About Messiah Connection

The name is Bond (cue spy music), Justin Bond. Messiah Connection is run by me along with invaluable input and advice from the very beautiful & talented Elizabeth Bond (my wife). I get to be the husband to a gracious, faithful and loving wife who “surpasses them all” and “works to bring her husband good and not harm all the days of her life” (Proverbs 31). I also get to be the earthly father of four blessed children. My sweet & artistically gifted daughter Braylee (2006), my firstborn son & right hand man Josiah (2008), my second born son Elijah aka Big Baby forever (2013), and the most recent addition to the family as of March 2015 – my third son and HLHS testimony Brighton. We live on our little “shire” just north of Paris….Texas!

I’m a banker by day and a fill in the blank jack of all trades but master of none by night and even more so on the weekends. The primary purpose of this blog is for me to be able to think out loud on electronic paper and get the voices in my head to stop being so noisy.  This is my soundboard (though it doesn’t literally make a sound, so maybe silent-board would be more appropriate?) for thoughts on The Holy Scriptures, as well as an eclectic assortment of related literature. These are my personal thoughts and expressions of faith that is drawn out of a background that includes Christian and Jewish theology and tradition. The views expressed on this blog do not in any way relate to those expressed by my employer or other groups of service of which I may have an interest (whew…feels like disclaimer central).

I always welcome a robust two-way dialogue that is respectful in regards to open and honest feedback. I look forward to engaging with views and/or convictions different than my own and consider these opportunities for growth. “As iron sharpens iron, so does one man sharpen another” (Proverbs 27:17). I pray this blog may be a source of inquiry and encouragement to the all body of Messiah.

 “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.”  2 Timothy 2:15


2 responses to “About Messiah Connection

  • Patrick Martin

    Dear Justin, I have been looking at a few Messianic Judaism blogs, and I am simply trying to understand the difference between Messianic Judaism and the Sacred Name movement. I have been told there are clear differences but I simply cannot pin them down! I also saw on a blog some while ago certain people who talked about “Two House” and who also said Paul was NOT an authentic Christian teacher. Any help/advice would be much appreciated. Keep well.

    • messiahconnection

      Shalom Patrick,

      I appreciate your openness and willingness to search these things out. As you’re probably well aware of, or are beginning to find out quickly, there is not a consensus on what a “Messianic” expression of faith or theology should look like. As with Christianity, there are many streams and denominations with their own particular “traditions of men”. This is unfortunate for both Christians and Messianics and creates a bit of confusion for those within the Body of Messiah and sure doesn’t help our witness to those outside of our faith. Etymologically speaking “Messianic” and “Christian” both mean the same thing; that is one who is a believer and follower of Messiah or Christ, albeit from a different mindset and culture of Hebrew or Greek. The reality, is that in Messiah we are being made into One New Man but that reality will not be fully realized until He returns. I think the main unifying factor for Messianic theology and in turn the primary distinction with mainstreem Christianity is the validity and ongoing effectiveness of the Torah (God’s Law). Though even within Messianic theology there are disagreements as to who the Torah applies to and how it is to be walked out day to day within our communities, there is agreement that it is relevant. I believe one of the greatest biblical principles is “the balance”, which is not to veer too far to the right or too far to the left but to find the middle ground. That is to “test all things and hold fast to that which is true” and to walk with understanding, grace and love with others who might not line up the same way you do, but who are still seeking and searching within the biblical framework. To be sure there are differences between Messianic Judaism, Sacred Name, Two-House and so on and I have friends and family who would fall within Messianic Judaism and Two-House. The main difference between Messianic Judaism and Sacred Name from my perspective would be the “Judaism” part. Messianic Judaism has a healthy respect for the “traditions of the fathers” of thier ancient faith and a desire to see Jewish people especially come to know Yeshua as The Messiah. Sacred Name seems to put an emphasis on using only the Hebrew forms of God’s names and titles and tends to be a bit “paganoid” about “traditions” that are not explicit in Scripture. I don’t know of anyone personally who is in the Sacred Name movement and I don’t mean to mis-represent if this is incorrect. I would definitely stay away from anyone teaching that Paul was not an authentic biblical teacher or those who don’t hold in some form or fashion to the continuity of Scripture and the whole counsel of God from Genesis to Revelation. I hope this helps you in some way on your journey. Below are some ministries and teachers who are Messianic with different philosophies that I respect and have gleaned a great deal from their teachings:

      First Fruits of Zion (Divine Invitation) – http://www.ffoz.org

      Torah Resource (One Torah) – http://www.torahresource.com

      Baruch HaShem Messianic Synagogue (Messianic Judaism) – http://www.baruchhashem.com

      The Wildbranch Ministry (Two-House) – http://www.wildbranch.org

      May grace and shalom be multiplied upon you in the name of Yeshua the Messiah!

      Justin

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