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Two Ways to Learn about Passover in March

Two Ways to Learn about Passover in March

If you live in Michigan, I’ll be speaking two times about Passover in the next few weeks, and both events are open to attend. See the church website links to register beforehand. If you’re not near enough to come, please enjoy a “A Taste of Passover,” a pdf chapter excerpt from Sitting at the Feet […]

Advent & Hanukkah - The Most Hebraic Time of Year

Advent & Hanukkah – The Most Hebraic Time of Year

Many Christians right now are preparing for Christmas. Jews, on the other hand, are in the middle of the 8-day celebration of Hanukkah. For most, the two holidays seem to have little in common. But this is actually a wonderful time of year to consider Jesus in his Hebraic context. During Hanukkah, Jews celebrate their […]

Pentecost, Shavuot and Forrest Gump

Pentecost, Shavuot and Forrest Gump

As Christians, we think of Pentecost as the day the Holy Spirit was poured out on the early church. But the first Jewish believers were actually celebrating Shavuot, one of the biblical feast days that is still celebrated by Jews today. (More here.) The day commemorates when Israel arrived at Mt. Sinai, fifty days after […]

Dayenu Wisdom for Holy Week

Dayenu Wisdom for Holy Week

If you’ve ever been part of a traditional Passover, you’ve sung a song called Dayenu (die-AY-nu). You may think of it as an upbeat children’s song, but its actually an ancient liturgy that brims over with profound wisdom. The earliest known copy dates from before 900 AD, and some scholars think it’s far older than […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why Leave Out the Leavening?

Why Leave Out the Leavening?

Yesterday night, Jews around the world sat down to celebrate the Passover Seder meal. At the same time, they also began the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which lasts seven days. Still today Jewish people make a great effort to observe the commandment to remove all leaven from their homes and eat only unleavened food for […]

Ushpizin - A Great Movie for Sukkot

Ushpizin – A Great Movie for Sukkot

In a few days, Jewish people around the world will be celebrating the Feast of Sukkot (Tabernacles) in small “booths” or “tabernacles” they have built in their yards. They’ll live in these little huts for seven days (or at least eat their meals there), in order to remember God’s care during their 40-year wilderness trek […]

Tongues of Flame at Pentecost - What for?

Tongues of Flame at Pentecost – What for?

I recently wrote an article called “What Really Happened at Pentecost?” It was about where the scene in Act 2 occurs, when the believers were first filled with the Spirit. I explain that the likely setting is in the Temple, rather than in an upper room. At 9 AM in the morning, their attendance was […]

What Really Happened at Pentecost?

What Really Happened at Pentecost?

Last weekend Christians celebrated Pentecost, recalling the account in Acts 2 where the disciples heard a wind and saw tongues of fire that appeared above each others’ heads. They were filled with the Holy Spirit and suddenly able to praise God in other languages. Peter then shared the Gospel with 3000 people who were baptized […]

The Night of Watching

The Night of Watching

The “Night of Watching” (Leil Shimurim – ley-EEL shi-mur-EEM) is the name of the night after the Passover feast, when God redeemed Israel by slaying the firstborn sons of Egypt (Exodus 12:42). In Jewish tradition, it is said that “just as God redeemed his people on this night, so he will one day redeem them […]