David Brickner | San Francisco

Executive Director, Missionary

David Brickner is executive director of Jews for Jesus. David oversees the world-wide ministry from its headquarters in San Francisco. David received his Master’s degree in Missiology with a concentration in Jewish Evangelism and Judaic Studies from the Fuller School of World Mission. He has authored several books, and has been interviewed on national television shows such as Larry King Live. David’s daughter Ilana is a graduate of Biola. His son Isaac is on the missionary staff of Jews for Jesus. Isaac and his wife Shaina have one daughter, Nora, and a son, Levy, which makes David part of the grandparent club, a membership he is very proud of. See more here.

The Gospel in Yom Kippur Prayers
September 18, 2019
Author: David Brickner

Discover Jewish prayers that will remind you of gospel grace!

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Opposition Equals Opportunity
August 5, 2019
Author: David Brickner

It might not feel like it, but every knock can actually be a boost. Here’s an example that we hope will encourage you.

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He Must Increase and I Must Decrease
August 1, 2019
Author: David Brickner

John the Baptist was onto something that will help us face whatever changes come our way. Find out more.

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Tough Questions to Help Soften Our Hearts
Author: David Brickner

God can use your honest answers to these questions to transform your life. Breathe, pray, and read more.

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Almost Persuaded? Being Content With Our Role in God’s Plan of Salvation
July 1, 2019
Author: David Brickner

David Brickner’s perspective on sharing the gospel is liberating – and absolutely scriptural.

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Pentecost: A Reason to Remember
May 1, 2019
Author: David Brickner

How looking back can help us move forward.

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Jews for Jesus in Jerusalem: Season Two
April 10, 2019
Author: David Brickner

Find out how thousands of conversations in 2018 led to these fruits in 2019.

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The Great Innovator: God’s Redemption Defies Expectation
March 19, 2019
Author: David Brickner

God defies human expectations as He meets the deepest human needs, and invites His people to do likewise. That’s why innovation and creativity are a must when it comes to making the gospel known.

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He has put eternity in our hearts
February 14, 2019
Topics: eternal life
Author: David Brickner

What is the gift, the mystery and the promise of Eternity? (Hint: it’s not cologne). In times of loss, what we believe about eternity comes to the surface.

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Christians’ responses to anti-Semitism: the worst and the best
January 18, 2019
Topics: anti-semitism
Author: David Brickner

Entire Christian denominations have abandoned God’s call to share the good news with Jewish people. They may believe they are fighting anti-Semitism but could it be that they are unintentionally promoting a subtler form of it?

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What Will Happen This Year? A New Year’s reflection
December 11, 2018
Author: David Brickner

Jews for Jesus executive director writes frankly about what awaits in 2019.

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Joy to Jerusalem: A Christmas Reflection
November 13, 2018
Topics: jerusalem, christmas, joy
Author: David Brickner

Most people confuse joy with feelings of satisfaction and personal well-being based on favorable circumstances or fun occasions. But circumstances can change and occasions can disappoint. Joy is different.

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Figs for Jesus: what about that curse?
October 22, 2018
Author: David Brickner

The incident of Jesus and the fig tree is controversial and has generated heated debates. Find out what Jews for Jesus executive director thinks about it.

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The Perspective Corrective: if you need a reason to be thankful
September 17, 2018
Topics: gratitude
Author: David Brickner

Jews for Jesus executive director offers some surprising thoughts about gratitude just in time for Thanksgiving.

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What’s New in the (Jewish) New Year?
August 27, 2018
Author: David Brickner

David Brickner invites you to celebrate the Jewish New Year as well as the new things God is doing in Jews for Jesus.

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Leaders Matter: Jews for Jesus team at the top
July 24, 2018
Author: David Brickner

Thanks to God and those who pray and support us, Jews for Jesus has grown. That growth has opened up new leadership needs and opportunities, and we are eager to introduce you to the leaders who are taking on new roles in our ministry!

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Two Hebrew Words that Jews for Jesus Wants You to Know
June 19, 2018
Author: David Brickner

We are finding ways to integrate projects that we launched in Jerusalem into our ministry worldwide!

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Beginning in Jerusalem: The Big Reveal!
May 31, 2018
Author: David Brickner

We just celebrated a very special Shavuot—one unlike any in the history of Jews for Jesus! Find out what happened this past Shavuot and what made it historic for our ministry.

