It is at least possible that those events in the Bible which are dismissed as supernatural and, therefore, impossible, might simply be cryptonatural.
At what point did Jesus cease being a Jew? Never. At what point did his Jewish followers cease being Jews? Never. There is no language in the New Testament which states: "They ceased being Jews."
I work for a church which is unusually diverse, and this diversity is reflected in our music as much as anything else.
If churches in this country expect to counter the widespread attrition which is gutting mainstream Christianity, the single most important factor will be diversity.
I was recently confronted, online, with the following attack, not only on my faith, but on faith -- on religion -- in general: "...even a cursory, critical look shows religions, unfortunately, have never been able to [live and let live]. Everything from home schooling to genital mutilation to nearly every violent conflict around us in … Continue reading The Roots of All Evil
A couple years ago I was accused of anti-Semitism. Anyone who knows me will realize how ludicrous such an accusation is. Several people to whom I've related this story actually laughed out loud. This incident occurred shortly after I took part in the 2015 Page-to-Stage Festival, an annual event at the Kennedy Center which allows … Continue reading This Isn’t What I Wrote
In the summer of 2014 I produced a play I had written, and it received two reviews in the local press. One was the best review of my career as a self-producing playwright. The other was one of the most malicious reviews of any play which I've ever read. It was, in fact, so harsh, … Continue reading Dying to Myself
A few years ago I wrote a monologue for Good Friday, performed at my church, in which Judas muses over what's it's been like to be Judas. All the while he's fashioning a noose for himself, because, as we all know, he did hang himself. And boy was his face red! It's easy to dehumanize … Continue reading Lambs Leading Lambs
I keep getting flak from atheists. Granted, I am a Christian, and Christians have been known to antagonize atheists from time to time. But I'm not out to antagonize anyone. I don't make it my business to change the hearts and minds of the atheists of the world. Typically my beliefs are challenged out of … Continue reading Truth, Proof, Evidence, Faith, and Belief
A couple years ago when I attended the Passover Seder at my parents' home, I was struck by two of the rituals which are incorporated into that celebration, the blessings over the bread and the wine. These are known, respectively, as the HaMotzi and the HaGafen, and, while not limited to Passover, are integral to … Continue reading Passover Communion