Some of my best trends are Jewish?

In some corners of the Evangelical world, hybridizing select bits of Jewish practice with Christian faith is a way to declare that these individuals or churches really take the Bible seriously and/or love Israel. I've seen women dancing with tallit (prayer shawls), each woman wielding her tallit as though she were a  matador. I've watched a few of my Gentile friends embrace various kosher-style diets. And I've been the recipient of awkward verbal bouquets consisting of a gushed "You're so lucky … [Read more...]

Lost In Translation?

Mrs. C knew the Scriptures, and she knew how to listen to the Holy Spirit. It was a powerful combination, but would something get lost in translation as she attempted to minister to someone like me, who came from a different faith tradition?For months, I felt as though I’d gotten stuck spiritually, up to my hubcaps in mud, and my own best efforts to get some traction had only succeeded in digging me deeper into the quagmire in which I’d landed. A friend suggested I meet with the mil … [Read more...]

When wordless groans are prayer…

My soul took a stagger-step this afternoon when I read that Pastor Rick Warren's 27 year-old son Matthew died as the result of suicide after a lifelong battle with mental illness. As the news is moving at the speed of a forward around the internet, expressions of sympathy and sorrow are popping up everywhere.The family doesn't know me, and will never hear my expression of sympathy on the loss of their beloved child. I am trusting that God will hear my prayers mingling with the prayers being … [Read more...]

Youth group as “discipleship incubator”?

Parents, if your older teen or young adult child was in a church-based or parachurch youth group during their high school years, I'd value your response to the questions below. If you are a young adult who logged time in your youth group, I'd like to hear from you, too. (And oh yes - I'd love to hear from past and present youth pastors, too.)Two questions: Did the youth group experience help or hinder the process of "owning" your/your child's faith? Why do you say so? Yes, I know there … [Read more...]

Review: Eat With Joy

My mom was a diet afficionado. It seemed that she tried on for size every fad diet that came during my childhood. The Cottage Cheese Diet. The Grapefruit Diet. A few rounds of Weight Watchers. A leaning tower of Lean Cuisines stashed in the freezer. An always-uneasy relationship with "starch", or as we like to call it/them today, carbs.She also disliked cooking. The standard fare at our dinner table was broiled steak, defrosted Green Giant frozen vegetables and an iceberg lettuce salad. Or … [Read more...]

Hung over after Holy Week, Church Leader?

Dear Church Leader,Are you hung over today?No matter what your church tradition, you're coming off the most intense worship schedule of your Church calendar. Nothing compares to Holy Week, not even the Christmas season. If you're shepherding a liturgical church, you've had a long run-up to holy week, beginning with Ash Wednesday 47 days ago. But even if your congregation doesn't add additional services during Lent, this past week has probably been packed with anything from … [Read more...]

Waiting for Resurrection

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die." - John 11:25-26  … [Read more...]


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