Monthly Archives: April 2014

Torah Tuesdays: On Not Causing Others to Stumble

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Today’s Torah Tuesday lesson is from this week’s Torah reading in Leviticus 24. It has a lesson for all of us that will make us aware not simply of our own problems, but of the problems we create for others–problems in their relationship with God. 10 There came out among the Israelites one whose mother…

Messiah Mondays: How Yeshua Dealt With Questions and Questioners

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This lesson is my expansion on a masterful lesson I heard about forty years ago from Steffi Geiser. I was impressed. I took notes. Later I developed the thoughts myself, Credit to whom credit is due. This lesson is as important today as it was then. See if you don’t recognize situations familiar to you…

Bad Timing, Poor Judgment , and "That Jew Died For You," a Jews for Jesus Film

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Today is another “See What I Mean Sunday” and therefore time for a visionary posting on the Interfaithfulness blog. Today is also Yom HaShoah, that terrible day in the Jewish calendar when we pause to commemorate the unthinkable, the indescribable, the unprecdented–the slaughter of six million Jews, including 1.5 million babies and children as a…

"Truths Our Fathers Told Us" Thursdays – On Not Making Excuses

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Aggadah, the non-halachic portion of rabbinic writings, often enshrines wisdom which is worn smooth with the passage of time, like stones in an ever-flowing stream. Between now and Shavuot we are reading one passage of Pirkei Avot each week. We started last week with Chapter One. We continue this week with Chapter Two. The passage…

Wildcard Wednesdays – Not Missionaries . . . Prophets!

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This is another of our Wildcard Wednesday postings, which in the nature of the case can deal with just about anything. Today’s contemplation is a step toward reinventing the entire paradigm of how Jewish Yeshua-believers ought to conceive of themselves and their task in sharing with other Jews the good news of Yeshua.  My major point? …

Torah Tuesdays: Why Disassociating From Other Jews is a Terrible Idea

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We continue with our normal Torah Tuesday series, presenting Lessons in Living from Moses our Mentor. This post roams throughout Torah and touches on the prophets as well, even quoting from Leviticus 19, from this week’s Torah reading. In this lesson Moses our Mentor challenges a sin that Jews commit toward each other, offering a prescription…

Messiah Mondays: The Jew Named Jesus – Discover the Man and His Message

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There are some people who seem to go through life with a follow-spot on them, a bright light that makes them stand out from the crowd. Rebekah Simon-Peter is one of those people.  I met her at a Hashivenu Conference to which she had been invited, and can attest to her energy, her charisma, and…

See What I Mean Sundays: What Kind of Tomorrow Awaits Us?

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I am finishing a book with the tentative title, Converging Destinies: Jews, Christians, and the Mission of God.  I will not be addressing the Muslim world, or other world religions, as this is beyond my expertise.  After examining six ways the Jewish and Christian worlds have thought of their relationship with each other, I will…

FAQ/Q&A Friday – What About Hell?

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As you should know, we have dedicated our Friday postings to Frequently Asked Questions and Questions and Answers.  As a case in point, one of your number asked me this past week if I would do a posting about hell.  Here it is. Let this be an incentive for others of you to ask your…