My interest in this is not just academic.  I struggled quite a bit growing up, hoping for help from the church, psychology, counseling -- wherever I could find it.  After reading Dr. Crabb in college, I found that he, and others like him, were wrestling with some of the same challenges of trying to reconcile what psychology had to say compared to the inerrant truth of Scripture.  One of the most impactful books for me was Understanding People. From that book, I became convinced of the sufficiency of the Bible for all problems in life -- including depression.  For the first time, I felt like I had hope.

Around Thanksgiving of 2010, God provided the opportunity to travel to the Holy Land on a tour that was organized by Dr. Larry Crabb and New Way Ministries -- a trip that I have come to affectionately refer to as the Holy Crabb TourTM.  What I am about to say sounds melo-dramatic, but it's the honest truth.  Everything in my entire life has been moving towards and culminated in this trip.

I recently came to the realization in my spiritual journey that I honestly knew very little about Jesus, the man.  Growing up in the church, I was certainly familiar with many of His parables, and knew most of the Bible stories by heart.  But I really had no connection to who He was as a person.  What was it like for Him growing up as a boy?  How did He feel about loud-mouthed Peter?  What was it like for Him to live life knowing the intensity of the suffering that awaited Him?  In early 2009, I started a study-quest to learn everything I could.

Sometime in 2010, I found out that Dr. Crabb was organizing a trip to Israel from a prayer letter sent out by Rachel Crabb, Dr. Crabb's wife [who I think is absolutely wonderful!].  I could not have been more excited.  It was an opportunity to meet my hero, and walk [not run] where Jesus walked.  Knowing that I would actually be in Israel soon, I adjusted my study, trying to learn about how His life unfolded, and where some of the significant events happened for Him.

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