Monthly Archives: May 2014

Teaching Messianic Jewish Spirituality in Moscow – Day Three – Toward a Messianic Jewish Understanding of Prayer

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On the third day in Moscow, we convered many subjects relating to Torah/Holy Instruction and Avodah/Jewish Prayer, as well as G’milut Hasadim [Deeds of Lovingkiness], and Ritual Life. These are four panels of our Cube of Messianic Jewish Spirituality, which I taught on earlier in the week, and which constituted the integrating center of our course.…

Teaching Messianic Jewish Spirituality in Moscow – Day Two [Part 2] – Who's Minding the Messianic Jewish Store?

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The day of teaching went well, and I added to the curriculum the following material about the world’s largest Messianic Jewish congregation, the one led by Ya’akov, Yeshua’s brother. I first developed this material for an address I gave to the Union of Messianic Jewish Congreations national conference in 2001.  In Russia this week I examined…

Teaching Messianic Jewish Spirituality in Moscow – Day Two [Part 1]

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As mentioned yesterday, because I am away in Moscow teaching an intensive course, I am interrupting the normal thematic flow of postings here at the Interfaithfulness blog in favor of a special series for four days, beginning yesterday. Today is therefore the second day.  The picture at the head of these postings is of a…

Teaching Messianic Jewish Spirituality in Moscow: Day One [Part 2]

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Because I am away in Moscow teaching an intensive course, I am interrupting the normal thematic flow of postings here at the Interfaithfulness blog in favor of a special series, for at least the next four days.  The picture at the head of these postings is of a “Chair of Elijah,” a special chair in…

Teaching Messianic Jewish Spirituality in Moscow: Day One [Part 1]

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Because I am away in Moscow teaching an intensive course, I am interrupting the normal thematic flow of postings here at the Interfaithfulness blog in favor of a special series, for at least the next four days.  The picture at the head of these postings is of a “Chair of Elijah” a special chair in…

Wildcard Wednesdays: Is Shabbat Especially Israel's Possession?

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Let’s look today at some disputes and some biblical teachings about the Jewish people and their relationship to Shabbat.  I am defending the position that the Shabbat is uniquely the possession of the Jewish people and a covenant sign between them and God. Further, I think it disrespectful for people to ignore this. I am…

Torah Tuesdays: Obvious Lessons We Obviously Neglect

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In this week’s Torah reading, we get some advice that seems obvious, but is seldom followed. The Bible gives us ample reason to realize that our lives would definitely go better if we will would just take this advice. The problem is, we think that just knowing something is enough. WRONG!  Yeshua said, “If you…

FAQ/Q&A Fridays – A Common Flaw When Responding to Skeptics

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It was about 40 years ago that I realized something which has become more apparent to me with the passing of the years. Here it is:  When it comes to objections raised about the credentials of Yeshua, or the integrity of the Scriptures, there is nothing new under the sun. Such questions have been noticed…

"Truths our Fathers Told Us" Thursdays: Kevin Durant and Rabbi Eliezer

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Yesterday I took about thirty minutes or so to watch the long and emotional acceptance speech delivered by Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma Thunder (basketball team), on the occasion of his receiving this year’s National Basket Association Most Valuable Player Award.  The young man is 25, a believer in Yeshua, an extraordinary athlete and an…

Wildcard Wednesdays: What Kind of People of God Are We Talking About?

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A few days ago we examined the question, “What kind of Jesus are we talking about?”  Today I want to visit another question: What kind of Peopel of God are we talking about? In both cases, our beginning point is Yeshua’s conversation with the Samaritan woman, as recorded in John, Chapter Four.  The earlier discussion…