What’s the Matter: a blog by Pastor Tim Keyl

Richard Ford Guest Blogger November 8th

Guest BloggerRichard FordNovember 8  – Middle day of the Holy Land Trip   7:30 am   After packing, a great  breakfast and settling our bill, we left the Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem on foot, luggage in hand, and rolled down the bumpy cobblestone street, then a right turn and up the hill to meet our […]

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November 5th and 6th Guest blogger Karen Danielson

Fourth Full Day: On to Bethlehem Staying at the International Center at Bethlehem (ICB) Saturday, November 5   Our favorite cabbie Abu Isam loaded our luggage from Augusta Victoria and brought us to theInternationalCenter’s Abu Jubran Guest House inBethlehem, a part of the complex that includes theChristmasLutheranChurch.   We went around the checkpoint through Beit […]

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November 7th Last Day in Bethlehem

November 7, 2011   So many full days means our entries are forthcoming.  People from our group are writing, but we have not had much time to post them.   This is our last night in Bethlehem, where for dinner we had really good shawerma. Shawera is meat on a spit, carved and stuffed into […]

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Third Day Friday, November 4 Guest Blogger Meaghan Byrne

Third Full Day in Jerusalem Guest Blogger Meaghan Byrne November 4th saw quite a gloomy start.  We ate breakfast and finished our devotions to a light rain falling outside.  A rain that all were grateful for due to the drought like conditions the region has been experiencing.  After devotions, we headed out to the olive […]

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2nd Full Day in Israel/Palestine Guest blogger: Richard Ford

Richard Ford, guest blog November 3- 2nd full day in Israel Weather – mostly cloudy, windy, 57 – 67 degrees 7:30 Our day began with breakfast (coffee, pita bread, yogurt, tomatoes, cheese) and devotion (song and a prayer) followed by a guided tour of the Augusta Victoria Hospital (AVH). This hospital, run by the Lutheran […]

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First Day in Jerusalem on our Companion Trip

Everyone Under the Vine and Fig Tree We couldn’t have asked for a smoother trip.  Though the flight was slightly delayed, the Continental Flight to Tel Aviv went without a hitch and Ben Gurion Airport was amazingly quiet.  So through passport control to the baggage claim, then meeting ELCA staffer Julie Rossate who took us […]

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Holy Ground

Holy Ground When I was a kid and in church alone at night, I would turn off a hall light and run down it to the next one, turn off the next row, and run down again. I was not afraid of the dark per se; I was afraid of encountering the holy. I know […]

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The Three “A’s” of Peace Not Walls

  The Three A’s of Peace Not Walls I have the great privilege to be synod liaison for a companion relationship with Lutherans in the Holy Land. It’s also a burden, because it is a sadness to beg for justice. “A” number one: Accompany Americans have great freedoms. When I travel to Israel and the […]

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I want to be an activist

When our song says peace and the world says war, we will sing despite the world. We will trust the song, for we sing of God, who breaks the spear and sword and stills the storm of war. –Richard Leach I want to be an activist. That is opposed to a passivist, while it does […]

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Fifty Days of Yippee

  Fifty Days of Yippee Eastertide is Fifty Days, a week of weeks (7×7+1=50).  It continues on through Pentecost, the Fiftieth Day. Alleluia is the operative word, a Hebrew word meaning “praise God,” but probably better understood as a liturgical way to say “yippee.” One of my favorite movie songs is from Shrek (the original), […]

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