The Passover Hypothesis, Reconciling John with the Synoptics (Part 2 of 2)

Liturgical ambiguity of the word “Passover” and our distance through time from the events, culture, circumstances, and language can cause us to lose sight of important nuances and distinctions such that some modern translators have ultimately forced a meaning not intended by the author. Here are the 3 most often misunderstood key texts/phrases in John…

Purging the Leaven of Hypocrisy

During the weeks leading up to Passover-Unleavened Bread week, we diligently clean out the physical leaven from our dwellings. However, as believers in Yeshua, we must also take this opportunity to examine and search our hearts for any hidden leaven (i.e. hypocrisy). The Lord taught that in terms of the “Greater Exodus” (i.e. overcoming slavery…

Sabbath Study Guide: For Truth Seekers Willing To Study

Is the Sabbath for today? Has it “changed” since the time of Messiah? There are many who assume many things about the Sabbath but have never actually studied the issue in depth. Until people take an honest look at the facts, they are simply repeating rumors, relying on hearsay, and basing their views on traditions…

7 Reasons Christians Should Celebrate Unleavened Bread Today

In 1 Corinthians 5:8, Paul says these often-overlooked words, “Let us celebrate The Feast.” What Feast is Paul referring to? Based on the context, Paul’s referent is the week-long Feast of Unleavened Bread; however, the kind of “purging of leaven” Paul is addressing here in 1 Cor 5 goes beyond that of the removal of…

The Overlooked Incarnation in Eph 2:14-18

Recently I recognized an amazing message many have overlooked regarding the referent of Eph 2:14’s first participial phrase that contains the words “both one” that centers on and emphasizes the literal physical incarnation of Christ Himself. How could we have missed this before? What I have found is that in most cases in which believers…

Why Study Christian Theology and Doctrine?

In the secular culture, teenagers tend to have a powerful impact on the shape of values, but not as great an impact as those adults who are in positions of power and influence. Infants, however, have virtually no impact on the shaping of cultural values. Their voice is not heard save their cries for more…

Controversies, Heresy, and When to Contend Earnestly for the Faith

Controversy “sells” these days. Words like “triggered” have become part of our everyday speech and lifestyle. Just turn on the news or social media and controversy abounds, and it’s easy to get sucked into it all, and well . . . “triggered.” We are of course called to “avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and strife…