Videos


How God Helps the Heroes of the World

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: There are many strong candidates who could arguably be considered “Person of the Year,” an annual honor bestowed? by TIME magazine. This year, editors chose a very worthy group: the healthcare heroes on the front lines of the deadly Ebola epidemic. I notice many of those medical professionals and volunteers give credit to their faith, publicly and prominently, but this isn’t treated as the significant fact that it is. Watch my video below for more insight and discussion. For more perspective, please read my......

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Burn Brighter, Be Stronger

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: The festival of Hanukkah is a vivid reminder that there’s more to life than meets the eye. I came upon an idea, inspired by the candle-lighting ritual of Hanukkah, that can help us think about and even realize the miracles we want in our lives. Watch my video below for more insight and discussion.     For more insights on the festival of lights, see Hanukkah Not “Jewish Christmas,” Or Is It? Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world......

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How the Light of Hanukkah Was Seen in a Post-Katrina New Orleans

The holiday of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, reminds people of all faiths that, in the face of darkness and despair, you can still have light and hope. “The lights of Hanukkah come to remind us of one of the important truths of life – That no matter how dark things are, there is always hope. That even if we are down to our last drop of oil, our last ounce of energy, there is always possibility. If we are willing to act, to light that last candle, to take that one......

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Torture, or Enhanced Interrogation?

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series:?On December 9, 2014, the U.S. Senate released its report on the CIA’s use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” against detainees suspected of being Al Qaeda fighters during the George W. Bush administration. I believe that whether you call it “torture” or “enhanced interrogation” is the best indicator of how you feel about this issue, and how in touch you are with your own conscience. Watch my video below for more reaction and discussion. Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world......

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How Open Are You to New Points of View?

Here is my viral video of the week: Will the Real Black Americans Please Stand Up, by Charles R. Patrick Furguson.?No one seems to know anything about Mr. Furguson, but at last look, hundreds of thousands of people viewed his remarks.   We can’t know the demographic make-up of all the people viewing and sharing this – although all the people who recently shared it with me were White, Jewish, hawkish and remarkably affirming (if not celebratory) of its message. Upon Googling Furguson’s name, I checked the first fifteen sites reporting on......

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Eric Garner, Peaceful Protests and Leviticus

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: This week a grand jury on Staten Island, NY decided not to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of 43-year-old Eric Garner. Whatever you think, pick the guy you identify with more and remember the guy you identify with less is every bit as much your brother. Watch my video below for more reaction and discussion. Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for the better. Their stories explore a wide range of issues including peace, tolerance,......

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5 Ways to Make the Most of Thanksgiving Leftovers

There are so many ways to make the most of the leftovers from your Thanksgiving table.? From the classic turkey sandwich (add a bit of cranberry sauce and a dab of spicy mustard!), to leftover sweet potatoes, which can easily be turned into amazing gnocchi with the addition of some flour, an egg and a bit of salt, you really can do some amazing things to extend your holiday meal. What’s true for the food on our tables can be just as true for the experience of gratitude which typically animates at......

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Video: How to Respond to the Jerusalem Attacks

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: This week in a bloody attack at the Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue in Jerusalem, four men, including three rabbis, were killed as they prayed. It is the latest act in a part of the world plagued by religious violence. As horrible as these events are, the best response never comes from a place of despondency, desperation, depression, fear or anger. Watch my video below for more commentary: Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for the better. Their stories......

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Video: Removing Religious Holidays from the School Calendar

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: This week, the Board of Education in Montgomery County, Maryland voted 7 to 1 to eliminate references to all religious holidays in their published calendar for 2015-2016. They acted in response to a request from the community’s Muslim leaders that the Muslim holy day of Eid al-Adha be added alongside holidays such as Christmas, Easter, Yom Kippur and Rosh Hoshanah. The move is bad policy and wrong thinking – We don’t make room for each other best when we banish parts of who we......

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The Future Starts Here

We all know and feel that science and technology are transforming how we work, love, and play. Our lives are being affected inside and out: how our brain works, how we communicate, connect and create, how we parent and politic, how we learn and heal and die, our lifestyle and culture. There are techno-utopians who think this is the be-all end-all and techno-dystopians who think this is simply the end. And then there are the wise explorers and explicators of the present who encourage us to think hopefully and responsibly about where......

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