How Do We Know the Holy Sites are Authentic (Protestant Skeptic)?

February 7, 2018

Since today we are at the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, I thought I share an e-mail I received from a man whose Protestant friend just returned from the Holy Land a bit disillusioned and skeptical. Here is the e-mail I received: Hi Steve, Here’s the question in brief (read more if you have time). How […]

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Gethsemane, Mount of Olives, Mount Zion, Dinner and Dancing in Bethlehem

February 6, 2018

great day starting with Mass at Gethsemane (homily here) and visiting the top of the Mount of Olives where Jesus ascended back ito heaven. Lunch at a Jewish kibbutz before Steve’s talk The Story of Salvation History as we overlooked Jerusalem. Mount Zion, Death of Mary, Upper Room and Prison of Christ on Holy Thursday […]

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Response to an Ex-Catholic, now Baptist

February 6, 2018

A while ago I received an e-mail from a Southern Baptist and decided to take a few minutes to respond. Thought others might be edified by it so I have posted it here without using his name. His e-mail is contained in regular text and my response is in CAPITAL LETTERS. **************************************************** HELLO FRIEND: I […]

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Bethlehem All Day and Solemn Entry to Jesus’ Tomb

February 5, 2018

Everyone was excited to spend the day in Bethlehem because it’s like a different world. There are 4000 years of history here all the way from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob through King David, the birth of Jesus, all the way to our own time. Touching the birthplace of Christ is very emotional and a highlight […]

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Should the Vatican Sell its Treasures…

February 5, 2018

… to feed the poor? Geez, I used to say that myself in my former life as a Protestant – when I was an anti-Catholic. Actually, if you added up all wealth and property of the Protestant churches and organizations it would FAR exceed that of the Vatican or all the individual dioceses around the […]

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Sailing Galilee, Mass at Capernaum, eating St. Peter’s Fish, Visitation…

February 4, 2018

Today was a big day because we leave Galilee and head to Jerusalem. But first we saw the ancient boat from the time of Christ, then we had Mass at Capernaum where Jesus said, “Eat My Flesh and Drink My Blood” where I gave my talk “Defending the Eucharist”. For Fr. Vasek’s great homily, click […]

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5,000 Years of Religion in 90 Seconds

February 4, 2018

Another very cool interactive map takes you through the the many religions and centuries. Watch how Christianity spreads at the very end. Click on the image to the right.

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Transfiguration, Wedding Vows in Cana and lots in Nazareth

February 3, 2018

This is one of peoples’ favorite days although every day is special here. The taxi ride up the mountain to the Transfiguration Church is always exciting and gets a lot of “oohs and ahs.”  Another great homily in the beautiful Church of the Transfiguration – a church built to be filled with light – guess […]

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3,000 Years in 90 Seconds

February 3, 2018

Very cool map animation. Watch the history of the Middle East (and beyond) unfold with an interactive map showing the various civilizations that have ruled the region from ancient Egypt to modern times.

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The Rapture? Not All Evangelical Protestant Scholars Agree

February 3, 2018

I was organizing the 15,000 books in my Logos Bible Software program on my laptop and noticed this quote about the so-called “Rapture” as taught by many Evangelical Protestants. The Rapture is a new Protestant doctrine that was invented in the mid-1800’s in Scotland. The recent novelty is mainly based on 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. The following […]

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Beatitudes, Caesarea Philippi, Golan, Syrian Border, Multiplication, Primacy

February 2, 2018

With both groups together we had our first full day in Galilee. Of course, Mass at the Mount of Beatitudes is always special in the homily was especially good. You can hear it HERE. Everyone had a great time – fun, devout, inquisitive and punctual group. I gave my talk on “Peter: the Rock and […]

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Ten Worst Catholic Hymns of all Time

February 2, 2018

I haven’t heard them all, but the ones I recognize — I agree. I’ve told Janet if I hear some of them again I’ll walk out. Ten Worst Catholic Hymns of all Time

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Israel Group Arrives to Join our Jordan Group

February 1, 2018

The group that went to Jordan first has arrived in Israel. Now the group that is coming only for the Israel portion has arrived.
All is well and everyone is happy. Tomorrow we begin our first day with two both groups included.

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Jordan Day 5: Baptism Site, Jordan to Israel

February 1, 2018

Busy day today for everyone. For our group traveling through Jordan we went to the authentic baptismal site of Jesus on the Jordan side. We celebrated Mass right on the edge of the river. Fr. Craig’s excellent homily is HERE. I gave my talk “ Are You Born Again?“ And here are adventures and travels […]

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UNESCO Adds the Baptismal Site of Jesus to the World Heritage Sites

February 1, 2018

Since we are at this site TODAY with a bus full of pilgrims, I thought I would share this post again. This is an exciting development which helps establish the authentic baptismal site of Jesus. With the involvement of UNESCO the site will receive protection, funding and recognition. This is the place where the last three […]

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Petra Jordan – Wow!

January 31, 2018

We got up early this morning to a beautiful sun rise over the mountains of Petra. Prominent was the Tomb of Aaron the Prophet from over 3000 years ago. No one was disappointed with Petra. We spent a good bit of time wandering around thru the unprecedented gourge of colored sandstone and learning about it while […]

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