Category Archives: Religion

MUSIC & VIDEO | Horatio’s Hymn Revisited, Part 2: A COVID Lockdown Special

“It Is Well” versus the Coronavirus and economic meltdown — It’s no contest! This started out as an extension of my previous contribution on this topic — the amazingly popular hymn “It Is Well With My Soul”, by Horatio Spafford … Continue reading

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Friday LIVESTREAM: “Reframing the Discourse on Israel/Palestine”

Friday April 5th is an opportunity to learn and be challenged via a major symposium — hosted by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, chaired by award-winning journalist Sandy Tolan, and assembling a wide-ranging slate of scholars, journalists … Continue reading

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Who Stole the Samaritan Torahs?

From the NPR web-site comes an intriguing article by Jerusalem-based international correspondent Daniel Estrin offering a rare glimpse inside the modern Samaritan community in the Holy Land. This tiny sect, tightly-knit and steeped in colorful ancient traditions, consider themselves the … Continue reading

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*UPDATED* Restoration Work Begins on the Edicule of the Holy Sepulchre

This post mostly reflects my own curiosity about the restoration work just getting underway at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City. The specific focus is the edicule, the built structure which stands at the center of … Continue reading

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When Sorrows Like Sea Billows Roll: Horatio’s Hymn Revisited

It is amazing how many Protestant and Evangelical Christians in the West are acquainted with the name Horatio Gates Spafford, and especially the story of how, spurred by a profound personal tragedy, he penned the words of the much-loved, inspirational hymn “It … Continue reading

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Baptist group to ‘wage peace’ in Palestine

From the patio outside my flat, the steeple of his church, Christmas Lutheran, punctuates the Bethlehem skyline: Mitri Raheb. Dr. Raheb is slated to be the keynote speaker for a Washington D.C.- area conference in early November entitled “Waging Peace … Continue reading

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“Why Jerusalem Was Central to Mohammed” [plus a BONUS feature]

Would you be surprised to learn that the first Muslims, during the lifetime of Mohammed — before they ever prayed toward Mecca — were instructed by the Prophet to face in the direction of Jerusalem? Or that they referred to … Continue reading

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