By / Oct 5

Jeff Pickering and Travis Wussow welcome Israel based journalist and award winning author Matti Friedman to talk about the Middle East after the Abraham Accords. 

This episode was recorded at the end of September.

Guest Biography

Matti Friedman is a journalist and contributor to the New York Times Op-Ed Section and the author of multiple award-winning books. His 2016 book, Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story of a Forgotten War, is a memoir about his time serving in the Israli military and was chosen as a New York Times’ Notable Book and as one of Amazon’s 10 best books of the year. Matti’s first book, The Aleppo Codex, is an investigation into the strange fate of an ancient Bible manuscript, and his most recent book, published in 2018, is the Spies of No Country, the story of Israel’s first intelligence agents in 1948. Friedman is a former Associated Press correspondent, and his work as a reporter has taken him from Israel to Lebanon, Morocco, Moscow, and Washington, D.C. He was born in Toronto and lives in Jerusalem with his family.

Resources from the Conversation

By / Sep 18

In this episode, Josh, Lindsay, and Brent discuss the Abraham Accords Peace Agreement, life on Venus, Charles Stanley, hurricane Sally, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and Big Ten college football. Lindsay also gives a rundown of this week’s ERLC content including a piece by Travis Wussow with a “Q&A with the Prevention and Response Administrator at the IMB,” Jared Kennedy with “How we can confidently call kids to respond to the gospel,” and Daniel Rentie with “Why we should view our communities as mission fields: The opportunity to serve close to home.” Also in this episode, the hosts are joined by Scott Foshie for a conversation about life and ministry.

ERLC Content


  1. Israel signs normalization deals with UAE and Bahrain at White House ceremony
  2. ‘Peace. Shalom. Salaam’
  3. Scientists find possible sign of life on Venus
  4. Churches report encouraging trends in giving amid pandemic
  5. Charles Stanley transitions to pastor emeritus at First Baptist Atlanta, Anthony George named senior pastor
  6. Salvation Army starts red kettle program early amid ‘tsunami of human need’
  7. Coronavirus cases increase in 17 states
  8. A vaccine won’t be available for everyone before the end of 2024, says CEO of world’s biggest producer
  9. Sally is leaving widespread flooding in parts of Alabama and Florida, and rescues are underway
  10. Louisville announces $12M settlement, police reforms in wake of Breonna Taylor shooting
  11. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2020 Will Not Be Live Event
  12. Big Ten Reverses Decision, Will Start Football Season In October


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