Vesak: Birthday of the Buddha

Today, around the world, people are celebrating Vesak, the birthday of the Buddha.  For many of us in Western culture, this day is a complete enigma.  Luckily, we have Zack Burns, an English major at Middle Tennessee State University, to help us with a brief overview of the holiday.  I met Zack at Congregation Yeshuat Yisrael …

Easter 2018, Pesach 5778

“Allelulia, He is risen!” – What a joyous phrase. This is the time of year that we celebrate Christ’s victory over death, and our liberation from the wages of sin. For close to two millennia, Christians around the world have celebrated Easter, this holiest of days. While this is indeed an event to be celebrated …

God is Not Dead, nor Doth He Sleep

Luke 2:1-20 1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register. 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, …

Advent 2017: Peace

  Today marks the first and last day of the final week of Advent; it’s nearly always an abbreviated week, but moreso than usual this year because of where Christmas falls.  It seems fitting culturally that this is the week of Peace.  It is not often that we take the time to dwell in peace, …