Where in the World is James McGrath?

Another day, another place…     [Read more...]

Where in the World is James McGrath?

OK, the last post asking where I was had too big a clue – the name of a city on the side of a hill! This one is from the same country, but a different place. I'll give you that, the photo of the winding road (which the BBC television show Top Gear said is [Read More...]

Where in the World is James McGrath?

I am traveling and I thought it would be more interesting to share photos and let you see if you can guess where I am. One of the photos contains a big clue if you spot it.   [Read more...]

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...]


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