We explore the meeting place of the biblical text and its context.

Mark in Jerusalem. Photo by Arley Fuentes.

Ballooning over Capadokia, Turkey. Photo by Mark Ziese.

Exploring outside

If you would like to explore Bible Lands firsthand, recognize that you may join an announced tour or craft a personalized trip of your own. Each year, Mark leads a number of groups out of the classroom to destinations across the Mediterranean Basin. Travel teams range from two to fifty-two persons. Special care is given to calibrate each experiential exercise with the educational/spiritual goals of the group.

Learn about adventure travel with Mark  →


Travel strips off the insulation that accumulates around me. Possessions, comforts, food, habits, and a hundred other things dull my senses. Travel is my astringent. It scrapes off the barnacles and opens me up to new ideas, greater self-awareness, the fragility of the environment, the need for grace, and a fresh compassion for others. I feel most alive when I move lightly over foreign ground. Stories of adventure and misadventure are shared here.

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Freshwater crab. Tel Dan Nature Reserve, Israel. Photo by Mike Taylor.

Exploring inside

It is difficult to appreciate that which is distant unless one first appreciates that which is near. Work inside the classroom is essential. Language, geography, history, art, science, and literature must be pursued with the same rigor with which we pursue theology. If the Great Quest is reduced to an "either-or" enterprise, we devalue the complexity of both the Creator and the Created. 

 Discover some of Mark's classroom materials →

Exploring together  

Mark ministers from the center of the faith community of the Christian Church-Church of Christ. Based in the offices of Johnson University Florida (Kissimmee), he travels and speaks regularly, both at home and abroad. Popular topics include the biblical world, its exploration, history, and texts. If you are interested in bringing Mark to your next event, check his credentials, calendar and contact information here.

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Shepherd and Tell Jalul excavations, Jordan. Photo by Mark Ziese.

Observe. Engage. Contemplate.