Assault on St. Catherine's

After taking the flights from Dubai to Cairo and from Cairo to Sharm El Sheik, and then the 2½ hour drive into the barren Sinai desert surrounded by equally barren and rugged hills, my one thought made me feel guilty: If the Israelites wandered 40 years in this, no wonder they grumbled.

But with a destination like St. Catherine's monastery, it was worth every effort. There is no other place on the planet you can visit that transports you as far back into redemptive history. For here we have the place where, second only to the incarnation itself, God made Himself most clearly known – first, through a burning bush on the side of a mountain and then, later, descending in power and glory on to the top of the mountain itself to write His law onto stone tablets for humankind.

The construction of St. Catherine's was commissioned by the Byzantine emperor Justinian in 530, though Christians had been coming there to escape persecution or as anchorites in pursuit of a monastic life, since the 300s. It was built as a result of its proximity to Mt. Sinai, but also to protect Christians in the area and what is purported to be the bush that drew Moses to his first encounter with the living God. Click here to continue reading this post and to view the blog archive.

Daily Headline News

Half of England's Anglican cathedrals could close amid funding crisis

Anglican cathedrals could be forced to charge for entry or face closure, amid dwindling public funding and expensive running costs. (Jamieson, The Telegraph)


Happy Birthday to GIF, a Tech Term That’s Aged Well

Next month marks the 30th birthday of a momentous techie acronym: "GIF," short for "Graphics Interchange Format." It has proved to be one of the more resilient terms of the digital age. (Zimmer, The Wall Street Journal)


A popular public school Bible class in West Virginia faces legal challenge

Two county residents with school-age children argue in a lawsuit that the program violates the establishment clause of the First Amendment and the West Virginia constitution. (Heim, The Washington Post)


Cases of anti-Semitism increased last year, report says

The recent uptick has fueled anxiety among American Jews during a period of emboldened expressions of white-supremacism and white-nationalism during the presidential election. (Fox News)


Five Things You May Not Have Known About Easter

This Easter discover spirituality that is real and faith that can intersect the deepest needs of life. Every year thousands come together across four campuses and nineteen services to celebrate Easter at Meck. It's an event unlike any other where you'll discover how the resurrection of a man that occurred more than 2,000 years ago can still radically alter the course of your life. And you'll learn five things you probably didn't already know about Easter.

Click here to see this product and more.