The Call of the Conflict Church

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

“Oprah, Is that You?”

Do you see this photograph? This is the aquaduct at Caesarea Maritma, one of my favorite places on earth.  Honestly, if money was no object I would live in Caesarea Maritima.  … Continue reading “Oprah, Is that You?”

Mustard Seeds, Mountain Moving, and Israel’s Builder-King

Jesus was a master storyteller who never passed up the chance to use a readily available illustration to drive home his point.  Once, when the disciples were dismayed over their … Continue reading Mustard Seeds, Mountain Moving, and Israel’s Builder-King

Hate Crime Charges in the Burning of Jewish Scrolls

A Brooklyn man has been charged with hate crimes in relation to the burning of 12 Jewish Scrolls in Brooklyn, New York. The scrolls were in Mezuzahs which were mounted outside … Continue reading Hate Crime Charges in the Burning of Jewish Scrolls

10.5 Million Visitors to the Western Wall in 2012!

During my trip to Israel in 2010, I was privileged to visit Jerusalem’s Temple Mount Western Wall.  This huge retaining wall is as close as pilgrims today can get to … Continue reading 10.5 Million Visitors to the Western Wall in 2012!

Dominus Flevit, Where Jesus Wept

Jesus wept.  We are told he wept at the grave of Lazarus and wept again as he gazed at beautiful Jerusalem on his triumphal entry.  The word for “wept” as … Continue reading Dominus Flevit, Where Jesus Wept

The Complexities of Pilate

When the Jewish leaders brought Jesus before Pilate early on the morning after his arrest, they may have been surprised to find the Roman ruler already awake and ready to sit in judgment.  … Continue reading The Complexities of Pilate

In Annas’ Mansion

As Naman Avigad led the excavations of the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem between 1973-1974, he began to unearth something remarkable. Under Mr. Avigad’s guidance, spades broke … Continue reading In Annas’ Mansion

When A Sword is Not a Sword, and an Ear is More Than an Ear

Mike Tyson shocked the world when he savagely bit off a one-inch piece of cartilage from Evander Holyfield’s right ear in a boxing match at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, … Continue reading When A Sword is Not a Sword, and an Ear is More Than an Ear

Gethsemane

A quiet, holy garden is enshrined in Jerusalem and pilgrims enter her gates with a hush.  In the center of the garden, huge olive trees, their trunks ancient and gnarled, grow near … Continue reading Gethsemane

Why I am a Christian Who Loves Judaism

“Uh, that, um…are you…uh..how does that work?” This was the very awkward inquiry I received a few Sundays ago from a fellow children’s ministry worker at my church. He was motioning … Continue reading Why I am a Christian Who Loves Judaism

“Stop Day” Thoughts Continued

Our group was descending Mnt. Gerizim at the end of a beautiful day when I spotted it there in the dust at my feet- my first pottery shard. I picked … Continue reading “Stop Day” Thoughts Continued