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10/20/09 - My apologies to everyone who has been confused by the front page for the last few weeks; we ran into yet another problem as a result of switching web services. Hopefully that problem is now resolved.
9/23/09 - Wow, it's been a long time. First of all, I'd like to apologize to everyone who reads this website for the long delay and my lack of explanation. The short version of my reason is: I got married. It was done under the chupah (wedding canopy) in accordance with Jewish and Biblical tradition, and I plan to put up an article detailing the ceremony and its Messianic significance soon. In the meantime, here is a website that one of my new in-laws created to hold his personal shots of the wedding.
I'm currently settling in with my new wife and daughter, so updates may yet be sporadic for a while. However, I do have a few new additions to share. First, an article dealing with what we believe to be an error in the Messianic movement: Two-House (Ephraimite) Theology. I've also written a letter to a prominent evangelical teacher correcting a common misperception in Christianity that Judaism teaches that one is saved by keeping the Torah. Here it is, edited to remove said teacher's identity, as it is our intention to correct an error, not shame a brother in the Messiah that I happen to have immense respect for. And I've added two more benedictions to the Amidah commentary. They were far too long in coming, I know.
On the other side of the apologetics fence, I've posted a response to an email asking whether the Messiah had to be a descendent of Solomon. The short answer is, "no," of course.
It's not as much as it should be,
given the delay, but hopefully this website's readers will accept a heartfelt
apology and a down-payment on a return to a regular update schedule now that
things are starting to settle down. I'll be doing a major revamp of the
links page ere long, so if anyone is interested in swapping links, please let me
know. I've also got a book, a commentary on Revelation and prophecy, which
I hope to have published
soon. I'll probably post some sample pages shortly, and the e-book format
will be available just as soon as I finish formatting it.
11/30/08 - My apologies for the lateness. I've finally gotten internet set up at the house, so updates should be a bit more regular from here on out. We've got three new parashah readings in the commentary section, as well as the notes for Romans 9 and 10 (only partially completed). I've also posted an article on Adoption Theology that came out of some discussions that I've had online.
You may notice that there are several
article titles that don't yet have links attached. These are
placeholders for future articles that are currently in the works. In
particular, I'm working on several articles dealing with what we believe to be
errors within the Messianic movement that need to be addressed. Hopefully
they will go up at semi-regular intervals in the coming weeks.
11/12/08 - Just a quick
update with another parashah summary.
See you next week!
11/3/08 - We're getting back on track here: We've got another parashah update, and a brief update to the Amidah commentary. The update would be longer, but for most of my intended audience, a rundown of the Messianic prophecies would be superfluous.
I've also updated my Romans
notes, and also added a
PDF of all of the
notes so far. Warning: The PDF is running over a hundred pages at
this point (when I'm done, this will probably make a good book). We've had
some trouble with the Cyber-Synagogue
site, but it's being cleared up as I type this. Hopefully, when that's
done, I'll be able to link directly to the audio teaching that goes with each
10/31/08 - A bit later than
I planned, but here's the commentary on the
Second Parashah. Nothing else
new this week; I'm working on cleaning up some old articles to bring them in
line with the overall style of the website. I hope to have them posted
10/22/08 - I hope everyone
had a joyous Sukkot. This week, I'm posting the first commentary on the
Parashah readings, B'resheit (In the
Beginning), and another Benediction
of the Amidah. Happy Simchat Torah (Rejoycing in the Torah)!
10/12/08 - I hope that everyone had a pleasant Yom Kippur and is excited about Sukkot. A reminder for those wishing for more information about the Feasts and what they prophesy, we have three articles already written, one by me and two by Rabbi Gavri'el Moreno-Bryars, which can be found on the front page under the heading "God's Palm Pilot."
In addition, I've been working on getting ahead of the Parashah
readings for the coming year and should be posting the first Parashah right
after Simchat Torah on Oct. 22. I've also posted an article to start off a
new section, in which I will present the positive case for Messianic
Judaism and a Torah-observant form of Christianity. This new article is
called Paul's Nazrite Vow.
