Praise You in This Storm…

One of my favorite Christian groups is Casting Crowns. Their songs and lyrics speak to my soul on a personal level. The last couple months one song in particular has been a balm to my soul … “Praise You in This Storm” http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=WDK7KLNX For the last couple of months have been stormy, typhoon-like. However, God…

The Holy Spirit & Shavuot/Pentecost

We are in the midst of celebrating the holiday of Shavuot/Pentecost. It is one of the greatest of all the Jewish holidays for a multitude of reasons. However, I am going to get very personal and share with you what has been revealed to me over the last few weeks regarding the presence of the…

The Only Normal Human Being…

C. S. Lewis in the foreword to his friend’s Joy Davidman work Smoke on the Mountain: An Interpretation of the Ten Commandments writes a most unusual statement: In a sense the converted Jew is the only normal human being in the world. To him, in the first instance, the promises were made, and he has availed…

Jews, Christians, & Passover

Tonight around the world, millions of Jewish people will sit around a Passover table. Some will sit there to fervently remember what was done by God 3,500 years when He delivered them from slavery in Egypt. Some will sit there believing that the story of the Exodus was all “hogwash” to pardon the non-Kosher pun….

The Real Message of the Church …

There are no prophets left today. If one claims to be … get the stones ready! However, and while I disagree with a good chunk of her political positions and some of her theological positions, Rachel Held Evans does offer some prescient insights that we would be wise to listen to as the 21st century…

Why Doctrine Matters…

As the president/director of Tzedakah Ministries, I have many responsibilities. My foremost task is to answer to God for what this ministry says as we seek to share the truth of Messiah Jesus with the Jewish people and all lost people living on this orb we call planet Earth today. Yes, it is the Holy Spirit…

“Shards of Our Lives”

In the process of reading Sabine Dramm’s  Dietrich Bonhoeffer: An Introduction to His Thought, I added a new word to my vocabulary – caesuras. Caesuras means basically “any break, pause, or interruption” and the idea is that often happens unexpectedly. Drank introduces this word in conjunction to Bonhoeffer’s arrest on 5 April 1943 that while…

The B-I-B-L-E … The Book for Me

I surely cannot be the only one who remembers the Sunday School song sung by children across the ages …  However, it seems the Word of God, the Bible, has become anything and everything except upon what we stand upon these days.  We use it these days to justify … Naming and Claiming for the…

Where Is Your Focus?

President Donald Trump is scheduled in the next few days to announce his Supreme Court nomination to replace the late Antonin Scalia. Rancor and disputes will abound as each side will bring up phrases such as “litmus tests,” “nuclear option,” and “out of the mainstream.” As a self-professed history nerd with a PhD to prove…

Making the Gospel Concrete…

When mom saw the latest offering from Amazon today her response was simply – “I should symbolically marry you off to your theological crush (Dietrich Bonhoeffer).”  Yes, I might have battled Maria von Wedermeyer (his fiancé) for him if I had been living in 1943; however, my compunction to read this German martyr goes deeper…

The Ultimate Dirty Word

As a missionary, I have been called many things. Some so vile that I can only describe them by words with which they rhyme. I have grown accustomed to those words “lobbed” towards me because I was promised the reward of a fiery trial (1 Peter 4:12-14) for being faithful to the call of Jewish…

Pieces of My Soul … Reflections on the #DayofPrayer2017

Yesterday was an emotional and prayerful day for me and I hope hundreds of people around the globe joined Tzedakah Ministries in this day of prayer. It was also a day of profound and severe spiritual warfare as I was attacked (on a physical level with one of the most severe migraines of my life…