Ezra Benjamin and Carly Berna, your hosts of the brand-new A Jew & A Gentile Discuss podcast, introduce themselves and explain what makes this podcast so different.
Ezra is the Jewish half of the conversation. He and his family celebrate Jewish holidays, including Chanukah and Passover. After earning a degree in Business and Finance, Ezra worked for a faith-based non-profit in the Chicagoland area. When he volunteered on a Medical Outreach with Jewish Voice Ministries International, Ezra sensed God calling him to make a neglected aspect in the Christian non-profit world a priority in his life: Jewish ministry.
Ezra began working for Jewish Voice in 2010 and has spent the last decade leading 40-some Medical Outreaches to the “Lost Tribes of Israel” living in Central Asia, India, Africa and beyond.
Carly is a Gentile Christian who celebrates Christmas and Easter. She’s been working for Jewish Voice for over seven years in a role that connects people who care about the mission of Jewish Voice – which is to transform lives and see all Israel saved – to the organization so they can live out their mission through what we’re doing.
Carly earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Business. She worked at a Phoenix-area non-profit and tried her hand at starting her own business. She is currently in seminary because she loves learning.
In this 8-minute introductory episode of A Jew & A Gentile Discuss, Carly and Ezra share their common ground as believers in Jesus as the Messiah and let you know what you can expect from the podcast. Highlights include:
- Helping you understand what’s going on in the world from a biblical worldview
- Relevant topics of today and what they have to do with the Bible and tenets of our faith
- The backgrounds of Christianity and Messianic Judaism and what they mean for us today
- Equipping you with tools to better understand the Christians and Jewish people in your life
- Presenting opportunities to get involved in what God is doing with Israel and the Jewish people around the world
While discussing the podcast’s purposes, Ezra and Carly give you a taste of what’s to come on A Jew & A Gentile Discuss as they break out to talk about the meaning of Romans 1:16 and it’s often overlooked phrase declaring the Gospel is “to the Jew first.” Ezra brings out the Greek concept of “necessary firstness.”
As you listen to this short introductory episode, you’ll get a taste of what’s to come in future episodes. For more information about A Jew & A Gentile Discuss, go to www.ajewandagentilediscuss.org.