With special guests Michael and Vanessa Mistretta
What’s it really like to pick up your life and move to Israel? Why would anyone do that? In this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, Carly and Ezra talk with Michael and Vanessa Mistretta about how their very different immigration stories have one thing in common: God calling them.
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Whoa, whoa, whoa. Hold on a second. You’re saying that communion – as in the Christian remembrance of Jesus’ death for us – is Jewish? WHAT? Some things seem distinctly Christian. And communion is one of them, right? It’s just so New Testament that how could it not be? But what if everything about the New Testament practice of communion originated from an ancient Jewish custom commanded by God? Well, that would almost be like God had some intentional plan to connect the two. Ahh, now you’re tracking! In this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, Ezra and Carly engage in an eye-opening conversation that you’re definitely going to want to hear. First, they share their personal stories of understanding communion from their different backgrounds. Then, they dig into: The incredible Jewish context of communion How Messianic Jews observe communion and how often How Jewish observance of Passover relates to the Christian communion Application for Christians today Along the Way You’ll learn a ton of fascinating stuff during their conversation, including: Carly’s, “Do not make a face” experience The connection between Jewish matzah and Jesus’ death A key motivation for this podcast Night, supper, bread, wine and cups – slowing down through this Scripture passage to ask “wait a minute” questions about each phrase – and the fascinating answers to them How the Jewish context provides amazing insight into the words “before” and “after” of the Last Supper account Communion is a commandment to Believers Do Coke and Doritos count? How every year, the worldwide Jewish community goes through communion without even knowing it Encouragement to Christians: Do this! (You’ll be glad you did) How we’re living in an unfinished Passover Seder Words You Might Learn in This Episode Communion, Lord’s Supper, Eucharist, yizkor, Yeshua, Seder, ...
Pentecost? Is that the thing in Acts chapter 2 with the rushing wind, the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues? Well, they’re not going to debate the subject of speaking in tongues, but they are revealing some pretty cool things about how the day of Pentecost – when God gave the Holy Spirit – relates to the Jewish Feast of Shavuot. Whether you’re Jewish or Gentile, there are things in today’s episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss that you probably didn’t know. They cover: What the word Pentecost means Why Pentecost is undercelebrated What Shavuot is and how it’s observed today How Pentecost and the Jewish Feast of Shavuot are related Thoughts about Christians celebrating Shavuot Along the way, you’ll learn other tidbits like: Carly’s memories of Pentecost growing up How Ezra and his wife observe Shavuot The agricultural side of Shavuot What Shavuot has to do with Mount Sinai The difference the Temple – or lack thereof – has made on Shavuot observance Fascinating parallels found between Shavuot and Christianity Invitation vs. obligation ...
In this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, Carly and Ezra conclude their conversation with Jonathan Bernis, President and CEO of Jewish Voice… ...