Day 5: Jericho, Qumran, Masada & The Dead Sea

Shalom! Israel practices daylight saving’s time at the end of March. And it just so happened that last night was our lucky night to lose an hour of sleep. So we’re now eight hours ahead of you, Birmingham. But, we’re

Day 4: Bethlehem

Shalom! Today we said goodbye to Northern Israel and headed South to Bethlehem, about a three-hour drive. Along the way, the terrain began to change. The green countryside became sandy brown and the mountains sharpened. They look as though God

Day 3: Tel Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Golan Heights

Hello from Israel! We all enjoyed yesterday’s nature walk so much that we once again began our day outside in God’s creation, hiking through Tel Dan Nature Preserve. The Dan Stream (pictured top left) is the largest and most important

Day 2: Valley of the Doves, Sea of Galilee, Jordan River

This morning began with a walk through the Valley of Arbel or The Valley of the Doves. This route is the path Jesus walked three times a year when he had to travel from Capernum (his home) to Jerusalem. Mustard

Day 1: Petra, Caesarea, & Mount Carmel

Hello from Israel!  The majority of your church family arrived here yesterday after a 10-1/2 hour flight. But a lucky dozen arrived three days before and visited Petra: a Nabatean city that was lost for thousands of years. You may

March 24, 2019: I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life

So much of our religious emphasis today focuses on feeling more fulfilled or improving our relationship with others. While these are important and have their place in our spiritual life, we want, in this new Lenten sermon series, to place

How Will Your Journey End?

Malcolm Muggeridge started out a doubter. He was an acclaimed reporter for the BBC and he viewed British Christianity as lifeless and dull. It did not excite him. In fact, to his reasoned, calculating way of thinking, Christianity made very

March 17, 2019: I Am the True Vine

Throughout the five Sundays of Lent, Palm Sunday, and Easter Sunday, I will consider each declaration in turn and interpret how Jesus uses vivid images that capture our imagination, revealing more about the identity of Christ and our purpose as