I think one of my favorite places in Turkey was Sidyma, a village in the former Roman province of Lycia. The ancient tombs in this region are quite impressive but what makes the place really special is its natural setting, in a small village high up in the Taurus mountains.
I just finished a trip to Turkey to collect some images for a history curriculum. Put a few kilometers on a couple Peugeot 301’s. I’ll post a few pictures – non archaeology related – in the days to come.
This post is for Dad, who has a long history with this road. There is a dusty little track that leads from the town of Emmaus up to Jerusalem. The gospel of Luke tells the story of two men who walked this road in despair but returned by it that very same evening with a … Read more
One of my heroes is Joseph Martin-Dauch. He was the only member of the Estates General to refuse to sign the Tennis Court Oath. 576 voted for it and 1 voted against it – Joseph Martin-Dauch. The scene was captured by the painter Jacques-Louis David. You can see Dauch seated to one side while everyone … Read more
“Come, let us return to the LORD; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him. Let us know; let us … Read more
Just before his crucifixion, Jesus prayed, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son, that the Son may glorify you.” It is not easy to understand how the crucifixion could be anything other than a painful way to die but this is not the only place where Jesus connected his death with his glorification. In … Read more
Jerry: A marked deck? Rob: Yeah, I am afraid so, it is my magic deck. Jerry: You mean to tell me you have been playing poker with a marked deck? Rob: Yeah, but I didn’t know it, believe me Jerry. Jerry: You mean it was just a coincidence that you have been winning all the … Read more
Margaret Jean Cross Gibson, my Grandmother (January 17, 1926 – October 30, 2017) My best memories of Grandma are connected with the old, Victorian home she and Grandpa owned in small town Alberta. I remember the flowers she planted around the house, the bird feeder in the back yard, the turned wooden banister and creaking wooden … Read more
Today we start our dig on hill across from Et-tell, the ancient mound that should probably be identified with Ai. Last year during our survey we found this stone structure that looks worthy of further investigation. Was it an ancient altar? We hope to find out!
We can easily imagine, think of, contemplate and be attracted to the idea of giving our whole selves and lives over to God without actually doing it, and think we have done it because we have imagined it. Our imagination can even become an idol, a substitute. Dostoyevsky says: “Love in action is a harsh … Read more