Sunday, April 28, 2013

Jeff Koch Interview

Today's show features the music of Jeff Koch.  Jeff Koch is a singer/songwriter making spiritually themed roots-rock music reminiscent of Eric Clapton, Jack Johnson, and Cat Stevens - or maybe Bob Dylan!

Jeff's musical journey began at the University of Michigan, where he graduated with a degree in English literature and discovered a knack for putting music and words together.  As a listener, Jeff cut his teeth on "classic rock," quickly ranging out to funk, folk, and world music.  As a performer, Koch's instinct for language evokes the feel of a folk story nestled in a rich tapestry of rhythm and blues.

As you will hear in the interview, after coming to faith after college, these musical styles merged with his faith and Jewish identity to produce an organic and alluring blend.  In his music, Jeff weaves together scripture and liturgy with broad American roots to create an addictive, groove-oriented sound which crosses traditional boundaries.   Through his music, Jeff's goal is to encourage and build bridges of hope.


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Christine Sakakibara Interview

Christine totally amazes me.   She is fearless and determined to do whatever G-d calls her to do, and to go wherever He calls her to go.   I admire her very much and love her humor.   Here's a little bit about her:  Christine was born in Australia, but feels she is a true "Jerusalemite."  She has lived in Israel for 38 years, where she met and married her Japanese husband. Christine has lived through wars, terror attacks, and adversity of all kinds in Israel. She believes in miracles and has experienced them first-hand on numerous occasions. Christine is a keen observer of International news and wants people to be aware of the true face of life in Israel. Her perspective is one written from the heart of a mother. She works to bring help and assistance to all manner of people, living in Israel (regardless of race or religion) -  similar to that which is spoken of in 1 Cor. 12:28: "And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healing, helps, governments, diversities of tongues." Christine's experiences and heart for people will offer an insightful and heart warming interview that is not to be missed.    There you have it -- great music and a great interview, what more could you want?   Oh, maybe you should grab a cup of coffee and a bagel, put your feet up, and relax.   You'll love this show!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Stewart Winograd Interview

This show features my interview with Messianic Rabbi Stewart Winograd, of Reach Initiative International (RII).  RII is a ministry dedicated to reaching out with the good news of Yeshua to Israel and the nations, serving the poor and needy, equipping believers for effective ministry, and mobilizing the next generations to impact their world.

In a world where poverty and hunger are rampant, they are personally committed to living a simple and modest lifestyle. RII is bringing Yeshua's love to the poor and needy by providing them with practical and material help – no strings attached. G-d's love is unconditional, and, in Stewart's words, "though we are weak and broken vessels, we are wholeheartedly committed to following His example of unconditional love for all people. It is this kind of love, G-d's love that touches and turns hearts to Him!"

Through Generation Next Stewart and his wife Chantel are mobilizing and training a host of believers to impact their world. They are passionate about imparting to young people a vision for an intimate walk with Yeshua, which in turn births a lifestyle of compassionate outreach to their peers.   They have planted many congregations in the former Soviet Union and G-d continues to enlarge their tents.

Today's program features the music of Jonathan Settel, Ted Pearce, Sue Samuel, Zemer Levav, the Schleps and Rivka Whitten.   Enjoy!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Barbara Kupferberg Interview

I met Barbara at a Women's Retreat in February of this year.   She's a delightful woman who has amazing faith.  Barbara was raised by an Italian mother and an Ashkenazi Jewish father, who immigrated from Eastern Europe in the early 1900's. Her faith began to develop at the age of eight after being healed from cancer through Yeshua.   She was conflicted on how to reconcile her faith in Yeshua while keeping her Jewishness; as far as she knew there was no Messianic Judaism.  She recommitted herself to Yeshua at the age of twenty in 1982 at which point she realized that she could live as His earliest followers did as a Messianic Jew.   About five years ago she was diagnosed with breast cancer and fought it aggressively.   Barbara walks in total healing and victory in Yeshua!   Her positive attitude is contagious!   You'll enjoy this interview and music from Greg Silverman, Paul Wilbur, Ted Pearce and Zemer Levav.