Social Issues, Theology

Interfaith dialogue is necessary for peace

If you've been paying attention to the news lately, you may be aware of the controversy regarding Donald Trump declaring Jerusalem the official capital of Israel. This is a controversial move for spiritual reasons as well as political ones. It's interesting that the same issues that plagued interfaith relations 2000+ years ago are just as… Continue reading Interfaith dialogue is necessary for peace

Social Issues, Theology

On cultural appropriation: how much do intentions matter?

I read with interest a Washington Post article about a white teenager who wore a traditional Chinese dress to her prom: Like many other teenagers preparing for prom, Utah senior Keziah Daum wanted to find a dress that would stand out, “something that would be more unique and bold and had some sort of meaning to it,”… Continue reading On cultural appropriation: how much do intentions matter?

Social Issues

How my Jewish background opened my eyes to racism

I often wonder what my life would be like if I had been raised in a Christian home. Would I be the same person I am today? Would I still prioritize understanding different viewpoints – even those (or especially those) I disagree with? It’s easy for me to resent my Jewish background sometimes. It’s the… Continue reading How my Jewish background opened my eyes to racism

Theology

What Christians can learn from Jews about handling disagreement

After Trump got elected, and accusations against liberals turning “safe spaces” into echo chambers intensified, I made a personal rule for myself: for every book or article I read that affirms what I already believe, I will read something that doesn’t. There’s a blogger I follow whose viewpoints I frequently disagree with – which is… Continue reading What Christians can learn from Jews about handling disagreement

Theology

Reconciling my faith with anti-semitic Easter vibes

As I’ve weaved in and out of church groups over the years, sharing my story with the people I met there, someone with an interest in apologetics always wants to know: when was the moment you read the Bible and realized that the Old Testament points to Jesus? There was no such moment like that… Continue reading Reconciling my faith with anti-semitic Easter vibes

Social Issues, Theology

I was raised Jewish. I became a Christian. Please don’t call me a “Messianic Jew”

I started calling myself a Christian in the fall of 2008 – nearly ten years ago. I accepted a friend’s invitation to check out my school’s chapter of Campus Crusade for Christ, fulfilling my long-term fascination with the man who called himself God. This isn’t an unusual story for a lot of people. Becoming “born… Continue reading I was raised Jewish. I became a Christian. Please don’t call me a “Messianic Jew”

Miscellaneous, Writing & Publishing

A year in review (of books): 2017

It’s time for my annual Year in Review (of books), which is not technically over yet – there are a few books I hope to finish before January 1st rolls in. You can often infer a lot about how a year went based on some of my favorite titles, which means I must start with… Continue reading A year in review (of books): 2017

Social Issues, Theology

The Nashville Statement and ‘noble heresies’

I haven’t weighed in much on the Nashville Statement, save for a few articles I shared that summarize my feelings better than I could. I just didn’t have much to say that hadn’t already been said. But the phrase “noble heresy” came to mind during my morning “God time” today, and I feel compelled to… Continue reading The Nashville Statement and ‘noble heresies’

Theology

“You can’t sit with us,” Jewish edition

For a magazine whose demographic is liberal Jewish women, I was rather surprised by the responses to the article “Please Stop Asking Me ‘Are You Even Jewish’?” that was recently shared on Lilith's Facebook page. The author, Alyssa Weinstein, was raised by interfaith parents: an Episcopalian mother, and a Reform Jewish father. Though Weinstein’s mother… Continue reading “You can’t sit with us,” Jewish edition

Theology

Are millennials leaving church? I don’t know, but here’s why I did

To be honest, I’m a little annoyed by all these alarmist-sounding “Why are millennials leaving the church in droves?!” kinds of articles. Okay, not all of them are quite so alarmist. More like…concerned. There are sources that want to understand, like this one here, and Christian groups that just want a new demographic to make… Continue reading Are millennials leaving church? I don’t know, but here’s why I did