A Most Unnerving Song

For he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;for the Mighty One has done...

Ein Karem

When the angel Gabriel told Mary she was pregnant, she also learned that her older cousin Elizabeth was expecting a child. Now, Mary knew that...

Joseph Did What the Lord Commanded

When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had no marital relations with her until she...

Little Town of Bethlehem

We turn from the story of the Annunciation (the announcement that Mary would have a child) to the story of how Joseph came to know that Mary was...

Travel Notes: Sepphoris and Nazareth

Sepphoris is an old Roman city just three miles from the smaller town of Nazareth. At the time of Jesus’ birth, Sepphoris was a bustling city with a...

Can Anything Good Come Out of Nazareth?

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the...

Mary’s Hometown: Nazareth

It’s been said that the Holy Land is the fifth Gospel—that in walking its streets and tracing its terrain you have a chance to see the biblical...

Introducing WALKING THE ROAD TO BETHLEHEM

Two years ago I wrote The Journey, describing and reflecting upon the events leading to the birth of Jesus. It was the second book in my trilogy about...

Room in the Inn?

Merry Christmas! Today, we end our journey retracing Mary and Joseph’s steps with the long-awaited arrival of the Christ Child. After Mary and...

The Journey: From Nazareth to Bethlehem

In my trip to the Holy Land to research my book, The Journey, we traveled by car, by van, and on foot as we sought to follow the journey Mary and...

How Mary Found Her Joy

And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” —Luke 1:46-47For nine or ten days Mary had carried in her...

Counsel and Comfort

Having considered Joseph's story, let’s look at Mary’s story in Luke 1. After Mary received word that she was going to give birth to a child—to...

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