Roan Mountain Days

  High atop Roan Mountain on the Tennessee-North Carolina border are the largest natural rhododendron gardens in the world. Each year since 1947, the village of Roan Mountain has thrown a party to celebrate the beauty. I remember attending as a boy, and my dad was very involved for a long time. In recent years […]

The Israel Museum

  The Israel Museum, located on the west side of Jerusalem near the Knesset, serves as Israel’s Smithsonian. Like any vast museum, it’s full of exhibits and one must be selective in visiting due to time restraints. Here are four areas worth investigating for a pleasant half-day’s adventure. (You might check the schedule before you […]

The Mount of Beatitudes

  This week in Israel we pondered the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) on the Mount of Beatitudes, at or near the spot where Jesus taught 2000 years ago on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. An Inaugural Sermon: This was our Lord’s first recorded sermon. I’ve read the biographies of many great preachers, and I always pay […]