identity and assumption

Identity.  We all have an identity.  We all have different narratives that help us to define our individual identities.  Some parts of our identity we do not choose.  Others we readily lay claim to. Assumptions.  As with identity, so too do we all have our assumptions.  Our personal narratives inform our assumptions about ourselves and…

Bethlehem: More than Just a Little Town

Bethlehem is a place to which thousands of Christian pilgrims journey year after year, filled with a deep and profound longing to be in the place where Jesus was born. Christians express a deep desire to be in that “little town,” so still and silent, seeking connection to the land where our God took on…

Beauty Amongst Brokenness

After checking out the skyline for the past couple days, today was the day we finally got to wind through the narrow bustling roads of the old city. Early this morning we worshiped in a small chapel in the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, met some fellow English speaking pilgrimaging Lutherans, and then headed to…

Distressed.

I am writing to you all after two days of contemplation. Friday was a hard day for me in more ways than one and even after rest and many conversations…I am still wrestling these thoughts in my head. Most of you don’t know my story, who I really am, or my background..so let me paint…

Holy Sites and the Sacred

A belated post from Thursday: Today we drove up to the Galilee and spent the day seeing holy sites–the Sea of Galilee, Tiberias, the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount, Tabgah where Jesus fed the 5,000, Capernaum, Nazareth. Many of these places have churches built around them, and most are…

Reclaiming True Christian Pilgrimage

I wrote the following while sitting atop the Mount of Beatitudes earlier this morning (with a couple slight modifications taking in experiences from later in the day). I hope you enjoy it, and please provide feedback if you’re able! – Dustin Sitting atop a devotional site called the Mount of the Beatitudes and seeing the…