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1 Corinthians 1 – Issue of Church Divisions

[AUDIO FILE] The third reason that Paul wrote this letter is addressed first. This reason is that the Congregation had splintered into factions based upon different teachers. But before Paul starts into his critique, he begins with a note of...

Introduction to the first Letter to Corinth

[AUDIO FILE] [Read 1 Cor. 1:1-3][i] This is the first letter that I have taught on in depth, and I think that a little discussion about how to interpret is due. In many ways, reading through the Epistles or letters...

Parashat Korach – Unthankfulness, Bitterness and Rebellion

AUDIO FILE The word for rebellion in Hebrew is meri which comes from the root marah. Does anyone recognize that word? Rebellion is the fruit of the bitterness which is the fruit of the grumbling which is the fruit of...

Parashat Sh’lach – Who are we looking at?

AUDIO FILE [Read Numbers 13:26 – 14:2] (Vs. 26-29) The recounting of the 12 starts out great. The land is “flowing with milk and honey” The problem is the “except that” or “but”. This conjunction annuls everything before it in...

Parashat Beha’alotecha – Good Requests & Bad Requests

AUDIO FILE Sha’ul in his letter to Timothy says, “But understand this, that in the last days hard times will come— for people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, hardhearted,...

Parashat Vayakhel and Pekudei – Restoration of Relationship

AUDIO FILE [Read Ex. 35:1 – 36:7] Remember the background for this passage? Adonai rescues Beni Yisrael and leads them out to Sinai. He longs to be in a covenantal (marriage) relationship with them. They agree. Then even before the...

Parashat Ki Tisa – Show Me Your Glory

AUDIO FILE This is passage describes the relationship with Adonai that I long for. [Read Ex. 33:7 – 34:10] Oh to know you Adonai, and to be known by you! Even though the camp had been defiled with the golden...

The Resurrection Chapter

AUDIO FILE [Read 1 Cor. 15] From the beginning of this chapter R. Sha’ul makes it crystal clear that the absolute belief in the resurrection is essential for the Good News. (Vs. 1-2) Stern says that some Corinthians were “simply...

Parashat Ki Tisa – His Mercy, Our Failing

AUDIO FILE This week’s Torah portion contains too much to be able to cover it in one week. But to get started I want to recap the last ten chapters in story form. The background is Moses up on the...

Parashat Terumah – His Home in Our Home

AUDIO FILE My heart continues to longs for the intimacy with Adonai that Moses and the Disciples had.  The question I asked myself from this week’s Torah portion is, “Does God feel welcome in my home?” This is all leading...