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February 22, 2022 00:24:51
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S2 EP4 | Why Was Jesus Late to Lazarus?

“But wait, there’s more!” That could have been a good title for this podcast conversation. In this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, Ezra and Carly dive into the reason why Jesus seemingly dawdled in going to His friend Lazarus after hearing he was dying. Mary and Martha had sent urgent word to Jesus to come and heal their brother, but Jesus didn’t even leave where He was for a few days. Why? He showed up “late,” and Lazarus was long dead. You may be familiar with the story and know that Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. It’s a dramatic account and a pretty substantial reason for His initial delay, right? But wait, there’s more! More than you know. Carly and Ezra discuss: Was Jesus “late”? Why the fourth day of the story is so important to the Jewish audience and why it should be important for Christians too The Christian mindset and common takeaway from Lazarus’ resurrection How the four-day understanding relates to Jesus’ resurrection We can do the math, and Friday to Sunday doesn’t equal three days and three nights. What gives? An encouraging application for your everyday faith-life, gleaned from the Lazarus story Along the Way As they discuss, some pretty great insights emerge: Application vs. Interpretation How the meaning of the Lazarus story radically changes when you know the Jewish context – as Ezra would say, “Insert mind-blown emoticon here.” (It was a huge takeaway for Carly.) Don’t pass up these four words the apostle Paul used – they mean a ton! What the Day of Preparation is Ezra’s theory about Good Friday Watching out for Christianese and glossing over what the Bible actually says An appeal to our Jewish audience: If you’re going to do “this,” make sure ...

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February 15, 2022 00:29:14
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S2 EP3 | What Jewish People Wish the Church Understood

The world includes a lot of cultures, right? But when you think about it, it also has a ton of sub-cultures, and each one has its own nuances, understandings and interpretations. What’s said in one micro-culture – even within the same country, state or region – might mean something completely different to another. How on earth are we supposed to get along and be on the same page together? When it comes to all things Jewish and Christian, that’s what this podcast is here for. (Ezra and Carly to the rescue!) In this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, Carly asks Ezra to talk about three things he believes the Jewish community would like Christians to understand about them. As a bonus, she asks what the Messianic Jewish community wishes the Church grasped about Jewish Believers. Along the Way Along the way, they bring out some great things to help bridge the gap. Things like: A great metaphor Ezra heard, describing Jews and Gentiles, the Bible and a Broadway show How, just because Christians can look backward with a clear vision, doesn’t mean Jewish people can look forward with the same clarity An expression of Judaism that Jews don’t recognize Discussing the Jewish roots of New Testament faith doesn’t always open the door to understanding Advice for Christians regarding sharing their faith with Jewish people An appeal to Jewish people to consider Christian history from a different angle Why some copies of the Scriptures in synagogues go straight from Isaiah 52 to Isaiah 54 Why you can’t “convince someone to faith” The dangerous miscommunication that happens when Christians use the word “convert” with Jewish people The cultural mountain that hinders Jewish people from seeing Jesus in Isaiah 53 What the ...

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February 08, 2022 00:29:46
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S2 EP2 | Why Are Christians Acting Like Jews?

So, you run across a person you know is Gentile but who wears a Star of David, a prayer shawl and says and does Jewish things. And you just don’t get it. Wait, what? Why…? Huh? Or maybe you’re one of those people; you’re Gentile, and you love Israel and the Jewish people just like the Bible says you should. So, what’s the problem, right? In this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, Carly and Ezra dig into the subject of “Jewish affinity” to sort out the questions and mysteries surrounding it. They challenge both sides with pointed questions and insights. Join them as they discuss: What “Jewish affinity” is and where it sometimes comes from Biblical examples of Jesus being Jewish Where the words Jew and Jewish come from Invitation vs. obligation regarding Jewish observance The line where Jewish things could become not so good for Gentiles Along the Way As always, as the conversation progresses, some great insights emerge, like: Flipping the script on perceived weirdness of a Jewish affinity due to mixed marriage Jesus not only “was” Jewish, Jesus “is” Jewish Interesting tidbit about how the “Lost Tribes of Israel” identify themselves Three questions Ezra answers with: “I absolutely do,” “No, I don’t,” and “Sure, I do” The two types of “Why” questions Gentiles should ask themselves about participating in Jewish things Do Christians earn anything in God’s eyes by doing Jewish things? Reasons why Messianic Judaism may have gotten a bad rap among the Christian community Caution about fair-weather alignment with the Jewish people Loving Jewish things but not Jewish people – Ouch! – Good point of self-examination Words You Might Learn in This Episode Rabbi, rabboni, Yehuda, Ani Yehuda, Bnei Menashe, Cohen/Kohanim, Lost Tribes, “scattered Jewish communities,” WWJD, Shabbat, tallit, mezuzah, ...

