Social Issues, Theology

Why I still consider myself Jewish

I knew my life would change after I became a Christian -- but I was also surprised by how much remained the same. I thought I was giving up Judaism...but Judaism, the religion, and being Jewish are two different things. Somehow, I never stopped believing that Jewish spaces suddenly ceased to be my spaces. My… Continue reading Why I still consider myself Jewish

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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

Theology

Why targeted evangelism is a bad idea

For every post I write that encourages Christians to stop targeting Jews with evangelism, someone always comments, But don't you want the Jews to be saved? I understand what the comment is asking -- supposedly it's a Christian's duty to make sure that everyone hears the Gospel, so they can have fire insurance before they… Continue reading Why targeted evangelism is a bad idea

Social Issues, Theology

The Social Justice Statement is an affront to black, Jewish Jesus

The Social Justice Statement, a document composed by prominent white evangelical men, claims that caring for minorities somehow compromises the gospel. It denies any culpability in systemic racism, and any responsibility for how anti-gay and anti-woman rhetoric causes harm. None of this is surprising. In fact, it fits rather well in an era in which… Continue reading The Social Justice Statement is an affront to black, Jewish Jesus

Theology

Interview: Gutsy Christianity

Last week I had the privilege of being a guest on Gutsy Christianity, a radio show hosted by Rosa A. Hopkins. We discussed my memoir, Confessions of a Prodigal Daughter, what drew me to the Episcopal church, why I don't identify as a Messianic Jew or "Jew for Jesus," and how sometimes Christians misrepresent Jewish… Continue reading Interview: Gutsy Christianity

Theology

Why progressives and conservatives don’t like me

It’s hard for a person with one foot in two spiritual worlds to find a place to call home; it’s harder still when your theology is such that it annoys both progressive and conservative Christians alike. I say this not to look for pity, but just to state a fact: I don’t fit neatly in… Continue reading Why progressives and conservatives don’t like me

Theology, Writing & Publishing

Important announcement about ‘Confessions of a Prodigal Daughter’

I often joke that it was a bad idea to publish a memoir at the age of 22 because the shiny, child-like faith I had back then is now frozen in time. I’ve evolved quite a bit since, but only those who know me personally are aware of that. My readers are not. If I… Continue reading Important announcement about ‘Confessions of a Prodigal Daughter’

Theology

Why the Episcopal church?

One thing that scared me away from the chaplaincy program at seminary was the requirement of having the support of a specific denomination. I lived under the “It’s not a religion, it’s a relationship” banner at the time, so the thought of having to align myself with a “religious” label abhorred me. My academic adviser… Continue reading Why the Episcopal church?

Theology

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”