In a complex region with tensions that debatably go back to the era of our biblical forefathers and mothers, it is difficult to get a handle on the modern-day issues of the Holy Land.

In preparation for our call as communicators of the work and ministries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL), I have had to do a little independent study.

While feverishly pouring over resources, I thought my community of supporters may want a little brush up as well!


Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Resources:

The following are resources from a Lutheran context. resources, here.

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land:

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Through The Checkpoint

Book: “Chosen? Reading the Bible Amid the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict” by Walter Bruggemann



How was the checkpoint today?


Reliable News Outlets:

As former journalists, Ben and I have a hard time blindly accepting the written word on any subject as final and without skepticism. Anybody can be the expert online and many proclaim to know it all, but know little about accurate, fair and timely coverage, and even less about being non-biased.

With a topic as sensitive as the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the available neutral news sources gets real slim, real fast.

Remember that what you are reading will have an agenda or a slant to one side or the other. To be Christian means to seek a different way, a third way, a way that is not black or white, this or that, but presents realities that allow the reader to find her own way.

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” ~ 2 Corinthians 4:18

I’ll list the agencies as I and my colleagues here find them fit:

  1. The New York Times Middle East
  2. 972 Magazine 
  3. Al Jazeera World News – English
  4. This Week in Palestine 
  5. The Electronic Intifada
  6. The Washington Post


Disclaimer: The opinions expressed by, and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of the ELCA, ELCJHL or any organization, thereof.