Category Archives: Church and Culture

A Plea to the Church in America

Through all the noise, confusion, opinions and fear, hear the voice of your Rabbi teaching you what it means to follow Torah.    

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And I Must Be an Acrobat: (Lent Day #3)

For nearly three decades now, I have lived with the music of U2 as a near constant companion on my journey as a believer.  Unlike most of the other popular “Christian” bands that have come and gone, the music of … Continue reading

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What Would Jesus Deconstruct?

We tend to think of the act of dEcOnStRuCtIoN to be primarily driven by negativity, opposition or violence.  Christians don’t mind so much when we dEcOnStRuCt the narratives and expose the real powers behind the government, politicians, or big business.  But, … Continue reading

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Reclaiming the Christian Identity: What does it Mean to be a “Resident Alien?” – Part 4

“The fundamental issue when it comes to Christian ethics is not whether we shall be conservative or liberal, left or right, but whether we shall be faithful to the church’s peculiar vision of what it means to live and act … Continue reading

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Reclaiming the Christian Identity: What Does it Mean to be a “Resident Alien?” – Part 3

“Too often, we have conceived of salvation – what God does to us in Jesus – as a purely personal decision, or a matter of finally getting our heads straight on basic beliefs, or of having some inner feelings of … Continue reading

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Reclaiming the Christian Identity: What Does it Mean to be a “Resident Alien?” – Part 2

“We could cope—the world could cope—with a Jesus who ultimately remains a wonderful idea inside his disciples’ minds and hearts. The world cannot cope with a Jesus who comes out of the tomb, who inaugurates God’s new creation right in … Continue reading

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Reclaiming the Christian Identity: What does it Mean to be a “Resident Alien?” – Part 1

“Christianity [has always argued that] this universe is at war.  But it does not think this is a war between independent powers.  It thinks it is a civil war, a rebellion, and that we are living in a part of … Continue reading

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