Full & Fun Final Day: Jericho, Camels, Dead Sea, Jordan River…

April 12, 2018

The last day is always fun and exciting. We started off the day with Mass and breakfast at the beautiful and elegant Notre Dame Center. Father Courtney gave another wonderful homily to summarize the trip and to bless all the religious items. From the Israel Museum to the Jordan River and from Jericho to Qumran. […]

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Crap, Castration & Two Creations – Colorful New Testament Wording

April 12, 2018

Since we are in Philippi Greece today, I thought I would post this colorful blog :-) We miss a lot when reading the English Bible. We’re at a great disadvantage. The early Christians read the writings of the apostles in the original language – they understood the words and expressions must better than we do. […]

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Via Dolorosa, Mass at Calvary, Western Wall, Visiting Tomb, Dinner on Roof of Jerusalem…

April 11, 2018

There was too much happening today to fit in one 15 minute YouTube video so we have two shorter videos for you today. To avoid the huge crowds we got up very early in the morning for the Stations of the Cross arriving at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for our tour and Mass […]

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Evangelism Antennas: A Fun Story of One Woman’s Day and the New Evangelism :-)

April 11, 2018

A while ago I gave a talk in Ann Arbor Michigan. It was about the New Evangelization. As part of my talk I explained how Janet and I have our “evangelism antennas” up first thing in the morning – alertly watching for open doors and ways to share our Catholic Faith throughout the day. And […]

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Gethsemane, Mount of Olives, Rain, Mount Zion and more

April 10, 2018

Today we started out with Mass at Gethsemane. It is very moving and powerful for the people and some said it was a highlight of their trip so far. Fr. Scott’s homily is HERE. Then to the top of the Mount of Olives and lunch at a Jewish kibbutz. Then to Mount Zion where we […]

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Should Catholics Attend Non-denominational or Ecumenical Bible Studies?

April 10, 2018

Every day, Catholics are invited by coworkers, neighbors, and even family members to “ecumenical” Bible studies. Should they go? Certainly all of us would benefit from more study of Scripture, but as someone who has been a part of a number of Protestant Bible studies—I’ve even taught them—I discourage Catholics from attending them because of […]

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All Day Bethlehem!

April 9, 2018

Today we started out with supporting the local Christians in Bethlehem by buying olivewood and other religious items from their store. By doing so we helped over 65 Christian families. Then we went to Shepherds Field where we had Mass in the Cave of the Shepherds. Enjoy another great Fr. Courtney homily here. A nice […]

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A Limerick for a Questioning Grandson – Did Jesus Really Exist?

April 9, 2018

My grandson Josh asked, “Did Jesus really live? Maybe he didn’t and it was just a good story someone made up.” So I sat down and wrote him this limerick and gave him a stack of books from my library. The topic has not come up again since. Was there really a man named Jesus? […]

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Capernaum, Boat Ride on Galilee, Visitation…

April 8, 2018

Mass at Capernaum where Jesus said “Eat My Flesh and Drink My Blood“. Another outstanding homily by Fr. Scott Courtney. Then to see the 2000-year-old ancient boat from Jesus’ time and a boat ride on the Sea of Gallilee. After eating St. Peter’s Fish we headed north to Jerusalem. I told my conversion story along […]

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How Big Was Jesus in Mary’s Womb at the Visitation – and what could he do?

April 8, 2018

“How big was baby Jesus in Mary’s womb when Mary visited Elizabeth?” That is the question I asked myself while visiting the Church of the Visitation in Israel. What I learned was quite revolutionary and amazing. This is one of the best pro-life arguments from Scripture and one I’ve not heard discussed before. It also […]

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Northern Israel: Beatitudes, Caesarea Philippi, Primacy of Peter and more

April 7, 2018

Join us today in Northern Galilee. Enjoy the famous and fun homily at Beatitudes by Fr. Courtney here.

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Which Translation of the Bible Should I Use?

April 7, 2018

No translation is perfect. Translating ancient and foreign languages into English is not as easy as it would seem. There are ambiguities and linguistic hurtles. Picture a sliding scale from left to right. Every translation fits somewhere along that scale. At one end of the scale are literal translations and on the other extreme are […]

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Eventful Day at Transfiguration, Cana and Nazareth

April 6, 2018

Join us for the highlights of our exciting first full day with this group. We started early to beat the crowds to Mount Tabor For Mass at the Mount of Transfiguration. You can enjoy Fr. Scott’s homily HERE. Renewal of wedding vows in Cana of Galilee before an authentic Nazarene lunch in Nazareth. After a […]

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Proud of My Quiet Wife Doing Evangelism

April 6, 2018

Janet is usually quiet and reserved but today she surprised me. We went to Jimmy John’s to get sub sandwiches for our grandkids a while ago. On the sidewalk was sitting a young black man asking for money. I walked into the store but she turned around and went back to talk with him. She […]

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Off to Great Start in the Holy Land!

April 5, 2018

Opening day and all is well!

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Stones Cry Out: Does Archaeology Support the Bible?

April 5, 2018

This was a recent interview I did with Tim Staples. It was published in the Catholic Answers Magazine. Are we sure the Bible is true? Does archaeology help us know? Enjoy! Click here for the article.

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