Marking Time


When we were in high school, we'd compare notes about everything from boys to menstrual cycles to math homework. Of the six of us girls, five of us were brand-new followers of Jesus. We learned something about walking with him by following each other. For one brief moment in time, we were even all enrolled at the same state university.When I got engaged, my girlfriends told me I was getting married "first". We were in the habit of measuring ourselves using each other's lives as rulers. … [Read more...]

Why We Have To Stop Telling Jewish Jokes

Sometimes it takes a while for a bad punchline to sink in. To wit, after a handful of comedian (to use the term loosely) Trevor Noah’s cringe-worthy anti-Semitic, misogynist tweets from 2009 surfaced about a week and a half ago. Last night, “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart spoke out in support of Noah, who is slated to replace Stewart on the Comedy Central show later this year. But Noah still faces several comedy critiques. On Wednesday, the American Jewish Congress launched an online campaign … [Read more...]

Writing Is Like Riding A Bike

If I wrote a job description for myself as a writer, it would include the following requirements:Must appreciate wearing pajamas to work. Must relish the battery-acid flavor of twice-reheated room temperature coffee. Room temperature Diet Coke is an acceptable alternative. Must know how to source and study each week’s most popular cat videos as a deadline approaches. Must remember.Many writers affirm some variation of numbers one through three on this list. And number four seems … [Read more...]

Faithful Compassion Over Gut Reaction

In the last few weeks, I’ve read reports of swastikasspray-painted inside the walls of a Jewish frat house at Vanderbilt University and residents of a Madison, Wisconsin neighborhood housing many Jewish residents awakening one Saturday morning to find racist and anti-Semitic graffiti plastered across their properties. Are these reports of hate-speech the acts of alcohol-fueled vandals? Or are they harbingers of something more ominous? In light of a well-documented rising tide of violent anti- … [Read more...]

Christian Seders?

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Should Christians participate in church-run Seders?After all, this command to retell and relive via ritual meal celebrating God's deliverance of his people from slavery in Egypt was given to the Jewish people (click here, here, and here). Yet it has become popular in both liturgical and low-church circles to incorporate a Christian version of the Seder meal into Holy Week observance. Many other congregations will invite ministries involved in doing Jewish outreach to come and do a "seder … [Read more...]

Spiritual Stage Parents

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"I would never behave like those crazed mothers on shows like Toddlers & Tiaras and Dance Moms," we parents tell ourselves. "Spray tans on a four year old? Competition that takes all the joy out of childhood play? I would never live my ambitions through my kid!"Parental ambition come in plenty of shapes and sizes. Most of them aren't featured on basic cable, but are everywhere we turn during our active parenting years:The dad who goes a little ballistic about a bad call during his … [Read more...]

The Upside Of Nepotism?

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So much of my Christian journey has been marked by the way those in power have used their social privilege to either protect themselves or promote those in their families or their inner circles. I've written about nepotism in this space before. Others (click here and here) have raised lots of important questions about nepotism and related forms of cronyism in the church. These practices live directly at the intersection of a leaders' joy in seeing his or her children/pals following the Lord and t … [Read more...]