When Life Throws You a Curve

This piece was previously published on CBN.com. A shout out to Senior Editor of the site, Beth Patch, for permission to republish it here. Feel free to like, comment, share, and subscribe! The curveball is a type of pitch in baseball thrown with a characteristic grip and hand movement that lends forward spin to theContinue reading “When Life Throws You a Curve”

On C. S. Lewis’ Moral Argument for God’s Existence

For those needing a breather from ballot-counting and political pundits. . .   You are having a conversation with someone who asks—“how can you be sure God exists?” A simple reply might be, “I have yet to be convinced otherwise.” One might approach the topic another way, averring: “why should I not believe in God?”Continue reading “On C. S. Lewis’ Moral Argument for God’s Existence”

On Not Taking Others 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 Others 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 remains filled with immense reward. My wife and I have always relished outdoor hikes together.Continue 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”

The Mandate of Freedom

If you were sinking in a ship and had something that would block 50% of the inflowing water, you wouldn’t say, “that’s not worth bothering with.” You’d use it because it would buy you and everyone on board more time to get to their life raft and for the rescue squad to get to you.Continue reading “The Mandate of Freedom”

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”