With the controversial, anti-Zionist Christ at the Checkpoint conference starting on Monday in Bethlehem, here's a revealing counter-narrative by my colleague Robert Nicholson: In 1990, Christians made up a majority of Bethlehem's residents; today they make up only 15%. Some say Israel is the reason for the decline, but then why is the Muslim population… Continue reading A Bethlehem Reality Check
Our UMJC rabbis were discussing whether it was a good idea for Messianic Jewish leaders to attend the recent "Christ at the Checkpoint" conference, which was clearly anti-Zionist and anti-Israel in its orientation. I posted this response, which I'd like to share here: My view is that some may be genuinely called to attend, being… Continue reading Boycott the Checkpoint?
Here's an article on the situation at First Baptist Church in Bethlehem. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/153747#.T2EUihGLWRJ This church is led by Dr. Naim Khoury, father of my new friend Pastor Steven Khoury. These men and their churches are Palestinian Christians who love the Jewish people and support Israel, and they merit the support and prayers of the Messianic Jewish… Continue reading More on “Another Palestinian perspective”
Amazing timing: “Christ at the Checkpoint” ended two days ago and tonight I met a Palestinian Christian leader who supports Israel and completely rejects the replacement theology that undergirded that whole CatC conference. Steven Khoury grew up in a Christian family in Jerusalem and threw rocks at Israeli soldiers as a kid during the first Intifada.… Continue reading Another Palestinian perspective