The Heart of the Matter

By Pastor Matt McKeown | March 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

This week’s portion is Vayikra, the first portion of Leviticus (Vayikra). I found it interesting to learn that Jewish children are taught this book first rather than the first book, Genesis. The Rabbis teach us that it is because the offerings of this book are pure, like the heart of little children. In this portion […]

Holy Spirit Glasses

By Pastor Matt McKeown | March 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

This week’s portion is Ki Tisa which is centered around a character named Betzalel. Commentary on this portion gives us the words “mach shavot”  or “skillful works that he had done”. The idea is that Adonai has given Betzelal particular skills as a craftsman that are to be used in the construction of the mishkan […]

A Tale of Two (?) Wives

By Pastor Matt McKeown | December 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

This week’s Torah portion is Chayei Sarah. Now we know the backstory is that Sarah has been unable to bear a child for Abraham. So G-d promises her that he will grant her a child. But… just in case, Abraham takes another wife whose name is Hagar. Who is Hagar? Well, she is a daughter […]

Va’etchanan – I Beseech You

By Pastor Matt McKeown | December 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

In this parashat Moses pleads with G-d to be permitted to enter the promised land and he is told no. This no has no room for error, according to story, it is the people’s disobedience that prohibits Moses who has come so far from entering the promised land. He is only to see it from […]

The Pastor’s Eye Exam

By Pastor Matt McKeown | July 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

An open response to Andy Stanley who says that Christians need to ‘unhitch themselves from the Jewish Scriptures’ (the Old Testament). I’m teaching on this at church tomorrow, I spoke about it at Synagogue today and I will be teaching about this at the Chazon Conference in Bogota Colombia next week. Let me be clear. […]

Shabbat Shalom

By Pastor Matt McKeown | January 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Shabbat Shalom is a Sabbath greeting. We say it in our Synagogue every Saturday morning.  I am a Christian pastor. My father is also a pastor, so I grew up in a pastors home. I’m what people refer to as a “PK“. A preachers kid. Growing up in church there were things we simply didn’t […]

Pentecost at Sinai

By Pastor Matt McKeown | March 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Christians think of the ‘Day of Pentecost’ in terms of what happened in Acts Chapter 2 in the year of Yeshua’s (Jesus’) Ascension.  Jews from everywhere heard the good news in their own languages and ‘tongues of fire’ came to rest on the heads of people.  This is NOT however the first Pentecost.  This holy […]

The State of the Kingdom

By Pastor Matt McKeown | January 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Tonight was the state of the union speech. Some love our current president and some do not. It occurs to me that this country was started as a way to come out from under the authority of a king. At least for believers like me there is a longing for a king to come and […]

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