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

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

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

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

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

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”

Theology

Moishe Rosen, Jews for Jesus, and interfaith identities

It was with great personal interest that I read Jewish-Christian Difference and Modern Jewish Identity by Shalom Goldman: a collection of mini-biographies about seven 20th-century converts from Judaism to Christianity, and vice versa. Of the seven, only one name was familiar to me besides the biblical Ruth: Moishe Rosen, the controversial founder of Jews for… Continue reading Moishe Rosen, Jews for Jesus, and interfaith identities