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Communities or Congregations? Part 2 of 2

I long ago came to understand that the narrative passages of scripture are not automatically or necessarily prescriptive for life and behavior today. They need to be understood in their social, historical and linguistic context. First century culture was very different than life in the twenty-first century

I Didn’t Know…

Yet sometimes, I have to say something. It is for this reason I have chosen to join my sisters in Christ on this blog that challenges and urges those who read it to think and then react. The other writers of this blog are my precious sisters in Christ. We don’t agree on everything. But to the best of my understanding, unity does not mean agreeing on every jot and tittle of life, our faith, or politics. And so, I must, like a voice in the wilderness, cry out. I am Vociferor.

6 Reasons Christmas is Special in Bethlehem


I was born and raised in Bethlehem and I have never missed a Christmas in this special town. Christmas is dear to me for many different reasons.  Despite the fact that we live under an occupation and I see land confiscated from my people regularly, despite the ongoing oppression where we are treated in discriminatory and even sub-human ways, I still have hope.  

In this Place

In this place they call “a church,”
We search for vision, grasping at shadows
Instead finding everyone walking behind masks
Hiding from the transparent intensity of the light

Diversity among Christian Palestinians

As part of working in a Christian community, one experiences the unpleasant dark side of leadership where such behavior does not represent the merciful and just spirit of Christ. Power, authority and money are areas that leaders abuse sometimes, and young emerging leaders are confronted with disappointments. This is part of life, and each one responds to it differently.  Johny, Salma and myself were having lunch together when Johny asked Salma "How do you respond to injustices you faced with leaders towards you?"

Messianic Jewish Feminism: Jesus the Feminist

If there ever was a feminist in the New Testament, it was Jesus. In the first century women were treated as inferior to men in Hellenistic-Roman and Jewish culture. It was generally frowned upon for women to study the Torah, they were not viewed as proper legal witnesses, and they were often compared to children -- undeveloped and simple-minded. Yet, Jesus surrounded himself by women, was supported by them, hosted by them, and they not only enabled his message, but bore witness to his life in all that it entailed: birth, ministry, death and resurrection. In fact, he was not known as Jesus son of Joseph, but Jesus son of Mary (Mark 6:3).  

5 Responses to Ramadan

The Muslim fast of Ramadan is upon us, leaving many Christians and Messianic Jewish Israelis apprehensive about the month to come. How do we respond to this month? Will there be increased tensions and violence?