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  • Matisyahu talks to Christians about Messiah

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 8, 2007 | 10:45 pm

    In college, I subscribed to Relevant, a magazine for evangelical Christians trying to stay in touch with what’s hip though not necessarily holy. I found the magazine enjoyable, but the writing in want (probably because its freelance writers are paid about 10 cents a word).

    This... read on

  • When the gay pastor refuses to leave

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 6, 2007 | 2:44 pm


    The Lutheran Church can’t figure out what to do with gays. The ELCA wants to welcome them as Christians, but chafes when a closeted member reveals their sexuality after being called to ministry. Two years ago, the Central City Lutheran Mission in San Bernardino lost its affiliation... read on

  • American Jews war-weary

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 6, 2007 | 3:01 am

    I’ve been at The Jewish Journal for two months now, and it seems everybody I meet with or talk to has recently spoken with my colleague Tom Tugend. If you’ll allow me the hyperbole, Tom is to Los Angeles Jewry what Jack Smith was to the greater LA region—a fountain of institutional... read on

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  • Who’s afraid of lashon hara? *

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 5, 2007 | 3:50 pm


    Lashon hara is Hebrew for “evil tongue,” which I imagine looks something like a serpent’s. It is forbidden in Judaism not just to gossip, but to say anything that might hurt another person, even if true. That is why working in the Jewish media—yes that is different than MSM—demands... read on

  • Being your daughter’s sister

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 5, 2007 | 2:09 pm

    That’s the parental/sibling role a woman could find herself in if one day she uses the eggs her mother froze for her. The daughter is only seven now, but she has a genetic disorder that almost ensures infertility. So her mom decided to pioneer something bold. And, of course, the way... read on

  • Atheist summer camp

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 5, 2007 | 9:42 am

    We’re now in full summer-camp swing, with youngsters heading off to the wilderness to wrestle with each, and with God. But the Chicago Tribune writes of an Ohio camp of a different ilk.

    At the same time youngsters at Bible camps across the nation are reciting, “Now I lay me down to... read on

  • Time to repent, Antonio, or pay the reaper

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 3, 2007 | 1:09 pm


    My former colleague Beth Barrett broke the news today that LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s divorce was in fact caused by a little—OK, a lot—of extramarital activity. Now Chris Weinkopf, the LA Daily News’ editorial page editor, calls on his fellow Catholic to end the affair and... read on

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