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Authentic Judaism

Can modern-day Judaism, in any of its forms, be said to be the true successor to Moses and the prophets? Does any branch of Judaism adhere to the commandments and precepts delivered at Sinai? Contrary to popular opinion, the answer is no.  Read More >

The A-Z of Anti-Semitism

ANTI-SEMITISM. The hatred and persecution of Jews as a group: not the hatred of persons who happen to be Jews, but rather the hatred of persons because they are Jews.  Read More >

Boasting against the Natural Branches

"Some books", said Francis Bacon, "are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some to be chewed and digested." Charles D. Provan's The Church is Israel Now contains enough truth to make it palatable to the unwary but enough error to poison their system, making it unfit for human consumption. The book, claims Charles Provan, is "one of the end products of several years of research into the topic of the Old Testament and its relationship to the New Testament." Puzzled by the number of Old Testament references to Israel which, in the New Testament, are attributed to Christians, Provan concluded from his studies that, "The only hypothesis which explains how this could be is that the Israel of the Old Testament (so called 'Racial Israel') had been replaced by the Israel of the New Testament, the Christian Church." To be fair to Mr Provan, he allows "racial Jews" a place in the Church and, unlike some replacement theologians, expresses the view that the responsibilities as well as the privileges of Israel have been transferred to the Church.  Read More >

Stereotypes

Evangelicals pride themselves on being the best friends Israel could have, if not because we regard them as being in a unique sense the chosen people then by virtue of the fact that we believe in loving our neighbours as ourselves. While probably no evangelical would want to be regarded as anti-Semitic there is always the danger of taking on board — albeit unwittingly — some of the mythology that finds its expression in "Jewish" jokes, figures of speech and the "everybody knows that the Jews..." statements that are the stock in trade of hate-literature. It was widely perceived in the Germany of the thirties, for example, that the Jews were responsible for Germany's ills. Everybody knew that the Jews were responsible and therefore Adolph Hitler's repressive measures found little opposition even within the church. He was able to exploit public prejudice against the Jews to his fullest advantage.  Read More >

Stumbling Blocks?

You know what they say: "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink". When Christians talk about "leading people to Christ" they usually mean that the led person has been saved. But our missionaries are leading Jewish people to the spring of living water all the time. Making them drink is another matter.  Read More >

The Jew: A Poem

The Jew: A Poem  Read More >

Time to Start Over Again

How often have we heard people, especially those over fifty, say, "If only I could have my time over again"? Then, with a sigh of resignation, comes the return to reality, "but of course I can't". We all know it is impossible to rewind the tape of history back to the beginning. Or is it?  Read More >

To a Different Drum: Joseph Wolff

In the 19th century, as European society began to open up to Jews and as the Aufklarung or Enlightenment began to draw Jewish students into the wider academic world, many Jewish students left the ghettos seeking to master the vast accumulation of knowledge available in the universities of Europe, especially in Germany. One of the great mysteries of that period was how the students managed to finance their studies or even how they managed to live at all. Joseph Wolff was largely sponsored by Christian patrons but his very protracted studies must have been extremely costly and there must have been something about him which encouraged people to help him and to be patient with his rather eccentric behaviour. He was known as the "Eccentric Missionary" and it is perhaps as well that he eventually made his home in England which, at that time, was something of a haven for eccentrics.  Read More >

Two Thousand Years of Jewish Evangelism

After all the hype and the celebrations, the third millennium is (officially, though not technically) on us and in this, the first Herald of the third millennium, John Ross looks back on the first two millennia of Jewish mission.  Read More >

Archived

One of the perks of parenthood for me was discovering for the first time (I had a deprived childhood) the joys of Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner. From the moment I read the tale of Pooh and Piglet's pursuit of the Woozle I was hooked. And now, after almost twenty years, I find another dimension to the Pooh stories. According to John Tyerman Williams in Pooh and the Philosophers, the entire history of Western philosophy is to be found in Pooh, and the "Bear of Very Little Brain" has the answers to life, the universe and everything!  Read More >

When the Fullness Comes

Addressing the rejection of the gospel by ethnic Israel, in the first century, the Apostle Paul wrote:  Read More >

Who's Anti-Semitic Anyway?

WOW! What can I say? When you and I take the gospel to an "unsuspecting Jewish person" we are told that what we espouse is "in no way related to authentic Judaism". We are told that when we see a Jewish person come to faith in the Messiah, Yeshua, this is a "truncated version of Christianity". We are told that we are preaching what is a "Fundamental distortion of authentic Christianity". We are told that when we lead Jewish people to the Messiah we have "produced forced conversions" and "should be condemned" (not "corrected", but "condemned"!). Then it gets even uglier.  Read More >

Stairways to Heaven

Most Christians are quite shocked to discover how unscriptural much of Orthodox belief and practice is. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Jewish views of death and the afterlife. We asked one of our missionaries to describe some of the superstitious practices he has encountered within the Jewish community. Because of the delicate nature of the subject matter he has asked not to be identified.  Read More >

Skeletons in our Cupboard

For half a century the spectre of anti-Semitism has haunted the Church in western Europe. Jewish and avowedly Christian scholars have not hesitated to lay the blame for the Holocaust at the door of the Church. Some have gone further and see within the four Gospels, notably John's Gospel, the seeds of anti-Semitism which took root in a Gentile church, leading inevitably to the greatest act of genocide in human history.  Read More >

Bo Peep Evangelism [unavailable]

This article was formerly available on the CWI UK website, but is not currently available. We are in the process of tracking it down and will make it available as soon as we get it.  Read More >

From the Cradle to the Grave

Brit Milah. Circumcision of a male child takes place on the eighth day after birth. If for medical reasons it cannot be carried out on the eighth day then the circumcision may be postponed.  Read More >

