Reading the Bible in High Definition: Reflections on a Trip of a Lifetime

Welcome to the final chapter of Kuyper College’s adventure!  is the final piece in a series on “Journey to the Land of the Text,” Kuyper’s annual Israel trip. To read how it all started, click here!  

During their time in Israel, the Kuyper group was able to sample a wide variety of terrain and visit many
different locations.

“We can cover pretty much everything, from desert to mountains and anything in between,” noted Dan Kroeze, Kuyper professor of biblical studies, who leads the trips.

A typical trip will include visits to well-known sites, such as Bethlehem, the Sea of Galilee, or the Western Wall in Jerusalem, the location Kroeze loves most does not draw large crowds.

“I really enjoy visiting the desert because God’s people were a desert people,” he said. “They spent 40 years there after they came out of Egypt. That was where their faith was formed.”

Every year, the faith of participants is shaped in important ways as well.

“It’s something new with every group. Every group experiences God in a different way. He shows up
unexpectedly and surprises us every time,” said Kroeze with a smile.

The knowledge and spiritual growth that the class builds while in the Holy Land continue to serve them
long after their journey is over.

“The students who sign up for this are often ministry-focused. They know this is something that will
benefit them in their lives and ministries,” Kroeze said.

After returning home, Kroeze said, “You never read the Bible in the same way again. Before you go, it’s
like you’re reading the Bible in black and white. When you come back, it’s like you’re reading the Bible in
HD color.”

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