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The Bible says:

“destroy your enemies by becoming friends” (Matthew 5: 43 – 48). Let’s have tea and work toward a peaceful Israel-Palestine. If it’s possible there, it’s possible everywhere.

Self-evident Truth … Make God Look Good Again

Christlike thoughtfulness will inevitably overtake and displace Radical Christian Nationalism. America's direction of freedom and democracy will lead to renewed prosperity and progress in the wake of her traditions. Permit me to paraphrase Saint Pope John Paul II,...

Wind and Fire …

Not that long ago, and indeed, in my youth, I would have spit fire into the mindset of Ultra-radical Christian Nationalists, fire to purify and homogenize their views. Now I realize and accept; God has created us all with unique minds and entitles each person to their...

Remembering Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks …

This morning I heard that Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, the former Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth for 22 years, has passed on. Tears! The world will miss his wisdom. To quote Krista Tippett of OnBeing.org:              "Rabbi Sacks was...

Alleluia is Our Song …

9For he spoke, and it came to be; commanded, and it stood firm. God is firing up the nation. Divine lightning sparks and kindles America’s vibrant tapestry. The people of the United States are more diverse than divided, more akin than disparate. Try to orchestrate 331...

Democracy Unglued?

Beyond the shores of the 'from sea to shining sea,' the rest of humanity wonders why a Democracy would want one party-rule. Should one political party rule the Presidency, the Senate, the House of Representatives, the Supreme Court notwithstanding all local and state...

Are Christian Zionists the ‘Largest Pro-Israel Lobby’?

Who's counting? Grant F. Smith, the director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy,  Washington DC hops and skips to oppose and dissuade the presupposition, "Are Christian Zionists the 'Largest Pro-Israel Lobby'?"  Smith, its author, starts his thesis...

Rediscovering the Gospel About the Kingdom of God …

I'm working on my third book, 'A New Reformation … Our Damascus Moment', while working on my second book, 'Christ [Not Crisis] Management.' 'Christ [Not Crisis] Management' is derived exclusively from The Book of Revelation. No, it won't be about 'End Times.' It's...

Judaism … An Enigma More Puzzling than God?

Believe it or not, the notion that Christianity is a 'more' perfect form of Judaism stupefies most Christians. Is Christianity a 'fulfilled' form of Judaism? Ask Jesus!                "I realized how few of my students and people in Christian congregations understood...

Welcome!

Welcome! Thanks for letting me come into your heart. It feels as though it was yesterday that I mailed out my first blog. Also, more and more people are now starting to read my blogs. To all of you, WELCOME and THANKS! I might not have started to write my blogs had it...

America … Toward Our Damascus Moment

Why the distrust, the disconnect, the animosity among neighbors? Should Christians help unify America? Why the divide? Democracy is like a tug of war. Sometimes the country pulls to the left. Other times, its citizens yank the rope to the right. The nation loses its...

Beyond Confirmation Bias … A New World Order?

If there is one pandemic more diabolical – brutal, vicious, and malicious –  than Covid-19, it is the global plague of robotic 'Confirmation Bias.' People everywhere are like mindless sheep following other mindless sheep. Can today's Christians break out of "an...

Who’s on First?

1 Corinthians 11:11-12 (The Message Translation)                12 The first woman came from man, true—but ever since then, every man comes from a woman! And … everything comes from God … Remarkable! God dignifies women. They play a pivotal role. Without women, there...

Guest Blog

By Shlomo Sand I November 25, 2020

Opinion I Antisemitism? Better Call It Judeophobia

Haaretz, November 25, 2020

https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-antisemitism-better-call-it-judeophobia-1.9326080

There is no such thing as a Semitic race. There are only Semitic languages. I am a Semite because I speak and write Hebrew. My parents were not Semites because they spoke Yiddish

In the past few weeks, many have criticized historian Prof. David Engel for cautiously proposing to do away with the commonly used term “antisemitism.” That term was given to the world by the German ultra-nationalist publicist Wilhelm Marr in the 1870s. He didn’t quite invent it since it had been used previously, but Marr, a typical Jew hater, gave it the connotation that has stuck to it since then. Racism never was just snobbism of the poor. It has accompanied European cultural elites for centuries. Only in the mid-19th century did it become a “scientific” term.

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Opinion by Gideon Levy I November 8, 2020

Look at Trump and You’ll see the

Standing on line Friday in the Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Aviv Gimel to pick up the weekend edition of Israel Hayom, affluent residents discussed the likely defeat. “We’re screwed,” one man said sadly; his companions nodded in agreement. It’s a dark day for Israel: Donald Trump has lost the election.
No other country in the world, with the possible exception of the Philippines or Nebraska, was as saddened by his fall…

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Opinion by Kyle Meyaard-Schaap I September 29, 2020

Young evangelicals are defying their elders’ politics

It goes something like this. A young Christian is raised in a close family, is regularly involved in various church activities and often even attends a Christian K-12 school. She is taught values like compassion, love of neighbor and a high view of scripture. Yet, she is handed few tools for how these values should be brought to bear in the public square. Her political formation is uneven, mostly implicit and almost wholly yoked to Republican politics.

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Twitter I April 22, 2019

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RT 972mag ““Israel is increasingly restricting movement between Gaza and the West Bank so as to deepen the separation between Palestinians torn between parts of the occupied Palestinian territory,” according to Gisha_Access.

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“the decision is based on political considerations…and the limitations are part of Israel’s “separation policy,” which seeks to widen the divide between geographically disconnected Palestinian

Guest Blog

By Benny Gantz I January 2, 2020

Israel needs unity, not immunity

Netanyahu should have assured Israel that the country is more important than any person’s job; instead, he is perverting the rule of law.

These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts” (Zachary 8:16).

Yesterday was a difficult day for the State of Israel. And a sad day for me, personally.
I spent 38 years in uniform, fighting for this country.  I went into politics because I care about the course that this country is taking. 

Guest Blog

By Steven Paas I April 9, 2019

Looking for the Brothers and Sisters of Jesus: Challenging the Ideas of Israelism (including Christian Zionism and Replacement Theology)

This article is meant as an introduction to Dr. Rob Dalrymple’s These Brothers of Mine, 1 The author of that book is a Presbyterian minister in California and a member of an Evangelical Network, which looks for peace and justice in the Middle East. The book contributes to the debate in the Christian world about the relationship between Israel and the Church. 

An Open Letter To My Fellow American, Civil Servant Jared Kushner

Guest Blog

By Sam Bahour I July 4, 2019

An Open Letter To My Fellow, Civil Servant Jared Kushner

From one American to another: Get out of the car. Go home.

The White House today finally released the much-anticipated economic plan of what the Trump administration has infamously coined “the deal of the century.” This release is being made days before the planned economic workshop called for in Bahrain on June 25 and 26. The Economic Plan is three parts: a website, which has an executive summarya 40-page narrative of the plan, and a 96-page detailed listing of the programs and projects of Peace to Prosperity. I just read them all.

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By Yumna Patel I February 3, 2020

Understanding the Trump ‘Deal of the Century’: what it does, and doesn’t say

After years of anticipation that began on US President Donald Trump’s campaign trail in 2016, the “Deal of the Century” was finally unveiled last week to Israeli fanfare and Palestinian outrage.

The 181-page plan, complete with conceptual maps, proposed land transfers, and economic incentives, touched on a number of the critical issues surrounding the Israeli Palestinian conflict for decades.