Category Archives: Lifestyle

How to Use Digital Devices This Lent for Reflection

The season of Lent is upon us. This is a holy season for Christians who seek to identify with Jesus Christ’s 40 days of fasting as he prepared to be…

Why Religious Compatibility Matters In Relationships

Imagine a new couple out on a Valentine’s Day date. The young man and woman are both nervous, but the candlelit restaurant has created a calm, romantic mood. Orders placed…

The Secret Jewish History of Kwanzaa

Fifty years ago, at the inaugural celebration of Kwanzaa, 60 black Americans gathered in a California living room to celebrate their distant African past.

Christmas and Hanukkah, Together Again

It happens every year. Interfaith families face the “the December dilemma” over how they will handle Christmas and Hanukkah, which generally fall within the same month. It has become a…

Halloween: More Christian than Pagan

This is from my archives at the Anxious Bench, originally published Oct 31, 2015.Although I have previewed it this year with my recent 2016 posts  Burning Witches in Medieval Europe? and…

8 Fascinating Facts About Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah, one of the holiest days in the Hebrew calendar, has begun. Marking the start of the Jewish new year, the celebration lasts two days and this year kicked…

Growing Up Religious Won’t Make You Selfish

Last year the journal Current Biology published a study claiming religion makes kids stingy. While parents in religious homes said their children were angels, researchers decided the opposite was true.

Why Cutting the Cake Makes a Wedding Legit

If a bomb fell on a wedding celebration before the cake was cut, would the couple still be married? This was the question posed to the Rev. Matthew Seddon and…

The Transcendental Meditation Movement

Author Claire Hoffman estimates that she’s spent at least 2,200 hours of her life meditating — but not because she became a devotee of the practice as an adult. Her…

Spiritual Books for the Beach, Lake, or Backyard

Summer is here with its accompanying plans for long spells of reading near some body of water, be it ocean or kiddie pool. And while many publications compile lists of…