Monthly Archives: October 2011

Leave the Dead to Bury their Dead

A different man from among the disciples said to him, “Master, permit me, and I will go first to bury my father.” Yeshua said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their dead.” Matt. 8:21-22, DHE Jesus’ … Continue reading

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Scot McKnight: The King Jesus Gospel

Dr. Scot McKnight, professor at North Park Seminary and author of the NICNT commentary on James (among other works), recently authored a new book: The King Jesus Gospel. It really captures the essence of what is wrong with Evangelicalism today, … Continue reading

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Halacha and “Situational Ethics”

Truthfulness in statements that one cannot avoid is a human being’s duty to everyone, however great the disadvantage to him or to another that may result from it… -┬áImmanuel Kant This famous quote from “On a Supposed Right to Lie … Continue reading

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A Righteous Man Dies for the Sins of the Community

UPDATE: Rabbi Carl Kinbar has weighed in on this Midrash with an interpretation that counters the Kleinman commentary. I have attached it to the end of the post. As I journey slowly through the Midrash, sometimes I encounter something that … Continue reading

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First Fruits of Zion’s 2011 Sukkot Conference

Due to a long string of unrelated events, we determined this year that we would not be going to a Sukkot festival site, and that we would instead spend the holiday at home. However, at the last minute we decided … Continue reading

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Partnering with God, part 2 – Defining True Religion

So a Protestant Christian says to this observant Jew… “Hey, that Talmud you love and cherish so much is a fifth century text. Scholars agree that most of the quotes don’t originate with the rabbis they are attributed to. The … Continue reading

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God’s Big Clock in the Sky

Sukkot is always a memorable time for me. It was immediately after Sukkot that I met my wife, many years ago. That same Sukkot I had a dream that I would receive a farm and animals. Within a year I … Continue reading

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The Centrality of James and the Jerusalem Church

Richard Bauckham, in his inaugural lecture as Professor of New Testament Studies at St. Andrews, delivered a discourse called James at the Centre: A Jerusalem Perspective on the New Testament (available at MJStudies.com). He mentions several issues that I can’t … Continue reading

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“One Law” and the Fixation on Ritual Commandments

As I have discussed in previous posts, notably my review of D. T. Lancaster’s commentary on Galatians, First Fruits of Zion, a Messianic publishing house, has come under fire for embracing a position they call “Divine Invitation”. FFOZ now teaches … Continue reading

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Aren’t there any Christians at Westboro Baptist?

Westboro Baptist Church, of Topeka, KS, has made a name for itself as one of the most controversial churches in the country. A simple Google search for their website will lead you to godhatesfags.com, which pretty much sums up their … Continue reading

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