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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 recent graduate of Biola. His son, Isaac is on the missionary staff of Jews for Jesus. Isaac and his wife, Shaina, have one daughter, Nora, which makes David part of the grandparent club, a membership he is very proud of. See more here.

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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Shouted Down
May 2, 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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Go Ahead. Be Provocative! (In a Romans 11:11 way)
April 18, 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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A Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism
February 27, 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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The Language of Prayer, Proclamation and Praise
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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God alone is the source.

True Love
January 19, 2017
Author: David Brickner

Some declarations of love are not exactly honest and may actually be harmful—even if that’s not what would-be lovers intend.

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Hope for a new year

Hope for a New Year
December 15, 2016
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. But my hope is grounded in […]

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Weird New York T-shirts

Weird
November 16, 2016
Author: David Brickner

  “You’re weird!” she blurted out to me. I was in the fifth grade and was trying to win a young girl’s affection. Her remark assaulted my confidence, so I slunk away hot-faced with embarrassment. I thought about this incident recently when I participated in a special Jews for Jesus outreach in New York City. One […]

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Making God smile
November 15, 2016
Author: David Brickner

It’s only human to focus on our problems, of course. But no matter what problems we may be facing, we still have so many reasons to thank God.

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A triple play
September 22, 2016
Author: David Brickner

With the World Series coming up, some might wonder if by “triple play” I mean that most rare event that makes baseball fans cheer ecstatically. I am an avid fan, but I’m actually referring to a Jewish triple play—because it’s rare that all three of the Fall Feasts of Israel occur in the month of October. Don’t worry, I’m not going to pronounce the end of the world… though there is plenty of prophetic significance to these feasts.

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Hurt, humility and honor
August 29, 2016
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
July 25, 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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The Cost of Reconciliation
June 1, 2016
Author: David Brickner

Do you know that even today, some scorn Christianity because we are required to forgive our enemies? They just don’t realize that apart from Jesus, we are all enemies of God!

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Loving the Gospel
March 23, 2016
Author: David Brickner

I recently asked our Jews for Jesus leadership team to be intentional in finding ways to encourage one another, recognizing that we live in an age of cynicism. We agreed that we want to consciously guard against that culture seeping into our own hearts and communities, and to help one another remember that it “should not be so among us.”

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Life from the Dead
February 22, 2016
Author: David Brickner

This is the message of hope and life that everyone needs!

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College Search
January 26, 2016
Author: David Brickner

Campus outreach is part of our ministry’s DNA. Here’s why we’re doing the same thing differently

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The Unchanging Resolution
Author: David Brickner

David’s thoughts for the new year include a commitment to staying the same by being different.

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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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