On Not Taking Someone Else at Face Value

The typical profile of the Italian male is someone with dark skin, hair, and eyes and, according to one study, standing 174 cm (about five-foot-eight and one-half inch) tall. Such features resemble, in particular, the southern Italian, who comprised the decisive majority of Italians coming to America in the twentieth century. Southerners generally have darkerContinue reading “On Not Taking Someone Else at Face Value”

Walking and Leaping and Praising God

Jumping up, he stood and began to walk, and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. All the people saw him walking and praising God, and they recognized him as the one who used to sit and ask for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled withContinue reading “Walking and Leaping and Praising God”

New Book Coming Soon

Family portrait of the Tosettos (paternal ancestors), ca. 1925 I am pleased to announce this book is now under contract with Wipf & Stock (Eugene, OR) and due for publication in 2021. Twentieth-century America provided a platform for countless immigrant peoples who, in turn, contributed to the nation’s landscape as a multicultural, inclusive land ofContinue reading “New Book Coming Soon”

Yahweh Will Carry You Through

Even to your old age and gray hairs    I am he, I am he who will sustain you.I have made you and I will carry you;    I will sustain you and I will rescue you. (Isa. 46:4, NIV) The journey of fatherhood is filled with immense reward. My wife and I have always relished outdoor hikes. WeContinue reading “Yahweh Will Carry You Through”

The Little Tugboat: My Father’s Call to Ministry

I am delighted to feature this memoir penned by my mother, Joy Palma, in honor of her late father, Joseph Rubbo. Grandpa Rubbo (1920-1998) pastored Bayside Church in Queens, New York for thirty-two years. He served for a number of years as the Eastern District Overseer of the Christian Church of North America (with moreContinue reading “The Little Tugboat: My Father’s Call to Ministry”

Building a Godly Family

“But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” (Josh. 24:15, NIV). If there is any silver lining to these months of the coronavirus pandemic, it is that they’ve forced me to direct my time and attention to the most important things in life. For me, that’s four very critical somethings—namely, Gabrielle,Continue reading “Building a Godly Family”

From the Mouths of Babes

In celebration of the girls’ birthday coming up, I’d like to share a reflection I wrote a few years ago when they were hardly a year old. The piece was originally published on CBN.com. I want to thank Beth Patch, Senior Editor at the network, for the permission to feature the piece here for allContinue reading “From the Mouths of Babes”

The Healthy Kind of Fear

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction (Prov. 1:7; NKJV). In these days of COVID, I’ve heard a number of well-meaning Christians say something to the effect, “We shouldn’t fear. God is bigger than the coronavirus.” Yet, that is precisely why we should fear. The BibleContinue reading “The Healthy Kind of Fear”