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January 7, 2019
New Directions, and the Foolishness of Following God

"The fool is the precursor to the savior (Karl Jung)." You have to be a fool to advance because when you first move in your new direction, what the hell do you know? You're just a bumbling dimwit! But you won't he that for long, that's the thing! Jordan B. Peterson Some people wrongly imagine […]

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December 26, 2018
A Brief and Mild Rebuke of Some Messianic Jewish Snark

  Guess what. Christianity is not a dirty word. Some people, MANY people, have a naive version of Messianic Judaism which is really a kind or proof-texty hodge-podge of a personalist Torah orientation, AND they believe this to be an elite religion for the world in contrast to an "apostate" church which "fails to keep […]

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December 17, 2018
If You Plan Gatherings, Plan to Read This Book!

What follows is a detailed review and something of a summary of The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters, by Priya Parker, (New York: Riverhead Press), 2018. I will be making this volume a foundational influence in how I plan events of whatever shape or size. I think you will too. […]

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December 2, 2018
On the Death of George H.W. Bush . . . And the Rest of Us

George Herbert Walker Bush is dead . . . or is he? If you have read any of the reflections the past few days, as I have, you will discover the magnitude of his love for wife Barbara, and you will read how she regretted that in dying, she was leaving behind her beloved George, […]

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November 21, 2018
Six Encounters, Axes of Spiritual Transformation

There is a certain amount of mystery involved in how people come to faith in the Messiah. This is doubly so for Jewish people. How does this happen? And how might we aid in the process? This blog-post seeks to address these issues. Charles Kraft, Professor of Anthropology at the Fuller Seminary School of Interculural […]

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October 10, 2018
Fishing for People: Tell Them About Your Experience with God

A hundred and fifty years ago people felt compelled to follow the truth when they were shown it. It doesn’t work that way any more, does it?  Here is the key to keep in mind: People will only care about your explanations when they covet your experiences.Yeshua said he would make us fishers of people. […]

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September 16, 2018
Nothing is Clear Until Our Calling is Clear: Our Special Calling to our Jewish People

In every area of life, but especially as we view ourselves to be servants of God, we would do well to gain clarity on one particular issue - "What is my/our calling?"  In other words, considering my identity and the responsibilities to which I am linked by virtue of that identity, who am I called […]

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September 10, 2018
Rosh HaShana, the Great Jewish Hope, and All of Us

Here is a d'rash (a sermon) I was pleased to deliver at Beth Messiah Congregation in the DC area.  I've never heard anyone sing HaTikvah at Rosh Hashana, but I believe it is a most appropriate song for this season.  I am especially drawn to the line which states, "Od lo avda tikvateinu--our hope has […]

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August 29, 2018
Speaking of Tongues, or, Lashon Hora is Not a Dance – Part Three

This is the third and last of our current postings on what Jewish speech ethics have to say about our current political and social media communications. But it is one thing to point out problems, and quite another to solve them. While I won't claim to be providing solutions to the problems we have been […]

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August 28, 2018
Speaking of Tongues, or, Lashon Hora is Not a Dance – Part Two

Last time we introduced the issue of WHY we should be concerned with verbal hygiene, with watching what we say. Today we are going to look more at the WHAT, that is, what kinds of speech should we avoid. As mentioned last time, this material is part of an early draft of a forthcoming discipling […]

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