Monthly Archives: July 2014

The Problem With Hebrew Roots, or, It’s Good to be a Goy  

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I will admit that I have a problem with the Hebrew Roots Movement. Perhaps by the end of this blog you will realize the problem is not mine alone, but that the phenomenon is problematic. First of all, surprise surprise, the church among the nations was meant to spawn a variety of cultural expressions of faith…

Q&A/FAQ Fridays – A Call To All To Get Beyond Just Being Believers

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The Messianic Jewish Movement has been deeply affected by the presuppositions of 20th century American conservative evangelicalism, although there are those in the Messianic Jewish Movement who have taken pains to move their thought world and frame of reference more into Jewish space. I am one of those people. Still, more than we realize we…

The Facts of Death: Some Bad News and Some Good News

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I remember when I saw the movie Dead Man Walking together with my son Chaim, one of my three brilliant children. He was about twelve years old at the time I guess.  Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon were also brilliant in this gut-wrenching movie about a brutal murder, as seen from the persepctive of all the parties…

Boldly Go Where Too Few Have Gone Before: Having a Relationship with God

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One of the biggest problems in the world of religion is that we get so used to using certain terms that we don’t realize we don’t know what we mean by them. I know this sounds surprising, but I’m convinced it’s true. Today it might be interesting to talk about what it means to have…