April 2017 Editor’s Update

Dear Friends:

The month of March has been an important transitionary period for myself, particularly as I have closed off one significant season of my ministry, and I look forward to a new season of ministry. While I always stay very busy—and as one with the INTJ personality type, I am thinking about all kinds of things—I have been recently taking some very keen direction from passages like Acts 16:7: “after they came to Mysia, they were trying to go into Bithynia, and the Spirit of Yeshua did not permit them.” Figures like the Apostle Paul, who had limited time and resources, could only go where the Lord directed him to go. As it is seen, “A vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing and appealing to him, and saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us’” (Acts 16:9). While work for the good news could no doubt have been accomplished in Bithynia, Paul was needed in Macedonia.

At the start of this year, I concluded the commentary 2 Corinthians for the Practical Messianic, and with it have now composed commentaries on all of the Pauline Epistles, Hebrews, and James. Along with this, I have written two survey workbooks of all the books of the Bible, a commentary on Acts 15, and a specialty edition of the Apostolic Scriptures, widely taken from the appendices of complete book commentaries. As much as I could indeed continue writing commentaries on Biblical books, I have definitely felt a need to put it in the background for right now—particularly because of more significant issues which need to be addressed. I hope that this is only a temporary hiatus, but it is actually time for me to resume some projects that have been open files since the beginning of Outreach Israel in 2002-2003.

Right now, the new book Salvation on the Line, Volume I: The Nature of Yeshua and His Divinity—Gospels & Acts, is in post-production editing. Volume II is in production, and will continue by covering the General Epistles, Pauline Epistles and Hebrews, and the Later New Testament. Volume III, which will be focusing on the Messiahship of Yeshua, is in pre-production with the acquisition of various books and cataloguing of various Bible passages. I think we can all agree that it is more important for me, at the present time, to address whether or not Yeshua is God, and whether or not Yeshua is the prophesied Messiah—than anything else. This is certainly where my heart and mind are focused right now. And, as Outreach Israel and Messianic Apologetics begin to direct more of our attention to Jewish outreach and evangelism—these are areas that we must begin to shore up significantly.

Until next month….

J.K. McKee

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J.K. McKee (B.A., University of Oklahoma; M.A., Asbury Theological Seminary) is the editor of Messianic Apologetics (www.messianicapologetics.net), a division of Outreach Israel Ministries (www.outreachisrael.net). 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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