Religion Within Reason

A rational approach to a better
…spiritual life.
…religious life.
…faith life.

We hunger for the holy, sans the thoughtless judgment. We long for love, and not fear or hatred in our hearts.

Rabbi Brian is your spiritual ally, creating DIY packages of wisdom and virtues.

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Recent conversations with friends.

02 John Pavlovitz – the pastor of the resistance

Donuts and the terrible problem of unlearning what you knew. John and Brian exchange ideas of not obeying all the laws in the Bible as written. Cause, modernity. John is “the pastor of the resistance.” He became a “name” after getting fired from the church at which he...

03 – Rev. Peter Boulatta – Multiple authors of the Bible and horrible translations

Multiple authors of the Bible and horrible translations. A roller coaster ride of learning about the Bible from two guys who seem to know a lot about it. My friend Lori told me that I had to interview Peter. It was one of those recommendations that felt like being...

04 – Rev. Lee Ann Bryce – Abortion legitimatized in scripture

Abortion legitimatized in scripture! How to interpret what you know. How to love the Bible even when people are hating on you for it – take the high road. I don’t think I would have the stomach to be a gay, female liberal preacher in Fort Worth Texas. But, Lee Ann...

05 Toni Anne Reynolds – Books that aren’t in the Bible but are Biblical books

Books that aren’t in the Bible but are Biblical books. The story of the good Samaritan is probably one you know, and you know it wrong. And, others. Misinformation gets schooled. I met Toni at the Embrace festival in Portland, Oregon and just loved her presentation on...

Recent conversations with friends.

02 John Pavlovitz – the pastor of the resistance

Donuts and the terrible problem of unlearning what you knew. John and Brian exchange ideas of not obeying all the laws in the Bible as written. Cause, modernity. John is “the pastor of the resistance.” He became a “name” after getting fired from the church at which he...

03 – Rev. Peter Boulatta – Multiple authors of the Bible and horrible translations

Multiple authors of the Bible and horrible translations. A roller coaster ride of learning about the Bible from two guys who seem to know a lot about it. My friend Lori told me that I had to interview Peter. It was one of those recommendations that felt like being...

04 – Rev. Lee Ann Bryce – Abortion legitimatized in scripture

Abortion legitimatized in scripture! How to interpret what you know. How to love the Bible even when people are hating on you for it – take the high road. I don’t think I would have the stomach to be a gay, female liberal preacher in Fort Worth Texas. But, Lee Ann...

05 Toni Anne Reynolds – Books that aren’t in the Bible but are Biblical books

Books that aren’t in the Bible but are Biblical books. The story of the good Samaritan is probably one you know, and you know it wrong. And, others. Misinformation gets schooled. I met Toni at the Embrace festival in Portland, Oregon and just loved her presentation on...
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The Thirty-Five Year Gosub Redemption

October. Portland. Bedtime. Annie’s room. 2018 "But I shouldn't be in that group," my daughter wailed over and over again. Annie was put in remedial fourth-grade math at the start of the school year. She hadn't learned her times tables. Her teacher explained that...

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God’s Laugher

And God Laughed Zoe approached me with a funny look on her face. “Rabbi,” she said, “I’m afraid I’m going to have to ask you to leave.” The setting was Magic Camp last summer, on the beautiful campus of Bryn Mawr college. My boy, Emmett, was in his first year at camp....

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