• Calendar

    I Am the LORD, Your Healer

    The people who left Egypt were broken and battered victims of appalling abuse. The people who stood at Mount Sinai were regenerated, both physically and spiritually whole. Whether the cure comes in a miraculous way or through medical treatment, we must never forget that all healing comes from God who created us and keeps us alive day after day.

    7-min

  • Shavuot

    The Relationship between the Torah and the Spirit

    Many commentators and teachers interpret Paul from a supersessionist viewpoint whereby the Holy Spirit’s role supersedes that of the Torah/Law. In all fairness, Romans 7 is famously complex. However, it does not need to be understood in a supersessionist manner. The text can also be interpreted with an understanding of Paul’s affirmation of the Torah.

    5-min

  • Holocaust

    The Ghosts of Auschwitz

    In 1985 I visited the Jerusalem Holocaust museum, Yad V'Shem. It was my first indication that God had not disposed of his people. I had grown up with that closed-box worldview where only people who believed like me were actually God's people. What I saw at Yad V'Shem forced me to revisit my theology. It forced me to challenge the assumptions.

    8-min

  • Personal Transformation

    Omer Day 9: Is Seeing Believing?

    True faith that lasts is not sustained on experiencing signs and wonders but on working out our faith “with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12). That’s what this period of counting the Omer is all about and this is the lesson that the Master taught to Thomas.

    6-min

  • Passover

    Passover of the Future

    On Passover night, we start singing the Hallel, stop and eat dinner, and then sing the rest. This pattern hints at how Moses started the redemption, but Messiah will finish it. A 900-year-old poem lists eleven ways that the future Messianic redemption will blow the exodus from Egypt out of the water.

    7-min

  • Calendar

    Counting the Omer

    Why didn’t the LORD simply specify the date on the Hebrew calendar, 6 Sivan, on which to celebrate Shavu’ot? Counting the Omer links Shavu’ot explicitly to Pesach. Counting each day is like adding a link to a chain. In a sense, therefore, Shavu’ot is the ultimate fulfillment of Pesach.

    6-min

  • Passover

    “Celebrating” Passover Again?

    This year, as we recall the plagues in Egypt, we’ll have a bit of added connection after the experiences of 2020. I could never suggest that a year of COVID-19 compares in the slightest to years of slavery in Egypt, but hopefully, some perspective can increase our joy.

    6-min

  • Passover

    Jerusalem Passover 1948

    Passover 1948 promised to be a dismal one in Jerusalem under the siege and Arab blockades, but the tenacious commitment of Rabbi Shlomo Goren, a surprise visit from an Elijah-type character, and a few miracles transformed the holiday into a significant and memorable occasion in the saga of Jerusalem.

    8-min

  • Passover

    Ten Tips for a Smooth-Sailing Seder

    Passover Seders take a long time. That is a scientifically proven fact. But there is no sense in making them drag on longer than they need to be. And even though they do take a lot of time, they don't have to feel like an eternity.

    12-min

  • Passover

    Passover and Non-Jews: A Universal Exodus

    There is ample evidence that, for the earliest Gentile believers, the celebration of Passover was an important holiday celebrated by all believers in Messiah—both Jewish and Gentile. Paul wrote the book of 1 Corinthians to a predominately Gentile audience who attended both synagogue and weekly gatherings of believers.

    12-min

  • Calendar

    Rosh Chodesh Nisan: A Time of Renewal

    Rosh Chodesh is a time of renewal. Just as the moon is made new again so there is a spiritual power present at that time for us to begin again and transform our lives. But Rosh Chodesh Nisan is even more special.

    6-min

  • Theology

    An Update on the Battle against Replacement Theology

    As the days and months go by, I witness the layers of replacement theology peeling back in numerous corners of God’s kingdom. Here are a few promising developments.

    5-min