Profound Ambivalence: A Right Response To Rabbinic Judaism

A Renewed Mind When we are filled with the Spirit and our faith is centered on Yeshua, on all that He has done, and will do for us, a wonderful transformation takes place: we are endowed with a renewed mind which can weigh viewpoints, practices, and philosophies (Romans 12:2). In this regard, when we reflect… Read more »

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Offended By Christian Zionists

A Messianic Jewish leader’s wife came up to me in tears. A major Christian Zionist prayer event had just concluded in Jerusalem. Why was she crying? Shouldn’t we all be rejoicing that this event had taken place, an event where Christians from around the world, including some who were internationally known leaders, prayed together and… Read more »

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Rediscovering The Roots of The Remain

As you read this we will have just finished the cycle of the fall feasts – a season of great enrichment in Israel and for the Messianic Jewish community worldwide. We began on Rosh Hashanah by blowing the Shofar, the sound that harkens back to Sinai and looks forward to the Second coming. Ten days… Read more »

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Rooted Spiritual Life

One of the most significant features of modern Christian movements is the loss of connection to their ancient Church heritage and traditions, the classical roots of the faith. Last month I wrote about valuing the Jewish roots that remain within Christian heritages (see, Rediscovering the Roots that Remain, November 2009). However, many contemporary streams of Christianity… Read more »

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Assimilating Jewish Christians

The Beginnings of the Messianic Jewish Movement In the early 1970s, a significant number of Jews committed their lives to Yeshua and came to the conviction that they should call themselves Messianic Jews rather than Christians. There were several reasons for this. One was the history of institutional Christianity and its impact on the Jewish… Read more »

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The Family Foundation

The Scripture tells parents, especially fathers, “You shall teach them [that is, the commandments] diligently to your children.” (Deuteronomy 6:7) The context of this parental mandate is the Sh’ma, which teaches absolute commitment to God and His standards beginning with the command to love Him with all our heart, soul, strength and might. Furthermore, we are… Read more »

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The Greatest Danger To Israel

Satanically inspired attempts to destroy Israel are nothing new. Throughout Scripture we read of such attempts. In Moses’ day Amalek sought to destroy Israel. During the days of Esther and Mordechai, Haman a descendant of Amalek devised a plan to systematically destroy the Jewish people. Haman became the paradigmatic figure of the arch-enemy of Israel…. Read more »

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The Dilemma of Liberalizing Theology

A Debate in the American Jewish Community In May of this year, Rabbi Norman Lamm, the Chancellor of Yeshiva University in New York, predicted the demise of the Conservative and Reform movements. As quoted in the Jerusalem Post, here is Lamm’s statement. “With a heavy heart we will soon say kaddish on the Reform and… Read more »

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The Orwellian Left

George Orwell’s “1984” I had heard of George Orwell’s “1984” for many years but did not get around to reading it until 1984. The coincidental date was motivation for me to read this great book. Orwell was famous for showing how totalitarian systems of government change the very meaning of language and enforce these new… Read more »

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Role Models

Attacks Against Religion Recently there has been a spate of books attacking religion and belief in God as a dangerous deception. Other books have been written to refute this thesis. Those who make the case against Christianity in particular do not examine all the facts but select only the evidence that supports their perspective. Parallel… Read more »

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