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Yom Kippur – my thoughts about Neil Diamond, Brisket, and going to temple

This morning I was asked about my choice to be an observant Jew to a friend. She asked about my rituals surrounding Yom Kippur. Even though she doesn’t fully understand it, she was lovely and asking some great questions in order to get to know me better. I tried to keep my answers simple and not start off with my long love of Judaism starting with my first love and… Read More »Yom Kippur – my thoughts about Neil Diamond, Brisket, and going to temple

Guest Blogger – Mark Furlong “Faith or Fantasy”

Faith or Fantasy             There are several directions I could go with this topic: “Is faith in God grounded or is it fantasy?” or in a general sense “What’s the difference between faith and fantasy?”  But what I want to focus on here is how to know if I’m following a God-inspired dream/vision/assignment or if I’m following some sure to fail fantasy coming out of my own insecurities, desire for… Read More »Guest Blogger – Mark Furlong “Faith or Fantasy”

I’m going to Hell in a handbasket.

I grew up with religion. My Great-Grandmother who raised me was Southern Baptist just like her family before her, deep in the Hollows of Tennessee. Before that we were something else, something that moved down through the bloodline and made us question everything. Even though we had a strong sense of God, there was also a knowing that there was and is something more. Somewhere in the late 70’s and… Read More »I’m going to Hell in a handbasket.