Early 20th Century Proto-blogger G.K. Chesterton on why the triunity of the Godhead is important to, well, everybody.
The barren dogma is only the logical way of stating the beautiful sentiment. For if there be a being without beginning, existing before all things, was He loving when there was nothing to be loved? If through that unthinkable eternity He is lonely, what is the meaning of saying He is love? The only justification of such a mystery is the mystical conception that in His own nature there was something analogous to self-expression; something of what begets and beholds what it has begotten. Without some such idea, it is really illogical to complicate the ultimate essence of deity with an idea like love.
He takes a swipe at Judaism with his “the grey deity of the Pharisees and the Sadducees” comment. Of course this is an unfair criticism. God in Judaism is loving, compassionate and very much personally, emotionally invested in his people. There is just little in Judaism on how to sensibly reconcile these attributes of God to the ineffable and transcendent nature of Hashem, or in other words, how God is going to “dwell among his people” in some real, tangible manner. The Yeshua gospel, featuring the Oneness of Father and Son, is the most elegant answer to this conundrum.
Michael Hillel for KNI on Haftarah for Acharei Mot.
Eugen Schoenfeld with the Jewish Times: Ushering in the Messianic Age
All Judaism is messianic.
Baptist Press: Messianics to seek partners in Jewish evangelism
I’m inclined to agree with Nelson Muntz on their plans for “Jewish evangelism”.
In a strange way, this is a monumental breakthrough in Jewish-Christian Relations:
Plus this from the official press release:
Two long-time consumer trusted brands, Manischewitz and Welch’s together bring nearly 275 years of Kosher experience and Grape Juice expertise.
“Manischewitz and Welch’s are clearly focused on product quality and the Welch’s Manischewitz Grape Juice launch reinforces our ability to bring to market a delicious and wholesome drink.” says David Sugarman President and CEO of The Manischewitz Company. “With Welch’s expertise in Grape Juice combined with Manischewitz leadership in Kosher, we are thrilled to offer consumers a quality product from two well respected brands.”
“This product gives us the chance to bring a nutritious alternative to consumers who have only had one option for Grape Juice that’s Kosher for Passover,” says Ike Kim, Senior Brand Manager for Welch’s. “We’re excited to bring consumers our expertise in delivering a unique and delicious Concord Grape taste.”
In vino veritas.
If you’ve been following the goings on of The Temple Institute, you’ll know they’re quite serious about restoring priestly rites and sacrifice to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. Case in point…
The squeamish may want to stop watching around the 1:40 mark.
On this day in MJ (April 21 2008) Messianic Jews Win Citizenship Victory in Israel.
That day (or rather, early that morning seven hours behind Israel time) I was in the basement of the synagogue of the Petitioner’s father praying for a favorable outcome in the case when we got a call with the good news.