Category Archives: Gospel

PODCAST: Faith in Waiting – Yeshua in Context

I’m wondering if we can look over Luke’s shoulder as he orders and shapes the storytelling in Luke 8. Does he order and shape these very familiar stories in a pattern that sends a message to the community in his … Continue reading

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Poor in Spirit

How important is it to interpret a biblical text well? Obsession with details of theology, which is at least close to the same thing as obsession with a good interpretation of a sacred text, has been compared to speculating about … Continue reading

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Discipleship in [Coming] Hard Times

And now for something really controversial. “Late have I loved you,” lamented Augustine. At the tender age of 43 I feel as though I have been previously blind to the specific social, economic, and communal instructions of Messiah. A paradigm … 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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The Mountain in the Sermon

The following information is derived from a paper by Eric Ottenheijm of the University of Utrecht presented at the 2010 Society of Biblical Literature in the Matthew section. In Matthew 5:1, Yeshua went up on “the mountain.” No one knows … 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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Why the Beatitudes Are Much Loved

A friend I care about wrote on his blog that during the past few years, having lost his faith in Yeshua, he has recently considered him with fresh eyes and still cannot see the greatness. About Yeshua’s teaching he said, … Continue reading

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Besorah, Good News, Gospel

Paul spoke of “my gospel” and said “I am not ashamed of the gospel.” Yeshua said “the gospel must be proclaimed to all nations.” Peter warned people who were “disobedient to the gospel of God.” What is the basic concept … Continue reading

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Messiah for the Greeks

My commentary of the day was on Acts 17:16-34. I thought it appropriate to our ongoing discussions here about Jews and non-Jews in Messiah. What did the apostles imagine the gospel would look like in non-Jewish cultures? To see more … Continue reading

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Lydia: A Lesson in Wealth

I write a daily commentary on the readings from Chumash (the five books of Torah) and the gospels. It is a sort of Messianic Jewish equivalent to the many fine Jewish services commenting online about the Chumash (perhaps the best … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Resurrection Mystery

Perplexity. Remembrance. Mystery. Continuity. These four themes are what Luke emphasizes in his resurrection account. All four gospels agree that the empty tomb was discovered on the first day of the week, that Mary Magdalene and other women discovered it, … Continue reading

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Notes on the Shema, Daily D’var

I have an email service known as the Daily D’var with notes on the daily Torah (Chumash) readings and readings from the Gospels and Acts. A community of about 120 people receive them at present. If we pass 200, I’ll … Continue reading

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Did Yeshua Affirm His Messianic Identity at His Trial?

I have been enjoying the greatest personal renewal in my life in the past six months as I have immersed myself in the life of Yeshua the Messiah. Having decided to follow him twenty-three years ago while a college student, … Continue reading

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Expositing Acts 15: The Defining Chapter

A reader sent an email with a few questions, including this one: How do you address the word of Yaakov in Acts 15:19-21? To me, the implication is that these are the very basics…but as they learn about Moses (the … Continue reading

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Jewish Missions and Messianic Judaism, Musings on LCJE

I went yesterday to hear my friend, Rabbi Dr. Stuart Dauermann, deliver a paper at the LCJE North America Conference being held right here in my own city of Atlanta. LCJE (Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism) is a network of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Holy Subversion

HOLY SUBVERSION by Trevin Wax. Wheaton: Crossway, 2010. The idea of subversion is undermining. God wants to undermine power structures, to subvert conventions, and undercut assurance. The attitude of any man or woman who allows God to subvert the norms … Continue reading

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Ephesians 1 in Context

Back in October 2008 I wrote about Ephesians 1 and an important re-reading that would help a lot of people to read the Bible more in context. In recent comments and debates about the role of Jews and non-Jews in … Continue reading

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A Resource Review: Jewish Christian Relations, A Step Forward

In the midst of all the Sukkot festivities, I found myself driving with family for several hours yesterday. I had just received a new resource in the mail. I didn’t know what the material would be like, how it would … Continue reading

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The Gospel in Psalm 66

While working for one of the publications for which I am a freelance writer, I came across Psalm 66. I am not currently studying the Psalms. I would be afraid to make the Psalms a focus of any academic work. … 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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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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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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Suddenly Sabra and Jews for Jesus

I just read an article in the Jerusalem Post and it brought up for me my former life and a whole host of issues about Jewish-Christian relations. “Suddenly Sabra” is a recent American immigrant to Israel. She comes from the … Continue reading

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Stuart Dauermann on the Good News in Ezekiel

I have a new job (see announcement above, “Career Shift and Other News”). My new responsibilities include overseeing publications for the Messianic Jewish Theological Institute (at this time, we have our old, simple site at mjti.org, but a new one … Continue reading

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The Jewish Gospel of Jesus, Part 4

Though the word gospel has different connotations today, and none of them Jewish, I assure you the gospel of Jesus is a Jewish message. Gospel, as part 1 explained, is a middle English word translating an ancient Greek concept: a … Continue reading

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