Monthly Archives: September 2016

I often tell people two things to get them started on this experiment of reading Paul with new eyes. One, read Romans 5-8 daily for a while. Two, read chapter 5, verse 1, the way it was meant to be translated: Therefore, since we have been justified by faithfulness [Messiah’s, not ours], we have peace…

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Maybe you love Paul, thinking he’s a great intellect or inspiring or both. Maybe you hate him, thinking he is what is wrong with Western religion. If you’re Jewish, perhaps you heard he was the guy who declared Jewish customs obsolete. He is used by some Christian thinkers as Paul the anti-Moses. There is a…

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Elijah. Where did he come from? What is the meaning of his life? How has he come to be such a towering figure in Judaism and Christianity? Why is there a place left for him at Passover tables? On TheHebrewNerd.com I am exploring Elijah with some rather thorough commentary, a look at Jewish thoughts on…

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Ultimately here I will point to universalism, the belief that in the end God’s love and light reconcile all things through Messiah. Many are not willing to take that radical of a step into believing in the effectiveness of God’s love. There are many alternatives besides universalism to a theology of an angry God. Imagine…

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My commentary on a reading from Acts today shows us something of the theology of the early believers. Paul’s teaching in Acts shows what Torah has to do with Messiah. Torah is the promise and anticipation. Yeshua is the new revelation that, we can see in retrospect, does all that Torah promised and more. I…

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Eternal Conscious Torment. It’s an emotional issue. I recently experienced a flash flood of comments on Facebook, mostly positive and some negative, when I said: I used to feel pressure not to go this direction. I was clergy. Many of my constituents were sold on what seems to be the crux of evangelicalism: salvation is…

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A little more than a year ago I entered a new career. My life had fallen apart. Though there were plenty of underlying causes, the fault was primarily my own. So my main blog has been dormant. I’ve been doing some blogging at TheHebrewNerd.com and TheIsaiahNerd.Wordpress.com. Well, fall is here. More than a year has…

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