From Fatima Portugal to Mass at Coimbra where Sister Lucia spent the last 50+ years of her life in the Carmelite Monastery. See Fr. Andrew Apostoli’s homily here.

Then to Braga for lunch and free time.

Stories, prayers and discussions on the buses – fun times! Then to Bon Jesus, one of the most beautiful and amazing churches in the works.

Then to Santiago de Compostela to check in to our fantastic hotel and dinner.


Karl Keating posted on Facebook:


Hank Hanegraaf, long-time president of the Christian Research Institute and host of “The Bible Answer Man” radio show, has entered the Greek Orthodox Church, according to one-time associate Rob Bowman.

IMG_9151CRI is an Evangelical apologetics group established in 1960 by Walter Martin, who died in 1989. Martin had been the original “Bible Answer Man,” but Hanegraaf has filled role for nearly three decades now.

Bowman used to work at CRI. Since 2008 he has headed the small Institute for Religious Research, which seems to focus on refuting Mormonism and the Jehovah’s Witnesses, a group that Bowman wrote four books against.

Bowman reports that Hanegraaf, his wife, and two of their twelve children were chrismated on Palm Sunday at a Greek Orthodox church in Charlotte, NC, near where CRI now is located.

Bowman says, “Hanegraaff’s conversion to Eastern Orthodoxy should not be viewed as a mere isolated occurrence. There has been a definite trend for the past few decades of a growing number of American evangelical Protestants converting to either Catholicism or Orthodoxy.”

What will happen with “The Bible Answer Man”? Is it possible for an Evangelical ministry to be headed by a Greek Orthodox?

Almost certainly there will be outrage from certain quarters. Not a few supporters of CRI think Catholics and Orthodox are Christians only by sufferance. Such people won’t take kindly to Hanegraaf’s “betrayal of the gospel,” which is probably how they will look at his conversion. Many other fans of CRI will be disappointed, even if Hanegraaf positions himself in what one might call low-church Orthodoxy (an analogue to low-church Anglicanism).

I don’t see how Hanegraaf can remain with CRI for long. The organization never has shown much sympathy for liturgical churches. My guess is that Hanegraaf will depart soon. He’s 66 or 67, so he may have timed his conversion with an expected retirement from CRI anyway.

As for his part, Bowman concludes his report with a rallying of the Evangelical troops. While speaking well of Hanegraaf, he says that Evangelical distinctives remain true and that Orthodox (and Catholic) distinctives don’t–or at least such is the implication. He concludes by saying that the fallout from Hanegraaf’s change of allegiance is likely to affect Evangelicalism for years go come.


We Had a Nice Christmas Present Today :-)

by Steve Ray on December 25, 2016

IMG_5148Nice Christmas present today. Plane to Israel oversold so they bumped us to Business Class. Nice sleep ahead! Thank the Lord! It pays to stay Diamond!


Bravo Pope Francis! Reaffirms Ban on Homosexuals in Priesthood

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Enjoy our last day of Mexico Adventures. Homily in tiny Indian chapel in middle of the marketplace click here.

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Mass at with Our Lady at Guadalupe!

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Few Video Clips from Canonization of Mother Teresa

September 4, 2016

More later…

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Last Day in Kraków and Salt Mines and Dinner Dancing…

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If You Live in Nebraska, Join us…

July 13, 2016

I will be in Omaha tonight and Grand Island tomorrow. The topic for the talk and Q & A is “Evangelism 101: How to Share and Explain Jesus to Everyone.”

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Death of Teresa Tomeo’s Sister

May 8, 2016

For those who know and love Teresa Tomeo. Pray for her. Her older sister died today. Pray for her sister too. 

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Marvelous Mother’s Day Sentiment; I Shared it with My Wife and My Mom

May 7, 2016

Why a mother is closest to God!

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Grandson Josh Improvises Piano for his Great Grandma’s Retirement Home – incredible kid!

April 23, 2016

Josh loves to share his gift and here you get to enjoy it too.

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Trevi Fountain to be Turned Red…

April 20, 2016

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Can You Ever Achieve Total Security Traveling or at Home? What Are the Risks?

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