Jan 19, 2020 I’m getting my stuff ready for the pilgrimage in just two weeks. Here’s a picture. I borrowed a nice rolling suitcase and a comfy hat with a big brim from my mother-in-law. I bought a new carry-on bag and some nice walking shoes. I also bought a travel pillow and a throwContinue reading “Getting things ready”
Jan 11, 2020 Here is a video I just watched (5:47) about a place in Nazareth called Nazareth Village. Nazareth Village It is a historical recreation and reenactment of life in Nazareth in the first century. This is what Nazareth would have been like for Jesus! That’s pretty cool. With all of the modern dayContinue reading “Nazareth Village”
Jan 3, 2020 It’s wild to think that I leave for my pilgrimage one month from today. (Here’s a screenshot from my countdown app. My domestic flight leaves at 1:55pm.) I’m excited and nervous at the same time. Please pray for me and for all of those traveling on this adventure.
Dec 15, 2019 I received my tentative itinerary for the trip. This makes it even more exciting. Check it out. DAY 1, Monday Depart JFK, late evening flight DAY 2, Tuesday Arrive Tel Aviv – Ben Gurion Airport to TAL Hotel in Tel Aviv for one night DAY 3, Wednesday Joppa (Joffa) Simon the Tanner’sContinue reading “Tentative Itinerary”
Dec 4, 2019 Thinking about both Christmas in 3 weeks and my pilgrimage in about 2 months, I’ve been learning some things about the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Here is a good video by Rick Steves (5:44) that talks a little bit about this church. It will be fascinating to go there inContinue reading “The Church of the Nativity”
Nov 11, 2019 I am getting into the book “Jesus: A Pilgrimage” by James Martin. I just read this paragraph from p.13 that I thought was really good. “Traveling to the Holy Land is like visiting the family home of a good friend. No matter how well you know the person, you’ll understand your friendContinue reading “The Fifth Gospel”
Nov 6, 2019 This is a quick entry to say that I received an email today of who all is in my travel group for this trip. I turned the information into an image. Here it is. The email didn’t say what denominations are represented, but it still sounds like a diverse group.
Nov 5, 2019 I just watched the following movie about Jerusalem and wanted to write a little bit about it. The movie was filmed for IMAX – so I bet it would have been really cool to see it on the giant screen. It is 45 minutes long. I highly recommend taking some time toContinue reading “From Galaxy’s Edge to the Center of the Universe”
Oct 24, 2019 Thanks to modern technology and some very dedicated people, there is a really cool way to learn about the Holy Land without leaving your home. You can go there in virtual reality thanks to something called The Octagon Project. I just discovered this site and it has a bunch of virtual realityContinue reading “The Holy Land in Virtual Reality”
Oct 23, 2019 I just found this good article that explains the difference between a pilgrim and a tourist. Although I imagine I will still be taking plenty of pictures and will still bring back some souvenirs, I completely agree with this article. A Pilgrim is not a Tourist