would have failed to see the difference. My mind would have sounded alarm bells trilling “Traitor! Traitor!” too loudly for me to… Continue reading Why I’m not a Messianic Jew