What Is This Blog About?
Consider The Barking Fox a Christian blog of sorts. It is a spiritual blog which takes a hard look at the Bible and how it is presented in the many denominations of which I have been a part. My spiritual journey includes sojourns among Baptists, Presbyterians, Pentecostals, Methodists, Anglicans, Catholics, and Jews, and I have a great appreciation for them all. Since childhood I have professed a belief in Jesus of Nazareth as the Christ (Messiah), God’s anointed savior of the whole world. That is still my profession, although now I am more inclined to refer to my Savior by His Hebrew name and title, Yeshua ha Moshiach. That’s because several years ago God began to lead me on a “Messianic” journey to examine the origins of biblical Christianity. That quest has taken me to what has come to be known as the Hebrew roots of the faith. Much of it looks Jewish, but that should not be a surprise. Yeshua was a Jew, and He Himself explained that “salvation is of the Jews” (John 4:22). Jews have a special place in God’s plan, as the apostle Paul explained, because they have the oracles of God and many other special spiritual characteristics which the whole world needs (Romans 3:1-2; 9:1-5). These are things that Christianity has generally missed because of an unfortunate decision about 1800 years ago to move away from anything “Jewish”. For example, the “Jewish feasts” like Passover, Pentecost (Shavuot), and Tabernacles actually have a lot to teach us about Messiah’s identity and mission. To get to the blessings of that teaching we Christians must overcome centuries of anti-Jewish bias that has cut us of from the fullness of our identity in Messiah, and our identity in His (and our) father Abraham (Galatians 3:26-29).