The Third Temple  The Center for
Messianic Learning 

Unapologetically Pro-Torah
Unashamedly Pro-Israel
Irrevocably Zionist
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“… out of Tziyon will go forth Torah, the word of ADONAI from Yerushalayim.”
(Isaiah 2:3)
Jew and Gentile (Synagogue and Church), one in Messiah. (Ephesians 2:14)
“For He is our peace, Who made both one, and broke down the middle wall of partition, …”

If your life is not in jeopardy for what you believe, you’re probably on the wrong side!
If you “curseGod’s Bride, Israel, you “curse” the God of Israel!
If you don’t believe Genesis 1:1-11:32, how can you possibly believe John 3:16?

“Indeed, all who want to live a godly life united with the Messiah Yeshua will be persecuted.” (2Tim 3:12)
It is what you actually believe that determines how you walk out your faith, “but avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, quarrels and fights about the Torah; because they are worthless and futile.” (Titus 3:9)

Caricature of Rick Sawyer pointing to the paragraphPlease Note: Absolutely nothing on this website should be taken as anti-Church or anti-Rabbinic. I am not anti-anything or anyone. I am only pro-Torah and pro-Truth (see “Philosophy”), but sometimes the Truth upsets our long-held beliefs. I know it certainly upset mine! For example, see “Why Isn’t My Theology Consistent Throughout the Website?”

For Yehovah of Armies says this: “In pursuit of His glory, He sent me against the nations plundering you, for whoever touches you touches the pupil of My eye.” (Zech 2:8)
Illustration of a waving Israel flag   WE STAND WITH ISRAEL, WITHOUT QUESTION!  
Read the UN Report “Sexual Violence in Conflict
Illustration of a waving Israel flag
The UN expert working to end rape during wartime remains gravely concerned for the safety and well-being of hostages still being held by Hamas militants, especially the 15 women captives, 75 days after the extremist group’s brutal incursion into southern Israel.

About Me and What I Believe

The Center for Messianic Learning attempts to teach about HaDerek (The Way), a movement of Jews and Gentiles who now follow the teaching and lifestyle of Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth, as the Yeshua-followers lived in the first and second centuries, and about what Rabbi Sha'ul called the “mystery of the Gospel” (Eph. 6:19): how is it possible for Gentiles to become a part of the Kingdom of God and participate in the Covenants that God made with Israel? We boldly proclaim Yeshua as Israel’s promised Messiah and Savior of the world, and present His mitzvot (instructions or commandments) from their historical Jewish perspective. We are unashamedly pro-Israel, unapologetically pro-Torah, and irrevocably Zionist.

These are the pages in this section.

Welcome to My Website

In these uncertain times, all of us are all looking for something that we can count on, something that will give our lives and our families meaning and stability. We believe that the only “something” that will never fail is a SomeOne-- Yeshua HaNatseret, the Lion of Judah, Israel’s King Messiah, and the living Son of God.

About the Author

Here is a little bit about the fellow who authored 99% of this site’s content.

My Autobiography

I feel that you should probably know about the guy who wrote most of the pages on this website. Here is a fairly complete story of my life as recorded in a three-volume genealogy that I wrote for my family.

My Ministry History

Just a list of congregations and organizations in which I have held specific ministry and leadership positions.

My Teaching

Why my teaching is just a little different from what you might find most places on the internet. It includes a summary of my personal spiritual journey, how I went from being a Baptist pastor to being a Messianic Jewish theologian and rabbi.[1]

My Beliefs

A broad statement of my doctrinal position, which is thoroughly expanded in the Doctrinal Studies materials; what I believe about the Holy Community. Please note: every time I study the Holy Scriptures, my personal theology grows and develops, and therefore changes. Much of the information on this website was developed nearly 40 years ago when I was a Theology Professor in a Baptist-oriented seminary. Please see “Why isn’t my theology consistent throughout this website?

My Career

Here is my complete Curriculum Vitae / Resume.

My Bride

A brief biographical sketch of my helpmeet of blessed memory.

My Bride’s Memorial Page

In memory of a true “Woman of Virtue” (Proverbs 31:10-30).

Who are the Karaites?

“The Karaites are a Jewish sect which does not recognize the authority of the post-Biblical tradition incorporated in the Talmud and in the latter Rabbinic works.” I agree with them in that regard.

Website Philosophy and Organization

A brief explanation of my philosophy and the design and content of the website; it may be helpful if you understand these things about the site.

Ha Derek: What this Website is About

This website is all (well, almost all) about my personal understanding of HaDerek, now called Messianic Judaism, as it was in the first and second centuries (not necessarily how it is practiced in this present day), and about what Rabbi Sha'ul called the “mystery of the Gospel” (Eph. 6:19): i.e., how is it possible for Gentiles to become a part of the Kingdom of God and of the Commonwealth of Israel, and participate in the Covenants that God made with Israel?

Did You Know?

Some interesting facts about the Body of Messiah that you may never have heard before.

Why Learn With Me?

Some reasons you might want to learn with me.

If You Disagree …

If you disagree with my position on any subject, please read this page before you contact me about it.

A Short History of our Natural Health Practice

From about 1992 or 1993 until Barbara’s death in 2008, we operated a Natural Health practice out of our home office.


  1. I am using the term “rabbi” in it’s original linguistic meaning: “teacher.” I am not ordained as a rabbi or trained in the interpretation or appication of Talmud, halakhah, takanot, or minhag. [BACK]

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Anxiously awaiting Mashiach’s return
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SPEEDILY AND IN OUR DAY. MARANA, TA!

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