Stand With Israel

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What leading Jews say about Jesus

What leading Jews say about Jesus

“I do not think that many Jews would object if the Messiah — when he comes — is the Jew Jesus.” David Flusser, professor of religious history at Hebrew University in Jerusalem “Every Jew should be proud of the fact that Jesus is our brother, flesh of our flesh and blood of our blood. We […]

Our Project in Cyprus: “From 30,000 feet”

Our Project in Cyprus: “From 30,000 feet”

When we moved to Jerusalem in 2016 we knew the prophet Isaiah described the city of Jerusalem as a furnace. (Isaiah 31:9) But it wasn’t until we lived there for a few years that we understood why. It’s intense. Israel has the most disputed real estate in the world, and it’s ground zero for the […]

Your beliefs don’t save you.

Your beliefs don’t save you.

In 2004, I (Jimmy) was in a mens group and received a copy of a book by Steve McVey called “Grace Walk”. It was the story of a burned out Southern Baptist Pastor and his liberation from religion. I began reading McVey’s blog and, being a curious, diligent researcher, when he made an obscure reference to […]

Martin Luther’s “Sola Scriptura” has gotten us into trouble

Martin Luther’s “Sola Scriptura” has gotten us into trouble

Last month, two of the biggest earthquakes in decades rocked Central and Southern California. I was with my brother and his family during both earthquakes. They were sort of fun… and long. They lasted at least a minute. Had the epicenter been in a major city the damage would probably have been extensive.  Seismic events […]

Truth is like disruptive technology

Truth is like disruptive technology

“It is a healthy thing, now and then, to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted” ~ Bertrand Russell There’s such a collision going on in the world today… a polarization like we’ve never seen before. Everywhere you look there’s division… religious, political, social and wherever it’s possible to […]

How does Israel bear witness to God today?

How does Israel bear witness to God today?

So, how does Israel bear witness to God today? From our perspective, please consider the following:  1. Israel is an object lesson that confirms God’s ongoing covenant of grace not only with Israel but also with the world. The God revealed in the Hebrew scriptures keeps His word and promises. 2. Israel’s death, resurrection & […]

Then Came Jehu

Then Came Jehu

There is a strong and increasing undercurrent of anger and incivility in the United States and many people believe it could eventually lead to civil war. It’s difficult to fathom another civil war with local militias and armed clashes going on in the streets, States rising against other States. But the division, anger, and hatred […]

Dine Out Along The Road: Israel Edition

Dine Out Along The Road: Israel Edition

Last summer I (Jimmy) produced 2 episodes of an American Food & Travel television program, Dine out along the Road, for our good friend Ray O’Canto. The food and wine scene in Israel is world class but we wanted to help highlight a few of the hidden gems. So, prior to Ray’s arrival we set out […]

“And Jesus grew in wisdom & stature… Luke 2:52”

“And Jesus grew in wisdom & stature… Luke 2:52”

Regarding our last 7 months in Israel… there is quite a lot to say and we hope you take the time to read this to the end. Since it’s Christmas time, we were wondering if you could remember what it was like when you believed in Santa Claus, or if you ever believed? If you […]

Israel Cannot Escape Her Calling

Israel Cannot Escape Her Calling

Living in Israel is sort of what I imagine the American Frontier was like. The rule of law exists but there is a lot of lawless behavior… gunfights, murders, and a potential for violence that sort of hangs in the air like dust kicked up by a buffalo stampede. Becky and I were living in […]

Oded, James & Rami

Oded, James & Rami

Once we had a firm commitment that Ray O’Canto was coming to Israel to film his television show “Dining Out Along The Road” we set out to arrange and produce something unforgettable. We wanted to expose Ray and his US Audience to some of the best food and wine in Israel but also to help […]

On living in Jerusalem

On living in Jerusalem

Becky and I came here in 2016 to begin a new chapter in our lives… to Stand With Israel and participate in the historically unprecedented resurrection of this land, language, and nation. The high holy days are like nothing I’ve ever seen and it gets to me every year. I’d like to try and describe some […]

Yom Kippur, Sukkot & Finding Neverland

Yom Kippur, Sukkot & Finding Neverland

In the film “Finding Neverland” there’s this great scene; it’s opening night for the play “Peter Pan” and the theatre is packed except for 25 seats kept in reserve by the author, James Barrie, played brilliantly by Johnny Depp. Dustin Hoffman’s character is the play’s producer and financier, a Jew named Charles Frohman, who is […]

Back on the Streets

Back on the Streets

We arrived in Tel Aviv May 8 and planned to spend the first two weeks helping lead a tour with Josh Brewer and the rest of his team who arrived May 11. We definitely needed some time alone to recalibrate to the atmosphere in Israel and begin our re-entry process. Coming to tour Israel for […]

Jesus Comes Back To The Jews

Jesus Comes Back To The Jews

  “Jesus Comes back to the Jews” was the headline in The Times of Israel on January 23, 2017. It described an art exhibit held at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem from December 2016 until April 22, 2017 featuring 150 works of art from 40 Jewish, Zionist and Israeli artists. The title of the exhibit was “Behold […]

Part 5: Why Does Israel Still Matter: The inner logic of election

Part 5: Why Does Israel Still Matter: The inner logic of election

Part 5: Why Does Israel Still Matter? As I mentioned last time, it was the Jew Albert Einstein who said the most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible. It was also Einstein who first discovered the deep inner logic hidden within nature in which light (energy), space-time and matter are bundled together in relationships. In other words, […]

Part 4 Why Does Israel Still Matter: Joni Mitchell & The Divine Council

Part 4 Why Does Israel Still Matter: Joni Mitchell & The Divine Council

Before I try and summarize the idea of election in Part 5, here’s something a little unusual. I hope you will at least find it interesting. Joni Mitchell once sang that she didn’t know clouds or life or love but that it was just their illusions she recalled. With the heart of an Irish poet […]

Part 3: Why Does Israel Still Matter: Contract Lenses

Part 3: Why Does Israel Still Matter: Contract Lenses

I ended the last segment with a question about Moses and the Law. How are we to understand the relationship between God’s one-sided covenant with Abraham and his descendants that had zero conditions, and the two-sided covenant God made with those same descendants 430 years later that contained a lot of conditions? Have you ever […]

Part 2: Why Does Israel Still Matter: God makes covenants NOT contracts

Part 2: Why Does Israel Still Matter: God makes covenants NOT contracts

Picking up where we left off, I think the starting point to answering this question is to understand that God makes covenants NOT contracts. The covenant between God and Abraham, Issac & Jacob/Israel and their descendants was made within the broader and overarching covenant between God, Noah, his descendants and all of creation in Genesis […]

Part 1: Why Does Israel Still Matter: Lost in translation

Part 1: Why Does Israel Still Matter: Lost in translation

The truth is… the question ‘Why Does Israel still Matter?’ can only be asked by a Church that has become utterly alienated from its own origins. Nevertheless, it’s a question that needs to be answered if the next generation of Christians is going to take up the mantle of standing with Israel.  The modern State […]