Tag Archives: New Testament

“Living Stones,” More Than A Book

The phrase is well known to many around the world who concern themselves with the tumult in the Middle East in general, and Israel/Palestine in particular.  Contrasting with the inanimate rocks forming ancient shrines, synagogues, mosques and churches, “living stones” … Continue reading

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“We Lay Aside Preconceived Ideas and Listen”

Ann Gaylia O’Barr, author, commenting on “Living Stones” wrote in a note to me: “I know that living and working in the Middle East certainly changed my perspective about Americans and our relationships there.” You can’t visit the people of … Continue reading

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“To Loosen The Chains Of Injustice”

Sometimes in reading you stumble on nuggets of wisdom like this one from George MacDonald, 1875, in his “The Fisherman’s Lady, ” page 114:  “…it’s the business of every man, where he can, to loosen the chains of injustice and … Continue reading

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“WE CAN’T GO DIRECTLY TO GOD; WE HAVE TO PASS THROUGH THE ISRAELI ARMY TO GET PERMISSION”

Easter preceeded by the events of Good Friday holds a special place in the hearts of Palestinian Christians. More than Christmas. The crucifixion of Jesus. His resurrection from the grave. Our good friend in Bethlehem applied to the Israeli authorities … Continue reading

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DARKNESS BEFORE THE DAWN

It didn’t work…or did it? Several days ago the tent camp collapsed when Israeli soldiers came in the middle of the night. Headlines in Jerusalem: Israeli security forces evacuate activists from Palestinian tent outpost in E-1 area Heavy security forces … Continue reading

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CHRISTMAS CHANGE AGENTS FROM BETHLEHEM

And old man with a vision for the future predicted trouble for the family of the child, from Bethlehem. He would be “destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will … Continue reading

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YOU CHANGED MY LIFE

A broad smile and an invitation to sit down to visit typified our encounters with Palestinians in Bethlehem.  Rafat in the Holy Land Trust office heads up the Travel and Encounter program.  He began to tell us his own story. … Continue reading

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