Theology

Does Galatians 3:28 teach “Jewish erasure”?

I’ve been rereading Amy-Jill Levine’s book, The Misunderstood Jew. Levine’s work captivates me because she’s an Orthodox Jew who teaches the New Testament at Vanderbilt University. That makes her perspective unique in a world where Jesus’ Jewish background is often forgotten or ignored. While I don’t always agree with her views, Levine’s work is the… Continue reading Does Galatians 3:28 teach “Jewish erasure”?

Social Issues, Theology

So begins a month of terrible “hot takes”

The social media "hot take" is probably one of the most damaging inventions that helped put civil discourse in its grave. Those short, snappy social media posts are not intended to start a meaningful conversation, but rather to earn the admiration of those who already agree and annoy or vilify those who don’t.  In June,… Continue reading So begins a month of terrible “hot takes”

Social Issues, Theology

Overturning Roe Isn’t Enough To Eradicate A Culture Of Death

Does anyone care what I think about the increasingly likely possibility of overturning Roe v. Wade? Likely not. I’m admittedly quite hesitant to add my voice to all the noise on the internet right now.  In my social media feeds, I see two prevailing perspectives: one from conservatives who are celebrating, and one from liberals… Continue reading Overturning Roe Isn’t Enough To Eradicate A Culture Of Death

Theology

The danger of reactionary theology

The online world of deconstructing Christians is a sad one. In private Facebook groups and DMs, I read story after story of adult children being disowned by their parents for coming out of the closet; rape victims being forced to apologize for “adultery” before their congregation; abused wives told by pastors to endure beatings like… Continue reading The danger of reactionary theology

Theology

Rethinking Sex, Celibacy, And Abundant Life

I’m currently reading The Thrill of the Chaste by Dawn Eden. I read it before when it was first published in 2007, but this is an updated edition in which Eden, who was born Jewish, describes more of her journey to becoming Catholic. I’m naturally a sucker for these stories, so I had to buy… Continue reading Rethinking Sex, Celibacy, And Abundant Life

Theology

From Deconstruction to Reconstruction: a story of doubt to faith

I became a Christian in the fall of 2008, after growing up in a liberal Jewish household. You would think that someone who made such an extreme conversion would have a great deal of certainty about her faith. But from about 2013 to 2017, I was basically an agnostic. I believed in God, but didn’t… Continue reading From Deconstruction to Reconstruction: a story of doubt to faith

Theology

How To Love Your Hostage Neighbor

You may have seen the viral video of a group of Christians singing worship songs on an airplane. While some people are criticizing those who were offended, the Jewish side of me raises an eyebrow at the whole thing. That's because I know how it would have affected me if I were on that plane… Continue reading How To Love Your Hostage Neighbor

Theology

What’s Amazing About Grace? Everything

I’ve been reading Philip Yancey’s What’s So Amazing About Grace? I’m normally a fast reader, finishing at least two books a week, but this one is so heavy on the topics of grace and forgiveness that I’m forcing myself to slow down. But it’s a slower read for me because it’s bringing up some personal… Continue reading What’s Amazing About Grace? Everything

Theology

Judaism Is More Than The Old Testament

Every year (except 2020), a Christian friend will share on social media about a Passover seder held at their church. I’ve addressed the many issues with that, so I won’t rehash them again. But I did realize something as I was reminded, once again, why these church-hosted seders are so attractive to Christians in the… Continue reading Judaism Is More Than The Old Testament

Theology

Moving Beyond Transactional Salvation

“Have you made a decision for Christ yet?” This is “Christianese” for asking if you’ve been “saved,” “accepted Christ into your heart,” or whatever the preferred vernacular is. For me, it’s a question that asked if I’d converted yet: from Reform Judaism to Christianity (Anglican, specifically). A handful of friends knew I’d been thinking about… Continue reading Moving Beyond Transactional Salvation