Bad Times in Nazareth

By Deal W. Hudson The angel Gabriel announced the birth of Christ at a town called Nazareth. Most people know that—it could be a $4,000 question on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. What most people don’t know is that the largest church in the Middle East stands at the site: the Basilica of the… Continue reading Bad Times in Nazareth

A City Divided: How Israel’s Wall Is Splitting the Holy Land

The Israeli separation wall divides the Pisgat Zeev Israeli Settlement, on the left, and the Shuafat Refugee Camp, on the right, outside Jerusalem, January 25, 2011. Al-Jazeera released leaked documents called the "Palestine Papers" that reveal that Palestinian negotiators were willing to compromise on the issues of Jerusalem and refugees during peace talks with Israel in 2008. UPI/Debbie Hill

By Deal W. Hudson I met my guide, Helmut Konitzer, at the airport. A German who visits the West Bank to assist the sisters, monks, and priests living there, Helmut had the look of a well-cut drifter. I wasn’t surprised when he told me his preferred mode of transportation was his motorcycle, especially when medicines… Continue reading A City Divided: How Israel’s Wall Is Splitting the Holy Land

Christian Zionism, Evangelicals, and Israel

Deal W. Hudson Published April 30, 2009 Rev. Stephen Sizer probably knows more about Christian Zionism than anyone in the world. At least, it seemed that way as we sat in the coffee shop at a Border’s bookstore in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Reverend Sizer has been an Anglican priest for 30 years, serving a parish… Continue reading Christian Zionism, Evangelicals, and Israel

A Common Friend to Both – A Visit with Archbishop Chacour

Deal W. Hudson Published August 3, 2010 Archbishop Elias Chacour of the Melkite Church in Israel is a remarkable man. Nominated several times for the Nobel Peace Prize, the author of three books on religion, and now in his early 70s, he’s an internationally recognized leader in the effort to find a peaceful solution to… Continue reading A Common Friend to Both – A Visit with Archbishop Chacour