Israeli & Middle Eastern followers of Jesus unite to care for their hurting region

I had the privilege to photograph At the Crossroads for the third time. I’m still processing all the stories a  heard. My hope to share more of those later. For now, here’s the press release from the event. “In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria … Israel will be the third with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, whom the Lord of hosts has blessed, […]

The heroic action of waiting

“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” Galatians 6:9 NASB I listened to all of Handel’s “Messiah” on Friday night for the first time.  What a blessing YouTube can be. It really is an amazing work. It is Scripture put to song. It is prophecy and fulfillment laid out. You can read the libretto on Stanford University’s website. The oratorio that […]

War and peace in Jerusalem

“So glad you’re not in work today. Just seen stabbings at Jaffa Gate.” So read a text message from my best friend in Cardiff, Wales. My heart sank, and I quickly went to a news website, which confirmed the attacks. (The two attackers were killed, and two victims have died). Then a text message from an Israeli friend asking if I was O.K. made sense. I thought she’d messaged only because I hadn’t answered her […]

What do you say to a terror survivor or a hero?

Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. – Romans 12:15 At Texas A&M University there is a tradition. Well, there are many traditions, but the one I am thinking of is called Muster. On April 21 every year, current and former students gather at the school and in cities around the world to remember those fellow Aggies who have died in the last year. A roll call of the dead is […]

How to survive end-time battles

Lessons learned during the Second Intifada Either the wave of knifing attacks in Jerusalem have slowed or we’re desensitizing. The atmosphere in the city has felt lighter, though it is still wise to be watchful. Many of the attacks this past week seemed to be outside Jerusalem. Contributor Rick Ridings spoke last week at Succat Hallel about living through the Second Intifada in the early 2000s. He shared lessons that we all should take to […]