Celebrating God’s Word

Yesterday capped the end of the High Holy Days celebrations.  As one of my professors said, “The Holidays were great, but it’s great that they were!” (it sounds better in Hebrew). After the 8-day festival of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles), comes Simchat Torah–“The Joy of the Torah.” The Torah (first five books of the Old …

Jerusalem Holy Sites: The Aremenian Quarter

The Old City of Jerusalem is divided into four quarters:  the Jewish Quarter, the Muslim Quarter, the Christian Quarter and the Armenian Quarter.  Each of these quarters has a unique vibe and personality.  On top of that, each of them has their own holy site.

I am trying to get around to each of them to shoot a short video.

Here is my first attempt.  This is probably the least recognized of all four holy sites in Jerusalem:  the Cathedral of St. James the Apostle.

Explorations in and around Jerusalem

The weekends provide plenty of opportunities to explore the area.  These two photo galleries show a taste of the diversity to be found within an hour from Jerusalem. The Mahane Yehuda Market Just a few light rail stops from the Old City is the Mahane Yehuda Market.  Commonly known as “The Shuk”, this market boasts …

The 70 Faces of Scripture

The first two weeks of classes are in the books!  One of my professors observed that most of us were probably going through “Syllabus Shock” the first week.  I like that term.  It’s a pretty good description of what the first few days felt like.  Now things seem to be settling down a bit and …

Images of Jerusalem

Rooming with Bigfoot Jesus

Greetings from Jerusalem!  A plan that started some 2 years ago is now a reality.  Although, it still feels a bit surreal. My trip here was long, but uneventful.  Granted, it was made it bit more comfortable with my business class upgrade from Charlotte to Paris (Executive Platinum on American Airlines has a few advantages).  …

The Long Goodbye

The past few weeks have been filled with “Goodbye” get-togethers and send-offs.  So many of our friends have wanted to get together with us to celebrate this new adventure and wish us well.  The outpouring of love and kindness has been overwhelming—and very much appreciated.  At the same time, it’s also been a little strange …