Passover Points to Jesus

Some of my earliest family memories happened during the Passover Seder meal at my grandparents’ home. The Seder meal marks the beginning of the eight-day holiday. I can remember playing on the floor next to the dinner table while everyone else was still sitting at the table, and my grandmother would say, “Twenty years are like nothing.”...

Regaining a Godly Perspective

The first two verses of Psalm 9 have often assisted me in regaining a godly perspective when I have grown discouraged or my heart has begun to go astray. Though I do not have the verses memorized verbatim, I can recall the four ideas therein at any moment and find that I am greatly helped, in only...

How to Prepare for a Trip to Israel. Start Walking.

Students at The King's University (TKU) often ask me how to prepare for a trip to Israel. My answer is short and sweet: start walking. In fact, the StairMaster might be a better recommendation! TKU’s annual Biblical Geography of Israel Study Trip, which I help coordinate, is extremely physical, and our typical routine in the United States isn’t sufficient...

Who was Matthew’s Community.

During the New Testament period, communities of Jewish believers in Yeshua existed in the land of Israel, Syria, and beyond. They were diverse communities that in many ways represented a microcosm of the wider Jewish world. In 2007, Oskar Skarsaune and Matt Jackson-McCabe published edited volumes that surveyed these communities and raised new questions about their social identity. I would like to make...

The Gospel of Hospitality

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Luke’s besorah (Gospel) is sometimes called the “gospel of hospitality.” This is in part because it describes the coming of the Messiah as a “visitation from God” (Luke 19:44) and focuses on the question of how people responded to “the Messiah, the Son of God” (Matthew 16:16; 26:63). Consider two scenes in Luke’s besorah. In Luke 2:1–20, we are told...