Even rocks change

Even rocks change

I’ve found it increasingly hard to blog on current events these days, given that the political situation is so hopelessly in a shambles that any comments from me would be just restating the obvious. Hurricanes and other disasters likewise get more than adequate...
You never know what you’ll find …

You never know what you’ll find …

Every other year, Campbell University Divinity School and Nurturing Faith Experiences co-sponsor a study tour of Israel and parts of the West Bank. And every year, one of the most memorable outings occurs at a place many participants had never heard of: Maresha....
What does the DNA say?

What does the DNA say?

Two recent stories highlight the growing role of DNA analysis in archaeology. One of them offers a reminder that Israel — a land bridge between Africa, Asia, and Europe — has always been a land of migrants. In 1995, a large karstic cave (one formed by...
Walking on holy ground …

Walking on holy ground …

Want to Experience Israel in 2019? Here’s how … You can join me and New Testament professor Alicia Myers, along with veteran guide Doron Heiliger, for a 10-day tour of Israel and the West Bank May 11-22, 2019. Here are the details: The cost is $3850 from...
The cost of not thinking ahead

The cost of not thinking ahead

I had the best of intentions, planting that tree, 24 years ago. I’m a sentimental sort, sometimes perhaps overly so, and I was looking for ways to symbolically remember my young daughter Bethany, who had fallen victim to a drunk driver in January 1994. So, I...
The world’s oldest bread …

The world’s oldest bread …

Some excitement accompanied a recent announcement that archaeologists from the University of Copenhagen have discovered fragments of carbonized flatbread in the remains of a fireplace dating back to 14,400 BCE, 4,000 years before the date traditionally associated with...

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