Shavuot, Torah, Spirit, and Unity (Revised)

Shavuot is a Feast that is de-emphasized in the traditional Jewish community (due to two thousand years of being forbidden to own farmland) and largely misunderstood in Christendom. Yet it is one of the three pilgrimage Feasts, in which all the men of Israel were commanded to present themselves before the Holy One. It turns […]

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Response to Peter Goodgame – Part 7: Is Israel Divorced?

In part 3 of his series, Peter does some excellent summarizing of the marriage relationship between the Messiah and his bride, the Ekklesia, and rightly notes that long before the Ekklesia, Israel was offered the same ketubah, the same marriage contract: Messianic Bible scholar Arnold Fruchtenbaum explains that the Church as the Bride of Christ goes through …

Response to Peter Goodgame – Part 5: The Sermon on the Mount

Continuing our series answering Peter's arguments, we've finally reached part 3 of his series, entitled The Sanctity of Marriage. Skipping past his introductory remarks, we hit his first new point: Jesus was not introducing the Kingdom of God by giving some modern-day grace message that says, "Oh just believe in your heart for a moment, …

Response to Peter Goodgame – Part 4: Yeshua and the Sabbath

Continuing our series addressing Peter Goodgame's arguments that keeping the Torah is contrary to the New Covenant based on Yeshua's own teachings and example, we'll begin by quoting Peter again: Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: …

Response to Peter Goodgame – Part 2: The Kingdom of Heaven

Some time ago, I answered a post by Peter Goodgame on whether those under the New Covenant are supposed to keep the Torah. Well, that was part 1 of a series by Peter, and I never got around to checking back to see if another part had come out. Now that things are settling down …

From HebrewRoot: Answering Romans 14

As I noted in my last post, this series has been sparked in part due to Cris Putnam's posts dealing with the Sabbath on his Logos Apologia blog. My introductory post was edited pretty heavily around answering his arguments. This one is less so, mostly because the article I wrote a half-decade ago pretty much …

From HebrewRoot: Answering Objections – Introduction

A couple of things came together to start this series. First, Cris Putnam has been posting a series on his blog (Logos Apologia) about what he calls "Confusion About Sunday Worship." I agree there's a lot of confusion on the subject, and I think many of my Hebrew Roots brethren are a bit too strident …