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For Zion’s sake: the significance of Jerusalem
April 19, 2018
Topics: jerusalem
Author: David Brickner

What is the significance of Jerusalem? Read a clear and concise reflection by David Brickner, Jews for Jesus executive director.

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Anchors: the Jews for Jesus strategy
March 29, 2018
Author: David Brickner

Anchors are important to the mission of any ship for stability in a storm, or to hold steady while unloading precious cargo.  Jews for Jesus also has specific anchors that help us with our mission.

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Jews for Jesus: Our Approach
March 1, 2018
Author: David Brickner

Jews for Jesus: Our Approach Over the last two months I have shared with you our recently refreshed Jews for Jesus mission statement and core values. This month I am writing about our approach. Our approach has been the same all along, but we’ve never formalized a...

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Jews for Jesus Core Values
February 1, 2018
Author: David Brickner

These core values explain what makes Jews for Jesus tick.

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Jews for Jesus mission statement changed in 2018
January 1, 2018
Author: David Brickner

How and why has Jews for Jesus changed the wording of our mission statement?

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The Best Gift Ever: A Meaningful December Tradition
December 1, 2017
Author: David Brickner

Find out how David Brickner’s father instilled in his children a sense of anticipation and wonder at Christmas.

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God Chose You—To Be Fruitful!
November 1, 2017
Topics: evangelism
Author: David Brickner

When God works in and through us by the power of His Holy Spirit, the result is supernatural and eternal fruit! What does that mean for you?

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Repentance: Is it your lifestyle?
October 1, 2017
Author: David Brickner

Do you have a wrong impression of God, sin and repentance? Increase your understanding and receive the blessings God has for those who embrace repentance as a lifestyle.

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How You Can Bring Peace to a Restless World
September 1, 2017
Author: David Brickner

What is peace, where does it come from and how do we get it?

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THE JOURNEY: LEAVING LIFE AS USUAL FOR THE SAKE OF THE GOSPEL
August 1, 2017
Author: David Brickner

Pray for our Jews for Jesus team as they witness to Israelis in India, and think about how God might be calling you out of your comfort zone to share the gospel with others.

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Shouted Down
June 1, 2017
Author: David Brickner

When people try to prevent others from hearing a message, it often has the opposite effect . . . and the more so if the message happens to be the gospel!

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Can Israel Survive ISIS
Author: David Brickner

Today’s threat from ISIS is not the first time Israel has faced radical fundamentalism from Syria. The modern-day fundamentalism is a flash forward of what the prophet Daniel predicted (and which came to pass in the second century b.c.). But today’s existential threat to Israel is building to a far greater crisis.

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Go Ahead. Be Provocative! (In a Romans 11:11 way)
May 1, 2017
Author: David Brickner

God has tasked Gentile Christians with making Jewish people jealous—of their relationship with God! We’d like to encourage you to do that, and we have some resources that can help.

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The Language of Prayer, Proclamation and Praise
April 1, 2017
Topics: praise, prayer
Author: David Brickner

Diverse languages, once a curse, are now a blessing. Read this month’s reflections by David Brickner, executive director of Jews for Jesus.

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A Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism
March 1, 2017
Author: David Brickner

A reporter for The Forward, a well-known Jewish newspaper based in New York City, asked what Jews for Jesus does to combat anti-Semitism. Among other things, we explained our commitment to inform Christian friends like you about this scourge wherever it raises its ugly head.

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Hope for a New Year
January 1, 2017
Author: David Brickner

As we start the year with fresh hope, it seems like the odds are stacked against us. According to a recent U.S. News & World Report study, eighty percent of New Year’s resolutions are bound to fail. Even in light of that number, I’m not a cynic—I’m an optimist....

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Hurt, humility and honor
September 1, 2016
Topics: healing, humility
Author: David Brickner

One of my favorite Bible stories is the unlikely tale of two lives unexpectedly entwined through terrible tragedy and profound desperation. It’s a story of surprising twists and transforming faith, and you’ll find it in 2 Kings, chapter 5. The story opens with Naaman, commander of the Syrian army, and a young Israeli servant.

