JULY 4 IN THE UNITED STATES

I don’t think we have ever seen such controversy in the United  States surrounding the 4 of July, the date of the declaration of the independence of the  United States when we recall the Declaration document itself.  I will be …

Does God Judge Unbelievers?

A popular theology among Christian teachers is that God does not judge unbelievers.  Since they do not know Yeshua and do not have the power of the Spirit, we should not expect them to be moral.  This teaching is contrary …

WHAT IS AVIGDOR LIEBERMAN UP TO?

A former editor of the Jerusalem Post today confessed his puzzlement on what Avigdor Lieberman is up to.  As some of my readers know, Lieberman prevented Benjamin Netanyahu from forming a government. For this, the Prime Minister vilified him as …

SHAVUOT/PENTECOST

I write these words as the Feast of Shavuot, known as Pentecost in the Church world, is just ending.  It is the same Feast, the one emphasizing seven weeks after the First Fruits Feast of Passover week and the other …

The Cave and the Shadows

What does Plato’s well known analogy on reality have to do with the Church and Messianic Judaism? Plato described life in a cave with its dim lights and shadows as an analogy for those who live in the world of …

Re-Interpreting Scripture

Some years ago, 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 …

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 …

Enforcing Standards

The Inability to Enforce Standards in Western Society Certainly one of the primary characteristics of Western society is an inability to enforce standards. We see this across the board in every institution and every sector of society.  The only exception …

The Replacement Theology Challenge Today

A dear friend works in a church connected to an apostolic leader who has published a book that argues for replacement theology. As most teachers who hold to this very wrong theology, he does not like to call his theology …

Judeo-Christian Values

A Surprising Controversy Some years ago, 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 …