Winding up to wind down

Winding up to wind down

It took a 90-year-old man to breathe some real excitement into the typically staid meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion (SBL/AAR) going on in San Diego. That happens when the nonagenarian is former president Jimmy Carter....
Footsore and seat-sore: it must be SBL

Footsore and seat-sore: it must be SBL

Hearing 15 scholars read academic papers over the course of 9 1/2 hours — and then listening (or joining in) as their colleagues respond — can make for a happy day: especially when periodic breaks can be spent on the San Diego waterfront. On the first full...
A time for sun and scripture

A time for sun and scripture

If you want to have a large convention in late November, when much of the nation is falling to the siege of winter, San Diego is the place to do it. Thousands of academics in the fields of religion and Bible have gathered here for the annual meetings of the Society of...
Two days, delayed …

Two days, delayed …

Daily blogs highlighting a Baptists Today “Nurturing Faith Experience” in Israel came to a screeching halt when Internet access in our hotel at Ramath Rachel decided to rest on the Sabbath. After two final days of touring and a lo-o-o-ong flight home, I...
Down and dirty …

Down and dirty …

Friday’s activities provided yet more evidence that Nurturing Faith Experiences are deep, wide, and rich. When we take people to Israel and the West Bank, we make sure they get their money’s worth. Not only do we see more things and have more experiences...
From top to bottom

From top to bottom

Day six on the ground for Baptists Today pilgrims/learners in Israel and the West Bank took us around and through Jerusalem, from top to bottom. Due to some recent unrest, we had been uncertain about whether we could go up on the Temple Mount, where security lines on...