Here are the Blogs in the Dexter Van Zile
Thursday, 23 May 2013
In May 2013, the Church of Scotland issued a document titled The Inheritance of Abraham? A Report on the ‘promised land'.
This text, which was a follow up to another paper on the same subject, Theology of Land and Covenant, published in 2003, generated a lot of complaints, most of them ...Read More...
Posted on 05/23/2013 5:18 PM by Dexter Van Zile
Thursday, 9 May 2013
Here we go again. Christians are under attack in Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia, and yet another Christian deliberative body is gathering to talk about – who else – the Jews.
This time it is the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly, slated to ...Read More...
Posted on 05/09/2013 12:24 PM by Dexter Van Zile
Tuesday, 7 May 2013
“You can also talk about the weather. If the weather is not good, the cause is the occupation.” – Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Custos of the Holy Land for the Vatican, November, 2012.
Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News, has a problem and it’s not going away. On April 22, 2013, ...Read More...
Posted on 05/07/2013 11:44 AM by Dexter Van Zile
Tuesday, 30 April 2013
You know there is a problem when a journalist who is supposed to seek and tell the truth acts like a politician trying to hide it.
It's happening at 60 Minutes, one of the most storied franchises in the history of American journalism. Jeff Fager, man who was appointed chairman of CBS News to restore ...Read More...
Posted on 04/30/2013 2:43 PM by Dexter Van Zile
Wednesday, 13 March 2013
Evangelical Protestants in the United States have, along with American Jews, been the most ardent supporters of the Jewish state since its establishment in 1948.
For people who think Israel’s founding is a good thing, Evangelical support for Israel is a source of comfort. American Evangelicals ...Read More...
Posted on 03/13/2013 10:34 AM by Dexter Van Zile
Wednesday, 13 February 2013
One of the biggest challenges facing modern democracies is how to deal with anti-democratic movements that use the institutions of civil society to advance their cause. People responsible for governing these institutions find themselves in a bind when confronted with pro-totalitarian activists.
On ...Read More...
Posted on 02/13/2013 10:09 AM by Dexter Van Zile
Thursday, 17 January 2013
The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem is a Catholic lay order founded during the Crusades to protect Christian pilgrims in the Holy Land from Muslim violence. Today, the order is dedicated to promoting the welfare of Christians in the Holy Land and to supporting the works of the Latin ...Read More...
Posted on 01/17/2013 9:41 AM by Dexter Van Zile
Tuesday, 4 December 2012
Concluding Statement from the Jerusalem Consultation on the Mainline Protestant Churches and the State of Israel (November 5-8, 2012)
We are church members residing in Europe, North America, and Africa. We came to Jerusalem to share our concerns for the relationship between our churches and Israel. ...Read More...
Posted on 12/04/2012 10:52 AM by Dexter Van Zile
Tuesday, 27 November 2012
Things are getting pretty weird when Jon Lovitz, a comedian who made a name for himself by adopting the persona of Tommy Flanagan, a pathological liar, exhibits a greater capacity for moral discernment and reasoning than some Christian peacemakers in the United States, Europe and the Middle East during ...Read More...
Posted on 11/27/2012 4:11 PM by Dexter Van Zile
Friday, 16 November 2012
There is a refugee crisis taking place inside Egypt. This became apparent on October 5th, when Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi met with a group of Coptic Christians who had been driven from their homes by Muslim extremists in Rafah, a city located on Egypt’s border with the Gaza Strip.
Morsi ...Read More...
Posted on 11/16/2012 6:39 PM by Dexter Van Zile
Friday, 16 November 2012
Last week I attended a consultation held in Jerusalem about mainline churches in the United States and Europe and their attitudes toward Israel. The consultation, organized by the B’nai B’rith World Center in Jerusalem and the Ecumenical Theological Research Fraternity in Israel (ETRFI), ...Read More...
Posted on 11/16/2012 6:03 PM by Dexter Van Zile
Thursday, 15 November 2012
Peter Makari, Executive for the Middle East and Europe of the Common Global Ministries Board of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) (Photo: Dexter Van Zile)
It just gets worse and worse.
On Oct. 5, 2012, a group of 15 Christian leaders issued a letter to Congress. ...Read More...
Posted on 11/15/2012 2:18 PM by Dexter Van Zile
Friday, 2 November 2012
On Oct. 5, 2012, fifteen Christian leaders sent a letter to Congress asking lawmakers to investigate Israel for violations of two U.S. laws (the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act and the U.S. Arms Control Act) which prohibit “assistance to any country which engages in a consistent pattern of human rights ...Read More...
