I Forgot To Finish The Story About Sleeping In For Easter In Amman. Here’s What We Discovered…

…a beautiful Greek Orthodox parish church with the mouthful name of The Church  of Jesus Christ’s Entry Into The Temple. I took a couple of photographs with my camera before the battery died. Feast your eyes upon this beautiful sanctuary. (more…) Read more

Dumb Things Americans Do At Home, Drives Recruitment Of Extremists Abroad

Here is an excerpt of the dumb thing I’m referring to in particular, A United States federal judge has ordered New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to display on its buses a controversial ad that refers to Muslims killing Jews, rejecting the argument that the ad could incite “terrorism” or imminent violence. (more…) Read more

The Kingdom Of Jordan Through My Camera Lens…

What follows are a few snapshots taken while I was in Jordan for the Religious Blogger/Press Tour. I took hundreds of photographs (who doesn’t these days?) and I intend to share them with you here. How about a dozen at a time? I hope you get a sense of the beauty of both the land, and of the people, in the eastern portion of the Holy Land. Here is the first batch. (more…) Read more

If A Pilgrimage To The Holy Land Is “The Fifth Gospel,” Then Guess What?

You need to read both sides of the book, saavy? Look at the map above. See how the Jordan River runs through the middle of the geography? The Jordan is like the spine of the book. The spine of the book, long before it became the border of a man-made nation-state. So what are you saying, Frank? (more…) Read more

On The HHS Mandate, The State Can’t Win For Losing…

Here’s your quote of the week, How many times must the government lose in court before it gets the message? For years now the government has been claiming that places like Catholic Charities and the Little Sisters of the Poor are not “religious employers” worthy of an exemption. That argument has always been absurd. Every time a religious plaintiff has gone to the Supreme Court for protection from the government’s discriminatory mandate the Court has protected them. That’s what happened… Read more

King Abdullah II of Jordan Is A Good King. Listen To Him

Note that I didn’t say that he is a perfect king, or that he is without sin, or that he walks on water, or that he can do no wrong. No. All of us fall short of the glory of God.  But listen to what he says in this video aired by Fox news the other day. I say “listen to what he says,” because he doesn’t exactly answer the questions the Fox correspondent asks him. Those questions serve more… Read more

The Little Part I Played In A (Minor) Miracle In Jordan…

And I’m saying this not because I played some big, heroic, part in an event, but because what occurred yesterday at the site commemorating the birthplace of the Prophet Elijah was practically unbelievable. All those preconceived notions you have about Muslims? After reading this story, you’ll want to check those at the door. (more…) Read more

It’s Easter Sunday In Amman, So I Slept In. What Happened Next Is Incredible…UPDATED

As you all should realize by now, a few of us from the Patheos Catholic Channel, and a handful of other religious bloggers, are visiting the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. (more…) Read more

A Little Film I Watched About Where Jesus Was Baptized In Jordan…

  During breakfast this morning, on the 787 Dreamliner flying the livery of Royal Jordanian Airlines, I watched an interesting little film. It’s about the place in the Kingdom of Jordan that has been visited by popes, and pilgrims. The site is one of the many reasons why I was hoping to return to Jordan someday. And someday came sooner than I realized it would. (more…) Read more

I Bet You Didn’t Expect The Kingdom Of Jordan To Be This Gorgeous…

See that lovely countryside above? That is where I am headed today. A number of my Patheos colleagues are coming with me, too. (more…) Read more


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