Messianic Sermon Roundup–July 12, 2015

  • A good sermon on Paul’s arrest in Acts 21-23 by Jacob Rosenberg of Adat HaTikvah (Deerfield, IN), joined by a short message by attorney Andy Norman (both download as MP3s) dealing in great part with the recent same-sex marriage decision and the emerging issue of believers interacting with a society that embraces homosexual unions.  I’m noticing a trend in church and congregations to bifurcate and have two different messages, one dealing with biblical/spiritual discipleship and the other dealing with addressing political issues and current events.  Some could find these political op-eds in worship services inappropriate.  On the other hand, it arguably shows how events and policy are steadily becoming more urgent to the North American congregations.  Believers in high-persecution countries are less likely to grow from a sermon titled “How to Deal with Life’s Rough Spots” than a sermon titled “How to Deal with the People Who Want to Throw Us in Jail.”
  • Also on the topic of SSM is Rabbi Michael Rudolph’s message “Render to Caesar the Things that Are Caesar’s”. (Download as MP3.)  He cites legal cases in Canada (which has had legalized SSM for about a decade now) as possibilities of the various ways a believer in the States could face trouble for moral objections to SSM. Citing the teaching of Yeshua on which the sermon is titled, Rudolph states that the question of how we can and can’t cooperate with the government will not longer just be academic–we will soon be facing tough questions in America on how to deal with conflicts of faith and civil authority.
  • A message by David Wein of Tikvat Israel (Richmond, VA) on ultimately Yeshua–and not any human personality or authority–being the head Rabbi of every congregation.  This message is given in light of Rabbi David Rudolph moving on from being rabbi of Tikvat Israel to take an important teaching position at The King’s University in Texas.
  • Aybars Uckun of Restoration (Seattle, WA) gives a good message on hate and love (Downloads as MP3) in 1 John in the third part of his “Haters Gonna Hate” series.  The contemporary-style teaching coming out of Restoration is a real blessing, a good example of how preaching to millennials can be causal and down-to-earth without being vacuous or errorneous.  (As far as I can tell, “Aybars Uckun” is not an anagram for anything.)

You realize, there are more prophecies in the Bible about the return of the Jewish people to the land of Israel than there is about the Messiah.  There really is. And the greatest testimony of God’s faithfulness, to the world today, is the existence of the nation of Israel. And the reason why I say that is because we can all argue with one another, or other people, about whether Yeshua rose from the dead or not. We believe that of course, but you can’t really prove it. You can’t say, ‘Here he is standing in flesh and blood.’ But you can say that about the nation of Israel. And you can look at all the prophecies and say ‘Here’s the nation of Israel, and this is what scripture says, and It’s being fulfilled to a ‘T’.

  • Ari Waldman of Baruch Hashem (Dallas, TX) gives a d’rash on Parshat Pinchas as part of their Moral Compass series: Pinchas, Faithfulness, & the Moral Compass (available for download as MP3 or video)
  • Finally, a very good, passionate message by Rabbi David Rosenberg of Shuvah Israel (Plainview, NY), who makes a connection that never occurred to me, connecting the attack by Pinchas with the spear in Numbers 25, thus stopping the plague, with the piercing of Yeshua. (His message starts at around 02:37:00, preceding by the Bar Mitzvah aliyahs of two young men.)

Let us know if you have any other good messages.  Shavua Tov!

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Read My New Article in This Month’s Issue of Rappahannock Magazine

I’m glad to announce that an article of mine, “Religion’s Purpose Resides in Preparation for the Next World” was published in the July 2015 version of Rappahannock Magazine, a Virginia “free lifestyle magazine published monthly and distributed throughout the City of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania and Stafford Counties.”

You can pick up a hard copy in select locations around the Fredericksburg area, or view the article via FlipSnack.  (It starts on page 22.)

My deepest thanks to Peter Willis and the editorial staff of RapMag for this opportunity.  You can show support by contacting them, through your social media support, and by patronizing their sponsors.  My thanks also to Rabbi David Rudolph for theological review and input in writing this article (along with the years of teaching, care and discipleship he has provided).