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August 25, 2019

The Greek word ekklesia is usually translated "church" in English translations of the New Testament. When people hear the word "church" in English, it can mean a number of different things to different people. It might mean a building ("We're going to clean the church on Saturday"), or a meeting ("We have church tonight"), or an organization ("He's starting a new church"), or a denomination ("He belongs to the Baptist church or the Methodist church"). Most informed Christians know that the Biblical meaning of church is none of these things, even if they sometimes use the word "church" in these

August 18, 2019

The word paradigm has been around for centuries, but it seems to have become something of a buzz-word in the world of academics and corporate business in just the last two decades or so. I think the first time I ever heard the word was in 1985 when I was in a linguistics course at a university. As the above dialog from the Dilbert cartoon illustrates, paradigm is one of those words that a lot of people use without really knowing exactly what it means. Often it is used in the phrase "a paradigm shift," which has become a buzz-phrase in its own right. A few years ago I was at an art gallery and saw a piece of art titled Paradigm Shift. It was a ceramic piece, a plain, smooth lump of clay that had been glazed and fired. On top of the lump of clay were two dimes, glued at the ends of two parallel grooves, which made it appear that the two dimes

August 11, 2019

Tisha B'Av (the 9th day of the lunar month of Av) falls on August 10 this year, but will be observed on August 11. If the morning of Tisha B'Av falls on a Sabbath, as it does this year, it is observed on the 10th of Av. Among observant Jews, Tisha B'Av is a day of fasting and mourning. On this date, the first Temple of Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BC, and on this same date the second Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. Throughout history other significant tragedies have befallen the Jewish people on this date.

August 4, 2019

Shortly before Passover, Yeshua went into the Temple and cleaned house. He drove out the sellers of sheep and oxen and doves, poured out the money-changers' coins, and overturned their tables. This was the first public act that launched Yeshua's ministry.1 He cleansed the Temple a second time right before Passover at the close of His pre-Crucifixion ministry. Figuratively speaking, this overturning of tables and cleaning of God's house typified things that He did throughout His entire ministry. He was continually exposing and correcting the errors that existed in the theology of His fellow Jews. This made Him a misfit in the first-century Jewish world.

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