UMJC Midyear Meeting, January 15

Okay, nothing controversial to report (I’m glad to say). In fact, we didn’t even really have an agenda on this first night of the rabbi’s conference of the UMJC (umjc.net). But I have two positive things to tell you about….

Live Blogging Coming to You from the UMJC Mid-Year Meeting

Shalom all: I am flying out for San Antonio, Texas this morning where I will be at the UMJC (Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations, umjc.net) mid-year meeting. This is a meeting for congregational leaders and wives to enjoy some community…

A Question of Passover Practice

The following are some notes I wrote for myself concerning an issue that divides people at Passover time. What is the issue? Whether or not to eat rice, beans, corn, and so on. Sephardic custom allows these and Ashkenazi does…

Two Cool Blogs to Check Out

I just found out about two blogs I somehow have missed out on all this time. Both are by a friend, Rabbi Michael Schiffman, from Connecticut. Anyway, they are added to the blogroll now. If you want to check them…

Capernaum and Faith

Luke 4:31-44 And he went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the Sabbath, and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word possessed authority. And in the synagogue there was a man…

Messianic Judaism is Like a Box of Chocolates

Forrest Gump had it right. You never know what you’re going to get. Messianic Judaism is nothing more than a name and it’s a name applied to many kinds of groups with radically different agendas. To me, Messianic Judaism should…

Apocryphal Reading List

This is just a quick list of some past posts from “Messianic Musings” about the Apocrypha. I will be posting more soon about the Wisdom of Solomon. These books are a fascinating way to understand developing Jewish thought leading up…

What did John Mean?

I recently had to think through the whole issue of John 1:1. It’s one of the most familiar passages in the New Testament. Yet I think some of the subtlety of it has been lost on most readers. I think…

Apocryphal Wisdom

I remember when I was studying biblical literature as an undergraduate in Chicago. The professor at my Protestant, dispensationalist school said that the books of the Apocrypha were good for reading but not suitable to belong in the canon of…

Deuteronomy 30 and Supersessionism

Supersessionism is also called replacement theology. It is the idea that Israel failed and Jesus intended to replace Israel with a new people. There are many forms of supersessionism. I highly recommend R. Kendall Soulen’s The God of Israel and…