Theology

There can be freedom in following “the law”

My first book, Confessions of a Prodigal Daughter, describes much of my frustration with feeling like a "bad" Jew because I didn't keep kosher, or the Sabbath, or fast on Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement. It wasn't just that I tried to do those things, and failed -- I didn't really want to.… Continue reading There can be freedom in following “the law”

Advertisements
Theology, Writing & Publishing

Learning the language of Christian culture

When I was in seminary (a rather impulsive decision after college, thinking God was calling me to faith-based counseling), I joined an on-campus Bible study. I remember sitting on the floor of my friend Isabel’s living room, munching on frosted cookies and sipping lemonade, thinking that the dainty yellow plates and flowered napkins were an… Continue reading Learning the language of Christian culture

Theology

Two Christian camps, two approaches to Scripture: Part I

For the last few weeks, I embarked on a personal project that compares two books, each one representing two strands of Christianity and their approach to reading and interpreting Scripture. The first book is Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin, representing the mainstream, evangelical view. The second is The Bible Tells Me So (my… Continue reading Two Christian camps, two approaches to Scripture: Part I

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