Friday, August 11, 2006

Cease Fire

The AP is reporting that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has accepted the proposed cease-fire agreement, the Israeli government is expected to do the same on Sunday. YEAH!!!! It sure doesn't mean that the shooting is over, but it is a step in the right direction.

It has been a while since I have written, and I thought I would take a few moments to fill you in on what I have been up to. First, I have put a more current schedule on my web site: I will try to keep it up to date, and as I get closer to leaving for Israel, I will put a more detailed itinerary online. Second, I have done some updating to the rest of the web site and will try to do that every couple of days. Until I leave, there is not a lot of excitement to report.

I have been reading quite a bit. Finished a couple of novels: Labyrinth by Kate Mosse and The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry. Both are in the style of the DaVinci Code, but neither reaches that level. I would recommend Berry's book, but Mosse's was too long and drawn out. I am also reading Who Killed Jesus?: Exposing the Roots of Anti-Semitism in the Gospel Story of the Death of Jesus by John Dominic Crossan. He says that it is not a "scholarly book" but one written for the masses. If that is true he needs a new editor who will tell him to quit writing in such a technical style. There were words in his book that I had to look up (and I think that I read at a higher level than most people --- especially when it is a religious book). It is an interesting look at how he believes the arrest, trial and crucifixion took place; and more importantly, how the early church understood those events. Good book, but too technical.

Earlier this week I went to Plymouth Indiana to the United States Golf Academy at the Swan Lake Resort. When I was the pastor of Pretty Lake Trinity UMC just outside Plymouth, I would play this course quite often. Today it is 36 holes of championship golf, with a teaching academy. I was the only student at this session, so I ended up with 5 hours of personal instruction. I also got to play quite a bit of golf.

The lessons were excellent, and I know that in the long run they will help me get my handicap into the teens, but for now, I expect my scores to soar as I try to remember all that I was taught. It was a great time and I am really glad I did it --- Thanks Nancy for really encouraging me.

I have received my flight info for Israel. I will fly to Atlanta and then travel directly to Tel Aviv. Educational Opportunities has seven people going on a pilgrimage and I will be traveling with them.

Pray for peace!


Anonymous said...

Steve, I also enjoyed Berry's book. Also try The Messenger by Daniel Silva (sorry, don't know how to make this underline the book title and Michelle is not home to help me!) The Israel news is great today and I think things will quiet down while everyone fights over the wording of the agreement. Still praying that this will work out for you.......Diane

Anonymous said...


I got your E-Mail, but it was cancelled via your Newsletter Article blog comments.

Yes - there is a cease fire agreement by the UN, but don't know if it will be abided by - but there is HOPE. Prayers are being answered.

You are well read in Christian literature - an area I am weak in. Most of my literature in the convent was on God, Jesus Christ, saints and writings of the theologians - whose virtues you were to try to emulate. The greatest gift you can give to God is complete surrender of your being in the religious life.

Glad to hear you got some R & R at the golf academy!

After doing a perusal of your church photo-shoots, I found that the Roselawn Church reminded me of the church on the "Little House on The Prairie" T.V. series (which I watch) - plain and simple but beautiful!

I saw you walking your dog on White Oak - was going to wave but passed too fast!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY STEVE!!! Hope Jessica gets off to a good start at Butler!