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New year, new prime minister
The news media source, Haaretz published this report on Malcolm Turnbull, the newly-sworn-in 26th prime minister of Australia. Turnbull . They cite the Australian Jewish News report from a few years ago which indicated that Turnbull's “mother always used to say that her mother’s family was Jewish.” He did grow up in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, the hotbed of Jewish life in town, and went to prestigious schools before becoming a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. He is a self-made multi-millionaire, so some would say he has all the right stuff.
And how fitting that he became prime minister on Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of the Jewish new year. We at Jews for Jesus add our best wishes to him as he tries to govern our great country and lead us through the troubles in Syria/Turkey/Hungary, in Bendigo with mosque building, on the footy pitch as September finals are the mainstay of the Back Page just now, and his own party experiences the new boon in his taking over. It's never easy to start over, and especially when the train has already left the station.
So God help our Prime Minister to lead well and to look after his own household and all of ours.
The show is not new, but it was new to me last night. Reviewing a long-established musical is a bit unnecessary for many, but I like to ponder what I saw and heard, and to share it with you, my faithful followers. Some spoilers are here, but since the play has been out for so long, I feel the liberty. So here goes.
The themes included truth-telling vs lying, Americana (represented in Salt Lake City and Orlando, Florida) vs the rest of the world, and religion itself, of course. The dynamics of working and living life together plays out as does humility as a positive human trait. So much in a song-and-dance extravaganza. Let's unpack this.
Listen to these lines from the opening song. While everyone is ringing doorbells and trying to wiggle their way into people's homes, Arnold Cunningham, a missionary trainee, is being direct: "Hello, would you like to change religions? I have a free book written by Jesus" All a leader of the missionaries quickly replies with: "No, n…
A sermon given today at Springwood Church of Christ, outside Brisbane, Queensland Shalom friends here at Springwood. Thank you for joining us today as we consider a biblical passage and its implications for us in the 21stcentury. Thank you to Pastor Geoff, my long-time friend and colleague in this keen interest in things Jewish. You have a white involvement card from Jews for Jesus which I’ll ask you to tear on the perforation and fill in. Then later during the offertory will you be so kind as to drop that card into the plate? By that you are extending to me the privilege to speak to you again long after today, through the agency of the Jews for Jesus newsletter. Thank you for that. I grew up an Orthodox Jew in Kansas City, in the middle of the US, and those days I had no interest in the things of Jesus and the Newer Testament. I did always enjoy Jewish things, and Jewish life, but I must say that the prophet Zechariah didn’t capture my interest. However, since coming to faith in Yesh…
Given on 30 September Macquarie Anglican Church Introduction Thank you for welcoming me to the pulpit today, to share the message about the Jewish people and the Sabbath. And today we’re going to focus on Leviticus 25 and God giving Torah to the Jewish people on Mt Sinai, and some selected readings from the Gospels. Maybe because I’m giving this message in a church on a Sunday, once a Jewish man wearing a kippah is introduced as the preacher, some in the church will get nervous, especially if they hear the phrase ‘Mt Sinai’ in his introductory comments. The immediate suspicion among many would be “Oh no, this guy didn’t read Galatians and wants to get us ‘under the Law.’ Or “Oh no, another sermon trying to get me to live in a rule-book religion.” Let me say, from the outset, the purpose of this talk is to focus us on Yeshua himself, to see what He did with this topic, and to see how often he would use the idea or the rules of the Jewish Sabbath to point people to himself. That, my friends…