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Be a Bridge, Not an Island

Be a Bridge, Not an Island

If you’re a Christian who is learning about their Jewish roots, you’ll quickly enter a world that has an entirely new vocabulary of Hebrew names and biblical phrases, etc. Why don’t you hear me use it? I share my reasoning here.

A Parable for Your New Year's Resolutions

A Parable for Your New Year’s Resolutions

We’re only a few days into 2013, and the year is still squeaky clean. A lot of us are going strong on our New Year’s resolutions. We’re full of fresh determination to be more thrifty, organized, slim and buff. In about a month or so, the glow will fade. You’ll realize that change is harder […]

Dear Abby's Secret Advice Formula

Dear Abby’s Secret Advice Formula

Ever since I was a kid, a newspaper has plopped onto my doorstep each day with a Dear Abby (or Ann Landers) column waiting to be read. Day after day people pour out their frustrations, and Abby and Ann share their pithy answers. The letters typically have a similar format. First the writer complains about […]

Taking My Thumb Off the Scale

Taking My Thumb Off the Scale

[An excerpt from Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus (Zondervan, 2012)] My keys clattered onto the countertop, a relieved sigh escaping from my lips as I slipped off my Sunday coat. The morning had been filled with small irritations: the coffee I splattered on my new sweater, the nosy prayer chain coordinator who grilled […]

Would Jesus Go Green?

Would Jesus Go Green?

Right now, a hot topic in the news is the effort of many to be “green.” Because of the rising price of oil and the discussion about global warming, many people are trying to “reduce their carbon footprint.” Others may just be rolling their eyes at another over-hyped trend, and skeptical about the whole thing. […]