Posts in category Rant

Police shootings, race, & resisting arrest

Police shootings, race, & resisting arrest

To say that there has not been a historical conflict between law enforcement and the black community in the United States is to bury your head in the sand. History has created a distrust between both sides, and the divide doesn’t appear to be getting any better due to recent news.

No Jewish Evangelism? Or, Why “Real” Jews do not try and convert others

No Jewish Evangelism? Or, Why “Real” Jews do not try and convert others

A friend recently posted her frustration at a Messianic Jew who issued a press release announcing that his son was missing. She viewed this as “disgusting” and as an attempt to proselytize to Jewish people, adding: “Real Jews do not try to convert others. Messianics are a different story. They aren’t Jews, but they still […]

Stop using the phrase “reproductive health” to explain abortion

Stop using the phrase “reproductive health” to explain abortion

The definition of “health” is “the state of being free from illness or injury.” Plenty of quotes today regarding Governor Brown’s signing of abortion bill AB 154 (allowing non-physicians to perform “suction” abortions in the first trimester) that are using the phrase “reproductive health.” Says Kathy Kneer, CEO of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California: Brown […]

It wasn’t a speech! It was a sermon!

It wasn’t a speech!  It was a sermon!

On the 50th anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr. “I Have A Dream” sermon.

When it comes to religion, Christianity is as liberal as it gets

When it comes to religion, Christianity is as liberal as it gets

No, I am not talking politically. Just liberally. From a liberal perspective, isn’t a religion that is open to all, that is easy to become a part of, and that is easy to leave behind about as liberal as it gets? I was reminded of this thought as I was sitting behind two orthodox Jewish […]

The Martin Trial: If Trayvon, in fact, Killed Zimmerman

The Martin Trial: If Trayvon, in fact, Killed Zimmerman

Just saw a Daily Show bit on the Zimmerman verdict. It failed for the simple fact that it tried to allege a connection between the black woman who could not use the Stand Your Ground law and got 20 years for merely shooting a gun in the air and Zimmerman, who allegedly got off using […]

Rachel Jeantel on Piers Morgan last night

Rachel Jeantel on Piers Morgan last night

Rachel Jeantel, the first witness for the prosecution in the George Zimmerman case, was on Piers Morgan last night, and I caught a brief glimpse. She was obviously – and understandably – furious at the defense attorney, Don West. The fact of the matter is that West did his job of trying to eviscerate her […]

What happened to the shades of gray?

What happened to the shades of gray?

I understand how many of my friends are upset with the Texas abortion law because it infringes on a woman’s right to do what she wants with her body. What irks me is labeling the motivation of such a law as designed to “take away women’s rights” or as an example of a patriarchal society’s […]

Christian Evangelism Gone Bad: Jesus knows best, we should know better, we should love better

Christian Evangelism Gone Bad: Jesus knows best, we should know better, we should love better

There’s a scene in the great action movie “Die Hard With A Vengeance” where our hero John McClane is forced to wear an “I Hate N*ggers” sign around his body, in the middle of Harlem, so as to prevent massive casualties via a bomb set to explode somewhere in New York City. The director didn’t […]

To Judge or not to Judge: Which is God’s commandment?

To Judge or not to Judge:  Which is God’s commandment?

How do we reconcile the apparent “opposition” of Jesus’ words of not judging others until the plank is out of our eye (Matthew 7:1-5 or so) and “making a righteous judgment” (John 7:24)? Put another way, how can we make a “righteous” judgment when Jesus COMMANDS us not to judge? Jesus COMMANDS us: “Matthew 7:1 […]

In May, 2005, Rob was a secular, Jewish, thirty-something, Los Angeles, personal injury attorney whose idea of getting up early on a Sunday was getting up for the third quarter of the first televised, NFL games.

Thirsting on the idea of playing in a band for the first time in a decade, Rob finally accepted his neighbor's request to get up at seven-in-the-morning on Sundays in order to participate.

Eleven months later, his world was turned upside down by Jesus. Instantly, he began leading songs on the worship team and, today, he now leads that same LIFEhouse worship team in which he was initially invited to join as a non-believer.

God is cool like that.