Bickle, Benjamin, and the All-Israel Narrative

When Evangelical pastor Mike Bickle endorsed Ted Cruz for President earlier this month, Cruz gratefully accepted his endorsement, but some Jewish commentators rose up to object. Bickle claims that he is staunchly pro-Jewish and pro-Israel, but in an op-ed entitled “Why Ted Cruz’s Preacher Sidekick is No Friend of the Jews or Israel” Sarah Posner… Continue reading Bickle, Benjamin, and the All-Israel Narrative

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Joseph, Scapegoat Set Free

Parashat Mikketz, Genesis 41:1-44:17 by Rabbi Russ Resnik He turned away from them and wept. Genesis 42:24a Religious violence: As 2015 draws to a close, it is the background noise of our times, noise that all too often breaks out of the background to command our attention and horror. Last week, the horror drew particularly… Continue reading Joseph, Scapegoat Set Free

Trust: the fuel of transition

I've been learning a lot about transition lately—specifically, the sort of transition in congregational leadership or direction that’s inevitable, and that we need to get a lot more prepared for. A few weeks ago, I attended the Messianic Leadership Roundtable in Phoenix, generously hosted by Jewish Voice Ministries, with over 300 other leaders from across… Continue reading Trust: the fuel of transition