The new and revised 18-volume Pictorial Library of Bible Lands by Todd Bolen is a landmark achievement. These volumes contain more than 17,500 high-resolution photos of the lands and islands, sites and landscapes, roads and ruins, digs and artifacts, cultures and climates of the Bible. The vantage points vary from aerial to close-up to panoramic. Lighting, weather, season, … More Review of The Pictorial Library of Bible Lands by Todd Bolen
Three weeks ago, we were packing up the last of our belongings, saying final goodbyes to friends and co-workers and church family, madly finishing up projects to prepare for the new Dean, and preparing for our cross-country move into the next season of our lives. Three weeks from now, I’ll be exploring a brand new … More The Incredible Journey
There are some things you just never dream of doing. There are other things that you’ll only do if opportunity beats down your door with a sledgehammer. And sometimes both kinds of things hit you all at once. So what happens when you combine the cost of living in Southern California, the upcoming bill for a … More Gunner at GAP
Mother’s Day is a travesty. Like setting aside one single solitary day to memorialize our fallen soldiers who give their short lives for our lifelong freedom, we’ve set aside one single solitary day to celebrate our mothers who give the incalculable gift of their life and love to their children. Not that any mother will … More Thanks, Mom
The men below form the team that God has brought to The Master’s College dormitories to oversee, love, care for, instruct, disciple, counsel, challenge, and train the next generation of the church’s men. On either side of me are the four male Resident Directors I’ve served with this year, men of character, passion, humility, integrity, … More Men at Work
This past year, four tremendous guys served with me in leading the OMC. Juan Moncayo, Nate Brooks, Cameron Knox, and Peter Bugbee. Fellow OMC’er Cole Jeffrey, who has the “It” factor in photography, took the picture (and many others).
After a full day on Saturday, Cindi and I awoke on Sunday with a full day planned. We headed out the door and drove two miles through downtown toward the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. This park is crowned by the 63-story St. Louis Arch which stands on the western bank of the Mississippi as the welcoming gatekeeper … More St. Louis, Missouri (2)
Last year I climbed Half-Dome in Yosemite National Park with the four-man team of guy RDs. This past week we made a longer return trip (minus Siona and plus Joe) for our last hurrah as a team since two of us are moving into new positions. We took it a bit easier this time and thoroughly enjoyed the recently-opened … More Yosemite National Park
Some may be wondering about the wildfires in Southern California and if Santa Clarita and TMC have been affected. The strong Santa Ana winds are driving numerous fires out of control as they often do in SoCal. As I write this on Sunday at 10:30pm PST, the closest fires to TMC and our extension-campus dorm are in Canyon … More Wildfires in Southern California
The guy RD’s decided to hike Half-Dome in Yosemite this weekend (Jeff Lewis, Dave Hulet, Siona Savini, and I). The only other time I was in Yosemite is long enough ago for me not to remember anything about it. I’ll certainly remember this time, though. The hike was 15.2 miles roundtrip. We gained around 4,800 feet … More Climbing Half Dome in Yosemite National Park
(HT: Mark Driscoll)
Yesterday was Father's Day. Tomorrow is Judah's six-month birthday. So today has a lot of meaning for me. This new poem called "See" is what I've been thinking lately, as best as I can express it and as best as I can make the 11×17" double-column print version look on a blog. This is also my new … More “See”
I never meant for this site to turn into a photo-journaling tour, but I'm afraid it's been turning into that recently. I'm going to try to stem that tide. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but words are still indispensable. Pictures are easier, though, because writing is like painting. It's easier to post a picture … More May They Prosper Who Love You
A few days ago, my friend Juan arrived back from Ecuador with the TMC summer missions team he was leading. We were only able to talk for a couple minutes yesterday, but I was blown away by this: The caption said: "A Huaorani man that killed Jim Elliot and the missionaries… now prays for our safe … More Your Palm Beach
Speaking of beautiful things in God's creation, check this out. It's real: Here's the explanation. And here's the ultimate explanation. And here's what all of this is all about.
It's sad when reality becomes cliche, but it really is true that time flies. One year ago today I was spending my tenth day in Israel. I had wanted to go to Israel for as long as I had the opportunity to, but finally went last summer. I loved it. For quite some time I've … More One Year Ago Today: The Tabernacle