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.

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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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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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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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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