Monthly Archives: June 2009

What if Starbucks Marketed Like Churches?

Absolutely hilarious, true, and revealing. Kudos to the folks at beyondrelevance.com: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7_dZTrjw9I

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Jews and Christians Together . . . in Holy Matrimony

Rich Nichol, the Director of the Rabbinical Ordination Institute at MJTI (mjti.com) says, “For final redemption to occur, the Church and the Jewish people must come together as never before.” Stuart Dauermann, the Senior Scholar at MJTI just released a … Continue reading

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Jesus Creed and a Brush with Celebrity

What is it like to encounter one of your favorite writers and thinkers in person? Instead of the usual Sunday morning sleep-in, I rose early and brought my 18-year-old-about-to-move-out daughter with me to a church in Atlanta. When I go … Continue reading

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A Dilettante, a Purloiner, a Trekker

I confess. I am a dabbler, a dilettante, a shameless purloiner of ideas and poetic tidbits of wisdom from a legion of books and writers. At times I feel like a poser. I only finish about half of the books … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context—The Sower Part 1

Okay, I’m new at this Podcast thing. There is a way to do it directly on wordpress, but I have some uncertainty about file size. If anyone is way in the know about GarageBand, podcasting, and wordpress, email me at … Continue reading

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A Few Minutes into the Resurrection

I believe in a certain story that informs the book of Revelation and which is expanded upon in its twenty two chapters. It is a story about Israel being renewed and a multitude from the nations joining them in welcoming … Continue reading

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On Confidence, Community, and non-Jews in MJ

One of several books I am reading is Gary Tobin’s Opening the Gates, a call for mainstream Jewish denominations and organizations to engage in proactive conversion. His call is for synagogues to welcome rather than turn away the numerous non-Jews … Continue reading

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Love in the Messianic Age, Paul Philip Levertoff

A friend just told me yesterday he is going to graduate school with a concentration in Jewish mysticism and its history. I myself have read very little Jewish mysticism and kabbalah and so forth. I remarked that my own plans … Continue reading

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The Bad News Bible

As a part of my long, slow preparation for a return to Hebrew Bible studies, I am reading The Prophets by Abraham Joshua Heschel. The first chapter started on an alarming note, depressing me more and more with each word. … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis, Francis Collins, and the Moral Argument

My own heart and mind were first turned to God by reading C.S. Lewis and specifically Mere Christianity. Since that time, I have read most of Lewis’s works, fiction and non-fiction and, suffice it to say, I am a fan. … Continue reading

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1 Cor. 10, Gentiles, Jews, and Our Fathers

Every now and then you come across an interesting blog you’ve never read before. I had the pleasure of discovering the Sibboleth blog by Daniel Kirk in San Francisco. Sibboleth is a reference to Judges 12:5-6. Shibboleth refers now in … Continue reading

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Revelation 12 and Its Story

Long before I followed Yeshua, I turned in fascination to the book of Revelation in a little New Testament my teacher gave (in a public school). I found in Revelation a story about a dragon and a woman. I was … Continue reading

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Finding Out Who We Are and Vision for Tomorrow

The discussion the past few weeks about Messianic Judaism, Jews and Gentiles, and the future, has been great. Obviously it would be fun to get together in a big room, those of us conversing here and also many others who … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Wisdom of Alfred Edersheim

Alfred Edersheim is a compelling but difficult figure for Messianic Judaism to appreciate. On the one hand, he was a Jewish-Christian and a well-learned reader of rabbinic literature. On the other hand, he was typical of the Jewish converts to … Continue reading

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Opening the Gates, Chapter 1 Summary

Knowing that I am doing some soul-searching and thinking about the theological and practical issues of Messianic Judaism as a mixed community of Jews and Gentiles, David Rudolph, Assistant Professor of Bible and Theology at MJTI (mjti.com), encouraged me to … Continue reading

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The Recession, Community, and the Culture of Mindless Entertainment

In this recession, as nearly everyone considers the fragile nature of existence in a country where we no longer make anything and even find ways to outsource our service jobs (I’m no economist, but is there a future in any … Continue reading

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Paul, the New Perspective, and a C.T. Article

I am quoted in the June issue of Christianity Today. A blogger friend, Trevin Wax (trevinwax.com) put together an article and wanted reaction from some pastors (and rabbis, in my case) about how recent writings and theories on Paul affect … Continue reading

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On the Human Need (or Lack Thereof) for Congregation

Starting a few years ago, I began to question everything I had learned about religion. I’m not talking so much about a crisis of faith, although I was willing to reject previous conclusions about God and look on everything with … Continue reading

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Heschel on Amos

Read this one slowly and with the book of Amos close at hand. Read it more than once over the next few days. Perhaps it will revive you as it did me. …………………………. Of the minor prophets, Amos has always … Continue reading

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An Inclusive MJ: Preliminary Considerations #1

No topic has stirred so much passion on this blog and similar blogs than the place of non-Jews within Messianic Judaism. The cliché about more heat than light has sometimes been a valid assessment of the discussion. And I am … Continue reading

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Ezekiel on My Mind

Ezekiel is the Leviticus of the Prophets. If you read the Bible regularly, you know what I mean. It is one of those books you avoid or skim over quickly. I mean, sure there are choice bits like the New … Continue reading

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