Monthly Archives: October 2008

Sensational and Shallow

I listened yesterday to a message by a well-known pastor of a mega-church who has been and is in the highest places in his Christian denomination. Speaking to a conference crowd, this preacher must have felt the pressure to wow … Continue reading

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Sukkot, Nehemiah, and Being Outdoors

Today was the last regular day of Sukkot (Tabernacles or Booths). We took down our tent and our Sukkah (booth) and came home. Now, I have tons to do before sundown when Shemini Atzeret starts, the 8th day, which is … Continue reading

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Messianic Texts in the Hebrew Bible

We’re busy camping and living the joy of the feast of Sukkot right now with other families from our congregation. But in the interest of serving my regular readers, I like to try to keep the posts coming even when … Continue reading

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Re-Reading Ephesians 1

It’s Sukkot (Tabernacles) right now and several of our families are camping together and enjoying long evenings in our decorated Sukkah (booth) with Christmas lights (just the tasteful white ones), Tiki torches, and a roaring campfire. Every year we read … Continue reading

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Moses and Paul: Israel’s Downs and Ups

Ha’azinu is a Hebrew word meaning, “Give ear.” It is the first word of Deuteronomy 32. Deuteronomy 32 begins with the call for us to give ear because it is essentially the final word of the Torah. It is the … Continue reading

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Introduction to Sukkot, Feast of Tabernacles (Booths)

This is a confusing holiday, since most English Bibles call it the Feast of Booths. Yet it is more popularly known as Tabernacles. In Hebrew it is Sukkot (soo-KOAT), or as Ashkenazi Jews refer to it Sukkas (SUH-kuss). It is … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur, Atonement, and Messiah

The following sermon is heavily influenced by Scot McKnight’s book, A Community Called Atonement. It seemed good to me to explore what atonement is really about on this Day of Atonement. …………………………….. Atonement. It’s a word coined in middle English … Continue reading

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