Prayer alert: At the Crossroads 2018

It is time to pray for At the Crossroads’ Jerusalem gathering once again. Those of you who have been with me for several years know of my work with At the Crossroads, “a relational network of men and women, both nationals and internationals, serving the nations of the Isaiah 19 Highway in the Middle East.” An invitation for me to document the first gathering in 2012 was my introduction to Christ Church Jerusalem and, more […]

Prayer alert: US refuses Iranian Christians; Syria escalations

Since I started writing about my US-based seminary life, I’ve lost some subscribers. They didn’t say why, but perhaps it is because I’m writing less about Israel and Middle East affairs and news in general. School keeps me very busy with reading and writing. Still, I do scan headlines. Journalism is still a vocation, even if it’s in the background right now. This morning, I saw two news items that require prayer and attention from […]

Ash Wednesday massacre

I spent the day separated from the world. Today is the first day of Lent, so the school planned a quiet day at a convent a couple of towns over. For me it was a day of prayer — of both talking to God and hearing Him point out an old heart wound that was generating fear and sin in my life. (Yes, ladies of the View, millions of Christians have a two-way conversation with […]

Count it all joy, El Paso

Friends,  I have so much I’d like to share. In just three short weeks, I’ve read more than a have in a long while, met amazing men and women of God, debated somewhat, thought a lot. Yes, I was all ready a thinker, but now I have time and encouragement to really ruminate and consider some of the deeper things. Consequently, I haven’t followed through on some thoughts I want to share with you about […]

Resurrection is Jewish, not just Christian

This morning I ran across this headline: Pence’s Holocaust remembrance tweet angers some with ‘Christ imagery’ (JTA) So,  I just had to see what he wrote. A few days ago, Karen & I paid our respects at Yad Vashem to honor the 6 million Jewish martyrs of the Holocaust who 3 years after walking beneath the shadow of death, rose up from the ashes to resurrect themselves to reclaim a Jewish future. #HolocaustRemembranceDay #NeverAgain […]