The Terms We Use

Considering passages such as Philippians 2:3-4; Ephesians 5:21; and 1 Corinthians 9:19-21, Messianic Apologetics editor J.K. McKee asks what it means for people in today’s Messianic movement to consider the place of others, their stories, their experiences, and above all what terms will cause them to stop listening. In Jewish evangelism, terms such as Jesus, Christ, Christian, church, and cross can all cause Jewish people to put up barriers and walls, to listen to the good news of Israel’s Messiah. With an English language of over 150,000 words, how can we learn to be more understanding toward others, so when communicating the good news or some significant message, they can actually pay attention to the real substance–which frequently involves where they stand as human beings before their Creator? How can much of this facilitate a spiritual culture of mutual honor, respect, interdependence, and in being able to employ our strengths for being an effective Body of Messiah when encountering the issues of the day?

About J.K. McKee 802 Articles
J.K. McKee (B.A., University of Oklahoma; M.A., Asbury Theological Seminary) is the editor of Messianic Apologetics (, a division of Outreach Israel Ministries ( He is a 2009 recipient of the Zondervan Biblical Languages Award for Greek. He is author of numerous books and commentaries, dealing with a wide range of topics that are important for today’s Messianic Believers.

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