It's well known that Christianity sprang from a Jewish context. While there may be controversy about Jesus' Judaism vs. the traditional Judaism of the Sanhedrin, the ruling body of Judaism in the first century, there's no doubt that Jesus, his family, and followers were practicing Jews, as recorded in the New Testament. Biblical scholar Lawrence H. Schiffman, Judge Abraham Lieberman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and Director of the Global Network for Advanced Research in Jewish Studies at New York University (NYU), takes this understanding to a new level. He identifies citations in the New Testament that others have glossed over without recognizing their unique significance. On March 26-27, 2015, at a conference at NYU, "Integrating Christianity and Judaism into the Study of the Ancient World," Professor Schiffman delivered a talk titled "The New Testament as a Source for the History of the Jews and Judaism."

It's official! Well, that is, according to the report released by former senior judge, Baroness Butler-Sloss. The thin end of the wedge is getting thicker...

Few themes in the Bible are repeated more than this: When a nation turns their back on God, that nation begins a downward spiral, heading finally to its destruction. It is not a comfortable subject to think about. And yet, the Lord tells us, “Now when these things begin to happen, look up… because your redemption draws near.” However, to ignore the subject of unrepentant nations falling into chaos is not, I believe, an accurate read of the way God wants us to respond.

“Hey Average Joe, did you see this map?

credit: Emaze

“Look where Israel ought to be it says Palestine. And it says it was called Palestine 4000 years ago! It’s as if the Jews never lived there.  Can that be right?”

“Well gee,”

replied Average Joe,

“It must be right.  After all it is in the Ancient Egypt section of the British Museum!”

Once again Britain shows her antisemitic sentiment.

I had the opportunity to visit the British Museum in May.  Loved the Egypt exhibit.  We had spent four days in Egypt in 2009.  Sadly the last safe year for tourists.  Egypt is an extraordinary country with thousands of years of history-glorious history.  We saw the Pyramids and the Sphinx and rode on camels!   Think about the ingenuity of the people who built these monuments, only with manpower, no machines.  We visited The Temple of Karnac and the Valley of the Kings in Luxor.  We went into the crypts.  Filled with marvelous murals that speak to religious beliefs. We walked through the Egyptian Museum-in Egypt!

And then the Egypt Exhibit in the British Museum.

And the map jumped out at me. “Palestine”?

How could that be?

So I wrote to the museum to express my concern

By Kit Eglinton, Saltshakers

As a younger Christian I served with Open Doors in the Middle East which was an amazing privilege both to serve and engage with believers from cultures vastly different to my own. However my greatest surprise was to find how many evangelical Christians in countries like Syria, Egypt and Turkey had adopted a western church culture. For example at my first visit to a small evangelical fellowship I was astounded to see all the men had discarded their very practical daily clothing in favour of western suits and ties - in 40' C. No wonder local Muslims viewed Christianity as a western religion. Where did they get the idea that to do church properly you have wear a suit and tie?  It is not my place to challenge anyone else's 'norms' but it did and does make me think about my own. What do I consider to be necessary, what can be changed; why do I do what I do, and, by implication, expect others to do?

by Steve Maltz (many, many years ago!)

This should take about 20-30 minutes and is suitable for a mixed audience (Jew/Gentile, adults/kids). There's drama, comedy and action.

CAST
Narrator
Herald
King Antiochus - complete madman
Herald's assistant (non speaking)
General Al
Soldier (non speaking)
Mattatias (adult) - sensible person
Judas (child) - main speaking part
Simon (child)
Jonathan (child)
Eleazar (child)
John (child)
Jew (with greasy hair)
Appolonius (non speaking)
Greek soldier (non speaking)

Either side of birth, Britain’s children are paying the price of Britain’s godlessness. Watchman reports

A bill to end abortions on the grounds of disability had its second reading in the House of Lords, the Christian Institute reported on 28 October 2016.

The Abortion (Disability Equality) Bill, sponsored by disabled Peer, Lord Kevin Shinkwin, aims to amend the Abortion Act 1967. Lord Shinkwin, who suffers from brittle bone disease, first introduced the Bill in May. The Bill would remove a provision that allows women to have an abortion if there is “substantial risk that if the child was born it would suffer from such physical or mental abnormalities as to be seriously handicapped” .

“At several steps on their path to death by beheading and crucifixion last month, 11 indigenous Christian workers near Aleppo, Syria had the option to leave the area and live. The 12-year-old son of a ministry team leader also could have spared his life by denying Christ…”

The Christian Aid Mission account of the fate of Aleppo’s indigenous Christian missionaries is harrowing and humbling. While Western politicians debate whether or not to risk World War III by creating a safe haven in northern Syria and imposing a no-fly zone over Aleppo – with the expectation (/certainty) of US/European forces, sooner or later, having to shoot down a Russian bomber or Syrian fighter jet – we’re hearing a lot about Assad’s (lesser) evil, ISIS barbarism and the pervasive demonic contempt for the human spirit. Women are stoned, men burned alive, girls raped and gays hurled from tall buildings. It is an image of hell.

We’re not hearing much about Aleppo’s Christians: the mainstream media don’t care very much what happens to them:

by Derek White

Christian support for the restoration of the Jewish people to the land of Israel has a sound Biblical basis. Despite this it suffers from two levels of attack. The first is that of extremism in which Christian support becomes politically aligned, every action of Israel is seen to carry a Divine sanction, and there is an associated disregard for the wellbeing of the Palestinian Arab and other inhabitants of the land.

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