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So Why Is Glenn in the Holy Land?


“It’s time for a movement of compassion and courage.”

“It’s time for a movement of compassion and courage.”

That is how Glenn explains the motives behind his renewed mission.

And this mission is taking him on more than just a visit to Israel.

“It’s the axis point of the world,” he explained by phone as he outlined the agenda that triggered this trip.

Glenn arrived in Israel over the weekend, inspired by a project he has been contemplating for a long while. A project that has roots that run for nearly a decade.

But a big part of this trip is a search for clarity.

You may be familiar with the story Glenn often tells of his speech at The Villages in Florida.  After the huge crowd gave a rousing reception to his message, Glenn walked off stage and told a trusted advisor that the plan he envisioned was, somehow, dead wrong.

This sudden trip to Israel is part of a process as Glenn seeks confirmation for plans that he hopes to share very soon.

Will he feel confirmation that his vision is on the right track?  Or will he find conviction that his plans should be very different?

While he’s contemplated the outline of his current plan for many years, the version that solidified in mind began to gel in January.

Glenn says he has been thinking a good deal about Ruth 1:16: "Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.”

This message to take a stand resonates with Glenn’s reading about the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the timeless quote: “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

In end-of-day email from Jerusalem, Glenn described a resonant moment outside a truly holy site and the singing and praise that he witnessed in tears.  Courage and compassion revealed.

Glenn will be broadcasting his radio show from Israel this morning. Listen here.

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