[Addendum, April 9, 2013: A week ago I did a podcast interview (“Extraordinary Intelligence“) where the host asked me about the Hebrew Roots Movement. I made the comment that I didn’t think all the HRM was cultish legalists or bizarre. Apparently someone in that movement heard something in my words that I didn’t say, and has posted something online about my interview. I don’t have a URL for this (apparent?) quotation, but someone who follows my work sent me this excerpt:
People in the “Hebrew Roots Movement” are not all cultish legalists looking for the next wave. Michale definitely got it right, at least for me, when he talked about churches lacking content, and Christians being bored there. I truly believe people moving in this direction are simply following the leading of the Holy Spirit, away from mainstream religion, and finding in God’s Word a way to make the home the centre of faith instead of a building.
For the record, while this quotation (?) does get me right that I don’t think all HRM folks are cultish legalists, I did not say, nor would I say, that people are going to the HRM because they are being led there by the Holy Spirit. I’m guessing they do get bored with church as usual, but I don’t believe the HRM is some Spirit-anointed movement. The fact that my interview would be distorted (something that never seems to happen with unbelievers when I go on those talk shows) tells me that some in the HRM have an integrity problem. MSH]
I’m not that familiar (or interested) in the Hebrew roots movement, but in the past month or so I’ve gotten several emails about it and its ideas. I’m presuming that not everyone associated with the movement thinks as poorly or oddly as the folks I’ve been directed to for commentary on their teachings. At least I hope that’s the case. If anyone can tell me what drives this bunch, feel free.
Anyway, a lot of the consternation has been about Rob Skiba and Russ Houck and their Christian (?) or Hebrew (?) or Pagan (?) denial of Trinitarianism. Others have commented on him at length, so I’m directing readers to that work. Cris Putnam has put a good deal of effort into this movement, as has Natalina at the Extraordinary Intelligence blog. The arguments by the Hebrew roots writers are deeply flawed and propelled by non sequiturs. My impression is that the arguments are old and deeply flawed, almost as though the point is “hey, look at us over here – we can argue as poorly about Christology as the Zeitgeist folks.”