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Movements: What They Are, How They Grow, and How They Die

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As someone with a long history in and around the Messianic Jewish Movement, I was fascinated and enriched by reading a book by Steve Addison, titled Movements That Change the World: Five Keys to Spreading the Gospel. (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books), 2011. If you care about movements, how they grow, and how they die,…

A Review of a Book Leaning Toward A Revolution: Steve Addison’s “What Jesus Started: Joining the Movement Changing the World”

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Steve Addison, What Jesus Started: Joining the Movement Changing the World. Downers Grove: IVP Books, 2012. Steve Addison and his wife Michelle lead MOVE, “a mission agency devoted to training and deploying workers who multiply communities of Jesus’ disciples everywhere” (back cover). He is the author of Movements That Change the World: Five Keys to…

We Are Family! But It Ain’t Easy!

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Here at Interfaithfulness we have been multiplying our channels of communication, with slightly different intentions for each means. For months now I have been weighing what the purpose of this blog should be amidst the other communications we have: our podcast, Toward a More Jewish Jesus, our semi-monthly newsletter Signals and our twice weekly live Facebook…

For Jews This is the Most Dangerous Time of the Year

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This is a sermon preached last shabbat which was Shabbat Shuvah, the sabbath of repentance, which comes each year just before Yom Kippur, and even on Yom Kippur. As you approach that holy day, may these thoughts assist you. The text is Hosea, chapter 14.   Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God This is…

The Bad News About the Good News

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As mentioned in our last blog post, there is some really bad news about the good news. We saw that statistics indicate that for evangelical churches, 96 percent of congregational growth is transfer growth, which means people shuffling from one church to another. It also means that in the United States the enterprise of sharing…

I’ve Got Good News and Bad News: First the Bad News

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Here is a quote I read recently that should be of interest to people who care about the spread of the knowledge of Yeshua.   First, let’s look at the church world. In an issue of Mission Frontiers magazine, Mike Breen laments that in the United States, “96 percent of church growth is due to…

So What Do You Do? An Interfaithfulness Response

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I’ve been doing some thinking about our particular niche, because it is clear that people don’t know exactly what we do. That’s a problem. So here’s the solution. We are consultants and problem-solvers who help Jews and Christians navigate life with God and each other. We do our best work when we help you find the information you…

This Week’s Podcast: How About a More Jewish Christian Theology?

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Well, Everyone! Our second edition of Toward a More Jewish Jesus is up, and the production values are improving week by week, thank God. Our current episode (#2) Is on the theme “How About a More Jewish Christian Theology?” We couldn’t think of anything provocative to address, so we chose that! At the risk of…

Six Reasons Why You Won’t Need Our Podcast

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You won’t need our podcast, Toward a More Jewish Jesus, if you have no fear that the Church has too often made Yeshua over into its own image. You won’t need our podcast, Toward a More Jewish Jesus, if you have never experienced nor do you anticipate experiencing awkwardness in Jewish-Christian relations in your neighborhood,…