Traveling and Blogging

I’ll be traveling again in the coming weeks. I have scheduled at least one blog post for every day that I’ll be away, and so you may not even notice the difference around here, other than that I may respond to comments at what seem like odd times of day. I’ll try to blog during [Read More...]

Butler University 2014 Israel Trip Movie Trailer

OK, so this movie trailer, made by one of the students who went on the trip, may be my new favorite movie… [Read more...]

Did They Walk Into a Bar?

The pope has now concluded his visit to the Holy Land. My own trip was moved earlier to avoid having places be closed in preeparation for his visit. Apart from the “upper room,” traditional site of the last supper, which is over the traditional site of the tomb of David, we did not experience any [Read More...]

Stars and Bucks

There were a number of interesting places to drink coffee and/or eat around Israel. One that the students on my recent trip found particularly amusing was “Stars and Bucks” Cafe: We also came across this homemade sign: I particularly appreciated this place’s name: However, when in Jerusalem I prefer to get what the locals call [Read More...]

Bethlehem Fire

Last week I visited the Church of the Nativity with students. Then the pope visited. Now it seems that there has been a minor fire there, which started when a candle tipped over and ignited a curtain. I mention this for a number of reasons, one of which is that I have seen some photos [Read More...]

Palestine

My recent trip to Israel included the West Bank. It was interesting to hear locals talk about the future of the region, and also overhear American Christians who spoke in very sweeping terms about “standing with Israel” in a manner that lacks not only nuance, but any actual understanding of the realities or the history. [Read More...]

Danger Mines!

Many churches are filled with metaphorical mines, mostly theological, but sometimes of other sorts. But today at Qasr al-Yahud, the traditional site of Jesus' baptism, I saw a church with real ones. The Jordan River at this point is the boundary between Israel and Jordan. Elsewhere the border comes further eastwards. Now that there is [Read More...]

Breakfast Box

The hotel we stayed at in Haifa ordered boxed breakfasts for us to take with us yesterday morning when we left, since we were departing very early in the morning, before the breakfast buffet would be open, in order to have enough time to do everything we hoped to do in the region of the [Read More...]

Signs of Israel

Here are some signs that I have seen in Israel thus far on the trip I am currently on. First, here is a sign I saw posted in the Church of St. Catherine next to the Church of the Nativity: Next, one of my favorites, from the church at Gethsemane, ironic because of its two [Read More...]

Nazareth Village

There are many more photos on the trip blog (and now also a video on YouTube). Here on my own personal blog, I want to single out one of the places we visited today: Nazareth Village. This is a recreation of life in Jesus' time, as it happens on a site where they discovered, in [Read More...]

Port Cities in Israel

I love visiting port cities in Israel with students, because they illustrate in physical terms the connections that existed between this region and other civilizations around the Mediterranean. Yesterday we visited Old Joppa, which turns up not only in Jonah and Acts but also Clash of the Titans (the rock is still known today as [Read More...]


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