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CHRISTMAS LIGHT DRIVE-THRUS OF THE SOUTH

Christmas light drive-thru displays are a relatively new phenomenon, but one which is growing annually in terms of both numbers and popularity of such attractions.  The concept takes the old neighborhood drive-by Christmas light viewing to a much more complex level.  In some cases this has become a massive undertaking involving miles of carefully designed, […]

GREATEST SITES OF THE NATIVITY

At Christmas time millions around the world travel to see family and friends, while others flock to vacation destinations. However, there are many who still travel on pilgrimage at this festive time of year, seeking to celebrate one of Christianity’s most sacred days someplace meaningful.  The great cathedrals and churches of the world draw many […]

AMERICA’S BEST SMALL TOWN CHRISTMAS MARKETS

The Christmas Market is a holiday tradition that has long been a part of the Christmas season in Europe, especially in Germany.  Over the last few decades, this tradition has been working its way into American cities and towns, and now there are dozens of such markets from coast to coast.  Every year lists are […]

THANKSGIVING CHURCH TOUR OF MASSACHUSETTS

No place in America is more closely associated with the Thanksgiving holiday than Eastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod. It was here that the Pilgrims arrived in 1620 and where they later celebrated the first Thanksgiving.  Many of the settlements in this region were established directly by the pilgrims or by those Puritan Separatists who followed […]

CHURCHES OF THE FOUNDING FATHERS

Much has been said about the theological roots of the United States and the extent to which the Founding Fathers were truly religious men.  Whatever the truth about their religious convictions, there is no doubt that most of the Founding Fathers were, in fact, churchgoers throughout their lives.  George Washington, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton and […]

AMERICA’S METHODIST TRAIL

The Unites States boasts many home-grown Christian denominations; but the first true nationally organized church in America was the Methodist Church, an outgrowth of Anglican Church then dominant in the colonies of the British Empire around the world.  It was founded by John Wesley, an Anglican churchman, who personally preached in the colonial city of […]

SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES OF THE BOSTON THEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE

The Boston Theological Institute is possibly the largest religious education institution of its kind in the world. Not itself a school, it is a consortium of ten of the most prestigious and historic theology colleges and departments in the United States.  Some of the oldest divinity schools in the nation are part of the BTI, […]

Coming Attractions…

NANDA DEVI

Uttar Pradesh (7,816 m) – Sacred Mountain of the Goddesses Nanda and Sunanda Nanda Devi is arguably India’s most famous mountain. The tallest mountain located entirely within India’s borders, it is famous for several reasons. First, it is home to one of the world’s biosphere reserves, and as such has been declared a world heritage […]

MOUNT SINAI

Feran, Egypt Mount Sinai, also called Jabal Musa by the local Bedouins, is the site traditionally identified as the Biblical Mount Sinai, and has been unofficially recognized as such by a majority of Jews, Christians and Muslims for many centuries.  It is a place highly revered by all three faiths, and because of its out-of-the-way […]

Howard’s Random Ramblings

TRUMP: WHY HE MIGHT NOT BE AS BAD AS YOU THINK

Let me start by saying that I am one of those who truly disliked both candidates with a passion. I was dumbfounded when the Republicans chose Donald Trump, and exasperated when the Democrats chose Hillary Clinton.  For the record, I voted for Gary Johnson, futile as that was.  I knew that I was going to […]

REVIEW – “THE PILGRIM JOURNEY” BY JAMES HARPUR

I never thought it likely that I would stumble upon another writer who was as fascinated by the history and trivia of religious pilgrimage as I am. But alas, friends, I have met my match and in fact been bested by one James Harpur in his new book, “The Pilgrim Journey: A History of Pilgrimage […]

BIBLICAL EPICS PART TWO – LESS THAN STELLAR BIBLE MOVIES

As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of D.W. Griffith’s silent masterpiece Intolerance, it is easy to remember the many great Bible epics that Hollywood has turned out over the last hundred years.  From the classics (The Ten Commandments, Ben Hur) to the controversial (The Last Temptation of Christ) to the contemporary (The Passion of the […]