A Jew and a Gentile Discuss

One is Jewish. One is Gentile. Both believe in Jesus. Join us as we discuss life, faith, prophecy, current events and more. Discover surprising insights and amazing things God is doing around the world.

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November 10, 2020 00:27:09
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S1 EP12 | Elections: Now What? The Week After and Beyond

There’s still some dust in the air, with continued counting, lawsuits and concerns of ballot fraud, but it appears the next President of the United States will be Joe Biden.   Tune in to this episode of A Jew and a Gentile Discuss to hear Carly and Ezra address:  The Jewish response to a Joe Biden win   Joe Biden’s immediate agenda   Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s responses to outgoing President Donald Trump as well as President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris  Topics related to Israel and the Jewish people to pay attention to under a new administration  Overall feelings about democracy and prayer for unity  For more conversations around interesting and relevant topics in our world today, check out additional episodes of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss wherever you listen to your podcasts or right here at www.ajewandagentilediscuss.org.  ...

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November 05, 2020 00:29:17
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S1 EP11 | Oy Vey, It’s Post-Election Day

No, Carly and Ezra aren’t putting on any political commentator hats for this episode, but they’re here to give you a unique perspective on perhaps the most intense presidential election any of us have ever seen.   Listen to them discuss:  How did Jews in America vote?   Did evangelical Christians vote generally conservative??   Will an undecided US election affect Israel?  How will the outcome affect Israel, and how soon will that impact be felt?   With anti-Semitism ramping up around the world, will the election results curtail or inflame it?   This episode is part two of a three-part series where Carly and Ezra discuss the results of this fiery presidential election and encourage you to display unity in Jesus regardless of your political views.  And be sure and watch for part three where they will discuss any further developments and impact from the election results.  For more conversations around intriguing, relevant topics, check out additional episodes of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss wherever you listen to your podcasts or right here at www.ajewandagentilediscuss.org.  ...

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October 27, 2020 00:41:47
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S1 EP10 | US Elections 2020

What is at the top of everyone’s mind in the United States right now (besides the pandemic)? The presidential election, of course! And we wouldn’t want to miss hearing a Jew and a Gentile discuss politics! In this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, co-hosts Carly Berna and Ezra Benjamin talk about some of the heated topics within the upcoming elections.  They discuss:  General voting behavior of Christians and Jews, including the 2016 elections  Each candidate’s views on:  Israel  Anti-Semitism  Jerusalem  One-state or two-state solutions  The important issues that Ezra and Carly consider when voting, including:  Stewardship  Religious freedoms  Poor/underprivileged policy  Identity issues  Constitutional rights  National security  Judeo–Christian values  Our right to vote and its importance  This episode is the beginning of a three-part series where Carly and Ezra will talk about the important issues before the election occurs. The week of the election, they will follow up on what the results mean going forward. And then the week following the election, they will discuss any further developments and impact from the election results.  For more conversations around intriguing, relevant topics, check out additional episodes of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss wherever you listen to your podcasts or right here at www.ajewandagentilediscuss.org.  ...

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October 20, 2020 00:35:28
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S1 EP9 | Jewish Believers in Politics

What are the two topics that society says to avoid if you want to have a peaceful dinner with your extended family? Politics and faith. Well, in this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, co-hosts Carly Berna and Ezra Benjamin welcome Aaron Baer to talk about both. Why? Because it’s important stuff, and as Ezra puts it, hey, “we like to discuss!” We value our right to vote, and, if we’re diligent, we perceive it as a serious responsibility. But how many of us are willing to get in the trenches and fight the fights? Thank the Lord some Believers do just that. Aaron Baer is one of them. Aaron is the CEO of Citizens for Community Values (CCV), Ohio’s largest Christian public policy organization. He joins A Jew and A Gentile Discuss to share what it’s like to be a Jewish Believer and in the thick of things politically. Aaron answers questions about: How he got involved in politics His background of coming to faith in Jesus from his Jewish background What it’s like being a committed Believer in the middle of American politics How he engages people on the other side of the political aisle who want to play by different rules How his support of Israel comes to bear in his day-to-day political life Will the U.S. remain a nation of Judeo-Christian values? How his perspective as a Jewish Believer affects his thinking and involvement with politics Navigating hot button issues like abortion while staying true to his convictions Raising a family as a Jewish Believer married to a Gentile Christian Advice for other couples where one is a Jewish Believer and one a Gentile Believer What faith-based issue should Americans be paying attention to regarding the upcoming 2020 ...

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October 13, 2020 00:49:09
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S1 EP8 | Sabbath: To Keep It or Not. That is the Question!

The Sabbath: It’s the fourth commandment, but is it relevant today? Is it Saturday, or did it change to Sunday after Jesus’ resurrection? And are Jewish people really forbidden to drive a car and turn on a light switch on the Sabbath? What exactly is the Sabbath, and are we obligated to observe it?   In this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, Carly and Ezra tackle the subject of Shabbat, the Hebrew word for Sabbath, and reveal their different interpretations of it. They start by explaining the basic concept of the Sabbath, what it means and its biblical origin.   Carly asks why Jewish people pick and choose what to obey, citing strict observance of Shabbat but not other laws, particularly the sacrifices. And Ezra wonders why Christians feel obliged to follow the 10 Commandments but not necessarily the one about Shabbat.   You’ll hear Ezra’s reasons for his literal interpretation that, for Jewish people, Shabbat means Saturday and how it is also a covenant between God and the Jewish people.   Carly presents the idea that Jesus treated the Sabbath differently than the other nine commandments ­ – working, healing, and gleaning on Shabbat – and that it was intended to foreshadow the rest we find in Jesus. Ezra reveals his understanding of Jesus’ interactions with the Pharisees regarding the Sabbath.   As they discuss, you’ll also hear about: Why it’s OK for Believers to disagree about scriptural interpretations of the Sabbath Why Jewish people are not to drive or use electricity on Shabbat Various degrees of observance among Jewish people Whether observing the Sabbath on another day is OK 3 essential reasons for Jewish people observing Shabbat Why a Jewish day starts at sundown and what that means to ...

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October 06, 2020 00:44:33
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S1 EP7 | Indigenous Jewish Ministry: Where, Why, How

How do you take the Gospel to other cultures and countries and then train indigenous leaders to tend their flocks without expecting them to look, think and worship like you do? In this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, co-hosts Carly Berna and Ezra Benjamin welcome special guest Troy Wallace for some experienced insight into the subject of indigenous Jewish ministry. Troy is Vice President of Congregation and Leadership Development at Jewish Voice Ministries International.   And here’s an interesting fact: Troy’s not Jewish. Huh? He plants Messianic Jewish congregations and trains Messianic Jewish leaders, but he’s not Jewish himself? Yep, and when you hear his unique background, family and qualifications – especially as Carly puts him on the hot seat about that very question – you’ll see why Jewish people are willing to have him minister to them.  Interview questions include:  What is the Messianic Movement, and what is a Messianic Jewish community?  What does a Messianic Jewish congregation in America look like?  How would you find a Messianic Jewish congregation, and are Gentiles welcome to attend?  What does a Messianic Jewish congregation in Africa look like?  Can Jewish Believers just go to one of the great existing Christian churches like the rest of us? Why go to all the trouble of planting Messianic congregations and training leaders?  How are we to think about a Messianic Jewish expression of faith in the context of cultures very different from the primarily European or Ashkenazi Jewish culture we know here in America?  How did Jewish Voice find these African Jewish communities? How do you ...

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