Reinventing Religion

I attended two Passover Seders last week.  One I led for a large group of New Mexican church-going Christians.  The other was in the home of my Jewish kid brother and our religiously, ethnically diverse gathering of family and friends.  The first one was designed to...

Can We Truly Embrace a Jewish Jesus?

This week we celebrate the miracle around which Christian life revolves: the death and resurrection of Jesus. It makes me wonder if we are truly ready to embrace a Jewish Jesus. Jesus is seen as a Jew in many pulpits and pews, but usually as an exception, an anomaly....

Growing Up with Elie Wiesel

I mourned when I heard that Elie Wiesel had died. I grew up with this Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate.   No, not in Auschwitz or Buchenwald, the concentration camps of his childhood experience, but in the darkened room of my 8th grade Jewish Sunday School class....

Jesus, the Anti-Jew?

Church, it’s time to go all the way in embracing the Jewish Jesus. Yes, Jesus is seen as a Jew in many pulpits and pews, but usually as an exception, an anomaly. In too many sermons, commentaries,and hymnals his teachings on love, inclusion, and forgiveness are set up...

A Fresh Look at an Ancient Book

True confession:    I didn’t have a very high expectation of Bible studies when I first started going to church as an adult. I was prejudiced against the word “Bible” itself.   I thought the initials BS in the bulletin stood for, well, B.S. ...

Resolve to Evolve: Get to Know Jesus, Again

This week, I’m continuing to share tips for people of faith who are resolved to evolve in 2014.  Tip #1 was  Get Authentic. Tip #2 is Get to know Jesus, again. When Jesus first came to me in a vision, over 20 years ago, it was a shock.  Not only that he was in...