Showing posts from February, 2018

Do you see?

The violinist in this video is world-famous. Her name is Lindsey Stirling. The setting is lower Manhattan, New York City, 14th Street East side train station. The L train crosses there, too, but this platform is fairly plain and uninteresting. And most of the people are uninterested in Lindsey Stirling.  If it were another setting, say Carnegie Hall, or Broadway just a couple miles up north, the applause would have been riveting. But it wasn't. The setting was the subway platform. Players are a dime a dozen.  I wonder what her busking produced that afternoon.

She is playing the world-famous music of Leonard Cohen, "Hallelujah!" But no one stops. At least not on the edited version we see.

A year ago somebody on the Facebook page of "Gospel of Jesus" uploaded this video with this caption: She is very famous by violin, but when she play violin on subway no one recogenized her. How about Jesus? Can you see Jesus when he is behind you?

Lindsey finishes the song and…

Jewish Evangelism?

This article was originally a talk given in Japan in November.
Jewish Evangelism in East Asia: Street Evangelism 101
By Bob Mendelsohn Jews for Jesus, AustralAsia Given in Wakayama, Japan 15 November 2017
The problem: Jewish Evangelism is different
Whereas all non-Christians have a need for salvation in Yeshua, the Messiah, most non-Jews have no hostility to Jesus, and might even have a sympathy or at least tolerance for Christianity and the message of our Messiah. Muslims say they believe in Isa. Many Filipino Catholics or Indian Hindus, even Shinto here in Japan have warm feelings about Christianity. But Jewish people, whether in the USA or Australia or around the globe, sometimes have a rejection of Yeshua in their conversation. They may not even know why they reject Him, but they have a culture of saying ‘no’ to the Messiah by name. So, Jewish evangelism is different. I grew up in the middle of the US, in Kansas City, a moderate-sized city of 1 million people, with about 25,000 Jewish pe…

First world problems... adventure in travel

I've heard people talk about 'patience' for years. And they talk about how to achieve or gain patience. Usually it's through inopportune times or struggles that patience is learned. I think I get it. I'm not noted as a very patient man. So what does that say about my struggles? Not a thing. It says a lot more about my responses to those struggles and how slow I am to learn.

Case in point. Last Sunday I left my hotel at 7 am in Jerusalem and took a ride to Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion Airport. Easy. Check in with my box of goods was easy, which is rare for me there. But wait, my flight to Istanbul on Turkish Airlines was delayed. OK, no dramas. I'm happy to sit there for a few minutes. They said, "it won't be too long, maybe 15 minutes." Not a problem. I have a new book I'm reading. 15 became 30; 30 became 45, and 45 became "You are going to miss your connection in Istanbul, Mr Mendelsohn." Oy. What was the problem anyway? Seems the inboun…

Super stuff

This week, the moon showed up fully for the second time in a month. That gives it the title of "Blue moon," a term which means just that, a full moon appearing twice in any calendar month. And somehow this particular full moon was also labeled "Super." That term has to do with distance from the earth to the moon. During a 'supermoon' the moon is at perigee, that is, the closest spot to the earth in its elliptical orbit. OK, so we had a Super Blue Moon. I love double dipping. And it was pretty amazing to view.
Here's an example of what it looked like. The half moon on the left is the normal size; on the right is how it actually appeared last week.
The only ones who saw the moon of course, were those who looked up.

Tomorrow is 4 February and if you have a television and live in almost any of the 200 countries in the world you will know that there is a game of football being played in the north of the US, in Minnesota, between the New England (think Boston)…