Tag: Christianity

For parents (and family) of Converts

This past Friday I “officially” became a member of the tribe, with a Rabbinic conversion (Mikvah, Bris, and Beit Din). One of the last, and most important steps was telling my parents. In fact, I had written my conversion letter last July. With 32 year in the book of life under my belt, ripping the... Read more »

What Now?

During the lunch hour, my wife called me crying. A woman of color from a rainbow family, and a member of a religious minority group – I could feel her shaking in fear and anger through the phone. She wanted reassurance, to know her place still remained in a post-Obama America. I could summon no words... Read more »

If You Are Evangelical, You Cannot Support Donald Trump

I understand the viewpoints of some who feel politically, economically, and socially marginalized. I understand their desire to tear up the existing playbook, cast the die with someone who represents as dramatic a break as possible from politics as usual. I understand that inequality is an ever present and increasingly glaring blight on the American... Read more »
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Can You Relate?

It all began innocently enough. I was arguing in vain with my increasingly blood-red Republican mother that Wisconsin’s Scott Walker is the worst governor in America. Rejecting all my statistics, facts, and logic – I decided to use a metaphorical trump card. “He is a college dropout and a Creationist”, I said with finality. In 2016, with... Read more »

An Incipient Convert

The Start of Something Big I was Baptized Lutheran. I went to Sunday School. I had my first Communion. I went to more Sunday School. I learned Luther’s Small Catechism. I was confirmed. I was in the Middle and High School Youth Group. I went on service trips every year of high school during the... Read more »

Killing in the Name Of...

Killing in the Name Of… I’ve decided not everything I write in this blog is simply going to be me heading to a church, mosque, synagogue, gurdwara or temple. Even from the dawn of religion, it was always tied up politics whether big P (government) or little p (interpersonal). Therefore, it’s not possible to have... Read more »
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White Jesus, White Moses

White Jesus, White Moses Note: This particular entry touches on religion, but spends more time in the cultural and historical forces shaping the depiction of Biblical figures. I am fully aware what a potentially divisive topic this is. With the glut of Hollywood moves revolving around Biblical themes lately, it seems that Christianity is enjoying... Read more »

Weekend Update

Weekend Update Sunday morning was rough. In fact, the past several Sunday mornings have been rough. The parade of social events, work, and volunteering / board service marches on. By the time Sunday morning rolls around, I want nothing more than just to stay in bed until noon, shower, change into comfortable clothes, pick up... Read more »

Evangelism

Evangelism I recently went to my middle cousin’s wedding. Everything was in the church, the ceremony and the reception. The ceremony featured songs, the type of music my mother-in-law listens to on K-Love. The music was simple, just a guitar player and two vocalists. The majestic organ remained unused (I asked the Pastor about it,... Read more »
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Finding a Lutheran Home

Finding a Lutheran Home It’s somewhat surprising that I’ve gone to Catholic and Greek Orthodox services in Chicago, but until two Sundays ago, hadn’t gone to a Lutheran church. The particular Lutheran Church I attended is in the North Center neighborhood, my neighborhood. North Center, for the uninitiated is a neighborhood in transition from predominantly... Read more »