Category Archives: Jewish Roots

Theology of Superman Part 2: “The World is Too Big Mom…..”

As previously detailed in my post “Theology of Superman,” the Superman story is one that is full of spirituality and Biblical symbolism.  This new trailer (see below) gives an excellent glimpse of what is in store when this story returns … Continue reading

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The Parable of the Fair Employer and Rabbinic Parallels

One of my favorite parables in the gospel accounts is the parable of the fair employer found in Matthew 20.  What’s really cool about this parable is that it has numerous parallels in rabbinic literature, as is the case for … Continue reading

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Sukkot and Living Water

In the Hebrew Bible (Christian Old Testament), God instituted a religious calendar for the people to follow that involved several scheduled feasts (Leviticus 23).  After the day of atonement (Yom Kippur), the people celebrated the most joyous feast of all, … Continue reading

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The Text in Context; Wednesday Wisdom

“It cannot be overemphasized, that the key to an understanding of the New Testament is a fluent knowledge of Hebrew and an intimate acquaintance with Jewish history, culture, and Rabbinic Literature.”  –David Bivin, Understanding the Difficult Words of Jesus One … Continue reading

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Should My Righteousness Exceed the Righteousness of the Pharisees?

Matthew 5:20 – “For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.”  This passage has always intimidated me and I felt … Continue reading

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Like A Child; Wednesday Wisdom

Tonight I have the incredible privilege of being able to talk to people at the United Center about sponsoring children through World Vision, an incredible organization that helps children living in extreme poverty around the globe.  In getting ready for … Continue reading

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The Fish and the Jewel, Monday Morning Parable

A gypsy fortune-teller once told a man of meager means: “Be careful!  A very rich man named Joseph, who always honors the Sabbath day, will someday own all of your possessions!” To prevent the fortune-teller’s prediction, the man devised a … Continue reading

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