Tag Archives: Judaism

Where Did The Pharisees Go Wrong?

I have written at some length previously about the usurpation of the Pharisees [1], and yesterday there was a sermon by one of our deacons (the second part of a message that is scheduled–so far–for four parts, of which I … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Operation Finale

Around a decade or so ago I won some free tickets to a World War II chase movie that was, as these things go, based on a true story.  In watching this film, I felt a similar set of complex … Continue reading

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Here We Are, Servants Today!

Yesterday our congregation’s retired pastor gave a sermon message that was deeply interesting, as it often is when he speaks [1].  As is at lest somewhat frequent in his messages, he gave our congregation homework to read Nehemiah 8 and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Born To Wander

Born To Wander:  Recovering The Value Of Our Pilgrim Identity, by Michelle Van Loon [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Moody Publishers.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] I feel I must admit that I wanted … Continue reading

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Book Review: Orient Express

Orient Express, by Graham Greene The entertainment novels of Graham Greene are an intriguing lot, and this one may be the most cinematic of them all.  To be sure, this novel is not without its controversy, not least because it … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Ten Commandments: Still The Best Moral Code

The Ten Commandments:  Still The Best Moral Code, by Dennis Prager I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed with this book.  My disappointment does not spring form the fact that the author says anything wrong–if you are … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Rational Bible: Exodus

The Rational Bible:  Exodus:  God, Slavery, And Freedom, by Dennis Prager I likely would have read this book much later had it not been recommended to me by a friend of mine.  I have read and enjoyed books by Prager … Continue reading

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The Roots Of Christian Anti-Semitism In The Apostolic Fathers

Among the more serious issues that the Apostolic Fathers bring up is the matter of Christian anti-Semitism.  There is no doubt that the New Testament has some harshly critical things to say about some Jews.  For example, repeatedly in Acts, … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Bible And The Believer

The Bible And The Believer:  How To Read The Bible Critically And Religiously, by Marc Zvi Brettler, Peter Enns, & Daniel J. Harrington Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.  A Jew, a Jesuit, and a Protestant critical scholar … Continue reading

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Book Review: In God’s Shadow

In God’s Shadow:  Politics In The Hebrew Bible, by Michael Walzer This book has an essential difficulty, and it is notable that the author is aware of it but unable to entirely transcend it.  That difficulty is that the Bible … Continue reading

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