Month: September 2015

At Home Away from Home—Israel

Once again, we have the blessing of being in Israel for the fall holydays. While we love America and feel endless gratitude towards her, as Jews, we are a minority within her culture. (Personally, we wish we felt like more of a minority and would like to see a reawakening of America’s Christian nature.) Not...

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What do the words abomination and unclean mean?

Question: In Scripture some things are called an abomination while others are unclean. What is the difference? ∼ Regina Answer: Dear Regina, What a difference a word can make! If you’ve been reading Thought Tools for a while or have listened to any of our audio CDs, you are aware of the snare of translations....

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Is Netanyahu Responsible for the Iran Deal?

One of the delights of sitting in a cafe or riding a bus in Israel is listening to the conversations around you. A less polite but more honest name for it is eavesdropping, but, as anyone forced to listen to details of Aunt Muriel’s colonoscopy knows, it is hard not to hear what people around...

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How do I combine ministry and business?

Question: I am your distant student here in South Africa. I am struggling to reconcile my passion to be a committed Bible teacher and create a real estate business at the same time. The general view of most Christians is that to be successful Bible teacher zone must be divorced from running businesses. Over the...

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Heads I Win; Tails You Lose

By the time we reached third grade or so, most of us stopped falling for the, “Heads I win; tails you lose” gambit. Those that still accept this type of deal seem to be predominately Republican and conservative.    I understand why many good people explain that even those of us who are appalled by...

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Is the word ‘bricks’ a code word in the Bible?

Question: I recently replayed one of your “Ancient Jewish Wisdom” programs that I recorded about the tower of Babel and the introduction of secularism. I noticed , correct me if I am wrong, the first time the word “Brick” is mentioned in the Bible is in Genesis 11:3. The question is, what is the significance...

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Is John Boehner on Ted Cruz’ Payroll?

I believe in debate. Not ad hominem attacks, not outbursts of profanity, but an exchange of ideas, facts and beliefs. This column started as a form of expressing myself. Sometimes it is family oriented, often it swerves to the political. I am passionately upset at what I see happening in my country. I write about...

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Speed limits are limiting my freedom!

Question: OK, I admit it–I love to go fast. So when the local city council keeps lowering the speed limits, I get frustrated. The argument is always “safety,” so it’s hard to find fault, and I know I need to drive safely, yet I sense my rights are being taken away under false pretenses. What...

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