Monthly Archives: August 2011

Partnering with God – Repairing the World

Every judge who judges with complete fairness even for a single hour, the Writ gives him credit as though he had become a partner to the Holy One, blessed be He, in the creation. b.Shabbat 10a The idea of partnership … Continue reading

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Topical vs. Exegetical Preaching – What Would Jesus Do?

I’m reading one of my course supplements for a new class I’m taking – Greek study tools. It’s a required class for the degree program I’m in, but I think I’ll enjoy this one as I haven’t put as much … Continue reading

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Our Founding Ideals and Why We Abandoned Them

This week I went up to Mars Hill Bible Church to see Toby Janicki present Vine of David’s Delitzsch Hebrew/English Gospels to a group of over 100 people. Mars Hill is quite an amazing place. It doesn’t have a sign. … Continue reading

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Christians, Don’t Be Afraid of Modern Scholarship

Biblical scholarship and evangelical Christianity just plain don’t get along. “Cemetery” is a popular byword for liberal seminaries; the erudition of academia is often spurned by the “faith alone”, “led-by-the-spirit” type. One can even find undertones of the age-old dichotomy … Continue reading

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Bring Modesty Back – A Plea to Christians and their Leaders

Paul wrote in 1 Cor 5:9-10 that when followers of Christ separate themselves from immoral people, they must not extend this separation to those “of the world”. That is, only believers who practice immorality are shunned; the ungodly and unsaved … Continue reading

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The Delitzsch Hebrew/English Gospels Unveiled

Almost two thousand years ago, the most influential person in history taught, worked miracles, and attracted a small group of followers in a remote, rural area called the Galil. He was reputed to be of questionable birth. After only a … Continue reading

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The Great Error of the Pharisees

What was the great error of the Pharisees? Ask two people, get three answers. A common answer is that Pharisees were hypocrites. They worked so hard to appear righteous, without really desiring to be righteous. This has unfortunately become the … Continue reading

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Paul and the Talmud – All things work together for good

There is an interesting story in b.Berachos 60b in which Rabbi Akiva arrived at a city and could not find lodging, so he went and slept in a field. He had a rooster, a donkey, and a lamp with him. … Continue reading

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Tisha B’Av – A Time to Mourn

Tomorrow is Tisha B’Av (the ninth day of the month of Av on the Hebrew calendar); it is a significant day in Jewish history. It is the anniversary of a multitude of calamities that befell the Jewish people, with the … Continue reading

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Shine Your Light- Lessons from a Butterfly

Today I took my son Reuben for a walk after a rainstorm. In the middle of the road we discovered a spicebush swallowtail (that’s him over on the left). We almost didn’t see him; he was pretty well camouflaged against … Continue reading

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