Religion

Matters of Faith: Is Your Mind Made Up to do the Right Thing

Matters of Faith: Is Your Mind Made Up to do the Right Thing

  “IS YOUR MIND MADE UP TO DO THE RIGHT THING?” by Rev. J. Loren Russell, BA, MDiv.   Romans 7:18-19, 24-25 (NKJV) 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will […]

by · December 22, 2015 · Faith, Matters of Faith, Religion
BP DIAZ TO HOST ANNUAL HANUKKAH CELEBRATION

BP DIAZ TO HOST ANNUAL HANUKKAH CELEBRATION

On Tuesday, December 8, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. will host the borough’s annual Hanukkah celebration and Menorah lighting ceremony in observance of the Jewish festival of lights. The lighting ceremony will take place at The Bronx County Building, 851 […]

Matters of Faith: An Attitude of Gratitude

“AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE” by Rev. J. Loren Russell 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 (NKJV) 13 When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, 14 if […]

Matters of Faith: WHEN YOUR ENEMY IS YOUR FRIEND

Matters of Faith: WHEN YOUR ENEMY IS YOUR FRIEND

WHEN YOUR ENEMY IS YOUR FRIEND By Rev. J. Loren Russell, BA, MDiv.   Psalms‬ ‭55:12-14‬ (‭GNB)‬‬ “If it were an enemy that mocked me, I could endure it; if it were an opponent boasting over me, I could hide […]

Moujan Vahdat and his family hosting community dinner at Pelham Grand

An Example of Bahá’í Teachings Through a Community Dinner

The purpose of the community dinner was so that Mr. Vahdat could introduce himself to those living at the Pelham Grand and residents of Pelham Bay. Along with a very good turnout from the Pelham Grand and from the community, […]

Matters of Faith: Recognized, Reassured and Rewarded!

Matters of Faith: Recognized, Reassured and Rewarded!

Recognized, Reassured and Rewarded! By: Rev. J. Loren Russell, BA, MDiv. “Then Jesus asked them, ‘But who do you say I am?’” (Matthew 16:13-20 [v. 15])   This is a very intriguing text to say the least. In fact, the […]

Matters of Faith: What Kind of Stuff Are You Made Of?

Matters of Faith: What Kind of Stuff Are You Made Of?

“WHAT KIND OF STUFF ARE YOU MADE OF?” By Rev. J. Loren Russell, BA, MDiv.   Psalms 139:13-14 (NKJV) “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully […]

Matters of Faith: What Would You Dare To Do Were It Impossible To Fail?

Matters of Faith: What Would You Dare To Do Were It Impossible To Fail?

WHAT WOULD YOU DARE TO DO IF IT WERE IMPOSSIBLE TO FAIL? By: Rev. J. Loren Russell, BA, MDiv.   Matthew 11:28-30 New Living Translation (NLT) 28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry […]

Matters of Faith: WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR HIM LATELY?

Matters of Faith: WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR HIM LATELY?

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR HIM LATELY? By: Rev. J. Loren Russell, BA, MDiv.   I had a conversation with a colleague this week that went from a business conversation to a discussion about salvation and serving the Lord. What […]

Kapparos: Wanton Killing of Animals in the Name of Religion

Kapparos: Wanton Killing of Animals in the Name of Religion

(Video from Dailymotion) As the holiest period of the Simchat Torah comes to an end on Tuesday night, there are those who practice Hasidim that participate in an abusive and a blasphemous manner in which they conduct Kapparos. By many, […]

by · October 6, 2015 · Animal Issues, Religion
Matters of Faith: What Has He Done For You Lately

Matters of Faith: What Has He Done For You Lately

WHAT HAS HE DONE FOR YOU LATELY? By: Rev. J. Loren Russell, BA, MDiv.   Most people remember the 1986 Janet Jackson recording entitled, “What Have You Done For Me Lately?,” the song where Janet is talking to her girlfriend […]

by · October 5, 2015 · Faith, Matters of Faith, Religion
The Kim Davis and Pope Francis Meeting: Not the Real Story

The Kim Davis and Pope Francis Meeting: Not the Real Story

Over the last few days, social media has been filled with claims by Kim Davis that she had a private meeting with Pope Francis and that he embraced her and her “courage”. Kim Davis has acted in refusing to fulfill […]

by · October 5, 2015 · Faith, Op Ed, Religion

WYSK: President Obama and Christian Persecution

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW  By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz  District 32 Bronx Senator Rev. Diaz on President Obama and Christian Persecution     Last night, I watched President Barack Obama speak on national television about the massacre at Oregon’s Umpwua […]

Anti-Muslim Sentiment from Presidential Candidates to Schools to Grass Root Citizens

Anti-Muslim Sentiment from Presidential Candidates to Schools to Grass Root Citizens

Anti-Muslim sentiment, often referred to as Islamophobia, Anti-Islam, or Anti-Muslim, is as horrible, hostile and dangerous as any other term denoting hate of one group. Personally, I dislike the term Islamophobia because it implies a severe mental illness affecting a […]

by · September 30, 2015 · Ethics, Op Ed, Religion
Matters of Faith: It Really Is A Matter of Faith

Matters of Faith: It Really Is A Matter of Faith

IT REALLY IS A MATTER OF FAITH!   By: Rev. J. Loren Russell, BA, MDiv   Hebrews 11:1-2 (NKJV) “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” In my opinion, there is no […]

by · September 27, 2015 · Matters of Faith, Op Ed, Religion