Monthly Archives: March 2008

Preparing for Passover, Pt. 4

I’m posting this on a Friday, and Shabbat is coming. Many weeks on this blog I put up a Sabbath meditation. Well, this post is really about Passover, but it’s good for a Sabbath meditation as well. The Passover Haggadah … Continue reading

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

Esther and Apocryphal Esther

Purim is coming on March 21 this year, which is also the Christian Good Friday. Purim (POOHR-im) means lots as in the ancient custom of casting lots (almost like dice) either as a game or to divine the future. It … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Holidays, Judaism, Messianic Jewish, Second Temple Lit.

Coffee, Torah, Conversation

I just spent an evening and a breakfast with two old friends who live in the country. He is a retired professor of literature and she is a retired nurse. They are young to be retired. I was traveling back … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Judaism, Messianic Jewish, Torah

FEAST excerpt: Tradition and Passover

The extremely creative team over at Threads (threadsmedia.com), a division of LifeWay, have just released my latest book, FEAST. It is a six-week group study on the Biblical holidays. You can see FEAST here. What follow is an excerpt from … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Christian, Derek's Writings, Holidays, Judaism, Messianic Jewish, Passover, Talmud and Tradition

Emergent Christianity and MJ

I am thinking about developing some Havurah (small group, home fellowship) materials for use in Messianic Judaism. In doing my homework, I’m reading a variety of things. I’m reading some things that have spun off from Synagogue 3000 (http://www.synagogue3000.org/), such … Continue reading

Posted in Christian, Judaism, Messianic Jewish, Scot McKnight, Spirituality, Theology

Preparing for Passover, Pt. 3

In this series we’re helping you get ready for Passover early and thoroughly. It’s important to get out your Haggadah and study early. Too many people (including me in previous years) go through the Haggadah with little understanding. It’s not … Continue reading

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