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Farewell from Temple Mount

Sorry there was no blog on Sunday - we had a more gentle day visiting St George's Cathedral and Christ Church, the two Anglican churches in Jerusalem which serve very different communities. Here is my final vlog, recorded before we left on Monday: Our pilgrimage ended yesterday at the south wall of Temple Mount, standing… Continue reading Farewell from Temple Mount

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The Church of the Resurrection and the Garden Tomb.

The Western churches call it the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, but the Eastern Orthodox churches call it (much more excitingly) the Church of the Resurrection. After being jostled by massive crowds in that impressive and ancient church, we came to the Garden Tomb, a quiet and reflective place to celebrate the Eucharist together, led… Continue reading The Church of the Resurrection and the Garden Tomb.

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Bethlehem

Today's vlog was recorded in the sixth century Church of the Nativity, the oldest standing church in the Middle East. This morning we visited Johnny Shawan, a Palestinian Christian with an amazing ministry of reconciliation and ministry to the children of this troubled town.

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Petra

Today we spent the whole day in the ancient city of Petra, which was at its height in the first century. We climbed high above the monuments to an ancient high place where animal sacrifices were made, and possibly human sacrifices, and pondered the Old Testament warnings against pagan worship at high places, such as… Continue reading Petra

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Nazareth – Mary’s Well and the Church of the Annunciation

Our second day began at Mary's well, which I describe in the video. After this we visited the church of the Annunciation built over the home of the holy family. Then we visited a re-creation of a Nazareth village in the first century, which was very evocative. Here are some pictures... This bottom picture is… Continue reading Nazareth – Mary’s Well and the Church of the Annunciation