Monthly Archives: July 2009

PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Mitzvah and Mercy

It all started with a cab ride and dinner with some friends, Boaz Michael and Aaron Eby of First Fruits of Zion. As we ate at a kosher vegetarian restaurant in Miami, I was quizzing Aaron ruthlessly about his perspective … Continue reading

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Lamentations for Tisha B’Av

Tisha B’Av begins tonight. Lamentations (Eicha in Hebrew) is read tonight in a synagogue strewn with upended chairs following a meal of lentils eaten alone. These comments on Lamentations are designed to make your reading more profitable. David Clines, writing … Continue reading

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Observing Tisha B’Av

How lonely sits the city that was full of people! How like a widow has she become, she that was great among the nations! . . . She weeps bitterly in the night, tears on her cheeks; among all her … Continue reading

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A Few Conversations from UMJC 2009

Who knows how many stories, conversations, and connections were made at the 2009 UMJC Conference? UMJC stands for the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (umjc.net) and we just met in Miami. This was an eventful UMJC for me. I passed … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Actions and Discipleship

Catching the life and message of Yeshua the Messiah is not only about hearing his words. How did Yeshua teach us by his actions? What are some categories of actions and what are ways we should think about them? In … Continue reading

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What is the-Point-of-It-All?

I am still enjoying vacation in Cocoa Beach with my wife and eight kids. This will perhaps be our last vacation with everyone together since my oldest is a sophomore in college. I am sitting on the eight floor balcony … Continue reading

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Ordination, the UMJC, and My Story

I am vacationing in Cocoa Beach, an interim stop along the way to Miami and the UMJC annual conference (Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations, umjc.net). If I pass an exam — not a comprehensive, but an exam in my final … Continue reading

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Revelation and Theology

The following is a rough draft for a short chapter in a book I am working on, Revelation Speaks. Though unfinished (I may add more to it), it seemed worth posting and inviting comments. What do you think about what … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Disputes and Yeshua

Yeshua was involved in a number of disputes. What were they about? Some see these a Yeshua turning from the old religion and pointing people to a new one. E.P. Sanders helps us understand some levels of dispute about laws. … Continue reading

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What is at Stake in the FFOZ / Tim Hegg Debate?

The people at First Fruits of Zion are friends of mine, so as I write this, I make no pretense to objectivity. I do think, however, that the arguments I will briefly lay out speak for themselves. I believe it … Continue reading

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Ezekiel: Dedicated or Reluctant Prophet?

He was made mute, unable to speak except when God delivered a word through him (Ezek. 3:26). He was bound with cords, literal or a figure for the power of God confining him to his house (3:25). He was made … Continue reading

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What Sort of Judaism Did Yeshua Support? Part 1

I found an extremely interesting metaphor in N.T. Wright’s Jesus and the Victory of God. Getting a handle on the aims and views of Yeshua in relation to his own context of first century Judaism is like “climbing from one … Continue reading

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Ezekiel, Some Rabbinic Stories

Ezekiel and rabbinic literature have something in common: they both have a reputation for being difficult. There is some truth to this perception. I don’t think Ezekiel makes the best reading material for beginners. Ezekiel is also mentioned in a … Continue reading

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Promote Yeshua in iTunes

Do you use iTunes? Let me ask a favor. Search Yeshua in the iTunes store, find the Yeshua in Context Podcast, and give it a favorable rating.

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – The Story of Yeshua

One of the hindrances to faith in Messiah in our day is the proliferation of cynical information casting doubt on the historical validity of his sayings and deeds. It is trendy to suggest that the gospels as we have them … Continue reading

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Rabbinic Parables and Yeshua

If you get a chance to read parables from rabbinic literature, it is striking how similar they are to parables told by Yeshua in the gospels. I spent some time last night in The Historical Jesus in Context, ed. Amy-Jill … Continue reading

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On Teaching and Sermons

Over at the Jesus Creed blog, Scot McKnight is asking people their thoughts about sermons (catch it here). One of my favorite things about the Jesus Creed blog is that original thinkers tend to show up with regularity. It is … Continue reading

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Can Anyone Tell Me What the Gospel Is?

Gospel is a funny word. I heard a long time ago that it comes from a middle English term, God-spell (no, I didn’t see the musical). The idea is that people are captivated by God through faith and caught, as … Continue reading

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Amidah, Lord’s Prayer, Early Traditions

In Volume 1 of David Instone-Brewer’s Traditions of the Rabbis From the Era of the New Testament we have a careful examination of which parts of the Mishnah order on agriculture (Zeraim, which begins with Berakhot or blessings) legitimately belongs … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – The Sower, Part 2

If you haven’t yet subscribed to the Yeshua in Context podcast, you can do it several ways. First, if you use iTunes, search Yeshua in the iTunes store and subscribe (free). This is the best way, since the more people … Continue reading

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Parables, the Hebrew Bible, and Yeshua

I am doing some background research for my Yeshua in Context podcast (a new episode will be posted later today). Since I am focusing on the parables of Yeshua at the moment in the podcast, I wanted to look into … Continue reading

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