Monthly Archives: February 2008

Academic Intolerance in Archaeology

A few days ago I posted a link to Ben Stein’s upcoming movie, Expelled ( If you haven’t watched the trailer yet, I think you will thank me for pointing it out to you. The movie is due in theaters … Continue reading

Posted in Archaeology, Atheism, Bible, Christian, Judaism, Messianic Jewish

Preparing for Passover, Pt. 2

Are you ready to celebrate redemption and recreate the awe and wonder of that night 3,500 years ago? April 19 is getting closer and closer. Have you blown the dust off your haggadahs yet? We’re here to help you at … Continue reading

Posted in Holidays, Judaism, Messianic Jewish, Passover, Talmud and Tradition

In Atlanta? Want a Second-Night Passover Seder?

If you live in Atlanta and want to participate in a Seder for the second night of Passover, Sunday night, April 20, all the information you need is contained in the PDF file below. The cost is $10 per person, … Continue reading

Posted in Messianic Jewish, Passover

FEAST is here!

LifeWay, a large Christian publisher, has a new division called Threads (see They put out some really cool small group materials for 20’s and 30’s. Anyway, I recently wrote a book for them called FEAST. It is just now … Continue reading

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What’s So Bad About a Little Suppression of Free Speech?

Ben Stein is making a movie called Expelled. It’s due out in theaters April 19. You owe it to yourself to look at the trailer. I say it’s about time somebody with a little clout, money to produce something like … Continue reading

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Sabbath Meditation: The Order of Shabbat

Shabbat shalom! As I speak I smell the cookies baking and the pot roast cooking for Saturday lunch in the crockpot. A guest came over early and just recently finished baking a carrot cake for later tonight to eat at … Continue reading

Posted in Judaism, Messianic Jewish, Sabbath

Preparing for Passover, Pt. 1

Passover is no simple holiday. It is itself like a tree of life, with branches going in many directions. Slavery and freedom go off into one set of limbs and shoots while redemption, remembrance, atonement, death, life, law, worship, judgment, … Continue reading

Posted in Holidays, Judaism, Messianic Jewish, Passover, Talmud and Tradition

Resurrection, Passover, and Constantine

Many of us in the Messianic Jewish movement live in two worlds. I am part of the Jewish community and I am also involved in Christian community. In years like 2008, some of the differences stand out more clearly. This … Continue reading

Posted in Christian, Holidays, Judaism, Messianic Jewish, Passover

Gathering the Exiles

The tenth benediction of the Amidah says: Sound the great shofar of our freedom, raise the banner to gather our exiles and gather us together from the four corners of the earth. Blessed are you, HaShem, who gathers in the … Continue reading

Posted in Judaism, Life to Come, Messianic Jewish, Messianic Prayer, Prayer

Scot McKnight’s The Jesus Creed

I’m a fairly regular reader of Scot McKnight’s blog ( He is a professor in Religious Studies at North Park University (Chicago, Illinois). He is one of several Christian writers and theologians whose material I regularly find worth reading. Although … Continue reading

Posted in Christian, Judaism, Messianic Jewish, Prayer, Scot McKnight, Yeshua

Sabbath Meditation: Preparing the Table and the Home

It’s Friday morning. Have you thought about Shabbat yet? If you haven’t, you’re already behind. Getting into the Sabbath is a rhythm of life. At first the rhythm is unfamiliar. If you like Linda and I, you’ll make many missteps … Continue reading

Posted in Judaism, Messianic Jewish, Sabbath, Torah

Abraham to Messiah: Mutual Blessing

Okay, I’m posting some sermon notes again. But this time someone asked me to. The writing below is a bit rough (they were notes, not intended for reading exactly). But I think there are some things in here that many … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Christian, Gentiles, Judaism, Messianic Jewish, Replacement Theology, Supersessionism, Yeshua

Sabbath Meditation: The Art of Shabbat

I recently purchased Shabbat: The Family Guide to Preparing for and Celebrating the Sabbath by Dr. Ron Wolfson, the president of Synagogue 3000 ( Anyone who celebrates Shabbat and could use a few pointers or even just some inspiration would … Continue reading

Posted in Judaism, Messianic Jewish, Sabbath

The Gospel and Tikkun Olam

The following is adapted from the message I gave at the congregation this weekend. I post just the first part of the article here and provide a link for you to read it in a PDF file (much more readable … Continue reading

Posted in Christian, Judaism, Messianic Jewish, Spirituality, Theology, Torah