Jewish Culture / Rabbinical / Torah/Talmud/Mishna

Breaking the Rules, Part Two (The Deacon and the Hat)

He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: “ ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.’  (Mark 7:6-7) Recall that Jewish tradition taught that the oral Torah was … Continue reading

Jewish Culture / Messianic / Rabbinical / Scripture / Torah/Talmud/Mishna

The Greatest Command, Part Two

In the previous blog (January 2014, “The Greatest Command, Part One), we established two things concerning Jesus’ answer to the question of which command is the greatest of all the commandments. First, we established that Jesus gives us one answer to this question (not two or three); the command to love God is the single … Continue reading

Jewish Culture

Who Made Who?

Imagine yourself having lived your entire life in a small suburb of Birmingham, Alabama, where you were a lifelong member of your local Baptist church. Every Sunday morning, for as long as you can remember, you’ve sang from a slightly contemporized hymnal and dressed in something that approaches your “Sunday best.” You’ve attended your church’s … Continue reading