10/1/08 - A belated L'shannah Tova (Happy New Year) to everyone! We've got another benediction uploaded, and I've gone ahead and finished copying the rest of the Amidah onto the page in preparation for future updates. I've also uploaded another chapter of my Romans notes; you'll hopefully find some useful insights into the meaning of baptism there. The audio for the teachings is available on Cyber-Synagogue.
I've also done some cleaning up around the site, eliminating end
notes in favor of short citations, and added a new
8/24/08 - No excuses this
time, other than to say I've been rather busy, as usual. I've updated
another benediction of the Amidah,
and uploaded my notes from Romans for the last
two months, bringing us to chapter 4. I've also installed a
Bibliography--instead of using endnotes, I'll be
simply listing the author's last name, a shortened form of the book or article's
title, and the page number. Those who want to find out more about my
sources can look them up in the bibliography, where I'll be including not only
full publishing information, but linking reviews.
6/3/08 - Long delays are turning into a regular thing for me, aren't they? My apologies. I had a two-night debate with Matthew Janzen of the Assembly of HaShem (their real name employs the Divine Name; I prefer not to use it so lightly) on whether Yeshua is Divine in nature (the answer, in case you are wondering, is yes). We have recordings that we're editing now and which will be put on the website for your perusal shortly.
Speaking of debates, I've posted my closing argument in my debate with Myles. It has been a pleasure to get to know him over the last year, and I look forward to many years of fellowship to come.
I had meant to get back into the Torah commentary, but I've started teaching a series on the book of Romans at synagogue, and a good chunk of my study time is being taken up by that. My teaching notes are being posted here, soon to be connected to the audio tracks from our Cyber-Synagogue site.
I also have two more
benedictions of the Amidah commentary posted.
4/28/08 - Whew! My apologies to everyone for the length of time between updates--and moreover, for forgetting to put a note here explaining why in advance. I have not, as it turns out, been idle:
In early April, I spent two weeks in pilgrimage to the Holy Land. I'm currently pulling together pictures for a full travel report, but in the meantime, I've posted the thoughts I wrote down on the plane ride home. I've also posted a new link to the website of a friend we made in Jerusalem: Shorashim.com.
Immediately after that, of course, came Passover. Our synagogue put on two Seders this year, one for the family which totaled some 120 people, and one for our Sunday brethren that hosted nearly 70 people. Both events were a rousing success.
Right after that, I had the opportunity to speak to a group at the Prince of Peace Catholic Church. The primary part of my lecture was on the types of The Messiah in Genesis, and I've posted my notes here on the website for others to share. If the audio and video come out well, I hope to post those as well.
I've also included another update to the Amidah commentary, and Myles has posted his closing argument in our debate. I'll have my closing written and posted shortly.
3/11/08 - First, a prayer request for our readers: Rabbi Gavri'el's mother was checked into the emergency room over the weekend. We don't have the full details yet, but please pray for her recovery.
On to the updates: As usual, we have another
Parashah and another
Benediction. I've also posted
my fourth and final rebuttal in my
debate with Myles Davis on the
Torah. Next up will be our closing arguments.
3/4/08 - Okay, I'm getting this weekly update thing down now. First up we have two new items in our debate section: First, Myles has finally posted his fourth and last rebuttal in our Torah debate, and he has also posted his opening argument in a new debate on the necessity of Baptism which he is holding with Jeremiah Lanier, one of our promising young people at Beth HaMashiach.
I've also posted notes for Parashah
P'kudei and the
Sixth Benediction of the Amidah.
Shalom, and have a blessed week!
2/26/08 - Hmm . . . only nine days this time. I'm getting better at this, I think.
I've gotten caught up on the parashah readings, including having the one for this upcoming Sabbath, and of course I have another benediction posted. I've also started a new book review section, starting with a joint review of Tim Hegg's Fellow Heirs and D. Thomas Lancaster's Mystery of the Gospel.
In upcoming projects, I'm working on an explanation of and
response to two teachings that are making their way through the Messianic
movement: Two House Theology (also known as Ephramite Theology) and Sacred
Name theology. We believe that both of these represent errors in teaching
that need to be addressed in detail.
