Talks

New mikeIn addition to speaking and teaching on the topics covered in this blog, Alex teaches from a 13-week course he developed on Old Testament messianic prophecies that were fulfilled at the first coming of Christ. Old Testament messianic prophecy and New Testament fulfillment is one of the most compelling evidences of the Christian faith.  Alex’s Messianic Prophecies series is comprised of 13 individual classes, each focusing on a specific theme or line of Old Testament messianic prophecy.  Included in the series are classes on: (1) Prophecies of His Ancestry, (2) Prophecies of His Pre-Existence, (3) Prophecies of His Birth, (4) Prophecies of His Character, (5) Prophecies of His Ministry, (6) Prophecies of His Dual Nature, (7) Prophecies of His Death, (8) Prophecies of His Resurrection, and more.  Each class examines the respective Old Testament predictions and then demonstrates how each finds its ultimate fulfillment in Christ in the New Testament.

Special talks include:

  •  On Being Jewish, Christian and Gay
  •  An Introduction to Messianic Prophecies
  •  The Conflict of Isaiah 53

(Talk descriptions appear below; excerpts of talks appear on the Videos page.)

On Being Jewish, Christian and Gay:  One Man’s Faith Journey as an Act of Worship and Spiritual Discovery

This talk centers on Alex’s personal Jewish-Christian pilgrimage.  He shares how he discovered that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah and how his Jewish background has profoundly shaped his perspective and understanding of the Gospel.  Alex also tells the story of how and why he ultimately integrated his rich Christian faith with his sexuality: from initially being taught that to be gay and Christian was a contradiction in terms, to his tenure as a former leader of a so-called ex-gay ministry — during which time he was profiled and gave his testimony as an ex-gay on The 700 Club — to ultimately concluding that the ex-gay route was a biblically-unsound mirage, a specious illusion that deceitfully draws people not to a life-giving oasis, but to a deeper and deeper spiritual desert.  Alex also explains how the integration of his Christian faith, Jewish roots and sexuality deepened his desire to know how to responsibly interpret the Bible and ultimately led to his Master’s degree from Westminster Theological Seminary.

An Introduction to Messianic Prophecies

Old Testament messianic prophecy and New Testament fulfillment is one of the most compelling evidences of the Christian faith.  This talk is drawn from the 13-week Christian education series Alex developed on Old Testament messianic prophecies that were fulfilled at the first coming of Christ.  Alex covers what messianic prophecies are, how they developed over time and history through “progressive revelation” and gradually moved toward the great Incarnation when the dream and hope of all the prophets were realized. He delves into the Jewish expectation of a Messiah and demonstrates through the Bible how the Jews of Jesus’ day were waiting expectantly for the One the Hebrew prophets had spoken about.  Alex also sheds light on why, if all these prophecies were so readily available, did so many of the Jews of Jesus’ day not recognize him when he came and why Christ continues to be rejected as Messiah by many Jewish people even today.

The Conflict of Isaiah 53

The Hebrew Scriptures paint a two-fold picture of the promised Messiah who would one day set foot onto the stage of human history.  While many prophecies portray him as a conquering king who will set up the messianic kingdom of peace and prosperity, others depict him as a suffering servant who will suffer humiliation, physical harm and finally, a violent death.  In this talk, Alex explores this conflict which is most clearly illustrated in Isaiah 53, the passage regarded as the most important of all messianic prophecies.  Few prophets are as detailed in their predictions about the coming Messiah as Isaiah.  In fact, the book of Isaiah is so rich in prophecy it has been called the “Mt. Everest of prophetic literature” — and if the book of Isaiah is Mt. Everest, then surely the 53rd chapter is the summit.  This talk is drawn from a 13-week Christian education series Alex developed on Old Testament messianic prophecies fulfilled at the first coming of Christ, a series he developed to help the Church better understand her rich Jewish roots, and to help other Jewish people understand Jesus as their Jewish Messiah.

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