Posts in category Religion

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jesus Culture’s “I Am In Love With You” or Why We Have To Be Careful As Worship Songwriters

Jesus Culture’s “I Am In Love With You” or Why We Have To Be Careful As Worship Songwriters

I start with a testimony on God’s sense of humor. As a new Christian some 7 or so years ago put in position of leading worship at my church, I found myself disliking worship songs with excessively “lovey-dovey” lyrics for God. Particularly, I was dismissive of those worship songs that became comedic fodder for the […]

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 […]

On the media coverage of Jason Collins and his coming out

On the media coverage of Jason Collins and his coming out

From a conversation with a mentor today, I’m thinking: How much “prouder” of basketballer Jason Collins would we be if he saved a child from a raging fire? I’m just not buying into someone announcing – at the twilight of his career – “I have a sexual attraction to men” as something to admire. Were […]

Angel City: Night of Worship

Angel City: Night of Worship

Please join me as I participate in a wonderful night of worship in Bellflower, CA on April 20, 2013. Please bring a $5 donation for the facility. There are many acoustic artists who will be playing… music starts at 6:00p – I will be playing first. I’ll have CDs and t-shirts on hand. See you […]

Why does Santa hate Jewish kids?

Why does Santa hate Jewish kids?

I saw this tongue-in-cheek question posted by one of my Jewish Facebook friends, and it inspired these thoughts… “Why does Santa hate Jewish kids?” I grew up a secular Jew, son of a Jewish Mom and agnostic Dad (who was an altar boy at an Anglican church as a kid). We celebrated Christmas every year, […]

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.