Recently, when I was in Jerusalem, I was delighted to see so many familiar faces there as well: not only those who toured with me, but other clergy and friends who travelled for the GAFCON meeting. My social media feeds were stuffed with pictures of all the landmarks I’ve come to know so well over my nearly two dozen trips to this city.
In fact, here’s a picture of the tattoo parlor where I saw a friend getting a permanent souvenir for himself. I’ve stood in that exact spot several times trying to work up the courage to sit down in a chair. (I always chicken out!)
I loved every (sweltering) moment of my time there. If you’ve been to Jerusalem, you know this feeling. If you haven’t, I can only try to describe it. This feeling of living in the presence of sacred history. This feeling of tracing the footsteps of the apostles, of Jesus himself. The place may be foreign to us, but there is a ‘strange familiarity’ that develops when you come to Jerusalem. It is in some impossible-to-say way home.
I would invite you to come back home to Jerusalem.
I’ve planned a tour for this November that will be unlike any other. We will be guided by professors and archaeologists; we will stay in luxury accommodations; we will go off the beaten tourist track. Our focus will be on the life and ministry of Jesus, both in Jerusalem and in the countryside. I can’t wait for this first-ever ‘select tour.’
We also have a tour to familiarize clergy and lay people with the Holy Land in January 2019. This is a great opportunity to pull together a group from your church and go on an unparalleled adventure. Once you’ve gone on this trip, you will certainly come back and lead a trip of your own.
All the information can be found over on LeaderWorks.