Category Archives: Christian

Why is Passover so Christian-ly Popular?

I’m not sure when the practice started, the practice of churches inviting in Jewish-Christian speakers to talk about Passover and the Last Supper of Jesus. I’m guessing that it sort of started with Jews for Jesus in the 70’s. I … Continue reading

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Communion Under the Anglo Jesus

God has friends and servants in all kinds of places. The face of Messiah looks different and yet the same. I’ve had a number of encounters with beautiful people and communities on the road recently. Humble shepherds, selfless servants, devoted … Continue reading

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Teaching Faith to Youth

I’ve been doing a short series on Sabbath afternoons with the youth of our congregation talking about faith. I didn’t have any when I was a teenager and was not raised in any sort of religious environment. So I find, … Continue reading

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Not Jewish Yet Drawn to Torah, Part 7

It has been a long series, but this post will be short. I said in “Summary and Perspective on Part 5” to some of those who were dubious about my views: “If you, as Jews, do not understand the spiritual … Continue reading

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Congregations of Yeshua (Jesus)

I know readers are waiting for Part 7 of “Not Jewish Yet Drawn to Torah” and also for me to revive the “Conversations on Law and Grace” series. They are coming. I appreciate your patience. Believe it or not, I … Continue reading

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Miracles (C.S. Lewis), #3

I’m slowly eking out a parallel series on C.S. Lewis and Abraham Joshua Heschel. You can find the earlier installments by using Categories on the right sidebar and looking under their names. Here are two contemporaries who epitomize good Christian … Continue reading

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Not Jewish Yet Drawn to Torah, Part 6

This post should not be read in isolation from previous ones in this series. If you are short on time, at least read “Part 5” here. We have now come to the part of this series which some readers have … Continue reading

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Not Jewish Yet Drawn to Torah, Part 5

I have a friend who led a Messianic congregation with few Jews. In the early days, he assumed that non-Jewish followers of Yeshua could and should take on a life of Torah and even specifically Jewish ways of keeping the … Continue reading

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Mount Sinai and Mount Zion

I wrote something for a Christian audience explaining Hebrews 12:18-29. It is a passage, like many in Hebrews, which can be misunderstood as anti-Jewish or anti-Torah. Actually, it is a pro-Torah message of considerable genius, as I try to show … Continue reading

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The Date of Christmas and the Pagan Question

A well-balanced article. It contains surprises for people of varying opinions about Christmas and December 25. http://www.bib-arch.org/e-features/christmas.asp

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Feasting in the Age to Come

Visions of feasting recur in our dreams. Two images of happiness predominate: the adventure and the feast. God describes what he has for us in the age to come in terms of a rich banquet with wine and meat. There … Continue reading

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Miracles (C.S. Lewis), #2

These posts on Lewis’s book about miracles are part of a parallel series I am doing on Lewis and Heschel. See “God in Search of Man, #1” and “Miracles (C.S. Lewis), #1” for more explanation on my rationale. The argument … Continue reading

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Joseph and the Covenant of Blessing

The Joseph stories have long been thought to be more than simple reporting of the life of the patriarch. Too much resemblance between Joseph’s life, and the life of all the patriarchs, and Israel’s later history is present to ignore. … Continue reading

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Vridar Against the Messiah Concept

Vridar is the moniker of Neil Godfrey, an avid fan of some rather extreme historians such as Thomas L. Thompson, Philip R. Davies, Niels Peter Lemche, and other pleasant individuals (avid politickers for the Palestinian cause using historical writing to … Continue reading

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Announcement: MJPassages

http://MJPassages.com Your intersection for good things Jewish, Christian, Messianic Jewish, Judeo-Christian, biblical, archaeological, and theological. It’s not yet a finished product, but there’s a good bit already to explore. Should be easy to explore on your triptophan buzz this Thanksgiving … Continue reading

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SBL 2010, Amy-Jill Levine

Amy-Jill Levine is a rockstar. That’s my conclusion after hearing her speak for the first time. It was a panel discussing whether faith is incompatible with “objective” historical research in the historical Jesus project. Several evangelical Christian panelists made their … Continue reading

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Shmuley Boteach’s Non-Divine, Non-Messianic Jesus

Shmuley Boteach has a book soon to be released about how non-Jews can save Judaism and how Jesus is a prophet, but not divine or any kind of messiah. Judaism is a failure, he says. It’s too tribal. It has … Continue reading

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Miracles (C.S. Lewis), #1

See yesterdays “God in Search of Man, #1” for an explanation of this series exploring a Jewish and a Christian thinker who have much in common. I am much more familiar with Lewis than Heschel, having a fair collection of … Continue reading

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God in Search of Man, #1

Messianic Judaism is, in essence, a hybrid faith incorporating Jewish and Christian traditions and theology. I have for some time had in mind a project: reviewing some works by one Jewish and one Christian thinker who might be termed seminal … Continue reading

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Not Jewish yet Drawn to Torah, Part 3

In Part 1 of this series, I had one main point and several sub-points. The main point: non-Jews learning Torah should realize that the primary audience of Torah is the Jewish people. Sub-points: (1) Torah, like gospel, is not anyone’s … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context, Kingdom Concepts

Kingdom is a word more people have been using to describe the essence of Yeshua’s message in the last decade. What is it about beyond generalities? A few of Yeshua’s sayings on the matter are well-known. A few are rarely … Continue reading

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Not Jewish yet Drawn to Torah, Part 2

In yesterday’s post, I attempted to start afresh on a topic much discussed on Messianic Jewish Musings in the past. The topic needs some fresh air. The movement of Torah-seeking gentiles needs some good fruit. The relationship between churches and … Continue reading

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Matthew 11, Law vs. Kingdom?

Anachronism is reading history out of order. Many examples of popular anachronisms exist. The religious art of Europe is a well-known anachronism. Biblical characters are depicted wearing plate armor at times or Renaissance fashion (or posing nude, in spite of … Continue reading

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Reasons for Faith in Yeshua

This will likely be the subject of my podcast tomorrow. Of the making of lists there is no end, to paraphrase Qohelet (Ecclesiastes). I am aware of this as I make lists for my YESHUA IN CONTEXT SOURCEBOOK, due out … Continue reading

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Is Anything Wrong with “Sunday Church”?

“Sunday church” is a derogatory term I hear from well-meaning people, usually of the Judeo-Christian variety (Hebraic roots, Jewish roots, gentile Messianics). The adjective Sunday place before the word church is thought to convey all that is wrong with religion … Continue reading

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