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Nahala (Inheritance) – Summer 2020

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Scott Stripling: Bringing the Bible to Life

Very few of us are blessed to understand our calling from a young age, and even fewer get to live out that calling — but Dr. Scott Stripling is one of those lucky few. For as long as he could remember, even when he was a child, Scott knew that he would become an archaeologist. As a young man, he was a voracious Bible reader with a strong faith and a dream: to lead an archaeological dig in the Biblical Heartland of Israel. If only his young self could see him now!

Born and raised in Texas, USA, Scott has been dedicated to his faith and to Israel right from the get-go. In his mind, there was never a question about the inherent link between his Christianity and his Zionism, and archaeology was the natural link between the two. “As a Bible reader, I had this fascination with the background of the text,” says Scott. “I consumed everything I could get my hands on. When I was going through seminary, I took my first archaeology course, and that just threw fuel on the fire. It really became a passion. In the realm of archaeology, I thought that if I could let the text and the artifacts speak to each other, I could make a real contribution.”

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Shu Rimel: The Power of Community

All of us have experienced tragedy and loss. Whether it be the passing of a grandparent, a parent, a sibling or close friend, or, God forbid, a child, loss catches up with all of us eventually. Often during this time of immense emotional upheaval, we feel overwhelmed, but also wholly and profoundly alone. Consumed by What Has Happened, we drift – and it is common to forget about things as basic as cooking, grocery shopping, cleaning, or even looking after our children.

Imagine how different your sorrows and your difficult times would be if you were not alone, if there was someone – or a lot of someones – looking out for you. Imagine some of the weight lifted off your shoulders. Imagine the burdens of mundane, everyday routine lessened. Imagine the inner strength that comes with knowing that your entire community – close friends and strangers alike – stand with you and support you.

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