Chosen? An expanded review

Here's an expanded and upgraded version of my review from January 23, which is used by permission of Kesher: A Journal of Messianic Judaism, where it will appear in its next issue. Special thanks to Kesher book review editor Yahnatan Lasko. Chosen? Reading the Bible amid the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, by Walter Brueggemann When I first… Continue reading Chosen? An expanded review


A Messianic Rabbi Measures 2015 . . . for Prayer

As 2015 winds down, it seems like it’s been an unusually full, and troubling, year. This blog focuses on 2015 events that are relevant specifically to the Jewish and Messianic Jewish community, so I’ve left out some really major general issues like global climate change, the US presidential race (even though there’s one major Jewish… Continue reading A Messianic Rabbi Measures 2015 . . . for Prayer

Sizer Held Accountable . . . At Last

Stephen Sizer is an Anglican vicar and author of Christian Zionism: Road Map to Armageddon (IVP, 2004), who has served as program coordinator for Christ at the Checkpoint (an anti-Zionism conference hosted by Bethlehem Bible College). I told one of the other CATC organizers, a Palestinian Christian whom I consider a friend, that I could never attend their conference… Continue reading Sizer Held Accountable . . . At Last

Divestment is Unjust

Divestment. It sounds like something accountants and economics majors might think about, not the stuff of political or religious debate. But divestment, or withdrawing investment funds, is being promoted as a tool to punish certain companies doing business with Israel and thereby pressure Israel itself. This week (June 14-21) the Presbyterian Church (USA) or PC(USA),… Continue reading Divestment is Unjust

The incidental Palestinian

This week’s Torah portion, Emor (Lev. 21:1–24:23), includes instructions about the mo‘adim or times of meeting between Israel and the Lord. The word mo‘adim first appears in Genesis 1:14: “Then God said, ‘Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs… Continue reading The incidental Palestinian

Methodists, divestment, and Tutu

On May 2, delegates at the United Methodist Church general assembly voted against two proposals to withdraw church investments from companies doing business with Israel. These divestment proposals were intended as a way to pressure Israel to withdraw its military presence from all areas that most of the world considers to be Palestinian territory, which… Continue reading Methodists, divestment, and Tutu