Scholar in Residence, Missionary
Rich has been on staff since 1978. He has served at several Jews for Jesus branches and was a pianist and songwriter with their music team, the Liberated Wailing Wall. He is now at the San Francisco headquarters, where he conducts research, writes and edits as the senior researcher. He is author of the books Christ in the Sabbath and The Day Jesus Did Tikkun Olam: Jewish Values and the New Testament, and co-author of Christ in the Feast of Pentecost. Rich received his M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1978 and a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies and Hermeneutics from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1993.
In order to be the light that we were called to be, we need to integrate the two most essential commands of the Torah into who we are and how we live. It was to love God and to love our neighbors that the Jewish people were chosen.”
Here are three ideas to get you started on how to stand with the Jewish people against the scourge of anti-Semitism.
The New Testament throughout shows that Jesus is indeed the “Mighty God” who has come among us as a human being. Jesus does things only God can do, such as forgive sins and command nature to obey him.
Scholars and theologians debate the particular kind of Judaism Jesus represented, but it was Judaism nonetheless. There was, as yet, nothing called “Christianity.”
Like other rabbis, Jesus taught the importance of Jewish core values. One such value is kibud av va’em, honor of parents.
God brought us Messiah to restore things to the way they were meant to be. The time is coming when disease will no longer exist and all will be made new.
Introduction This bonus chapter to Jewish Millennials: The Beliefs and Behaviors Shaping Young Jews in America is written for practitioners in the field of Jewish evangelism. Statistics and charts and analyses by demographers and academicians can only tell so much....
The Torah is foundational to Judaism. That is why this article lists many references to the Old Testament found on the lips of Jesus in the Gospels.
It becomes rather moot, then, whether it is proper to describe Jesus’ Passover meal as a seder. It was a proto-seder, a pre-70 seder, a seder-in-formation; it was seder-like, it was seder-ish, it was kind-of-like-a-seder, it had elements of a seder—any way you put it, seder is the most relevant way to speak of it.
Humanity has brought sin into the world, resulting in estrangement from God, our own selves, one another and nature. We are no longer who God intended us to be—whether we identify as male, female, or one of Facebook’s 58 genders.
I don’t like to brag, but I did win first place for this recipe at a Hanukkah party held by the Chicagoland-area Messianic community. What won the judges over? “We loved the onions,” they said. Latkes are traditionally eaten with homemade applesauce or sour cream, but...
This article is adapted from the original which appeared in the Winter 2012 print edition of Havurah. We are republishing it in this Tisha B’Av season. Tisha B’Av memorializes tragedies that befell the Jewish people as a nation. It is also an appropriate season to...
We each have a paradigm through which we view our Jewish experience. What’s yours?
We all bring certain assumptions to the paradigm through which we view our Jewish experience.
Enrich your Bible study with a Bible dictionary and a concordance. If you are not acquainted with these resources, here is a quick overview.
Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks, comes with many traditions. For example, tradition tells us: that on this holiday, God gave the Torah to Israel…
Someone once perceptively said, “Statistics are human beings with the tears wiped off.”