Theology

A nuanced look at the Great Commission

My editor for Patheos sent me a link to this blog post by Cross Examined, asking me to respond to it. It's about why Christians should ignore the Great Commission, because supposedly it wasn't meant for them -- it was meant for the original disciples. I read it over, and decided to turn it down… Continue reading A nuanced look at the Great Commission

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Social Issues, Theology

John Allen Chau and misplaced evangelical zeal

I was sitting in a coffee shop a few months ago, working on a book review for a company I was freelancing for at the time. The book was about whether or not the Apostle Paul was bigoted, misogynistic, and homophobic, given what he wrote about slaves, women, and other groups. The book was lying… Continue reading John Allen Chau and misplaced evangelical zeal

Theology

The inherent deception of Messianic Judaism

My phone pinged with an email notification from my freelance editor at Patheos, regarding the news of Mike Pence honoring the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims by inviting a Messianic rabbi to say a prayer at a rally. Naturally, that prayer invoked mentions of Jesus -- or rather, as he is known in Messianic circles, Yeshua… Continue reading The inherent deception of Messianic Judaism

Social Issues, Theology

Choosing a religion that persecutes you

When my brother mentioned casually at the dinner table that he was interested in Buddhism, neither of my parents thought it was strange. In fact, in recent years there has been an increase of interest in Eastern religions among the Jewish community, and there's nothing shocking or heretical about it (unless maybe you're Orthodox). My… Continue reading Choosing a religion that persecutes you

Social Issues, Theology

What Jesus might have meant by “the way to life is narrow”

Is Jesus Christ the only way to heaven? I struggle a lot with this question- I know many Christians do. It's a particularly nasty struggle for me, because if the answer is yes, that means everyone in my family is going, or has gone, to the dark place. I wrestle with God quite a bit… Continue reading What Jesus might have meant by “the way to life is narrow”

Theology

Christians: let the Jews speak

Being misunderstood sucks. I'm not a big people-pleaser by nature, but it does bother me when I'm disliked for the wrong reasons. This doesn't happen too often, but the following scenario has happened to me more than once: New Jewish acquaintance: "So you grew up Reform, but then converted?" Me: "Basically, yeah." Them: "So you're… Continue reading Christians: let the Jews speak

Social Issues, Theology

“True Christians” and harmful politics

I remember, in my early days of faith, being consumed with the question of whether I was a "real" Christian. Sure, I had prayed the Sinner's Prayer and all, but what if my "walk" didn't match my talk? What if I was lukewarm? What if my actions caused more people to "backslide" than convert? This… Continue reading “True Christians” and harmful politics

Social Issues, Theology

Potiphar’s wife and #MeToo

After my Episcopal church service I went to my husband’s evangelical church to wait for him in the cafe like I usually do. When I stepped out to use the restroom, I heard the sermon topic introduced. It was about Potiphar’s wife. The one who falsely accused Joseph of rape. THIS weekend of all weekends.… Continue reading Potiphar’s wife and #MeToo

Social Issues

When I can’t believe in the Church

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

Social Issues, Theology

Yom Kippur and #MeToo

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