The Mount of Olives was once home to a thriving community of Palestinian Christians. Today, only one family remains. Persecution has driven all others away. This man, pictured with me … Continue reading The Call of the Conflict Church
Church pews. I miss church pews. I didn’t even recognize their absence in my life until a couple of Sundays ago when I visited an older house of worship where … Continue reading Church Pews
This, as every post in this series, was written ahead of time and scheduled to be posted on the appropriate day. I wrote this particular piece by the light of … Continue reading Day 23-“Her Children Are No More”: The Slaughter of the Innocents
Herod held his paranoid, murderous impulses together long enough to craft a subtle plan. He would deceive the wise men from the east into finding the child and then revealing … Continue reading Day 21- A Royal Welcome and Three Special Gifts
The sun beat down on them by day, and they slept under a canopy of stars by night. They had been travelling the International Highway for many weeks in a caravan … Continue reading Day 18- “We Three Kings”: Who Were The Wise Men From the East?
The acrid smell of smoke wafted through the air as dark-skinned, bearded men wearing turbans pushed open the door of the church in Bethlehem. They were heavily armed and each carried a torch. … Continue reading Day 9- “They Look Like Us!” A Church Preserved
The best grain in Israel grew in Bethlehem in the fields east of the city. Bethlehem. “House of Bread”. Little Bethlehem lay only six miles south of mighty Jerusalem. It was … Continue reading Day 8- “O’ Little Town of Bethlehem”