Tag Archives: Conversion

To Convert or Not to Convert

A reader wrote in and suggested that I discuss some reasons Gentile Messiah-followers should not convert to Judaism. They suggested I have made my journey sound too normative and I could give people the idea that every Gentile who loves … Continue reading

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Conversion Day

A journey of a thousand steps ends up somewhere. Isn’t that what the proverb says? Ours has ended up in Tampa, Florida, on this day of our conversion ceremony. A Dutch-German pastor’s kid (my wife) and a former agnostic, turned … Continue reading

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Strangers Choosing Jewish Life

I am a non-Jew converting to Judaism. The stages of my journey can be summed up as follows: (1) A reluctant conversion to Jesus-faith in college throws my secure world of science and mathematics into turmoil. (2) Instead of simply … 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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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 clichĂ© about more heat than light has sometimes been a valid assessment of the discussion. And I am … Continue reading

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