Last weekend I got to give a new lecture series in Dayton, Ohio during the weekend of the Sukkot Feast celebration at the Church of Messiah.
I shared some surprising good news from secular writers about the influence of Christianity on the world. And then point out that much of our influence actually comes from the Torah!
Below is the description of the series along with links to listen. (You can turn off the annoying closed captions, by the way.)
The Torah Revolution in Faith and Ethics
You might be surprised that the Torah is actually the bedrock of some of our most basic beliefs about theology, sin, forgiveness, justice and ethics. Yet for many Christians, there is a Torah-shaped hole in our understanding. How does the Torah fit into God’s overall plan of salvation?
1. Letting the Torah Tell its own Story
When read in light of its original context, you can see God’s plan to redeem and bless the world. He would teach Israel how to practice mishpat (justice) and tzedakah (righteousness).
2. Surprising Ideas in the Torah
How did the Torah differ from anything else in the ancient world? What did it say about humans as the image of God and the relationship of men and women?
3. The Torah’s Promises of Redemption
If you read the Torah through the eyes of Israel’s Prophets, you’ll be amazed at what it says about Christ and the Kingdom of God.
4. The Torah for the Nations (Given during the Sukkot celebration)
What can the Torah teach the goyim, the Gentile nations of the world? (Especially during Sukkot?)
By the way, the Sukkot celebration was superb too – very worshipful and glorious. You should go next year!