Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Shabbat in Egypt

Just over two years ago I made one of the hardest decisions in my life--the decision to take a job with the National Weather Service.

It would seem like a trivial thing, a no-brainer. As a meteorologist I could not hope for a better opportunity. But, as a Messianic I would be forced to sacrifice Sabbath. That is no easy decision.

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Heretic Hunter Returns

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Ah, there you are. When you took off last time, I thought I might have offended you or something. At any rate, I'm glad I caught up with you. There's this congregation calling itself "Messianic" that I must warn you about. Allow me to list my complaints:

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Role of Community in Courtship/Dating

When my wife and I first started courting, we decided not to post it to Facebook. Why? We were afraid of the pressure. I had seen how people can converge onto a "Relationship" status like a pack of hungry wolves. I didn't want that for Brittany and myself. It shouldn't be this way.

When a friend or relative enters into a relationship with someone, we really need to place ourselves in their shoes. The words we speak have such a great effect, especially at such a time of vulnerability. The prospective couple needs encouragement and support, not teasing and pressure.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fall Feast Aftermath

The last several weeks have been quite busy with Yom Kippur and Sukkot. It seems that every year is different--this one was marked by its challenges. If there were one central theme for this year's Sukkot for me, I would say it was learning to love and to serve.