Once a Slave

Some years ago, when video tapes were still in use, I watched a message given at a conference by an American minister. Unassuming, simple, and dead serious about his work, the way he related to his own personal story impressed me deeply. The man’s parents had had a dysfunctional marriage. As a family, they had […]

The Time of God’s Favor

What does it mean when we say “the time of God’s favor”? It is a phrase (et ratzon) found in the Hebrew Bible which has made its way into Modern Hebrew, though today it is used to signify “the right time”. In ministry, I have witnessed specific times and events when God is at work […]

A Time to Study

  At the Caspari Center, we encourage people to come and study in the land of the Bible. We love to help facilitate such endeavors through our library, contacts, and proficient instruction.   This fall, Pastor Jan Bygstad, from cold and rainy Bergen on the west coast of Norway, did just that. He took a […]

Dominus Flevit: A Reminder

On the Mount of Olives, there is a small chapel built as a memorial to the time when Jesus wept over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41-44). The chapel is called Dominus Flevit. It was built by the Italian architect Baluzzi. It is shaped like a teardrop to symbolize the tears Jesus shed over Jerusalem. On each corner […]

The Battles of Arad

Arad is one of the many Israeli cities that is both ancient and modern. This ancient city is mentioned in the Bible. Numbers 21:1 tells of the king of the southern Canaanite city of Arad who attacked Israelites making their way from Egypt to the Promised Land, and captured some of them. In all likelihood, […]

Treasures in the Story

The Story of the Bible, God’s Master Story, consists of many individual stories and some non-narrative material, as well. About 75 percent of the Bible is in story form, with approximately 15 percent poetry, and 10 percent propositional form. The stories in the Bible are stories of life, of families and individuals, spanning centuries and […]

December: The Month of Hanukkah and Christmas

This year (2016/5777) Hanukkah and Christmas fall on the same day. December 25 is Christmas Day, and also the first day of Hanukkah. So the question is, Do these two holidays have anything in common? Although the two holidays have completely different backgrounds, they are both “festivals of light.” Both are celebrating that the light […]

“It’s All About Relationships”

Caspari Center hosted a seminar on fundraising in the beginning of November. At the two-day seminar, 16 participants were introduced to key development topics to help their non-profit organizations achieve their funding goals. The seminar was led by Gerald H. Twombly, founder and executive director of Development Marketing Associates (DMA), an international consulting group committed […]

Sermon on the Mount

But I Tell You During the past few years I’ve had the privilege to get to know two Jewish views on the Sermon on the Mount. One comes from a Jewish rabbi and the other from a Jewish professor (for the sake of clarity I’ll call them Rabbi Zvi and Professor Uri). Both of them […]

Martyrs of the Past and Present

The 1st of November (or the next Sunday after that) is celebrated as the All Saints’ Day in the Western Christianity. Originally the day was to commemorate the believers who had died because of their faith as martyrs. Later on the All Saints’ Day has gotten more broad meanings by becoming the memorial day of […]