Yesterday I met Daoud Nassar, and I would like to introduce you. "I am a Palestinian Christian farmer," Daoud says. There are very few of his kind left. His family's land lies six miles southwest of Bethlehem, 100 acres that his grandfather purchased in 1916. The family has owned the land … [Read more...] about Daoud Nassar, a Palestinian Christian farmer
I attended an all-day workshop sponsored by Friends of Sabeel, which is an international peace movement that gives voice to Palestinian Christians. My pilgrimage to the Holy Land has made my heart soft toward the Palestinians. Do you realize how severe is the plight of the Christian communities … [Read more...] about Palestine & Peace
There was a man who had two sons. ~Luke 15:11 This morning was the 4th Sunday of Lent and the gospel text was well-known -- The Parable of the Prodigal Son. Or maybe you call it The Parable of the Two Sons. Or The Parable of the Forgiving Father. The name you call this parable shows your … [Read more...] about Two Sons: The Stage for Religious Antagonism
Perhaps you've noticed the colorful "RevGal" link in my sidebar. It's been there since I started blogging, and signifies that I belong to the RevGalBlogPals blogring. I've been a RGBP for more than 6 years, ever since I began blogging, due largely to the encouragement of my fellow "Writing … [Read more...] about A RevGal’s Review
I am featured on "Eerd Word" (which is the blog for Eerdmans Publishing) today. My post is called "When a Pastor Becomes a Pilgrim." I make the case that pastors--however young or broke-- should try to get to the Holy Land early in their career. I hope you'll click over there and read it! … [Read more...] about When a Pastor Becomes a Pilgrim
The news from Gaza dominates the headlines here in the United States, as it should. After all, we are involved in this news. Our tax dollars support Israel and the policies of the Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. As Americans we follow the news and consume media coverage. We see pictures of a … [Read more...] about Is Peace Hopeless? Pray Anyway.
My book has just been released! After years of effort--querying editors, writing, rewriting, and re-rewriting--it is actually a book I can hold in my hands! Yesterday I didn't want to do anything but that: hold it in my hands. But today I want to line out the audiences I see for this book. Maybe … [Read more...] about “Chasing the Divine in the Holy Land”
Are you interested in a movie about pilgrimage? I watched "The Way" on streaming Netflix last weekend. The movie was directed by Emilio Estevez and stars Martin Sheen, whose character, Tim is a father whose son dies as he is walking the Camino Santiago de Compostela. The Camino is also called The … [Read more...] about “The Way” a movie review