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Highlights from Speaking in the UK & Netherlands

Highlights from Speaking in the UK & Netherlands

What a delightful time I had traveling to the UK and Netherlands June 7-21. I spoke to a total of nine audiences, around 80 – 100 typically, always a few more than the organizers expected. A few folks came from quite a distance. I hadn’t traveled in either country before, so I enjoyed encountering these […]

The Torah's Radical New Ideas

The Torah’s Radical New Ideas

How did the laws of the Torah sound in the ancient world? What radical new ideas was God was teaching? These are some of the things I’m writing about right now for my next book, called Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus. I gave a talk a few months ago on this in the Haverim […]

Those Spicy, Savory Hebrew Words

Those Spicy, Savory Hebrew Words

Have you noticed the latest food trend? Growing numbers of people are into artisanal foods. They love organic cheeses and heirloom vegetables, farmer’s markets and food co-ops. They want to eat slow food, not fast food. It takes more time and effort, but it’s worth it, they say. You know what? I’m into artisanal Bible […]

Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus - now in Dutch

Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus – now in Dutch

I’m excited to share the news – my book, Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus (Zondervan, 2012) is now available in Dutch! If you want to download a free pdf preview of Wandelen in het Stof van Rabbi Jezus, use this link. You can order the book at this link. The Dutch publisher, Uitgeverij […]

Get Ready for Passover by Making Some Mudbricks

Get Ready for Passover by Making Some Mudbricks

Next week we’ll be beginning Lent, which looks forward to the Passover/Resurrection Day. Passover, of course, is the celebration of God’s redemption of Israel from slavery in Egypt. I think I’ve found the perfect activity for the season–making mudbricks like the ancient Israelites did in Egypt! Today Biblical Archaeology Review gave instructions on how to […]

Wow, I met the Swedish Jesus Today...

Wow, I met the Swedish Jesus Today…

If you’ve ever heard me speak, you know that I usually start with the famous painting by Warner Sallman of called “The Head of Christ” that has hung in my family’s home since the 1950’s. As much as I’ve loved this image of Jesus, I joke around about the fact that with his blue eyes […]

Haverim Lecture Series, Dayton, OH, Nov. 2, 2013

Haverim Lecture Series, Dayton, OH, Nov. 2, 2013

I’ll be giving three lectures for the Center for Judaic-Christian Studies in Dayton, Ohio, on Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 9 AM to 1 PM. This is part of their Haverim Lecture Series. A haver is a friend who grapples with you to study the biblical text. Fans of the JC-Studies Center are called “haverim.” I’ve […]

A Modern Day Passover Sacrifice

A Modern Day Passover Sacrifice

We talk about Jesus as the true lamb of Passover, but moderners have a hard time imagining what that means. We have no mental imagery of what a Temple sacrifice ceremony was like. We know that the disciples joined crowds of other worshipers in the Temple to sacrifice a lamb, which they roasted and ate […]

Teaching about Blessing the Lord

Teaching about Blessing the Lord

Just an update – I’ll be speaking about the rich Jewish prayer traditions that Jesus observed at Grace Church in Granger, Indiana this Saturday (March 16). For more info about the event, see this page. I’m speaking about the chapter in Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus called “For Everything a Blessing.” If you […]

Top Ten Favorite Articles of 2012

Top Ten Favorite Articles of 2012

Here are readers’ favorite articles from Our Rabbi Jesus: His Jewish Life and Teaching over this past year. Below that I’ve shared a few that were highlights for me personally. I’m glad if my writing has blessed you, and hope to continue as the Lord gives me ability. . …Drumroll… . 1. What Does the […]

Having a "Kosher Mouth" - A Talk I Gave

Having a “Kosher Mouth” – A Talk I Gave

Now that the elections are over, we’re all breathing a sigh of relief from the mud-slinging ads. Our ears were practically pickled in the brine of malicious words. This has been on my mind especially lately because I spoke at a conference last weekend on “How to Have a Kosher Mouth.” The talk was about […]