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 »

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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 »

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Building a Fence Around The Torah

The famous rabbinical maxim to “build a fence around the law” was originally published in the Talmudic tract, Pirque Avot (Ethics of the Fathers). The basic thinking is as follows: We do not want to violate the Torah. If we create extra laws to protect the Torah, and we obey those extra laws, then we… Read more »

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The Afterlife

Biblical Belief in the Afterlife: a Foundation for our Society How important is biblical belief for the good of our society? In the 18th century, one of the greatest philosophers of all time, though not a Christian, put forth arguments that still have great force. Immanual Kant argued that three beliefs were important to a society… Read more »

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Re-Interpreting Scripture

RE-INTERPRETING SCRIPTURE Recently I was asked to review two books that have a very negative slant on the modern State of Israel. I wrote a lengthy letter to one of the authors and have had extensive dialogue with the brother who recommended one of the books. Both books emphasize in detail Israel’s sins against the… Read more »

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Judeo-Christian Values

A Surprising Controversy Recently, a surprising controversy was covered by the Israeli press. The debate concerned plans of Israelis and Christian Zionists organizing joint events to support the State of Israel. One of the most important sponsoring organizations is the Christian Allies Caucus of the Israeli Knesset. Amazingly, a woman on the Jerusalem City Council,… Read more »

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Loyalty And Lasting Relationships

Loyalty begins with the importance of friendship. For 35 years I shared my faith with a Jewish friend from my school days; finally, nine years ago, this friend embraced faith in Yeshua. For many years it had looked hopeless. There had been little response, and our conversations were often repeated. His life was full of… Read more »

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The World View Question

The World View Question We are presently living with two primary opponents to our Biblical faith. One is Islam and the other is Secular Relativism. I do not include other opponents like Hinduism or Communism in China because these other “isms” are not nearly as consistent in their opposition nor as effective. Indeed, the Chinese… Read more »

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The Kingdom Surprise

C. S. Lewis entitled his auto-biography, “Surprised by Joy.” He did not expect to find any ultimate meaning in life, but was surprised by the work of the Spirit who led him to Yeshua. Often when God brings wonderful surprises, they do not fit into our expectations and we miss the blessing God is seeking to bring…. Read more »

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Blessed Disillusionment

“On this mountain He will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; He will swallow up death for ever.” Isaiah 25:7 One of the greatest needs of the human race is to be disillusioned. One of the greatest tasks of conveying the message of the Gospel of the Kingdom… Read more »

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