About the Authors of Bearing the Standard

Charles Henry Mackintosh was born in 1820 in County Wicklow, Ireland. Following a spiritual experience when he was eighteen years old, he ultimately gave himself to “the ministry of the Word” in his mid-twenties, delving heavily into writing and public speaking. CHM, as he was known, participated in the great revival in Ireland of 1859 and 1860, and also edited the periodical Things New and Old for twenty-one years.

Mackintosh is most known for his Notes on the Pentateuch, which begins with a 334 page volume on Genesis, and concludes with a two-volume work on Deuteronomy, spanning more than 800 pages. According to one historian, Mackintosh was “no critical scholar… nevertheless [he] had a marked gift for simple Biblical exposition, and his works on the Pentateuch had an enormous vogue as simple aids to devotional interpretation for the first five books of the Bible.” Seven volumes of his Miscellaneous Writings were also compiled, totaling over 2,500 pages.

Mackintosh was associated with the Plymouth Brethren, a nineteenth century Christian movement that traces its roots back to Dublin, Ireland. The Brethren were characterized by their ardent adherence to Scripture as the sole authority for faith and practice, resulting in their avoidance of many otherwise widely accepted Christian traditions.

Mackintosh died on November 2, 1896, and was buried next to his beloved wife, Emma, in Cheltenham, England.


Kevin Geoffrey, born Kevin Geoffrey Berger, is the firstborn son of a first-generation American, non-religious, Jewish family. Ashamed of his lineage from childhood, he deliberately attempted to hide his identity as a Jew, legally changing his name as a young adult. After experiencing an apparently miraculous healing from an incurable disease, Kevin began to search for God. Eventually, he accepted Yeshua as Messiah, a decision which would ultimately lead him to be restored to his Jewish heritage. Today, Kevin is a strong advocate for the restoration of all Jewish believers in Yeshua to their distinct calling and identity as the faithful remnant of Israel.

In 2006, Kevin was licensed by the International Alliance of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues (IAMCS), and later ordained by Jewish Voice Ministries International. He has been involved in such endeavors as congregational planting, leadership development, and itinerant teaching, but is best known as a writer, having authored seven books to date. In addition to writing about uniquely Messianic Jewish topics, Kevin’s clear and impassioned teachings focus on true discipleship, radical life-commitment to Yeshua, and upholding the Scriptures as God’s perfect standard.

Kevin is a husband, a father, and also the principal laborer of Perfect Word Ministries, a Messianic Jewish equipping ministry. He currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife Esther and their three cherished sons, Isaac, Josiah and Hosea.

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