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May
15
Thayer Thursday – Not looking to your own interests…

Thayer Thursday – Not looking to your own interests…

“A natural and understandable hesitancy accompanies any serious discussion of service….We experience a fear that… ‘If I do that, people will take advantage of me; they will walk all over me.’”

May
14
Art Under the Occupation: The Bethlehem Wall

Art Under the Occupation: The Bethlehem Wall

“During a recent visit for a peacemakers’ conference in Bethlehem, I had a chance to see the wall and experience the checkpoints firsthand. While it was heartbreaking to see the collective punishment inflicted on the majority of residents who had nothing to do with the violence of the Intifada and who sincerely desire to live peaceful lives alongside their Israeli neighbors, it was also inspiring to see how many are committed to strictly non-violent means of protest and engagement in the peacemaking process.

Here are a number of images I captured while there…”

May
12
Genesis 25 – Israel’s family tree (vid)

Genesis 25 – Israel’s family tree (vid)

“Here’s the video from last week’s Ruth’s Chris lunchtime Bible study. We’re halfway through the book of Genesis and the Abraham cycle has come to completion…”

Apr
13
Genesis 21-22: The joy and agony of “laughter”

Genesis 21-22: The joy and agony of “laughter”

Hi Dojo readers, There’s been a lot going on these past 2 weeks, but I finally was able to upload the videos from the past 2 Ruth’s Chris Bible Study sessions. We looked at Genesis 21-22 over the past two weeks and have arrived at the birth and early life of the 2nd of the […]

Apr
11
Jesus, Scripture, Israel & Palestine

Jesus, Scripture, Israel & Palestine

We barely had time to scratch the surface last night, but it was a great introduction to the numerous strands that make up the knot…

Mar
28
Seeking peace in the Holy Land (trip blog – part 3)

Seeking peace in the Holy Land (trip blog – part 3)

“This was my first encounter with tear gas, stun grenades or rubber-coated bullets.

But it wouldn’t be my last.”

Mar
24
Seeking peace in the Holy Land (trip blog – part 2)

Seeking peace in the Holy Land (trip blog – part 2)

Continued from part 1 I made it from the airport to Bethlehem in just over an hour. The first thing I was blown away by was just how mountainous the Jerusalem/Bethlehem area is. There are no rolling bills or valleys; these are rugged, terraced, limestone cliffs jutting up from deep valleys. People in Biblical times […]

Mar
21
Seeking peace in the Holy Land (trip blog – part 1)

Seeking peace in the Holy Land (trip blog – part 1)

“Due to the sensitivity issues surrounding travel throughout the West Bank/Palestine (Israeli security has been known to hassle people who visit Palestine and an Isreali official released a semi-threatening comment the day before the conference regarding people planning on attending), I decided to wait and write about the trip when I was back home rather than blog about it live. So here are some of my reflections from my very first (but hopefully not my last!) trip to the Holy Land…”

Feb
27
Dojo Discussion: Gay wedding cakes, discrimination and religious freedom

Dojo Discussion: Gay wedding cakes, discrimination and religious freedom

“I’m not saying it is the perfect solution by any means. But I feel like if recognized, it could go a long way in establishing legislation that the vast majority of thoughtful voters could be more comfortable with than the current zero-sum game being played by activists on both sides of the socio-political divide.”

Feb
19
Genesis 17 – Circumcision a laughing matter? (video)

Genesis 17 – Circumcision a laughing matter? (video)

Here’s today’s session for those who couldn’t be there in person. Today we looked at God’s reaffirmation of the Covenant he made with Abram (who gets a new name in this chapter) back in Gen.15. It’s been about 15 years or so since the beginning of ch.16’s events. Abram is 99 years old. Sarai is […]

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