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Provoketive: Review of Kosher Jesus

Visit Provoketive to read my latest, a review of Kosher Jesus by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach (Gefen Publishing, February 1, 2012), Kindle edition.

When I first read that Kosher Jesus would be available in February, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy. The prospect of reading more about Jesus from a purely Jewish perspective was intriguing.  I am pleased to say that Kosher Jesus lived up to my expectations. [continue reading]

New Provoketive Post: Economics

New post up on Provoketive about the idea that sharing our resources leads to complacency:

I think sometimes people forward things without reading them carefully.  There is far too much wrong with this to address it all.  So I’m going to zero in on “best sentence” number four, “You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.” [continue reading]

Provoketive: Driscoll Fail

My post, out today, is on the ways Mark Driscoll gets it right.

I wanted to avoid giving Mark Driscoll any further press.  I wanted to avoid reading, writing, or thinking any more about this man and what he has to say.  Most of all, I wanted to avoid using the words, “Mark Driscoll” and “right” in the same sentence.

Darn. [read more]

That’s all well and good, except that Driscoll’s church, Mars Hill, had an epic fail which you can read about here (Part 1) and here (Part 2).  You should also read the follow-up guest post.  Several other people have weighed in on the issue, including Jonathan Fitzgerald, Dianna Anderson, Sarah Moon, and Bob Cargill.  These people are more articulate than I.  So instead of writing about this myself, I urge you to read about it for yourselves.

(I will go on record saying that while I agree that discipline and correction are good, this was an abuse of power and not appropriate.)

Provoketive: On Women and Modesty

Here’s my recent article on Provoketive:

The way we (Christians in particular) talk about relationships with our young people may be sending them mixed messages with unintended consequences.  It isn’t wrong to encourage morality and purity in our relationships.  On the contrary, that’s desirable.  I don’t doubt that this is the goal.  But it may be getting lost in translation. [continued]

I’ve been posting here on similar issues, so this fits right in with my other musings on the topic.

Many thanks to my friend Matthew for posting the picture that sparked this article.

Provoketive: Synchroblog on hope

Here’s my latest post on Provoketive, part of a synchroblog:

We use the word hope so often that it can go by unnoticed.  We use it to talk about our sports teams: “I hope New England is headed for the Super Bowl” (Go, Pats!).  We use it to speak of the mundane: “I hope Mom’s making meat loaf for dinner.”  Sometimes, we even use it flippantly: “Well, I hope you’re happy now!” [read more]

“Strong”: on Provoketive

In this article, I take on Rick Perry’s “Strong” ad:

In every single sentence of Rick Perry’s “Strong” ad, he weaponizes his faith.  Not only that, Perry knows exactly what he’s doing.  He knows that there is a subset of the American population that thrives on the belief that LGBT people have an agenda and are out to destroy traditional values; that children are punished for praying; that President Obama is not only not a “real” Christian but actively wants to destroy religion (by which he means true Christianity, of course—who really cares about the Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, and so forth). [continued]

Article on Provoketive: Bullying

This went up a couple of days ago and was circulated by Emergent Village (yeah!).  Here’s an excerpt, click the link to read the full text.

At the end of November, one of our local schools suffered a tragic loss.  A student died by suicide.  Although the people investigating have not officially stated whether bullying was involved, that was the conclusion reached by many of the student’s peers.  How sad that aggression in schools has progressed to the point that when a student ends her life, that is the first thing to come to mind. [more]

Happy Holidays: Provoketive

A little holiday cheer, in the form of my latest Provoketive article:

When I was in high school, I began attending a Messianic Jewish congregation.  I had already put my faith in Jesus through an evangelical Presbyterian church, but I knew very little about my Jewish heritage.  The first winter that I was there, I celebrated the full eight days of Hanukkah with my Messianic friends. [keep reading]