Israel

Encountering the Word — 1 Kings 2:19

Photography © by Andy Coan

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “So Bathshe′ba went to King Solomon, to speak to him on behalf of Adoni′jah. And the king rose to meet her, and bowed down to her; then he sat on his throne, and had a seat brought for the king’s mother; and she sat on his right.” (1 Kings 2:19) Print this entry

Encountering the Word — 1 Kings 2:10-12

Photography © by Andy Coan

A Daily Quote From Sacred Scripture “Then David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David. And the time that David reigned over Israel was forty years; he reigned seven years in Hebron, and thirty-three years in Jerusalem. So Solomon sat upon the throne of David his father; and his kingdom was firmly established.” (1 Kings […]

Melchizedek Priest of the God Most High

"The Meeting of Abraham and Melchizedek" (detail) by Peter Paul Rubens

Perhaps the most mysterious, enigmatic and intriguing figure in all of the Old Testament is Melchizedek the Canaanite priest who makes a brief appearance in the Old Testament in Genesis. He is also mentioned in the Book of Psalms and is referred to eight times in the New Testament Letter to the Hebrews. Speculation, conjecture, and sometimes just pure wild […]

The Old Testament Roots of Pentecost

Glorious Pentecost! Fifty days after the death and resurrection of our Lord we in the Body of Christ are sanctified by the descent of the Holy Spirit and the abundant gifts and blessings that attend this most holy event. From the 10th day after the ascension of our Lord forward, the Church has been a perpetual Pentecost beginning when the […]

Walking with Jesus During Advent

I want to walk with Jesus. I would also love to walk where he walked; to breath in the air of the Gospels and step into the sand that once dusted the straps of our Savior’s sandals.  In the Holy Land, the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. His presence is felt even today among the hills where shepherds […]

Book Review: Walking with God

If someone approached you unexpectedly and asked you to tell them the story of salvation history—the story of God’s interaction with His people and His covenant promises to them begun in the Old Testament and fulfilled in the New—would you be able to recite the story to the questioning individual without hesitation? Or would you stand there with a half-terrified, […]

We are Pilgrims on a Journey

I am writing this newsletter from the shores of the Sea of Galilee.  I arrived here after some three weeks in Italy fresh from our Shroud of Turin tour.  I have two days in Tabgha before our next group of pilgrims joins Steve Ray and me for our June Holy Land visit.  My hotel, is the German run Catholic retreat […]