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”

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”

A Note to my Subscribers

I am most grateful to you—my readers! Your interest and enthusiasm keeps this blog afloat. Thanks to all those who’ve subscribed. The reflection below appeared recently on CBN.com (some may have already seen it posted to my facebook page ). It may interest you to know I have a number of other articles featured onContinue reading “A Note to my Subscribers”