Monthly Archives: July 2011

Can We Learn Anything While in the Dark?


Prior to my trip to the Middle East, I’d heard a great deal about Hezekiah’s tunnel. At least two friends who’d visited Jerusalem said, “Oh, you’ve got to walk Hezekiah’s tunnel.” With half interest, I listened about their adventures and … Continue reading

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Shall We Gather at the River?


One followed right after the other into the water. Twenty-two in all.             First the name.           Tim, Helen, Denae, Reggie, Brenda, Sonia, Nick, Maynard… Then the testimony. “God didn’t give up on me.” “I love the Lord with all my … Continue reading

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A Chaotic Crossing


“Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.” (Luke 15:6b NIV) “Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.” (Luke 15:9b NIV) “But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and … Continue reading

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Where Do I Find the ONE?


Four quarters divide up the ancient portion of Jerusalem—Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and Armenian. Let me admit I have no idea what the Armenian quarter is other than a name on the map and a section inside old Jerusalem’s city walls. … Continue reading

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How Important Is The Human Connection?


Let’s not beat around the bush. People bring problems. It’s that simple. Here are some recent travel experiences. I shake my box of Sugar Babies and say, “Would you like some?” People take up my offer and my limited supply … Continue reading

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Tough Times Provide Plenty of Reasons to be Thankful


A wife travels to Texas, a husband to Israel. Wife gets sick. Husband worries himself sick. What good can come out of that? This morning I rose in Bethlehem with the Muslim call to early prayer (4:00 AM, an unfamiliar … Continue reading

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Jet Lag, Fatigue, and Sick Wife


Thanks to Skype I’ve called Ellen twice from Bethlehem and know she’s not feeling the greatest but is in good hands. Although the hospital medical team has yet to discover the cause of Ellen’s stomach pains, they plan to get … Continue reading

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