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Catastrophe and Communion: Reflections on Tisha b’Av
August 1, 2016
Author: David Brickner

This month many Jewish people will join in mourning over an especially tragic date. According to Jewish tradition,Tisha b’Av—or the ninth day of the month of Av—is the date of destruction for both the first and second temples in Jerusalem.

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Our Mysterious Family
July 1, 2016
Author: David Brickner

All believers – Jews and Gentiles—have been adopted into God’s forever family

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Jews for Jesus Leader Denounces Vatican Statement on Jewish Evangelism
December 11, 2015
Author: David Brickner

The Vatican’s Commission for Religious Relations with Jews released a comprehensive document on Catholic-Jewish relations on December 10 which calls on the Catholic Church to “neither conduct nor support any specific institutional mission work directed towards Jews.”

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A Great Miracle Happened Here
November 23, 2015
Author: David Brickner

God sometimes performs miracles for an audience of one, but His miracles for the multitudes are also meant to be taken personally.

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Prodigals Do Come Home
April 21, 2015
Author: David Brickner

If your heart has ever been broken over a young person who wandered away from the faith and is now living as though God does not exist, we hope this encourages you!

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A cup of cold water
August 19, 2014
Author: David Brickner

How do we proclaim the gospel in word and deed and what does it really mean to give a cup of cold water in Jesus’ name?

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Harsh Words
June 17, 2014
Author: David Brickner

The purpose of truth telling is not to offend, but Jesus Himself knew that some would take offense at His sayings. We should not seek to offend people . . . but do we avoid it at all costs?

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Dystopia: the truth behind the fiction
April 8, 2014
Author: David Brickner

The popularity of dystopian books and movies like Hunger Games and Divergent raises interesting questions for followers of Jesus who wish to make Christ known. Explore ways that you can join the conversation!

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Where was God?
March 11, 2014
Author: David Brickner

One of the most disturbing questions gnawing at the edges of Jewish consciousness is “where was God when the six million died?” David Brickner gives a straightforward perspective on a subject many Christians avoid.

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A Promise Kept
November 8, 2013
Author: David Brickner

How do you feel when someone makes you a promise and then breaks it? Depending on the importance of the promise or the person, it might be anything from mild disappointment to a deep sense of betrayal. Or maybe you know what it’s like to be the one who broke a...

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Yeshua Loves His Bride
May 9, 2013
Author: David Brickner

“Every bride is beautiful” expresses a sentiment I hope we all can affirm. Though some may have more natural beauty than others, there is something very special about a bride on her wedding day—something that puts a smile on the faces of all who honor her and that newly-formed family she and her groom represent.

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Comparing Evangelism to Farming
May 1, 2013
Author: David Brickner

Jerry was a successful businessman whose wealth had afforded him a comfortable life in the northern suburbs of Chicago. He was also a prominent member of the Jewish community. When he was in his 70s, Jerry retired and handed over his company to his son. That’s...

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Redeemed
March 1, 2013
Author: David Brickner

If you could choose just one word to describe what you want people to know about you, what would it be? Were you surprised by the first thought that came to your mind? Usually what we want others to know about us reflects what we most value in ourselves. All of us are...

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Who is the Shammash?
November 30, 2012
Author: David Brickner

Shammash is a Hebrew word that means servant. In the Jewish community, shammash (also spelled “shammas”) commonly refers to the sexton—the person who manages the synagogue facilities and keeps things running smoothly. In the Middle Ages the term referenced a more...

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Loyal to Whom?
September 30, 2012
Author: David Brickner

My friend and colleague, Jhan Moskowitz has a one-word answer for those who ask, “What is the most difficult obstacle facing a Jewish person considering Christ?” He says, “Loyalty.” He then adds, “Loyalty is a virtue but when employed in the service of a lie, it...

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Messiah in the High Holidays
September 8, 2012
Author: David Brickner

This month, the holiest days of the entire Old Testament calendar will be observed in Jewish communities around the world. They are the Feast of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement, otherwise known as the High Holidays.* God commanded Israel to have “a holy...

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Jewish Hell?
July 7, 2012
Author: David Brickner

Noted British author and journalist G.K. Chesterton was once asked about his views on hell. “While I cannot speak from personal experience,” he replied, “it seems a place to be avoided.” Few would argue with the wit and wisdom of Chesterton on...

