Monthly Archives: August 2007

High Holidays Meditation, Avinu Malkenu

If you’re not Jewish, you can still appreciate the spirit of the High Holidays: Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. If you drive by any synagogues on Wednesday night, September 12, you will see phenomenon of spiritual hunger. Synagogues easily quadruple … Continue reading

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An Apocryphal Prayer

The history of Israel is told in the Bible until the days of Ezra and Nehemiah. The New Testament picks up the story about 480 years later with John the Baptizer. What happened in between? The answer? A whole lot. … Continue reading

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33,000 Views in Ten Months!

Thanks all for checking this blog and I do hope it has added something to your life from time to time. Theology and serious reflection on Messianic Jewish, Christian, and Jewish topics is not exactly as popular as Sports Illustrated, … Continue reading

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Lashon Hara, Part 3

This topic of Lashon Hara is particularly capturing my heart and attention right now. I want to be better prepared for the High Holidays this year. I want my life to exhibit fruit, to be a good tree bearing good … Continue reading

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Lashon Hara, Part 2

It is Elul and I do hope that, assuming you are observant, you are taking a spiritual inventory. Rosh Hashanah is nearly here and then Yom Kippur. I, for one, find the Bible’s teachings on speech most challenging. Judaism has … Continue reading

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Sabbath Meditation, Papias and Messiah’s Reign

Shalom, may your home be filled with it this Sabbath and this weekend. If you are Jewish or observant, I pray your table will be a blessing tonight. Spread the cloth, light the candles, pour the wine, and sanctify that … Continue reading

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Lashon Hara, Part 1

The High Holidays are approaching. Every year we think about how to live lives more pleasing to God. This is an annual time to look inside, to look at the results of our choices and attitudes during the previous year, … Continue reading

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Good Reading on Israeli-Palestinian Issue and Evangelicals

Got one heck of a busy week going on. Sorry for the pitifully small amount of content here this week. Bear with me and there will be more stuff here, I promise. Meanwhile, I will cheat today and give you … Continue reading

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Some Notes on Acts 15, Pt 3

This is the third and last in a series of notes on Acts 15, a passage which comes up frequently. Acts 15 is a key to understanding Jewish-Gentile relationships to the Torah in the New Covenant. Acts 15 Notes: Part … Continue reading

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Sabbath Meditation, Walking As He Walked

I hope your table will be as joyous as mine tonight. I have new friends and old coming. I have a fresh supply of wine, six bottles (don’t worry, we won’t drink them all tonight). I have my seven kids … Continue reading

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Some Notes on Acts 15, Pt 2

Here is part 2 of some notes I wrote a few years ago on Acts 15. This passage is at the heart of the debate about Gentiles, Torah, and the Yeshua-movement. Acts 15 Notes: Part 2 Reference: Luke Timothy Johnson, … Continue reading

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Conversation with an Orthodox Shaliach, Persons and Souls

I had lunch today with an old friend/adversary. Let’s call him Rich. He is a businessman and a family man, but in his spare time (so-called) he runs an organization calling Jews back to Torah, and Jews away from faith … Continue reading

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Some Notes on Acts 15

Acts 15 has come up quite a bit lately. I thought I would post some notes I wrote some time ago. I know it is not the same as writing something fresh for the blog, but I hope you will … Continue reading

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A New Look at Paul, Justification

This is the fifth in a series based on a paper by N.T. Wright about the New Perspective on Paul. There is no one New Perspective, but there is a trend in various scholars (especially E.P. Sanders, James Dunn, and … Continue reading

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Sabbath Meditation, Faith Like Rahab

Lay out your fine tablecloth. Prepare your challah and wine. Set up your candles and place settings. Make this a fine Shabbat. Sanctify it and set it apart. Blessings to your family, Jewish on non-Jewish, this weekend. May your worship … Continue reading

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A New Look at Paul, Judgment According to Works

This is the fourth in a series on New Perspectives on Paul, especially from a paper by N.T. Wright outlining five crucial points for Paul that have been newly understood with the advancement of our knowledge about Second Temple Judaism. … Continue reading

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A New Look at Paul, The Righteousness of God

This is the third is a series discussing some ideas that are central to Paul and are part of the New Perspective on Paul. As I have said in the previous two articles, there is not one New Perspective, but … Continue reading

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A New Look at Paul, The Gospel

This will be a series of posts about Paul, properly understanding his message and times, and the so-called New Perspective on Paul. I remind everyone from the outset that there is not one view of Paul that is called the … Continue reading

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A New Look at Paul, Introduction

For the next few weeks, I plan to discuss some new perspectives on Paul. This month’s Christianity Today features an article By Simon Gathercole called “What Did Paul Really Mean?” For the last few decades there has been a growing … Continue reading

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