Advent: We Are Waiting

Advent begins with focused attention to the agony of our deepest longings. The task is to let the truth behind those longings rise to the surface before suppressing them with lesser fare, because the longings themselves may be the first reliable indicators of the One thing that leads to true fulfillment, satiation and joy.

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2009 Winnipeg Folk Festival

Rarely do I get to go out to see live music. I’m on the road so much that I miss most opportunities to catch the concerts that come through town. The one event I rarely miss, and one we plan for is the Winnipeg Folk Festival which occurs annually on the first full weekend of July.

CHANGES! by Steve Bell

Changes, coming upon us
It keeps moving, moving around us
Got to keep dancing knowing He loves us
Got to keep joy in our hearts.
– Jim Croegaert

This is the opening stanza of one of my favorite Jim Croegaert songs and a fitting beginning for the launch of this new website and a slightly different focus than I’ve had for the last several years.

Itinerary to Include Kenya

We’re leaving for Ethiopia in the morning. I’m not done packing yet. It’s so hard to know how to pack for such a trip. There has been a late addition of a few days in Kenya.

Introduction and Itinerary

Hi folks. I’m off this coming Monday to Egypt/ Israel for a whirlwind tour with Rikk Watts, Professor of New Testament Studies at Regent College. We’re basically going on a pre-trip to scout out a 2010 tour for a group of folks (mostly from the Seattle area) I have...

Day One / Flight and First Impression / Cairo

The Nile River - taken from my hotel room.First impression flying over the Nile delta and toward Cairo is the absolute enormity of the city. It took half an hour to fly over it to get to the airport. There, we were met by a rather striking man, both in features and in...

Day 2 / Pyramids and Old Cairo

Great Pyramid at GizaWoke up this morning at 7am and by 8 had eaten breakfast, met our guide Magda, and were crossing the city to Giza to visit the three most famous of the 118 known pyramids in Egypt.First, let me correct last night's description of Cairo. It is...

Day Three – Luxor

The Nile from my hotel room window in LuxorI'm going to try to be quick here cause it was a long hot day and I'm up again early in the morning. So I may leave out a detail or two for now and come back and fill in later.Rikk and I flew out of Cairo early this morning...

Day 4 / Back to Cairo

This will be very brief. We saw another amazing temple this morning before catching a flight back to Cairo where we were immediately taken to the Egyptian Museum for the rest of the afternoon. We saw, among other things, the contents of Tutankhamen's Tomb. To see this...

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