First Things First in World Mission

Hudson Taylor, the great pioneer missionary to China, once commented that God's work done in God's way will never lack God's provision. His remark calls us to obey a revealed strategy for world evangelism. We can with full confidence turn to the Bible for a coherent set of principles for world evangelisation. One such principle is in Romans 1.16, "I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation for all who believe, to the Jew first and also to the Greek".  Read More >

The First Fifty Years

On 6th Iyar 5708 (15th May 1948) an autonomous and independent Jewish homeland is established in the ancient land of Israel. Headed by David Ben Gurion, the provisional government acts immediately to assure free Jewish immigration and the right of Jews to purchase land. Some Orthodox Jews believe the formation of the Jewish state is the beginning of the Messianic redemption (the Ge'ula) while other religious Jews oppose the establishment of the State on the grounds that only the Messiah has the right to establish the Jewish people in their own land.  Read More >

The Flight from Israel

Most Christians seek to obey Christ's commission to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature. But many Christians are reluctant to witness to Jewish people. For some the reason is fear, but for an increasing number of Christians it is a deliberate policy. We might expect this from liberal theologians who do not accept the Bible as the final authority in matters of faith. But a number of evangelical thinkers are now voicing the opinion that Jewish mission must be abandoned. This is a serious matter and must be addressed. What are the reasons - or excuses - that are presented, and what does the Bible say in response?  Read More >

Happy Birthday! To Whom?

It is increasingly common to hear the Day of Pentecost referred to as the birthday of the church. Over the last few years parties have been staged to celebrate the occasion, complete with jelly, ice cream and balloons! Furthermore, the orthodoxy of the expression has been strengthened by a song composed for congregational singing.  Read More >

Is This It?

It came as a surprise to hear the Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks suggest just after his induction to the chief rabbinate that Israel has survived and will continue to survive because the future is not predetermined. The last chapter has not been written, said the chief spokesman for Britain's Jewish community. One would have thought that Israel's continued existence in spite of expulsion from their land, several crusades, the Inquisition, various pogroms, the Holocaust and several Middle East conflicts is precisely because the future has been determined by the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  Read More >

Judaism Today

Everything changed for Jewish religion when the Temple was destroyed in 70 AD. This is illustrated in the ancient rabbinic volume Sayings of the Fathers. We are told that Simon the Just, who lived prior to the destruction of the Temple, "used to say: By three things is the world sustained: by the Law, by the [Temple-] service, and by deeds of loving kindness". Former Chief Rabbi Dr Joseph Hertz comments that "the Temple service" originally meant the "Sacrificial cult of the Temple". After the destruction of the Temple, Judaism had to come to terms with the fact that one of the sustaining pillars of the world - sacrifice - had been removed. So, in the same chapter of Sayings of the Fathers, we read that Rabban Simeon ben Gamaliel who lived in the second century taught that the world is sustained "by truth, by judgement, and by peace".  Read More >

Messiah's Millennial Missionary Mandate

There's an old saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Some men can't resist tinkering with mechanical gadgets, taking them apart and putting them back together whether they are in working order or not. In the realm of the Spirit there are Christians trying to discover new and better ways to evangelise. The problem is that, in the Church, what is new and novel is not necessarily better. In reality, the principles of mission revealed in the New Testament are timeless. There may be fresh ways to implement the principles but the principles themselves do not need fixing or replacing.  Read More >

Empress Maria Dorothea and Jewish Missions in Budapest

In 1839 the Church of Scotland sent a delegation of four ministers to visit Jewish communities in Europe and Palestine to prepare for missionary work among the Jews. The four were Alexander Black, Alexander Keith, Robert Murray M'Cheyne and Andrew Bonar. Whilst travelling north from Egypt to Palestine by camel, Dr. Black sustained a fall that led to his premature departure from the mission of inquiry. Accompanied by Alexander Keith he made his way back to Scotland through Central Europe by the river Danube.  Read More >

Not Too Bad

In his award-winning 1976 television play Bar Mitzvah Boy, Jack Rosenthal opens an hilarious but perceptive window on Jewish life. After Eliot, the Bar Mitzvah boy, flees the synagogue because he feels unready for the demands of manhood, his father seeks to reassure his son: "We've all got faults. Little ones, maybe. But we've got them. Sometimes I've been a bit of a lobbos. When I was younger perhaps. I wasn't all that perfect. Nor Zaidy here..." When Christians witness to Jewish people they tend to begin by proving that Jesus is the Messiah promised in the Hebrew Scriptures. However, until Jewish people see sin as more than faults and imperfections, the messiahship of Jesus will be a purely academic question. Jesus is the Messiah; so what?  Read More >

Psalm 16 and Jesus

Christians have generally recognised in a special way the death of Christ at this time of year. We remember the death and resurrection of one whom the angel Gabriel told Mary would "be great ... the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end" (Luke 1:32-33). That promise was reflecting what God had said long years ago to the great King David, that is, that on his throne descendants would rule, yes even eternally. David and his son Solomon believed that promise of God and conducted their lives in the light of that wonderful truth (cf. 1 Kings 8:25-26). This great truth also pervaded the leadership of the Jews who when asked by Jesus whose son is the Christ replied immediately "the son of David" (Matthew 22:41; cf. Mark 12:35-36; Luke 20:41-43). The expectancy that the promised Messiah is the son of David provides for us the key to seeing that Psalm 16 does indeed identify Jesus as that Davidic Christ and does so by showing that it predicts his resurrection from the dead.  Read More >

The Right to be Wrong?

December 10th 1998 saw the fiftieth anniversary of one of the truly great historical documents. The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights set forth the basic civil, economic, political, and social rights and freedoms of every person on the planet, based on the premise that all people are equal in dignity and rights.  Read More >



   
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