Character in Context
Episode 56: Gospel of Mark 2–What is the Gospel and What is the Greater Exodus?

Episode 56: Gospel of Mark 2–What is the Gospel and What is the Greater Exodus?

April 24, 2020

One of the most common questions I get is "what exactly is the Gospel?" As Mark 1:1 uses that term, we need to explore it and talk about what it is and isn't. I will give you a hint--it isn't the "death, burial and resurrection" of the Messiah since He and His disciples were all recorded as preaching the Gospel before His death, and we all know how clueless His disciples were about His impending death and resurrection. 

We're also going to cover the very misused concept of the "Greater Exodus" and talk about how some interpretations have led to some very ethnocentric, technocentric and socioeconomically disastrous doctrines.

Episode 55: Gospel of Mark 1: Son of Man vs the Messiah

Episode 55: Gospel of Mark 1: Son of Man vs the Messiah

April 17, 2020

The Gospel of Mark points out something very interesting. When referring to Himself, Yeshua (Jesus) uses the term "Son of Man" instead of Messiah. We're going to do a cultural expectation study about what the term Messiah had come to mean to first-century Jews and talk about why Yeshua instead chose the more obscure title "Son of Man."

Prayer Unites, Fear Destroys, and the Myth of “Torah Observance”

Prayer Unites, Fear Destroys, and the Myth of “Torah Observance”

April 3, 2020

This week's broadcast touches on COVID-19. I know we were supposed to start in the Gospel of Mark, but I wanted to take some time to address the power of prayer to unite, fear to destroy and the myth of Torah observance (it's just another mantra, like "the law has been done away with"--no one really keeps even all of it that can still conceivably be kept, which I will prove). Some disturbing "prophecies" have popped up from a number of people making claims that all this will be over by the Passover, that this is the fault of the Jews for not accepting the Messiah, that it is the fault of Christians, and (already proven false among people in my own circle) that anyone who keeps the Passover instead of Easter will not be touched by the virus. I've seen the best and worst in people over the course of the last ten days as people respond in various ways to uncertainty and fear, which has been both an eye-opening gift from God and a sobering look at the reality of how far we have to go as a body in order to reflect His character.

Here is the awesome article I mentioned by Doug Friedman http://www.messianicassociation.org/ezine22-df.mosaic-laws-messianic.htm

Thre is no transcript available on my website for this episode. Next week I will be reairing last year's Passover broadcast about crucifixion, the slave's death.

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