Forward: “Evangelicals Are Falling In Love With Passover — Is There Anything Wrong With That?”  With some followup thoughts from Morning Meditations.

There are good reasons and bad reasons for Gentiles engaging in Passover.  One of the worst reasons is a “fetishization” of Judaism, thinking that if a believer collects to themselves the ancient charms and incantations of Judaism it will somehow give them a higher level of Spiritual power and blessing that they feel lacking.  It’s a sufficiency problem theologically, and a “one weird trick” species of Gnosticism.

James adds the following:

There are times when I get a little tired of churches seeing “types and shadows” of Christ in every little detail of the Tanakh (what Christians call the “Old Testament”), as if Passover and many other sacred events had no intrinsic meaning to Israel in and of themselves.

To God, what is the difference between the symbol and the thing being symbolized? Since both the symbol and the thing being symbolized have the same ontological relationship to the Lord, an outcropping of his Being, it makes just as much sense, to say that Gospel doctrines reflect the Torah lifestyle–and both reflect the person of Yeshua.  Do the dimensions and decorations of the Tabernacle symbolize truths about the universe, or does the universe naturally conform to the Lord’s preferred dimensions and decoration of the throne room of God?

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“Testosterone and Spiritual Thought” over a Rappahannock Mag

Installment #2 of some recently published articles over at Rappahannock Magazine

Any close reading of “Deuteronomistic” Tanach literature will show a very macho God, talking to Israel they way kings do to their vassals. The law laid out is clear-cut and non-negotiable. There are generous rewards for obedience and loyalty, but lawbreaking and “adultery” with other gods bring grave punishment. This God seems different than a Jesus who teaches mutual forgiveness and mercy, who longed to gather the children of Jerusalem together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings.

Why the difference?

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“The Cycle of Apocalyptic Thought” over at Rappahannock Mag

Installment #1 of some Rappahannock Magazine articles I’ve been meaning to link to

A religious, apocalyptic view is the modest proposal that the same God who had a prominent role in the beginning of the world will also have a prominent role in the end of the world, or at least in preventing its end. It then follows that as we come closer to that final point, God will become more and more prominent. More religion, not less of it, is the reasonable response to the increasing technology and sophistication we see. Hope, not fear, is the theme of that coming holy day.

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“Wine, Rituals, Symbols, and Worship” over at Rappahannock Mag

My latest Rappahannock Magazine article is available in print throughout the Fredericksburg/Stafford/Spotsy area and is available for reading online here, at their revamped and much improved website.

Yet again, my thanks goes out to Peter Willis and the staff over at Rap Mag. If you like what you read, you can show your appreciation by writing to them and patronizing their sponsors–or for that matter, becoming one yourself.

“The Incredible Shrinking God” over at Rappahannock Mag

My latest article in Rappahannock Magazine is up and can be read here.  

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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).