I'm an author, traveler, biblical scholar, instructor, guide, lecturer, and foodie. I've been leading people through the lands of the Bible for over twenty years encouraging them "to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it" (Ezra 7:10).

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April 17, 2019

The Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) record that, upon arriving in Jerusalem for Passover, Jesus confronted the financial corruption of the chief priests and overseers of the Jerusalem Temple (Matt. 21:12-13; Mark 11:15-17; Luke 19:45-46).[1] From this moment...

December 25, 2018

J.R.R. Tolkein* coined a term, “eucatastrophe” (from Greek eu “good” and catastrophe “destruction), in which he meant, “the sudden happy turn in a story which pierces you with a joy that brings tears…it produces its peculiar effect because it is a sudden glimpse o...

April 1, 2018

During Holy Week, thousands of Christians from around the world stream into Jerusalem to walk the ground and visit the sites that commemorate and remember Jesus’ final week in Jerusalem. These pilgrims are shown traditional sites and locations that appear on standard C...

March 30, 2018

One of the greatest challenges for modern readers of the Bible is to enter into the spiritual world of the biblical authors and their audiences. Many modern Bible readers approach the Bible from their spiritual worldview, often not recognizing the influences and trends...

March 27, 2018

As part of Holy Week, many Christians read and remember the events that took place during Jesus' last week. One incident recorded by the Gospels happened when spies sent from the chief priests asked Jesus whether it was lawful for Jews to give tribute to Caesar (Rome)...

March 25, 2018

Have you ever heard a sermon that proclaimed, “The crowds that cried, ‘Hosanna’ on Palm Sunday cried, ‘Crucify’ on Good Friday?” Usually the point of these sermons is to demonstrate the fickleness of the Jewish people and to support the mistaken idea that the Jewish pe...

January 18, 2018

The Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) record an event in which Jesus and his disciples got into a boat to sail “to the other side of the lake” (Luke 8:22; see Matt. 8:23-27; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25). The “other side of the lake” refers to the eastern side o...

January 2, 2018

It’s a new year. Time for resolutions, fresh starts, reflections, out-with-the-old-in-with-the-new. It’s a season of hope as we look to remove the things we do not like from our lives and create new habits, establish new routines, and bring new energy into our lives. I...

October 31, 2017

In light of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s fabled nailing of his Ninety-Five Theses upon the doors of Castle Church in Wittenberg and the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, I have been reading the new biography on Luther by Eric Metaxas, Martin Luther:...

September 28, 2017

Paul wrote his letter to the believing community in Rome from Corinth in Greece. When he wrote the letter, he had never met those he addressed. Through his letter, he sought to establish rapport with the Roman community and expressed his desire to come to them soon.

“Fo...

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The Journey

"Not all those who wander are lost"

"The two best instruments to study history and geography: your common sense and legs"--Jack Pastor

I travel the lands of the Bible--Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, and Italy--because I believe that the lands of the Bible provide a unique doorway to enter the world of the Bible. I invite you to join me on my journeys as I discuss traveling to these lands and the sites, my musings on the physical, historical, cultural, and spiritual settings of the Bible, marrying it with my joy for the culinary flavors found in the modern lands of the world of the Bible.