jewish evangelism controversy

A Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism
March 1, 2017

A reporter for The Forward, a well-known Jewish newspaper based in New York City, asked what Jews for Jesus does to combat anti-Semitism. Among other things, we explained our commitment to inform Christian friends like you about this scourge wherever it raises its ugly head.

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True Love
February 1, 2017

Some declarations of love are not exactly honest and may actually be harmful—even if that’s not what would-be lovers intend.

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Eats, Shoots and Leaves
March 31, 2013
Author: Stephen Pacht

In her 2004 bestseller, Eats, Shoots and Leaves, UK author Lynne Truss laments the demise of good punctuation. Her title is based on a joke about a panda who eats in a restaurant, then shoots the patrons. As the panda heads towards the exit, a surviving waiter, surveying the carnage, asks the panda: “Why did…

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Bits from the Branches

The Weight of the Mission
February 1, 2013

I will never forget the first time I handed out gospel tracts on the streets of Tel Aviv some 28 years ago. I was more than a little nervous but gratified that most people were taking the tracts. Suddenly a religious man in typical Hassidic garb stopped, read the first few lines of the tract…

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Moishe’s Musings: On Friendship Evangelism
March 2, 2012
Author: Moishe Rosen

This article is in response to requests from readers that we continue to include Moishe’s writings following his home-going. This article originally appeared in our newsletter in November, 2000. Far be it from me to disparage any kind of evangelism. But I have noticed that in some circles, “lifestyle” or “friendship evangelism” has become a…

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Christmas Warfare
December 1, 2010

It never ceases to amaze me how much fighting takes place over the celebration of Christmas. Legal battles about public displays of crèche or Christmas trees are fodder for the news media. One of the most bizarre examples was when Jewish comedian Jackie Mason made news by standing up to stores that banned employees from…

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Outside the Camp
October 1, 2010

A pastor once told me that he appreciated the ministry of Jews for Jesus but could not invite us to speak in his pulpit. He had what he felt was a good relationship with the rabbi across the street, with an annual pulpit exchange. I have an opportunity to be a witness through this pulpit…

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Moishe’s Musings on Gospel Resistance
May 6, 2010
Author: Moishe Rosen

When it comes to relationships between synagogues and churches, rabbis and pastors, it will help to understand the Jewish position. Rabbis think that it’s fine for Christian friends to be evangelical, as long as you’re not evangelistic.  In other words, it’s all right for you to believe that everyone needs Christ in order to have…

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Not a Word?
February 1, 2010

How important are words when it comes to sharing the gospel?  Many are fond of quoting St. Francis of Assisi’s famous admonition: Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”  By this they mean the good news is best proclaimed by how we live among people. A word that is often associated…

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First And Also
January 1, 2010

Usually we quote Bible verses in their entirety, but I’ve noticed an exception: Romans 1:16. You’ve heard the words: For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes.”  But how often do you hear the last nine words of this strong…

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Seeking Wisdom
October 1, 2009

Has God given you an opportunity or situation that made you realize just how much you need His wisdom? Becoming the executive director of Jews for Jesus has made me keenly aware of my need for godly wisdom.  When people ask how they might pray for me I always request prayer for wisdom.  I count…

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How “Christian” is Christian Zionism
March 20, 2009

Click here to download this article in pamphlet format for printing. The National Council of Churches describes Christian Zionism as “a danger to true peace in the Middle East.” Anglican Vicar Stephen Sizer, in his scorching and widely read book, Christian Zionism: Roadmap to Armageddon, attacks Christian Zionism as “racist” and “unbiblical.” We can shrug…

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L’Dor v’dor: From Generation to Generation, Loving the Jewish People
November 1, 2008

“My mother taught me to love the Jewish people; she always reminded me that the Jews are God’s chosen. That is why I love Jews for Jesus and support what you guys are doing.” We hear this over and over from friends who speak, often with a note of wistful recollection, of a loved one…

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Dialogue Across the Seas
November 1, 1998
Author: Stephen Katz

My previous article, The Desert Hasn’t Blossomed Yet sparked several interesting responses. We enjoy the letters of appreciation but it’s also good to know when people take exception to what we say. After all, Havurah is for our family in Messiah—and what Jewish family doesn’t argue and dispute now and then? We thought you might…

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Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
December 1, 1996
Author: Stephen Katz

I was standing near the student union at the University of Illinois watching a hellfire and brimstone preacher condemn the crowd that had gathered to tease him. "Fornicators!" he yelled at them. "You’re all going straight to hell!" I watched this exchange for several minutes and then the preacher did something unexpected. He called on…

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Changing My Garments
August 1, 1990

"You won’t be wearing that to the prayer breakfast tomorrow, will you?" the man asked. As we Jews for Jesus often do when we participate in a conference we have not sponsored, I was wearing a shirt and tie and a Jews for Jesus windbreaker. (Ordinarily I wear a suit, but we do like to…

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