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Political Temptations: Yeshua’s, Ours, and Our Leaders’

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As part of my current responsibilities, I teach a fantastic women’s havurah in Los Angeles.  Last night we were looking together at Luke Chapter 4, and it occurs to me that this passage has something to say that shines the light of spirituality on the current political turmoil in the United States. After his immersion…

In An Age of Outreach Sterility: A Recipe for Multiplying Congregations

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This blog post reviews another book by Steve Addison, Pioneering Movements: Leadership That Multiplies Disciples and Churches. (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books), 2015. His lessons about churches (very small churches by design) are very applicable to the HaB’er Havurah Network, which I am currently forming and coordinating, a group of Jewish and Intermarried households that are…

The Havurah: Where Everybody Knows Your Name

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 I spoke to one of my editors and discovered that my book, Converging Destinies: Jews, Christians, and the Mission of God  should be out within about two months. And you can be sure I will be telling you MORE about that book as the days draw near. Meanwhile, I am working on another, which I already…

Dorothy Was Right: There IS No Place Like Home

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The three R’s, Research, Reading, and wRiting. I just gotta. That’s why a scholarly book of mine,  Converging Destinies: Jews, Christians, and the Mission of God is is right now at the publishers, awaiting an index, and a release . . . please God, make it soon. Meanwhile, another book is brewing.  Working on it right now. It’s about…

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…