links to four helpful articles

1. The Art of Spiritual Grandparenting [essential reading]

“What role do we have, or does any older family member have, for children who are not our own but for whom we care deeply?”

2. Why Anger is a Wasted Emotion [essential reading]

“… the question I raise is this: When their fellow citizens are suffering on such a terrible scale, what are the most engaged, most resourced Americans doing with their lives?”

3. Gamla in the Galilee

“It was important for the Romans to destroy Gamla because it was the central Zealot stronghold east of the Sea of Galilee. The Zealots were among the most radical of the Jewish groups supporting the revolt. Moreover, since Gamla was near the main road connecting Israel to the great Jewish centers in Babylon, it was the natural entry point for any help the Zealots hoped for from their brethren in Mesopotamia. … Gamla is one of very few places in the Roman empire where a battle site was abandoned and never resettled.”

4. Advice for loud people on working with quiet people

“This is my advice for working with quieter people in workplaces, classrooms, or ministry settings. It is drawn from my own experience as someone who’s on the quiet side and from insights of people I know.”

links to the land

 

Bethsaida: A Bethsaida Lesson—Jesus Wants to Teach You Much More [required reading]

“For the faithful follower of Jesus, there is another danger beyond complacency. … We limit our understanding of Jesus when we require Him to act within the limitations of our understanding. … To deepen your understanding of Jesus, set your mind on God’s interests above your own.”

Golan Heights: Golan Heights Tour

“The Golan Heights, Israel’s mountainous north-eastern region, is one of the most beautiful areas of the country.”

Tel Al-Elealeh: The Moabite city of Elealeh

“After the Israelites occupied the area the city was given to the tribe of Reuben as part of their territory (Numbers 32:3, 37).”

Temple Mount: The Most Contested Real Estate on Earth? [essential reading; outstanding diagram!]

“Muslims call it the Noble Sanctuary. Jews and Christians call it the Temple Mount. Built atop Mount Moriah in Jerusalem, this 36-acre site is the place where seminal events in Islam, Judaism and Christianity are said to have taken place, and it has been a flash point of conflict for millenniums.”