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”

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

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”

MLK on Forgiveness

My class on forgiveness at Steelbridge, the recovery program for homeless men and women, got postponed again yesterday because of a local flu epidemic. The bright side was that this gave me more time to attend an event where my granddaughter Eden was among those chosen to receive a Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship, based… Continue reading MLK on Forgiveness

More Reasons to Forgive

You want me to forgive him?!” When I was a kid he did horrible things to me; he used me sexually every day for years—and you’re telling me I need to forgive him!" She’s manipulative and disgusting; why should I forgive her?” My first class on forgiveness at the local homeless recovery center got cancelled… Continue reading More Reasons to Forgive