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Rousing celebration opens BWA Congress 2015

The 21st Baptist World Congress took flight Wednesday night with a colorful troupe of singers from Africa, happy hymn singing, scripture readings, lots of music, and a message from Peter Chin, pastor of the Global Mission Church in the Bunding-Suji district of South...

BWA getting underway

The warm up to the 2015 Baptist World Congress is underway at the International Convention Center in Durban, South Africa, with meetings Tuesday and Wednesday of the BWA Executive Committee, outgoing General Council (2010-2015), and incoming General Council...

Good Hope

After three adventurous but very tiring weeks digging with the Fourth Expedition to Lachish, and a hard day and a half of travel to South Africa, Susan and I were due a little R & R before heading to Durban for the Baptist World Congress, so we had planned to take...

A night and a day and a night …

If you are ever traveling in Africa, and one of the options includes a stopover in Addis Ababa, seriously consider choosing another one. For all the romance and excitement of travel, there are also frustrations, inconveniences, and just plain hard work. If...

It’s all about the pottery

Well, not really all. There are other important things, too, like architecture seen in walls or beaten floors, artifacts that suggest wealth or poverty, carbonized seeds, city planning, and radiocarbon dating — but in the field, if you want to know where you are...

Odds and ends

Nearing the end of our three weeks with the Fourth Expedition to Lachish, here are a few notes on aspects that are different, if not odd. Being not tourists, but the attraction. Lachish is not on most tour itineraries, but from one to three groups come through most...

Articulating rocks

Normally, when I think of articulation, it relates to speech. Some people are more articulate than others, better able to speak clearly and descriptively. The word can also apply to other fields in which the issue is creating a better definition, and that’s what...

Where’s Waldo?

As I noted in a previous blog, the task of sifting on an archaeological dig can be tiresome and filthy work, but also rewarding: it’s like playing the children’s book game “Where’s Waldo?” Yesterday I didn’t find Waldo, but I did...

The real dirt …

The real dirt on sifting is that the dirt is on you. The glamor side of a dig is the digging: after someone else has conceived the plan, designed the dig, surveyed the squares, lined them with sandbags, and worked through the topsoil, the fun begins. Using a variety...