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“It Happened at the Time When Kings Go Out To Battle…”
June 1, 2010
Author: David Brickner

Seasons of warfare are unavoidable. In modern (or postmodern) times, many people view the personal quest for spirituality as a road to peace and transcendence, while associating “organized religion” with violence and war.  This view has little to do...

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Mysterious Passover Symbols
April 1, 2010
Author: David Brickner

Passover is a beautiful, often mysterious, celebration. More than any other festival it has been at the heart of the universal Jewish experience, helping to form the core of spiritual identity and pointing inexorably toward the hope of Israel’s salvation. Two...

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Forty-Nine Days of Purpose*
February 1, 2010
Author: David Brickner

The clock is ticking a significant countdown for Israel right now. In fact, this countdown has been an annual event for more than 3,000 years. It is a biblical mandate to mark the time between two important Jewish festivals, Passover, which began at sundown, March 29,...

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Wandering Jews and Others
Author: David Brickner

Tradescantia pallida. It’s not a chant; it is the scientific name for a long, leafy, green, purple and white plant more commonly called the Wandering Jew.  For many years we had one hanging in the family room window of my childhood home. Though the plant...

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O Little Town of Controversy
December 15, 2009
Author: David Brickner

Take a tour to Israel and there is one town you’ll need to think twice about visiting. Jewish tours almost always avoid it, even though it is the birthplace of the greatest ruler in Israel’s ancient history—King David. Christians like to tour there, but it is such a hassle that many settle for a “facsimile.”…

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Festivals of Light
December 1, 2009
Author: David Brickner

December’s landscape is dominated by the artistry of light. In cities and suburbs, from store windows to neighborhoods strung with holiday decor, the beauty and attraction of light is wonderfully inescapable, inviting all to embrace the festive mood. Would that...

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Blow That Trumpet!
September 1, 2009
Author: David Brickner

I am a trumpet player; I grew up practicing, playing and studying to become the best trumpet player I could be. While pursuing a career in orchestral performance at Boston University I was apprehended by God and called into His service. Early on I found many...

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The Ministry of Reconciliation
May 30, 2009
Author: David Brickner

The most proactive group of ambassadors in New York City this month are not representing foreign governments; this despite the conspicuous presence of the United Nations. Instead, they are representing the Creator of the Universe, offering His peace plan: Now then, we...

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How “Christian” is Christian Zionism
March 20, 2009
Author: David Brickner

Click here to download this article in pamphlet format for printing. The National Council of Churches describes Christian Zionism as “a danger to true peace in the Middle East.” Anglican Vicar Stephen Sizer, in his scorching and widely read book, Christian...

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The Day Pentecost Was Fulfilled*
May 29, 2008
Author: David Brickner

This month, the Festival of Pentecost will slip past most Jews and Christians unnoticed; yet it is one of the three most important Festivals in the Old Testament and it marks a pivotal point in the history of Christianity. Allow me to transport you back to that event,...

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Help Me Understand, Please!
February 1, 2007
Topics: moishes musings
Author: David Brickner

Have you ever been angry at a television commercial? Many commercials manipulate people’s emotions and make misleading promises. It is easy to become desensitized to this. However, when I see commercials that make something that is meaningful and noble into a...

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Why I Support Messianic Congregations
September 1, 2004
Author: David Brickner

Why I Support Messianic Congregations Jewish believers in Jesus don’t agree on everything—nor do we need to, as long as we agree on who Yeshua (Jesus) is and what He means to us. Nevertheless, we should do away with disagreements that cause division, especially...

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Christmas Would Be Impossible Without Hanukkah
December 1, 2002
Topics: christmas, hanukkah
Author: David Brickner

Find out why without Hanukkah, there would be no Christmas.

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The Mystery of the Passover Cup
March 1, 2002
Author: David Brickner

What does the Jewish Bible say about the Passover cup’s symbolism and meaning? What blessing can be found in remembering the story of redemption? Read here.

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God Chose You!
February 1, 2002
Topics: valentines day
Author: David Brickner

I frequently meet Christians who exclaim, I wish I were one of the chosen people!” While I appreciate their love of Jewish people, I enjoy pointing out, “If you know Jesus, the Bible says you are one of God’s chosen people.” Then I might add,...

