Speakers & Facilitators

Dr. Gary Burge

Gary M. Burge, Ph.D., teaches New Testament at Calvin Theological Seminary (Grand Rapids, MI).  He studied at the Univ. of California, Fuller Seminary, and Aberdeen University (Scotland). Previously he served on the faculty of Wheaton College for 25 years.  He specializes the New Testament but has also written extensively about the political and theological dimensions of the conflicts in Israel/Palestine.  His first book, Whose Land? Whose Promise? What Christians are Not Being Told about Israel and the Palestinians (now in a second edition) and was followed by Jesus and the Land.  The New Testament Challenge to Holy Land Theology.  Gary is a frequent speaker at churches and conferences throughout the United States. He also serves on the planning team for the Christ at the Checkpoint conferences. 


We are a community of evangelical Christians who believe that following Jesus with integrity means that our lives are formed by our love for God, the teaching of the Bible and a fearless life of discipleship in the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We believe that one of the first hallmarks of discipleship is love for both our own community and for our enemies. We wish to find Jesus at the center of everything we do and to make his life our life. Which means finding courageous love for Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews alike.


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