2/16/08 - This update-every-two-weeks thing is starting to become something of a pattern for me, isn't it? A lot of it has to do with the way my week is organized; Sunday ends up being my best chance to study and work on the site, but when Sunday fills up that throws me off. I'm working to get ahead and to shift my workday to Wednesday or Thursday, since Sundays are getting more, not less, busy.
Rabbi Gavri'el was out sick last week, so I got to do two teachings--both of them on the fly. That means that anything good in there is from the Spirit; I take full credit for the goofs and mediocre material, however. I covered his material on the Life and Teachings of Yeshua for Friday's service, and did a teaching on communicating our message properly on Saturday. Both will be posted on Cyber-Synagogue; I'll post direct links when I have them.
For those who don't know, Cyber-Synagogue is the audio portion of the ministry. Pretty much every Sabbath teaching goes up there--and the best part is, it's FREE. If you want to know what we actually teach as a synagogue, it's all right there.
On to the actual updates, then: I've got another
the Amidah, as well as the last several weeks' worth of
parashah readings done. I've also put a
search form on the menu bar, fixed a couple of email links on our
About Us page and added an item there that, if anyone
spots it, should cause some wonderful controversy. It doesn't quite make
up for the long absences, but it's moving in the right direction at least.
1/29/08 - Sorry for the lack
of an update last week, and for the lack of parashah readings this week.
I'd cite busyness, but in truth part of that is my fault for not budgeting my
time as well as I should have. I did however have time to put up another
well as the introduction to a
commentary series that I started for the blog, but didn't finish due to the
limitations of that forum. It's called "The Good News According to the
Inner Circle." Hopefully it'll interest some of you.
1/15/08 - Just the two
updates this week, I'm afraid: Another
parashah reading (sorry for the
lateness), and another benediction
of the Amidah. Also, I've started posting on
TheologyWeb under my old screename "Buggman."
1/7/08 - Hmm, three updates in a week. Not bad, especially for me. I've posted two articles dealing with Biblical prophecy, which are largely excerpted from my unpublished (as yet) book on the subject. The first deals with basic issues of interpretation, while the second is simply a description of the different schools of thought that have evolved in the Ekklesia.
I've also posted our second Parasha reading,
Bo ("Go"). I'm going to try to
get ahead on these so I can have them posted at the beginning of the week for
use as a study guide for those who might be developing Midrashes (teachings) for
their Torah readings in their own synagogues and/or churches.
1/5/08 - I posted our first Parashah reading and commentary today. I'll try to go back and get the first Parashah for Exodus later. For those who are wondering what the heck a Parashah is, read our introduction here.
I've also posted the first part on a series on the Amidah, the
traditional prayer of the Jewish people, and its similarities to Renewed
Covenant doctrine: Taking a
Stand For Yeshua.
1/1/08 - Happy New Year! I did a bit more cleaning up, including rearranging the top banner (which we're working on some new graphics for) and organizing the articles by subject a bit better.
Also, I keep forgetting to mention that Myles Davis has not dropped out of the debate. His life has been very hectic of late, so his answer has been delayed, but rest assured that we will be completing it.
And finally, there's a (hopefully) amusing entry in our
blog. Enjoy, and Shalom!
12/28/07 - It's that time of year for resolutions, and I'm resolving to better utilize and expand this site, starting with doing a bit of site redesign. I'm keeping the basic shape for now (though I'm playing with some different options which may eventually find their way on the web), but I'm organizing things a bit differently. The various debates are now listed in their own section rather than among the articles, and I'm working on a new section which will contain chapter-by-chapter, verse-by-verse commentaries on the Scriptures. I'm currently working on the book of Galatians, the most "problematic" of Sha'ul's letters for Messianics, and I plan to have commentaries of the weekly Parashah readings online shortly as well.
I'm also doing some redesign of the front page in order to make certain articles more accessible, especially those that I think are foundational to understanding Messianic Judaism and the Hebrew Roots movement. And as you can see, I'm using the What's New section for more than just a simple listing of new articles. It's almost a secondary blog entry now.
And finally, we have a new article. While not strictly speaking part of this site's mandate, I think it gives some good insight into the proper (and improper) use of the Talmud as a source: Did God Reject the Sacrifices Because of Yeshua? A Response to Rabbi Singer
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