Approaching Rabbinic Tradition

Controversy over Rabbinic Tradition A few months ago an intense controversy was ignited in the Messianic Jewish community here in Israel. An Israeli leader in the Messianic community who is supportive of Rabbinic Judaism, sent an invitation to fellow leaders to come together to discuss our relationship to Jewish rabbinic traditions. Another leader replied to… Read more »


Glorified And Human Appearances of Yeshua

The central figure of the Bible is Yeshua (Jesus). Yeshua is both the Son of God and the son of David. The fact that Yeshua is both divine and human is an essential aspect of who He is and what He does. Romans 1:1-4 – “… concerning His Son, Messiah Yeshua our Lord, who was… Read more »


Sukkot And The Incarnation

The sukkah is a picture of Yeshua, the Word who became flesh and “tabernacled” among us. (John 1:14) Literally, the Word became flesh and “sukkahed” among us. Philippians 2:6,7 makes a similar declaration: “Who, although he existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied… Read more »


Discipleship: Embracing The Most Foundational Commandments

To understand the most foundational commandments is the first and most important rung of the ladder of discipleship. Those Messianic Jews – and Gentiles who have joined them – who do not have an ambivalent attitude to commandments are poised on that rung – we know that we are a commanded people! We understand that… Read more »


The Holy Spirit, The Gospel And Jewish Tradition

There is an ongoing debate among congregational leaders in Israel about the role of Jewish tradition and the teaching of the rabbis in the life of Messianic Jews. My position is that we need to be: 1) Strong on the work of the Holy Spirit 2) Bold in our presentation of the Gospel 3) Balanced… Read more »


Are We A Kingdom Divided Against Itself?

“Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to ruin. And every city or house divided against itself will not stand.” (Matthew 12:25, LITV) Every kingdom, every city, and every house – this is true of the world wide body of believers, of any group of people, of each marriage. Do we want to be brought to… Read more »


Who Is The Servant Of The Lord?

  To commemorate Israel’s 60th anniversary the nation’s antiquities department has set the famous Isaiah scroll on display at the Israel Museum. Discovered in 1947, this 2,100 year old manuscript is the only complete book of the Bible found at Qumran. Because of its inestimable value it has not been on display since 1967. The… Read more »


What Does God Like?

Never have I seen so much confusion in the world. Here are some examples: Our western political leaders continue to claim that Islam is a peaceful and loving religion. So, why are so many bombs going off and so many people being killed? Some would say that Islam has been hijacked by radicals who do not represent… Read more »


Why Is Discipleship So Difficult?

An overdue and healthy conversation is now taking place in America concerning the effectiveness of the western churches in making disciples. Recently the debate intensified when Willow Creek Community Church Pastor, Bill Hybels admitted that his “seeker-friendly” congregation did not produce transformational change in the lives of its members. That is, the members were not discipled. Sociologist,… Read more »


King Of The Jews

When Yeshua (Jesus) was crucified, Pilate placed a sign above His head, which carried the inscription,“King of the Jews” (John 19:19; Matthew 27:37). This sign was written in three languages (Hebrew, Latin and Greek) so that all of the world could know. I believe this inscription was ordained of God (John 19:22), and reveals an important aspect… Read more »


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