Day Five from the Manger in Bethlehem

As our trip reached its penultimate day, we are finally getting to the major sites in the life of Jesus Christ. Today began with a trip to the Mount of Olives – a place with so very many important historical events. It’s from here that Jesus ascended into heaven (Acts 1). Right across the Kidron…

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Day Four Unlike Any Thanksgiving Before

Thursday marked the most untraditional of Thanksgivings. But what a day to be thankful for. Our first stop after leaving the Dead Sea was Masada. If you don’t know the story, you would be hard pressed to find one with more drama, courage and sacrifice. If you do know the story and have never been,…

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On a Rock and Under a House – Day Three

Shalom from Hermon Mount, the site we know from Matthew where Jesus said, “You are Peter and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” That was the highlight for me on this third day in Israel. We began and ended the day in Tiberias. In…

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Holy Land Pilgrimage Off to Good Start

The biggest thing I’m being asked is what’s our first impression of the Holy Land. Four words. Jet. Lag. Is. Real. The time difference is seven hours, so when we arrived at 7 a.m. Hoosier time, it was already midafternoon in Tel Aviv. Got to say though, the folks at Delta treated us very well…

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A Lot of Questions, but Where Are Answers?

We’re leaving for the Holy Land and I’m wondering not only what we’ll find there, but what are we leaving behind. I have never been a gloom and doom kind of guy. Wouldn’t say I’m a glowing optimist either. I try to look at things and see the possibilities, good and bad, and adjust accordingly.…

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The Pilgrimage to the Holy Land Begins . . .

Like a lot of you, I’m a mutt. My ancestors came from all over, but the majority came from the land of shamrocks and leprechauns, Ireland. So it was that I’ve always wanted to travel there. Specifically, I yearned to go to County Kilkenny and County Wicklow and see if I can run into some…

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Going from Bad to Worse to . . .

When it comes to health, I have always considered myself a lucky guy. When I tell my family that, they roll their eyes and ask if I’d forgotten that my heart was laying on a table while some nice medical folks played around inside my chest earlier this year. Oh pshaw, I say. My daughter…

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Whatever You Do Today, Vote . . . Please

A friend of mine used to be the mayor in Seymour. He went on to serve a decade or so in the Indiana House. He was a Democrat. I’m not. We used to have some great discussions. One day we were talking about voting and he shared this with me. On Election Day, your friends…

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Bubba Shares Real Scary Story for Halloween

I’m blaming it on the big box stores. Those folks put out Halloween stuff in July and Christmas stuff in August (what happened to Thanksgiving?). Heck, I was in one of those stores the first week of October and they already had their Halloween stuff marked down and were moving it out to make way…

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