Religion

SBHS Festival Youth Choir at The Vatican
(courtesy of Saint Barnabas High School)

Saint Barnabas High School Students Return from Vatican – Mass with Pope Francis

Saint Barnabas High School students are back from their performance at the Vatican in Rome. Bronx, NY — After a seven day whirlwind adventure, Saint Barnabas High School students have returned from their invitation to sing at a special Vatican […]

Matters of Faith: A Time for New Beginnings

Matters of Faith: A Time for New Beginnings

“TIME FOR NEW BEGINNINGS” by Rev. J. Loren Russell, BA, MDiv. John‬ 1:1-5‬ NKJV‬‬ “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things […]

by · January 10, 2016 · Faith, Matters of Faith, Religion
Bronx legislators and others in Israel with With Jeff Leb, Latrice Monique Walker, Latoya Joyner, Victor M. Pichardo, Speaker Carl E. Heastie, Isa Puello, Lanessa Nes Owens, Michael Blake and Rabbi Michael Miller

Bronx Assembly Delegation Ends Trip to Israel

This past Monday Bronx Assemblymembers Speaker Carl Heastie, Victor Pichardo, Latoya Joyner and Micheal Blake ended their journey to the Holy Land. Their visit was hosted by Rabbi Michael Miller who is the CEO of the Jewish Community Relations Council […]

by · December 23, 2015 · Op Ed, 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