Passover of Moses, Passover of Elijah

Moses received the Torah at Mount Sinai, but the instructions of his Torah begin in Egypt, not Sinai: Now Adonai spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying, “This month will mark the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year for you.” Exodus 12:1… Continue reading Passover of Moses, Passover of Elijah

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“On the Third Day”

With the Passover-Easter season drawing near, I’m getting ready for a question I hear almost every year: How can Christian tradition say that Yeshua was crucified on a Friday and rose again Sunday morning, when Yeshua himself said that he would be “three days and three nights in the depths of the earth" (Matt 12:40)?… Continue reading “On the Third Day”

Hope Undying

This week culminates in Shabbat HaChodesh, the New Moon of the first month (March 16–17), which means Passover will be only two weeks away, at the full moon of the first month. Now, New Moon might sound like an esoteric topic in our high-tech urban world, but we’ll see that it’s actually most relevant—not just… Continue reading Hope Undying

A Story to Live By

You are invited to join me at the first annual Messianic Men’s Conference, April 20-22, in Pensacola, FL, where I’ll be teaching based on my book, A Life of Favor: A Family Therapist Examines the Story of Joseph and His Brothers. Men need a story to live by. We face unique challenges today: Shifting expectations… Continue reading A Story to Live By

It Begins with Thanks

Parashat Mishpatim, Exodus 21:1–24:18 I thank You, living and eternal King, for giving me back my soul in mercy. Great is Your faithfulness. Modeh Ani prayer from the Koren Siddur   Have you ever given someone a gift and been disappointed when they didn’t say “thank you”? The gift was a gift, no strings attached,… Continue reading It Begins with Thanks

God is in the Neighborhood

Parashat b’Shalach, Exodus 13:17–17:16 Imitatio Dei, the imitation of God, is an idea with a long history in both the Jewish and Christian worlds (it’s a Latin phrase after all), and with surprising relevance today. From a Jewish perspective Imitatio Dei sounds like real chutzpah—which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. How can we imitate Hashem,… Continue reading God is in the Neighborhood

“But I Can’t Forgive Myself”

This week I finally taught my first class on forgiveness at Steelbridge, the Women's Center of Hope, which is a live-in discipleship program for homeless and at-risk women. (Steelbridge has a men's component too.) I met with about a dozen women on Monday morning and opened up with the story about asking my parents for… Continue reading “But I Can’t Forgive Myself”