JC Studies Blog

January 11, 2020

We have lost the essential orientation that the Hebrew scriptures would give our theology because we leapfrog over them and, instead, let our Western philosophical mind interpret the New Testament. As a result, we lose a biblical worldview that engages history in any m...

January 5, 2020

In this paradigm what is ultimately relevant for us as we read the Scripture from Genesis to Revelation is, basically, four categories of activity: the creation, the fall, the redemption in Christ, and the consummation of all things. That is the big picture that puts a...

December 30, 2019

It never occurs to us that there may be a different way of seeing the Bible as a unified whole. Why? Because this way of thinking is so ingrained in us. We've all had the puzzle put together for us using a pattern that can be traced back to the western church and i...

December 13, 2019

It seems to me the problem is not so much that we celebrate Christmas, but that we don't celebrate it well. In other words, the problem is not that we celebrate, but how we celebrate. Our culture, unchecked consumerism and syrupy sentimentalism tend to dominate our...

December 13, 2019

The Church in the early centuries had to counter the mere “appearance of Christ” which was the Gnostic view, and the “semi-deity of Christ” which was the Arian view. The Orthodox view was reinforced in the minds of the populace by the celebrating the Festival of the Na...

December 13, 2019

"Hallelujah" Praise or "Bah Humbug" Paganism? I specifically chose this title to lighten up a very volatile and emotional subject within the Hebraic Renewal Community—one rife with charges and countercharges, and in some cases, downright nonsense.

November 27, 2019

Three important questions can be asked about this passage: 1] What was the biblical basis for Jesus reciting a blessing before eating? 2] Why is the word it italicized in the original King James translation? 3] How might this influence the Christian custom of “blessing...