Monthly Archives: January 2011

For Leaders: Yeshua Seminar in Toledo in March

I will be speaking on “Jesus the Savior” (some perspectives from Mark about Yeshua in his contextual world) and “Preaching Jesus the Jew,” some practical ideas for teaching Yeshua in context. Here is the site for info and registration: http://jewishjesus.ffoz.org/

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News: Children’s Book Available Next Week

The first book in a series of children’s books on the life of Yeshua is on its way from the printer. I just got the ship notification. We’re hoping to have a dozen or more books in the series. What … Continue reading

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Hashivenu 2011

I’m in beautiful Agoura Hills, California, at the annual Hashivenu Forum, a Messianic Jewish think-tank (in my mind, the Messianic Jewish think-tank). The topic this year is Community and Messianic Judaism. I was asked to give one of the two … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Demon Fail

What gospel gives the highest view of Yeshua’s exalted identity? John, of course. But after John, one of the synoptics stands high above the rest. That would be Mark. This story happens after the confession of Peter, and the rebuke … Continue reading

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Passover: Early Preparations

Last year, you said you were going to do it. You probably said the same the year before. This year: do it. Start preparing for Passover early. Why are most Seders inept and boring? It is because people either don’t … Continue reading

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Why We Should Bring Back Yeshua as Prophet

Here is the punchline of an article I just wrote at the Yeshua in Context blog: If we take Yeshua as Messiah-for-the-future-only, as does so much modern religion, we miss the prophetic movement of Yeshua. It is about literal things, … Continue reading

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Is Faith Imagined?

Many people suspect so. And I don’t just mean the critics. Many people who believe wonder, “Am I just imagining this?” I used to hear as an objection to faith, “It’s wish-fulfillment. You wish there were such a thing as … Continue reading

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A Re-Made MJPassages

I know. It’s my third time making this site. I wasn’t building much traffic with my previous idea, which was for MJPassages to be a sort of “current stuff being said about Bible and archaeology and stuff.” At the same … Continue reading

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Obstacles to faith . . . from Yeshua?

A friend gave me some feedback on some recent commentary I wrote on Mark 7:24-30. I said that Yeshua at times puts obstacles in the way of those who come to him. They are faith obstacles. And they have to … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – What Defiles

I’ve always thought that Mark 7:15 was one of the most penetrating, well-phrased, to the heart of the matter statements of what Yeshua stood for. It’s not what comes from the outside that defiles. It’s what comes out of you. … Continue reading

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The Bigger Picture: New Family in Yeshua

The image to the left is my idea of the world to come. Yes, it’s New Zealand. There is a reason Peter Jackson made Middle Earth here. And this post is about having the world to come here and now … Continue reading

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Not Jewish Yet Drawn to Torah, Part 8

This article is way overdue! I had people facebooking me two weeks ago saying, “Hurry up!” A short summary of the issue in this series: many non-Jews have been drawn into Messianic Judaism and various Judeo-Christian groups in the past … Continue reading

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Peace at the Border With Jordan? More . . .

On MJPassages, I have a link to a photo and some information about the just-opened baptism site at Bethabara. You’ll see people on the Jordan side and the Israel side baptizing themselves in the same waters at the same time. … Continue reading

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Happy Tu B’Shevat!

It starts at sundown tonight. The Leman family is having its Seder tomorrow before sundown (for various reasons of family schedule). We’ll be using Bloom! by First Fruits of Zion. See it here (you can always have a late Seder … Continue reading

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Yeshua’s Prayer

In yesterday’s post, I was unable to put up links to the mp3 files for the newly written melody of the Avinu (Lord’s Prayer). I have the files uploaded and the links ready today (in this post and back in … Continue reading

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New Liturgy: the Lord’s Prayer

אָבִינוּ שֶׁבַּשָּׁמַיִם יִתְקַדַּשׁ שְׁמֵךֻ Avinu shebashamayim, yitkadash sh’meicha. Our Father, who is in heaven, may your name be sanctified. (Forgive the transliterated Greek, but I have yet to set up my Mac to type in Greek): Pater heimon ho en … Continue reading

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Coming February through March…

The Passover / Last Supper / Timing of the Crucifixion issue in all its glory will be re-explored on Messianic Jewish Musings. Over the years, the posts about these matters have repeatedly been the favorite and most-searched ones on Messianic … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Yeshua and Miracles

Today a commenter on the Yeshua in Context blog said that belief in the supernatural has no place in the college classroom or serious academic research. He believes Jesus is a myth. He says that religion scholars should not make … Continue reading

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Just Got Bloom! and Plant!

We’ve been snowed in all week in Atlanta. Mail came today for this first time this week. I was excited to get my Tu B’Shevat haggadahs from First Fruits. I wrote about Bloom! and Plant! here. And it’s not too … Continue reading

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Sci-Fi, God, the Universe, and Us

Science fiction was my religion once. Asimov was my prophet and Clark too, and my teacher was Sagan. That was before I came to Jesus and Judaism. Some of the radical amazement I used to feel for the vastness of … Continue reading

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Yeshua Divine? Trinity?

An interesting discussion has developed today at the Yeshua in Context blog. I know that many like Renee have these questions. http://yeshuaincontext.com/2010/10/interpreting-the-temptation/

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God in Search of Man, #4

Justin Bond sort of got the jump on me over at Messiah Connection. I had discussed possibly resurrecting J-BOM (the Jewish Book of the Month). And 3.5 people responded enthusiastically! I’d said let’s make Heschel’s God in Search of Man … Continue reading

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Is Tim Hegg Serious?

I’d like to have gone to Tim Hegg’s seminar in Atlanta this November. I wanted to sit on the front row wearing a T-Shirt that said on front and back: “Noah Ate Pork!” He did, by the way. Noah, I … Continue reading

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Is Your “Rabbi” Kosher?

Many so-called Messianic groups have a problem. If the description you find here fits your rabbi or leader, you should consider finding other community in Messiah. Rabbi Schiffman nails this one. See his thoughts here.

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More on Congregations of Yeshua (Jesus)

The second part of my notes over on the Yeshua in Context blog about what the gospels say about community. These are simply notes, not a fully fleshed-out publication on community and Yeshua. “Applying Yeshua Communally, Part 2.” If you … Continue reading

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