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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”

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”

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”

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”

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