Pastor John's Journeys
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This blog by Pastor John will recount his thoughts and experiences about his sabbatical leave.


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London Calling
July 26, 2018

London is one of my favorite cities in the world. To be sure, it also has everything that I don’t like about cities. It can be as noisy, overcrowded, and dirty as any other metropolis. But there is a sense of history in this town once called Londinium when the […] [READ MORE]

The Lewis Seminar
July 23, 2018

The Lewis seminar has been one of the most memorable experiences of our lives. In this blog I am going to try to put into words some of our thoughts and feelings, but it is going to be difficult to do it justice. So much of the experience was on […] [READ MORE]

July 22, 2018

I have waited to blog about the Lewis seminar until it was over for two reasons: first, because it was a series of full and busy days, and we were too tired to do anything but go to bed, and second, because it was the sort of experience that I […] [READ MORE]

The Cotswolds Walk
July 14, 2018

July 8 Today we began one of the most adventurous parts of our journey – our Cotswolds Walk. I was an enthusiastic backpacker back in my college days until I damaged my right knee on the Appalachian Trail. This would be my first cross-country walk in 40 years, and Dana had […] [READ MORE]

A City of Wells and a City of Bath
July 12, 2018

July 5 Headed towards Wells and Bath. Wells is named for the many medieval wells in the city, and Bath is called Bath because – well, it was the location nearly 2000 years ago of the most famous Roman bath in Britannia. We mostly wanted to visit Wells because the cathedral […] [READ MORE]

Wales, Wordsworth, and William Shakespeare
July 8, 2018

July 1 (evening) After settling into our shepherd’s hut, we decided to go into the nearby town of Conwy (pronounced “Conway”), which features one of the few complete fortified city walls still in existence. We walked on the part of the wall still open to foot traffic and then wandered about […] [READ MORE]

Hadrian's Wall, the Great Orme, and a hut
July 6, 2018

A sabbatical is an extended period of time away from the usual responsibilities of one’s life for the purposes of rest, reflection, study, and recreation. We have tried hard not to set such a breakneck pace that we will be worn out after seven weeks on the road. The experiences […] [READ MORE]

Grime's Graves, Acre, and York
July 3, 2018

Sorry that I haven’t posted in a few days! We’ve been living in a shepherd’s hut with no internet connection…….. Monday, June 25 Today we visited a unique moonscape of an area called Grime’s Graves. In a space of a hundred acres or so, the earth is pocked with crater-like depressions ndash; […] [READ MORE]

Canterbury, Abe, and Capability Brown
June 29, 2018

Saturday, June 23 We headed out from Rye to visit Canterbury, that ancient town that was the destination of the pigrims in Chaucer’s great medieval masterpiece, Canterbury Tales. On the way we stopped at a “boot sale,” the British equivalent of a flea market. While there were in fact boots being […] [READ MORE]

Visiting friends and a bloody battlefield
June 26, 2018

Thursday, June 21 We left the Isle of Wight this morning, taking the ferry to Portsmouth, and then drove to the Surrey area south of London for a highlight of our trip – a visit with our friends David and Sue Legg! The Leggs, as many of you know, are Macedoniarsquo;s […] [READ MORE]

Isle of Wight, continued
June 25, 2018

Wednesday, June 20 Still on the Isle of Wight living in a potting shed, we headed up to the northern part of the island to visit Osborne House, the family residence of Queen Victoria. On the way, we saw some signage that seemed strange to American eyes. “Squirrel Crossing” is one […] [READ MORE]

Mousehole and a cottage on the Isle of Wight
June 24, 2018

Looks like I’ve finally gotten all my technical difficulties worked out. The main culprit turned out to be the detachable keyboard on my little Surface laptop that has been my travelling computer for several years. It was dying by degrees without me realizing it, and sending random signals to the […] [READ MORE]

Why England?
June 23, 2018

I’m sure that some of you are wondering why I chose England for my sabbatical. Originally, when there was a hope that we would get a grant from the Lilly Foundation, the time was going to be divided between England and Israel. When the grant did not materialize (because they […] [READ MORE]

King Arthur and worshiping the True King
June 21, 2018

Saturday, June 16 Still based in Penzance, we headed up to the north shore of the Cornwall area. Our first stop was the Restormel Castle, in the village of Lostwithiel. The main focus of the day, however, was Tintagel, the legendary birthplace of King Arthur. This castle was built across two dramatic […] [READ MORE]

On to Penzance
June 19, 2018

I wrote a long post last night, and just as I finished the blog editor crashed! So here I am again, trying to get caught up …… Thursday, June 14 Leaving Salisbury, we stopped at Old Wardour Castle, a very picturesque ruin where scenes of Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves was filmed […] [READ MORE]

Salisbury and Stonehenge
June 13, 2018

Well, I was hoping to post some pictures, but we are having technical difficulties with that :-(. Our first two days have been in Salisbury, which was in the news recently because it is the city where the former Russian spy and his daughter were almost killed by poison. The […] [READ MORE]

Ready to launch!
June 11, 2018

Dana and I are sitting at the airport, waiting for a 6 p.m. takeoff. The flight will take about 8 hours, and we will arrive in London at around 7:30 a.m. local time. From there we'll pick up our rental car and drive to Salisbury, our first stop (about 5 […] [READ MORE]