Take Off Your Shoes

Moses and Joshua had to take off their shoes because the ground was holy, an exchange of footwear sealed the deal in Ruth, and the Psalms talk of tossing sandals at Edom... What is it with the Middle East and shoes? As I struggled to…

Israel and Homosexuality

Gay pride marches have become a standard feature of many Western, liberal countries. Not so much in the Middle East, of course... but there is one notable exception: Israel. However, unlike most Western countries, you will not find a…

Jesus a Palestinian?!

Palestinian activist, Linda Sarsour, might have made big waves by saying that Jesus was a Palestinian, but the claim isn't new. The assertion is made as a way of trying to separate Jesus from the people of Israel and his Jewish identity.…

Breakthrough in Bahrain: Israel Recognized at Last!

As Hananya Naftali righty said, Israel has been waiting for these words for 70 years. Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Foreign Minister of Bahrain openly declared, “Israel is a country in the Middle East. It is part of the heritage of this…

Ruth and Naomi: A Story for Our Times

When reading the book of Ruth recently, it dawned on me that the opening scene is a pertinent metaphor for our situation today as believers. Especially when you take into account the Hebrew names of the key characters. “Don’t urge me to…

Land of Milk and Honey

"I promise that I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, a land flowing with milk and honey.” (Exodus 3:17) God told Moses…

Blazing Fires in Israel

Israel is burning. Fires are ripping through the scorched countryside, causing destruction and havoc. Brutally hot temperatures, high winds and low humidity have created conditions prone to wild fires, and Israel has reached out to the…