What is The Oasis?
It is a place where the Jewish and Christian world converge. It is (hopefully) a place where the dry and thirsty soul can find nourishment, encouragement, and strength. Hence the name, which is birthed from the scripture passage I have highlighted (Is.41:17-20). This passage is a vision which I believe God gave me nearly two decades ago and a good summary of what’s going on here on this site.
It is an attempt to recapture what was lost when the sect of Judaism known as the Way slowly and rather awkwardly split away and became (ultimately) something entirely other than Judaism, and even began to identify itself as distinct from that which it came from.
It is a collection of written and audio material that wrestles with this problem.
This is a safe zone for both Jews, Christians and others to wrestle with the Bible and with faith in an intellectually stimulating format, without fear of marginalization from their present community.
What do I believe?
I believe that there is only One True God, the God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob. This is the God that the apostles worshiped, and the God of Jesus, who is God’s Anointed Messiah; His Son. Beyond that, let’s not go there at the moment. I would prefer that you simply engage with some of the material and then ask questions if you want to know more. You won’t find a “statement of faith” here. This is about learning, not declaring creedal formulas.
The apostles were Jewish men, following a Jewish Messiah, and their theology and worldview were entirely Jewish.
Oasis is a place where the perspective of the apostles is considered gold, and I mine the depths of scholarship and tradition to discover it, wherever it may be found, whether that is in Jewish or Christian commentaries, Talmud, apocryphal works from the period, my own study, or what have you.
I generally am conservative and rational in my approach to teaching and writing, meaning I like to keep my feet on the ground. I love a good mystical extrapolation, but when it comes to application and doctrine, I much prefer a solid, well-thought-out position over a “God showed me this” approach.
I have no official affiliation with any particular branch of either Christianity or Judaism. Truth can be found in many places. It is up to us to discern what to keep and what to toss.
There are others that you will find contributing to this site periodically. These folks are on this journey with me. Some are family. Some are friends. Some are just really neat people that I wanted to introduce you to.
Hope you enjoy hanging around. I’m thrilled you stopped by.