Don Finto on “Dangerous Curiosity”

I am big fan of Don Finto, former Senior Pastor of Belmont Church in Nashville.  Don’s current ministry is focused on Israel and embracing Jews who embrace Yeshua as their Lord and Savior.  I have had the joy of traveling in The Land with Don twice. 

Don’s website is  What follows below is his most recent post.  It has nothing to do with Israel but everything to do with walking the faithful walk of integrity before our Lord, our ministry partners, our friends and neighbors.

“Lead us not into temptation.  Deliver us from the Evil One.”

“The thief comes to rob, kill and destroy.”

“Keep you eyes fixed on Jesus.”

May we all be encouraged to ignore the traps the enemy sets for us.

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Are You Willing to Take a Risk of Faith?

You know that famous icebreaker question that goes something like “When is the last time you did something for the first time?  And what was it?” 



What comes to mind?

I asked that question recently at a church staff meeting.  Some of the responses included “Meeting my daughter’s boyfriend,” “Taking guitar lessons,” “Riding a john boat through a Louisiana swamp,” and “Going hang gliding.” 

How about you? 

Doing new things… some of us are wired to enjoy doing new things, others of us are wired to loath doing new things…

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Ronald Family Summer 2009 Reading List


Not sure that we’ll get through all of these… but we will try.  My teenage sons will earn $5 for each book read and reviewed.  I have sought out these recommendations (in random order) from a number of other men with sons to help bring a “well roundedness” to our Christian world view.  Of course there are many other great books out there… many of which we have already read.  This is the current book list…

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Jesus and Passover

Our family is Christian.  I grew up in a Methodist church in Ohio, my wife in a Christian Missionary Alliance congregation in Western New York.  We love and celebrate all that Jesus is and have desired to teach our children about the “Jewishness” of Christianity.  In that spirit, we have celebrated the Jewish holidays that Jesus celebrated… Shabbat, Passover, Purim, Feast of Weeks, Feast of Tabernacles and even Hanukkah.  Tonight we will celebrate Passover with some dear friends.  Here is our family’s Haggadah, or story book, that joyfully celebrates Yeshua in the Passover Seder.   It’s a little long, but it is chock-full of rich ties to Jesus.

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Childhood Memories…

Today’s staff meeting assignment includes a team icebreaker question to describe one of your most memorable experiences as a child.  In general, I had a very blessed childhood.  Three older sisters, mom and dad.  Our very close extended family included Grannie and Grandpa, Grandmother and our only aunt.  There were no cousins since my dad was an only child and my mom’s only sister never married or had children.  When the whole family got together it was just the ten of us. 

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Philosophy of Ministry

Have you ever been challenged to write a “philosophy of ministry?”  Recently I was asked to provide mine. 
And while I know that I have one, I’ve never put down in words.  So I prayed.  And here it is.


“Hear O Israel.  The Lord our God, the Lord is One!  You shall love the Lord your God will all your heart,
with all your soul, with all your strength.”  This is the Shema, the call from Moses in Deuteronomy 6:45. 
Jesus took this to the next level when asked by the pharisees about the greatest commandment by adding
“Love you neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22, Mark 12 and Luke 10).

It is with this conviction that my philosophy of ministry resonates.

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