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Is it the End of the World?

Is it the End of the World?

December 2011 Archives

Is Touring Israel Safe?

posted by jfletcher

I hear this all the time from people who have always dreamed of “visiting the Holy Land.” Everyone wants to do it, but too many express fears about the issue of safety. You don’t have to be a member of […]

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Ron Paul on Israel

posted by jfletcher

Paul interviewed by Iranian TV

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Dry Bones

posted by jfletcher

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The Birthplace of Jesus Christ

posted by jfletcher

It shouldn’t surprise that in the modern era, the traditional birthplace of Jesus, in Bethlehem, has become a tourist trap. Palestinian merchants smile at pilgrims and offer all sorts of trinkets. The first time I visited the Church of the […]

Hanukkah and the Ghost of Adam Sandler

posted by jfletcher

It is a reflection of the times in which we live, I think, that younger generations know what little history they do from listening to pop culture figures. Comedian Adam Sandler’s “Hanukkah song” is one such example. Actually, the holiday […]

The Palestinian Jesus

posted by jfletcher

The Blaze has reported that the mayor of Bethlehem, Victor Batarseh, hopes for a most unusual Christmas gift: “Christmas inspires peace on earth and goodwill toward men (as written in Luke 2:14), so one might wonder why the mayor of […]

Christopher Hitchens—The Seer

posted by jfletcher

The death of Christopher Hitchens causes me to reflect on his extreme dislike of religion. He was really such a gifted writer, and a great observer of human nature. Yet his own bias was never more evident than in his […]

Giggling and Sniggering

posted by jfletcher

Christians, especially conservative ones, often go out of their way to speak well of people who loathe them. I do think that sometimes this is done out of a conscious desire to appear likable and avoid being tagged as a […]

The Gingrich Who Stole the Palestinian Christmas

posted by jfletcher

The current surging Republican candidate for president, Newt Gingrich, generated a firestorm of criticism today when he asserted in an interview that the Palestinians are “invented.” In answering a question about Zionism, he said: “Remember, there was no Palestine as […]

Little Town of Bethlehem

posted by jfletcher

Whenever I visit Israel, I see things not as a tourist, but as an…observer. It helps one discover the story behind the story. One afternoon, while visiting the Mount of Olives, I spent some time looking at the Seven Arches […]

Untold News

posted by jfletcher

My fascination with the Middle East leads me to extraordinary friendships. One such friendship—a new one—is with the folks at “Untold News” (www.untoldnews.org). Too often (okay, to be more precise: constantly), we hear only gloomy, depressing news from this troubled […]

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Good, Good Friday
When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they ...

posted 12:03:39pm Apr. 03, 2015 | read full post »

Rebels Without a Cause
Those who dismiss the late James Dean as merely a brooding, self-absorbed young actor miss the point, I think. Dean, who evidently suffered both from the early loss of his mother and from abuse at the hands of a trusted clergyman, really was ...

posted 2:08:36pm Feb. 05, 2015 | read full post »

The King of Zionism
Each year, various groups and individuals seek to politicize the memory of Martin Luther King, on the national holiday in his honor. So I will, too. Perhaps a little-known fact about “MLK” is that he was a strong supporter of the ...

posted 10:24:46am Jan. 19, 2015 | read full post »

Kay Wilson—Choosing Life
Today marks the fourth anniversary of the horrific Palestinian terror attack on my friend, Kay Wilson, and her friend, Kristine Luken. Kay survived, somehow; Kristine, a Christian, did not. Their attackers targeted them because they were ...

posted 11:49:49am Dec. 18, 2014 | read full post »

Jesus Unmasked
Jesus Christ…the most famous figure in world history. According to the apostle John: “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books ...

posted 11:21:27am Dec. 15, 2014 | read full post »

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