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… read more

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 kne… read more

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 … read more

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 … read more

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 bu… read more

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 J… read more

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 … read more


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… read more

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