Monthly Archives: July 2007

Dr. Kinzer on Reasons for Witness

After writing Post-Missionary Messianic Judaism, Mark Kinzer has often been misunderstood as a Jewish universalist or someone who has no motive for witness of Yeshua to Jewish people. The following are notes from his lecture delivered this morning at the … Continue reading

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Reasons Gentiles Should be Equal Members in MJ

I have written and said much about Gentiles in Messianic Judaism. It is not hard to figure out why. I am a Gentile leader in Messianic Judaism. My own story is different than most. I am a Gentile in process … Continue reading

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A Response to Comments on July 25 Blog

I wrote on July 25 about a statement just released by Dayeinu, a network of theologically conservative Messianic leaders. Several of my friends and a few I don’t know wrote to object to Dayeinu’s statement and my agreement with it. … Continue reading

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A First in Messianic Judaism!

Last night the UMJC Annual Conference ( was addressed by a member of the Knesset of Israel, MK Elchanan Glaser, a member of the Pensioners’ Party. MK Glaser spoke to us because of the ongoing work of the Union in … Continue reading

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UMJC On-Site Blog, July 25

More delegates’ meeting today. We discussed some important business, but nothing blogworthy (except one thing that I’ll wait for an official announcement before I mention). So, what should my topic be today? How about salvation, Messianic Judaism, and Dayeinu? First, … Continue reading

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UMJC On-Site Blog, July 24

Here I am at the delegates’ meeting at the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations conference ( It is a somber day for a meeting. I’m not sure whose fault it is that we are meeting on Tisha B’Av, the day … Continue reading

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On-Site Blogging the UMJC Conference

Shalom all: I am in the Windy City (Chicago, in case you didn’t know). Tomorrow begins the 2007 UMJC Conference. I will be blogging issues and themes that come up at the meetings. The UMJC is a congregational network and … Continue reading

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Sabbath Meditation, Tradition-less Shabbat?

This entry is a little late. I’m just getting it in about 1:15 before Sabbath starts. If you are observant of Sabbath, I pray your table would be a blessing tonight as ours is. May you be surrounded by love. … Continue reading

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Responding to Peter, Part 2

Rising to the challenge I threw out, Peter has responded with numerous citations. He is probably using a secondary source (I wish he would name the source) with a list of citations. He has given so many I cannot respond … Continue reading

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Responding to Ralph on Gentiles and Torah

Ralph Finley is a friend from the UMJC, a Messianic Jewish congregational network, to which we both belong. Ralph sent a few interesting arguments that I thought would be worth responding to in a post. Note that there are two … Continue reading

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Responding to Peter on Patristic Sabbatarianism

Peter is a friend I’ve made through the blog. He has a blog at Peter wrote today and asked why I had not answered one his recent comments on the blog. I believe the comment posted belowis the one … Continue reading

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The So-Called Hebraic Mindset: Fantasy vs. Reality

Several months ago I had a short series called Fantasy vs. Reality. Myths I attempted to bust in that series included the idea that Paul faked his Jewish practice to win his countrymen to Christ, that the Lord’s Supper was … Continue reading

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Messianic Judaism and Torah

Recently a friend tried to persuade me that there is a center or common core of doctrine and practice in Messianic Judaism in all its forms. That is, he wanted me to see that in the broader world of theology, … Continue reading

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Sabbath Meditation, Amos and the Plowman

Shalom all, I hope you are preparing for a good Sabbath or (a good worship weekend if you not Jewish). I will be firing up the grill to prepare some fresh burgers for a laid-back Sabbath tonight with just my … Continue reading

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Purity Laws and Resurrection, Final Part

My readers are a patient lot. You never complain. Occasionally I promise to deliver something interesting and put it of for weeks and you don’t give me a hard time. I promised several weeks ago to show a connection between … Continue reading

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Revisiting Gentiles in Messianic Judaism

I want to reopen a conversation that was started in May. On May 23, 2007, I wrote a post called “Warning: This is a long post on Gentiles in MJ,” which was followed by “Carl Kinbar on Gentile in MJ” … Continue reading

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Sabbath Meditation, A Little Humor and Some Spice

Shabbat shalom, and may your table be blessed this Sabbath with love and holiness! I used to go to a used book sale benefiting Brandeis University every year. The book sale was discontinued a few years ago (it’s online instead). … Continue reading

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The Purity Laws and Resurrection, Part 2

Two weeks ago I started something I have yet to finish. I started a short series on the Purity Laws of the Torah. That is, I started a series about the things that Torah says make a person unclean. Many … Continue reading

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