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The Mosque, the Synagogue and the Church
January 1, 2002
Author: David Brickner

Have you noticed? Carefully selected clergy have presided over prayer meetings all across America in the wake of the terrorist tragedy of September 11. Many organizers for such meetings have made a point of having Muslim, Jewish and Christian leaders standing side by...

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The Remnant and the Rest
October 1, 2001
Author: David Brickner

Leftover carpet from the Holy Land? That’s what some expected to find behind the storefront window prominently labeled Israel’s Remnant.” But neither my father, Avi Brickner, nor my grandfather, Fred Kendal, were carpet dealers. My grandfather...

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The Narrow Gate
April 1, 2001
Author: David Brickner

Many churches will move Sunday morning services out of their sanctuaries and into nearby auditoriums and even sports stadiums. Others will add extra services to accommodate an enormous increase in attendance. But only for one day. Easter Sunday. Many who would not...

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Haman and Hitler
March 1, 2000
Author: David Brickner

A 94 year-old Orthodox sage has poured more fuel on the flames of religious controversy in Israel by contending in a sermon that the Holocaust was God’s punishment (on the Jewish people)…” So reported the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in the January 4th...

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Integrity and Faithfulness
July 1, 1999
Author: David Brickner

We all know how upsetting it is to see a believer turn away from Jesus—whether it’s denying the faith outright or committing a grievous sin that shows that person’s heart has strayed far from the Lord. We wonder, How could this have happened?”...

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Jesus as Messiah in the Gospels
Author: David Brickner

An answer to the allegation that Jesus never claimed to be the Messiah.

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Christ in the Feast of Hanukkah
December 1, 1998
Author: David Brickner

Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the Temple, in Solomon’s porch” John 10:22-3 That is the only biblical reference to a well-known winter holiday that Jesus celebrated, a holiday many will celebrate...

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Reversing the Curse of Babel
May 1, 1998
Author: David Brickner

You probably know that many churches will be celebrating Pentecost Sunday on May 24—but did you know that the original Day of Pentecost” fell during the Jewish celebration of Shavuos? Shavuos (pronounce shah voo ohs), sometimes called Pentecost, is one of...

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No Coincidence
March 1, 1998
Author: David Brickner

This month, Jewish people around the world celebrate the festival of Purim (pronounced poor-im”). The holiday commemorates God’s deliverance of the Jewish nation as recounted in the Book of Esther. This joyous time is filled with games and fun, and the...

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Seven Reasons Why I Love the Church
February 1, 1998
Author: David Brickner

Christianity Today recently published a feature article titled, 100 Things the Church is Doing Right.”* That article started me thinking about all the things I love about God’s people, the Church. We don’t have a full magazine to develop the idea,...

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Jewish Resistance to the Gospel
November 20, 1997
Author: David Brickner

November 20, 1997 Paper presented to the Evangelical Missiological Society Santa Clara CA, November 20-22, 1997 Copyright © 1997 by David N. Brickner INTRODUCTION An oft told joke within the Jewish community opens with four Russian Jews on a train. It seems that each...

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Tabernacle of Peace
October 1, 1997
Topics: sukkot
Author: David Brickner

Imagine yourself seated in a room about 7 feet square in size. The walls and roof are thatched, made of loosely woven branches of willow, myrtle and palm trees. The air is fragrant with freshly picked fruit. You look up to see fresh dates, pomegranates, bananas and...

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Out of Egypt
April 1, 1997
Topics: passover
Author: David Brickner

A Passover riddle to ponder: when does a haven of safety become a house of slavery? Along with that riddle, I’ll pose one of the most difficult commands for believers in Jesus to get straight: how to be in the world but not of it. It is a challenging paradox....

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The Power of Thanksgiving
November 1, 1996
Author: David Brickner

Thanksgiving can change your life. Really. I’m not talking about the holiday, though I know it’s that time of year. I’m talking about being thankful and giving thanks. And if you’re like me, you’ll agree it’s never too early or too...

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Exodus and Exile
April 1, 1989
Author: David Brickner

Since the Diaspora, two major events of Jewish history have encouraged and perplexed the Jewish community. Great and simple minds alike have pondered the significance of the Exodus and the problem of the Exile. The Exodus from Egypt is a theme often repeated in Jewish...

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