So you know how yesterday I talked about the high standards God sets for us, and how Jesus said you can’t assume you’re ok just because you didn’t murder anyone, you’re guilty even if you just get angry with someone … Continue reading
Can you love someone and wish them harm? Can you love someone and rejoice when they suffer? I got into a conversation online today about schadenfreude. I said my problem with this is to do with “love your neighbour”, and … Continue reading
And now we come to the part of the programme where Meirav argues with internet memes… Because really… I’ve just seen a meme saying that when an atheist is kind to you it’s not because they’re trying to get to … Continue reading
When Jesus was crucified, he wasn’t on his own: there were two criminals crucified either side of him. Facing death, one of those guys wasted his dying breath on mocking the Son of God – the other guy though… the … Continue reading
I stand before the cross of Christ
Or… no, I can’t. I have no right.
I have no right to stand here, free
When he, the holy one, has died – for me!
I bow before the cross of Christ
And weep my thanks
His blood poured out in love for me
His body hanging on that tree
It leaves me with nothing
Nothing to say except
And I’m sorry
And thank you.
What else can I say
How can she do this? How can this woman be telling people about Jesus and at the same time react so rudely to that poor salesman who knocked on her door? Well, actually… Actually that’s the whole point. The Bible … Continue reading
Do you keep kosher? Now there’s a question Jewish people can get into long and detailed discussions about – how far do you go? How long do you wait after a meat meal before allowing yourself to enjoy a latte? Do you have separate sinks in your kitchen, or are you laid back like my mother was, and wash meat and dairy dishes in the same one?
And then there’s all the myriad rules about what you can’t do on Shabbat. My mother kept some of those – not writing, for example – but had no qualms about cooking, or doing the washing up.
Me? I rebelled against the whole thing in my teens – didn’t see the point in any of it. And now? Now I do see the point, and that’s what I want to talk about today. Because the point of it all is not what most Jewish people think it is… Continue reading
Remember you’re strong, they say. Remember all the stuff you’ve got through, you’ve survived… Well-intentioned social media memes, meant to encourage, but no, I can’t buy into this – I know the truth, I know how weak I really am, … Continue reading
So today I want to talk about what I really did convert from. Yes, I’m a Christian who was born Jewish – and many people misinterpret that as: oh, she converted from the Jewish religion to the Christian religion. As … Continue reading
We’re doing Joshua in church and last night we had the story of Rahab the prostitute – my favourite kind of Bible story, because it’s about people like me, and it has a happy ending! Yes, people like me – … Continue reading