Posted on 11/02/2012 2:14 PM by Dexter Van Zile
Wednesday, 10 October 2012
For more than a decade, peace activists and leaders in mainline Protestant churches in the United States have been using a double-standard to judge the actions of Israel as it defends itself against groups like Hamas and Hezbollah that seek its destruction. Things got ugly in 2004 when the Presbyterian ...Read More...
Posted on 10/10/2012 3:08 PM by Dexter Van Zile
Wednesday, 10 October 2012
Every year it seems that they put the Christmas decorations into the stores earlier and earlier. When I was a kid, you wouldn’t see the decorations until after Thanksgiving, but these days you can see them just about everywhere a few days after Halloween.
Thanksgiving is almost skipped altogether. ...Read More...
Posted on 10/10/2012 11:16 AM by Dexter Van Zile
Thursday, 4 October 2012
Talk about a missed opportunity.
Bob Roberts, a prominent Evangelical megachurch pastor from Texas known for his efforts to promote peace with Muslims, had a chance to speak with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi on Sept. 24, 2012. At this meeting, Roberts came face-to-face with the man who can do ...Read More...
Posted on 10/04/2012 9:08 AM by Dexter Van Zile
Saturday, 29 September 2012
“The people of Egypt, the Muslims who want the Islamic trends and Islamic rule, are not the majority. Most Muslims believe in the separation of religion and state.”
That was the assessment offered about the revolution in Egypt offered by Rev. Samih Mouris (pictured above), an Evangelical ...Read More...
Posted on 09/29/2012 5:08 AM by Dexter Van Zile
Tuesday, 25 September 2012
Megachurches, or churches with more than 2,000 members, have become an increasingly important aspect of Evangelical Protestantism in the United States since the 1970s.
Evangelical Protestantism has typically has been a bulwark of support for the Jewish state in America, but some of the churches and ...Read More...
Posted on 09/25/2012 2:01 PM by Dexter Van Zile
Saturday, 22 September 2012
When an unknown individual spray painted the phrase “Jesus is a monkey” in Hebrew on the doors of a Trappist monastery in Latroun on Sept. 5, 2012, it made the papers all over the world.
The desecration, thought to be perpetrated by an Israeli Jew angry over the evacuation of Milgron in ...Read More...
Posted on 09/22/2012 2:22 PM by Dexter Van Zile
Thursday, 20 September 2012
Bob Roberts, Jr. speaking at the Christ at the Checkpoint Conference in Bethlehem in March, 2012.
Bob Roberts, Jr., pastor of Northwood Church in Keller, Texas wants the whole world to know that he is offended by "The Innocence of Muslims," a movie made by a Coptic Christian in the United ...Read More...
Posted on 09/20/2012 1:07 PM by Dexter Van Zile
Monday, 17 September 2012
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, black liberation theologian James Cone offered a provocative, even blasphemous, challenge to church leaders in the United States who failed to speak up for blacks enduring oppression at the hands of the white majority in the country.
In sum, he asked what kind of ...Read More...
Posted on 09/17/2012 9:38 AM by Dexter Van Zile
Wednesday, 12 September 2012
By now, most readers of The Iconoclast probably know that the U.S. Embassy in Cairo has chided American filmmakers for offending the sensibilities of Muslims in Egypt. They made this apology in the face of mob violence against the Embassy itself, which is U.S. sovereign territory. The Embassy's ...Read More...
Posted on 09/12/2012 5:16 AM by Dexter Van Zile
Friday, 7 September 2012
Laminated study guides are no substitute for reading the texts assigned by college professors but they can provide students with an overview of the material they need to master.
This is not the case with the “Quick Study Guide” on Middle East History published by BarCharts, Inc. of Boca ...Read More...
Posted on 09/07/2012 4:46 PM by Dexter Van Zile
Friday, 10 August 2012
Dexter Van Zile writes in today's The Algemeiner:
How is this for a movie idea?
The inhabitants of six peaceful villages located in a vast, but crumbling, empire receive an edict from government officials telling them to pack their things and prepare for their relocation, which ...Read More...
Posted on 08/10/2012 5:08 PM by Dexter Van Zile
Friday, 10 August 2012
One of the most troubling aspects of Palestinian discourse is the refusal to acknowledge the Jewish historical presence in Biblical Israel. In an article recently published in Middle East Quarterly, Alexander Joffe reminds readers how Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat once “famously told then-U.S. ...Read More...
Posted on 08/10/2012 12:10 PM by Dexter Van Zile