Articles : Ryan Rodrick Beiler
Visitors to the Holy Land often find the prevalence of guns here shocking. Israelis on the streets of Jerusalem, in and out of uniform, commonly carry assault rifles, often decked out with scopes, bipods, flash lights — even grenade launchers. In the West Bank town of Bethlehem where I live, Palestinian police carry big guns too, usually shabby Kalashnikovs.
No, really, blessed are the poor.
The global church recently celebrated Pentecost, the moment when the Holy Spirit filled the believers in Jeru-salem. In the Acts 2 account, two things stand out. First, “they were all together in one place.” Second, the roster of peoples or places familiar (Egypt, Libya, Jews, Arabs) and unfamiliar (Parthians, Medes, Elamites) reminds us of that moment’s miraculous unity.