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Pentecost- Amazed and Confused

On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit blew across the church and pilgrims from around the empire heard the Gospel in their own languages. Acts 2:12 tells us that bystanders were “amazed and confused.” They asked “what can this … Continue reading

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Paul- Amazed and Confused

In Acts 23-25, we find Paul under house arrest in Caesarea. For two years, he waited for his journey to start again. It’s interesting to note that the Biblical and historical records don’t reveal any activity from Paul during this … Continue reading

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David- Amazed and Confused

In 1 Samuel 16, David was anointed the next king of Israel, but he didn’t take the throne immediately. Instead, he went back to the pastures to tend the sheep. In 1 Samuel 17, David defeated Goliath at the Elah … Continue reading

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The Crossroads

(Editorial Note: Ignore the stupid face I make at the end. I thought the videographer had already stopped the camera. Whoops). Land plays a critical role in the story of the Bible. In fact, land is as important a character … Continue reading

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Another Journey

When you study the Bible in the land where it happened, your surroundings add a new dimensionality to your understanding. The geography itself tells a story. The history and culture give us new frames. And when you go on that … Continue reading

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The Fifth Gospel

“And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there.” Acts 20:22 Seven years ago, I came to Jerusalem with seven other pastors. To describe our story sounded like the beginning … Continue reading

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Pilgrim’s Process: In Pictures

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Pilgrim’s Process: Gratitude

“Thanks.” That’s what I said as I stood in front of St. Peter’s tomb in the excavations underneath the Vatican. We Protestants don’t have heroes. Or at least we don’t have many. I guess Jim Elliot, Lottie Moon, and Martin … Continue reading

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Pilgrim’s Process: The Bible is Real

Pilgrimage gives me a new perspective on Scripture. I know the Bible is real. I believe that and teach that. In fact, one of the things that compels me to do my job is an insatiable desire to see people … Continue reading

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Pilgrim’s Process: God’s Love is Bigger Than Mine

I played around with a lot of different titles for this one: “God loves idiots.” “God loves people I can’t stand.” “God loves people that drive me bonkers.” I decided it’s really just an issue of God’s love being bigger … Continue reading

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Pilgrim’s Process: In Cathedrals in Conflict

You might have clued into it at some point along the way, but I’ve just returned from a 2-week adventure in Greece and Italy, following largely in the footsteps of Paul with a few sides trips to cool places like … Continue reading

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Final Thoughts From St. Peter’s Basilica

Well, we just returned to the hotel from our final night in Rome. Here is a wrap-up of our trip.

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Martyrs and Witnesses

Just a couple of quick thoughts from Rome. One spot is called Tre Fontane, and it is the location of Paul’s imprisonment and execution. The other is from St. Paul’s Basilica, which traditionally is believed to hold the remains of … Continue reading

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Loving God in Athens

Spent the day in Athens. Toured the Acropolis, including the Parthenon, the Odeion, and the Erechtheion. Temple of Hephaisteion, Stoa of Attalos and Temple of Zeus. Ate some great gyros. And scrambled all over Mars Hill, where Paul proclaimed the … Continue reading

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Going Crazy in Corinth

Alright, there was a lot to show in Corinth, so…let’s get started. Video #1: Port of Cenchrae (Acts 18:18, Romans 16:1) Video #2: At the Bema in Corinth (Acts 18:12-16) Video #3: Between To Temples (1 Corinthians 1:18-31, 1 Corinthians … Continue reading

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Thoughts From Berea, Vergina, and Preveza

Here’s another video update.

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Thoughts From Philippi

I recorded this for Theology 101 the other day and thought I would share it here, as well.

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Thoughts From Thessaloniki

Alright, Campers. It’s too late to blog, so I’m bringing you a little video instead!

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Greece/Italy Itinerary

For those who are interested, here’s what I’ll be up to for the next couple of weeks: Feb 27, Sun Depart Home Airport for Thessaloniki, Greece (SKG). Feb 28, Mon Plan arrival by 1:45 PM at the Thessaloniki airport for … Continue reading

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A New Pilgrimage

In 2005, I embarked on my first trip that might be described as a pilgrimage. I joined 6 other clergy from various theological streams (Lutheran, Presbyterian, Baptist, Episcopalian, etc…it sounded like the beginning of a bad joke). We traveled to … Continue reading

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