Nearly 400 years ago, the people of a small German hamlet were worried that the Black Death, the Bubonic Plague, would wipe out their village as it had much of Western Europe. Bavaria is a pastoral area just north of the Swiss Alps. It is famously beautiful and serene. But the leadership of the small town of Oberammergau were […]
I’ve enjoyed leading study tours to the Holy Land for over 30 years, but I’ve always had a special interest in helping future Christian leaders make their first visit to the place where Jesus’s ministry happened. How powerful it can be for preachers to have their visual imaginations stirred by seeing the places where Jesus himself preached!
In recent years, I’ve […]
A Breathtaking Stage
After Jesus was baptized in the Jordan, the gospels record that he immediately was driven into the desert for forty days. For those forty days, he was tempted by Satan. He was attended by angels. He played with animals. And out in that desert place, for forty days, Jesus fasted.
You can go to this place today, or at […]
A few years back, Archbishop Duncan put words to what many of us had been seeing in our churches and seminaries. He said it plainly: Young leaders and spouses coming into the Anglican tradition of Christianity with a great love and zeal for the Lord and for His church. The impact of our rootless, post-modern culture has created a hunger […]
Many of you know the joy of faith-based travel. We have had a great time in some of the most significant places of faith on the globe. It has been a tremendous joy for Fran and I to take well over 600+ people to ‘far away places’ in the past decades. About a dozen years ago, we started to work […]
In just a few weeks, the registration for the November Holy Land trip (November 12-21) will begin to close. Register quickly! If you have been thinking and praying about it…it is time to act. In the closing weeks of registration, I want to reiterate what makes this trip unique. Here are ten great reasons to join us:
It was so exciting for me to see so many of my friends and colleagues enjoying the Holy City at the recent GAFCON event in Jerusalem. Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter were covered with images of some of my favorite people in some of my favorite places.
I saw a friend sitting […]
I am walking in the Land of Giants again. Israel. Yesterday we were atop Mt. Carmel where Elijah called out the prophets of Baal. Today we walk were the Apostle Paul walked, rather, stood in chains before his captors and played the only card he seemed to have left. After several years of captivity, Paul breaks the deadlock of waiting […]
I am leading a tour group of pastors through the Holy Land. Our group is about a dozen clergy, spouses, some dedicated lay people from their churches, and a father with his teenage son. A few days into the trip, the father and son asked if the young man could be baptized here in Israel.
I received a note yesterday that tourism from the United States to Israel is growing—and not just by a little bit. Compared to 2015 and 2016, tourism to Israel is up 20% from January to June. So far this year, 400,000 Americans have travelled to Israel—90,000 in the month of June alone.