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Say "Hello" to our New Brochure – What Do You Think?

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You will have to imagine this brochure folded, so of course the first thing you will see is the right hand panel just below here, then the second row of panels, and then come back and read the left and middle panels just below. It’s a little clumsy to read it this way, but I…

Passover, the Eucharist, and a More Jewish Jesus

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Two rabbis recently wrote an opinion piece in Christianity Today stating that Yeshua and his disciples did not observe a seder, and that Christians insult Judaism when they incorporate the Passover meal into their own worship gatherings. You may read their article here.  But below is my response to this article. If you read the…

I Believe In . . . God's Everlasting Love for Israel

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What follows is a tiny and edited snippet from the first chapter of my soon to be released book, Converging Destinies: Jews, Christians, and the Mission of God (Eugene, OR: WIpf and Stock, 2017). It is offered here to inform, to stimulate discussion, and even to whet your appetite for the book when it comes out…

Something's Coming

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It was probably 1957 or 1958, when I was thirteen or fourteen, that I saw West Side Story with my parents. After all, Leonard Bernstein was a M.O.T. (Member Of the Tribe) and therefore we just had to go. It was great. Still remember the experience, and that was certainly in a universe far far…

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…