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February 01, 2022 00:31:53
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S2 EP1 | Jewish in America – What the Pew Survey Missed

Welcome back to A Jew and A Gentile Discuss! We’re excited to begin Season 2 of conversations between Ezra and Carly – a Jew and a Gentile who both believe in Jesus. And now you can also watch A Jew and A Gentile Discuss on YouTube! Season 2 begins with our co-hosts pulling out some interesting data from the recent Pew Survey about American Jews. They discover some basic statistics that bring up a lot of curious questions. Join them as they talk about: The number of Jewish people in America You’re Jewish, but what religion do you identify with? Did God give the Land of Israel to the Jewish people? Is observing the Law part of being Jewish? Can a Jew believe in Jesus? What the survey means by “Jewish background” The percentage of Jewish people in mixed marriages What “Jewish affinity” means in Pew language Along the Way You’ll also get interesting insight into things like: A survey result that surprised Carly but not Ezra 3 things about Judaism and how they affect survey stats What twice as many evangelical Christians say about Israel as compared to Jewish people A negative statistic with positive undertones (Ezra wants to dance) What Scripture says about Jewish identity that the Pew Survey doesn’t Who are the millions “not Jewish enough” to be counted What should you do as a Christian if you have friends of a Jewish background An appeal to Jewish listeners: Ponder this challenging question An appeal to Christian listeners: Consider this aspect of individuals’ unique faith stories Words You Might Learn in This Episode Rabbinic authorities, secular, Jewish background, Jewish affinity Scriptures Referenced in This Episode Romans 11:29, Deuteronomy 18:15 Previous Episodes Recommended EP025 – Let’s Call It Ezra’s Story EP022 – I’m a Christian with a Jewish Background – Now What? EP003 ...

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January 26, 2022 00:01:20
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S2 EP0 | Season 2 Starts Next Week!

A Jew and A Gentile Discuss Podcast Season 2 is right around the corner! Tune-in on Tuesday, February 1st for the first episode of the new season.  In the meantime, Ezra and Carly share a sneak preview of what's coming up. ...

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August 10, 2021 00:12:28
S1 EP51 | Celebrating One Year – Happy Birthday, A Jew and A Gentile Discuss!

S1 EP51 | Celebrating One Year – Happy Birthday, A Jew and A Gentile Discuss!

Can you believe it’s been a year? Well, almost. September 1 marks the 1-year birthday of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss podcast. In this episode, Carly and Ezra talk about the past year’s podcasts – which included everything from fun holiday foods to Gaza’s attack on Israel to living out your faith as a Jewish person who loves Jesus or a Gentile Christian who loves Israel and the Jewish people. Hear some of their favorite episodes, funny stories, and the things they love best about engaging with you, the listening audience, as they wrap up Season 1 with a look back at a year’s worth of discussions. ◦◦◦ Thanks for a fantastic Season 1! Stay in touch! Follow and engage with us on social media under the handle A Jew and A Gentile Discuss. If you’re new here, check out past episodes at A Jew and A Gentile Discuss. We’ll be back in early 2022 with Season 2, so stay tuned. Subscribe to A Jew and A Gentile Discuss wherever you get your podcasts, so you don’t miss a single episode! And if you would, leave a review and share the podcast with people you know to help spread the word. Don’t forget how much we love hearing from you. We read every email, comment and review. Your questions often turn into future episodes, so ask away! Stop by our website to leave your comment or submit a question. Please consider supporting the podcast with a financial gift to keep the conversations going. And don’t forget to enter to win a free bag of Lost Tribes Coffee Co. coffee in our monthly giveaway. This podcast is a production of ...

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