Monthly Archives: November 2008

Problems with Messianic Judaism on the Fringe

I know today is Thanksgiving and we’re all thinking about turkeys and football and family. But I have just a little suspicion some folks are going to be on their usual computer reading lists today at some point, eager to … Continue reading

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Peter Rollins and Coffeehouse Philosophy

I went downtown last night and tonight to hear Christian philosopher Peter Rollins speak. He is the author of How (Not) to Speak About God and The Fidelity of Betrayal, a book which he originally wanted to call What Would … Continue reading

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Book Review: Up, Up, and Oy Vey

Up, Up, and Oy Vey by Simcha Weinstein is both theological and fun, and how often does that happen? You might not think a book about the Jewish cultural connection to the comic book world could be theological, but think … Continue reading

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Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

I love blogging. You have no idea how much it means to me to have readers to keep me busy and thus to have a reason to write about a thousand different topics (all related to Messianic Jewish theology and … Continue reading

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A Reader Comments on Calvinism

Triston sent this comment by email and I thought I would pass it on. It brings back memories of days past when I would spend hours day after day debating theological issues such as determinism and free will (usually framed … Continue reading

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Virgins, Prophets, Angels, and Matthew

This post is part of a series, the most recent two installments to be found at “Read All About It: Ancient Prophet’s Precise Prognostication!” and “The Non-Story Approach to Matthew Five Fulfillments.“ ………………………………… Of the five fulfillments in Matthew 1-2, … Continue reading

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Limits of Knowledge, Brilliant Ben Witherington Comments

On his blog, Ben Witherington, a very helpful New Testament scholar (though weak on Israel issues, IMO), is commenting on an interview with John Piper. John Piper is pretty much THE voice of Calvinism in America today. Calvinism is a … Continue reading

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The Non-Story Approach to Matthew’s Five Fulfillments

There are five fulfillment sayings in Matthew 1 and 2. In four of the five Matthew says these things happened to “fill up” [usual translation “fulfill”] some aspect of Israel’s story: #1, Matt 1:22-23 All this took place to fulfil … Continue reading

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Read All About It: Ancient Prophet’s Precise Prognostication!

The following is an introduction to a short series on the five fulfillments of Matthew 1 and 2. …………………………………………….. Everything we know in life comes to us through story. We grew up on stories we witnessed about family, childhood, the … Continue reading

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Exploring Israel in LaGrange, Georgia?

It is a Sunday evening and my friends and I are exploring Israelite tombs of varying periods. In one first temple period tomb, we find two complete skeletons and a vault with bones from generations unknown. Our connection to the … Continue reading

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The Strange Logic of Half-Jewish.net

I introduced a rather troubling letter to Messianic Jews found on half-jewish.net in a post earlier this week. As promised, I am going to say more about a few of the issues in the letter. For starters, I want to … Continue reading

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New Book on Islam and Christianity in the Middle East

Phillip Jenkins is an author who has written on the exploding Christianity of the non-Western world. Christianity is growing, not shrinking, outside of the West, even though it is shrinking drastically here in America. He has now written a book … Continue reading

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Synagogues, Church Buildings, Early Christianity

Here is a great article by Ben Witherington, one of my favorite New Testament scholars. If you don’t mind a long article and you like to know about historical and cultural backgrounds of the Bible, you will like this one. … Continue reading

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Half-Truth on HalfJewish.net?

I was recently made aware of a website known as half-jewish.net, the home page for the Half-Jewish Network. I like the idea of the site and I expected to find some useful material. I’m sure it is a site that … Continue reading

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Messiah’s Birth Story, Part 3

We’ve been taking a closer look at the birth story of Messiah. We may end up with twenty parts to this series, because I have a lot to say. It may take a dozen posts just to get through Matthew’s … Continue reading

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Messiah’s Birth Story, Part 2

As we explore the story of Messiah’s birth, we begin with Matthew’s version. In the first few installments, we’ll look at the big picture. What are the parts of Matthew’s story and how do they basically function? In this installment, … Continue reading

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Messiah’s Birth Story, Part 1

As I prepared to enter into an open-ended series on the birth stories of Messiah Yeshua at congregation, I asked myself a question. What difference does it make learning the story of Messiah’s birth? And what difference does it make … Continue reading

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The Remnant of Israel, Part 4

In parts 1,2, and 3, we examined the idea of the remnant in the Bible. We discovered that God created a people to be a remnant on the earth (Gen. 45:7). It is in God’s purpose to create a people, … Continue reading

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The Remnant of Israel, Part 3

This is a continuation of a series started last week. I recommend going back and reading parts 1 and 2 before reading this installment: “The Remnant of Israel, Part 1,” and “The Remnant of Israel, Part 2.” …………………………… The Story … Continue reading

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