Learning evangelism from the Apostle Paul

(This is an edited version of a presentation given at the conference “Influencing Muslims for Jesus Christ” in Benoni, South Africa, on 27 April 2012) The one who said “follow me as I follow Messiah” leads us in a particular approach to evangelism which is evident from his missionary activities in the Book of Acts. The record […]

Who are the Jewish people? Part three: Judaism

This is part three of an abridged and edited version of a Powerpoint series compiled by Margie Kinsella. JUDAISM The religion that  is today called “Judaism” is not Biblical. Where did it come from? [i] Rabbi Ben Zion Bokser stressed the fact that the Rabbinic sages and the Talmud are the source of Judaism: “This is […]

Who are the Jewish people? Part two – The Return to the Land

This is the second part of an abridged and edited version of a Powerpoint series compiled by Margie Kinsella. THE LAW OF RETURN The Law of Return includes in its definition of a Jew every person who was born of a Jewish mother. The law further provides that the rights of a Jew are vested […]

Who are the Jewish people? Part one – Background and History

The question of “Who is a Jew?” remains a contentious and unresolved issue, relating as it does to the ‘Law of Return’ and the nature of the ‘Jewish State’ as well as to the question of whether Jewishness is necessarily connected with either the practice of Judaism or Zionism. This series offers a brief overview […]

John’s Baptism

The Greek word βάπτισμα (baptisma) was specifically devised to describe the practice of immersing proselytes in water. The Law of Moses prescribed washing in many cases where cleansing and purification were required. For example, for contact with a dead body (Numbers 19:11-12) and for nocturnal emissions (Deuteronomy 23:10-11). These washings never brought about a permanent […]

Born to Die

What Christ does in everyone’s lives (whether they know it or not) by Alan Morrison “Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against (yes, a sword will pierce through your […]

Israel in Exile

Dies auch in Deutsch erhaeltlich  Living in Exile The seventy year exile of the Jews to Babylon was God’s punishment upon them for their unfaithfulness to the covenant they had made at Mount Sinai. Daniel, who was a young man when he was carried off into Babylon, acknowledged this in his prayer to the Lord […]

Salt and light

salt and light part 1 You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. (Matthew 5:13) Those who receive God’s word have a dual purpose in this world, […]

What is the good news?

When King David was old, his son, Adonijah, declared himself to be Israel’s king. He sent forth a delegation of chariots and horses with fifty men to run ahead of him announcing the news. But King David called in Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet and Benaiah son of Jehoiada and told them to announce […]

The Good Shepherd

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the one who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away….” John 10:11-12. The analogy of the Shepherd as used through-out the bible loses much of […]