Author Douglas Bond and his wife Cheryl guide folks on Church history tours to connect this generation with the people of God who contended for the gospel in previous generations.
"...the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight." Psalm 16:3
Our goal on every tour is that Christians today, as they encounter followers of Jesus Christ from the past, will be equipped and inspired to hazard all for the good news of salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.
"...through the Bond tours we have made friends for eternity!" (group comment by New Englanders and Canadians who met on the Ref Tour '13)
"The tour way exceeded my expectations--and I expected it to be great!" (UK/France 2014, follow blog images of the tour and see the Queen!)
"So thankful for the life-changing experience in Europe on the Reformation 2013 tour! It was wonderful--we were reminded so often of God's free grace this summer." (See blog images of the REFORMATION TOUR 2013)
"You were the most apt, able and wonderful tour guide that has walked the earth! Such enthusiasm and knowledge! The folks who go on your tours get an unforgettable education! Thanks for all of the blessings!" (Hymn Tour, England & Wales, 2012)
"The tour far and away exceeded all our expectations," (Calvin 500, 2009 Tour).
"Words really fail me here - if only I had Mr. Bond's talents! I am so incredibly blessed. Your enthusiasm for history and literature are contagious." (UK and France Tour, 2010).
"It was such an incredible gift and challenge to me to see how Christ-centered you are..."
"The tour really was way more than we ever expected or imagined..."
"When is the next tour? We're on it!" (Crown & Covenant Trilogy Tour, Scotland, 2011)
A previous traveler (2-time) put together this awesome fun video: "What to expect on a Bond Tour."
2014-- UK/Normandy Student Tour, March 24-April 8 (Closed tour)
2012--UK Normandy History Tour, April, a wonderful success! SDG
2011--Crown & Covenant Trilogy Tour, Scotland and England, thanks be to God, was a wonderful success!
2010--UK/Normandy Tour, Student Tour, April
2009--John Calvin at 500 Tour, France, Germany, Switzerland
1996-2009, biennial tours
Profile: Douglas Bond, author of more than twenty books of historical fiction, biography, devotion, and theology; with his wife Cheryl has six children. He is a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA); has a Masters in Teaching (MIT) from St Martin's University, and a Preliminary Certificate in Theology from Moore Theological College, NSW Australia; teaches English and history, and was awarded by the Pierce County Library Foundation and Arts Commission the "2005 Teacher Award" for teaching young adults how to write. He is on the advisory board of Glorious Films (Montreal) with Derek Thomas, Michael Haykin, and others (2014). As a hymn writer and author of several books on hymn writers and hymnody, Bond was asked to be a consultant for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's (CBC) special feature series on Christian hymns God's Greatest Hits (2012). Additionally, Bond has been consulted on church history documentary films. Bond's initial foundation for leading Church History tours in Europe began in 1982 when he studied French in Lausanne while living on a Swiss dairy farm, and from a stay at Francis Schaeffer's L'abri. Frequently interviewed on Christian radio stations, Bond was featured in French newspaper Le Midi Libre (1/18/2015) on his book HAMMER OF THE HUGUENOTS, written on-location in France. Additionally, Bond's articles on church history and theology appear in Modern Reformation, Table Talk, ByFaith (author interview), Western Reformed Seminary Journal, Light and Life magazines, and in the Aquila Report. In addition to leading church history tours since 1996 (www.bondvoyage.webs.com), Bond lectures at conferences on literature and Church history.
The 450th anniversary of the crafting of the Heidelberg Catechism (1563) occurs in 2013. See detailed ITINERARY. Join us as we follow John Calvin from his birthplace in Noyon to Paris and Geneva, and then as his students made their way to Heidelberg there to compose one of the greatest question and answer guides to what the Bible teaches about Guilt, Grace, and Gratitude. We will stay in one of my wife's favorite cities on the planet, Strasbourg, where Calvin and Martin Bucer proclaimed the gospel; we will visit Luther's birthplace, where he studied at Erfurt and taught at Wittenberg, where he translated the New Testament into German at the Wartburg Castle, and where he took his immortal stand at Worms. We will also follow Ulrich Zwingli's ministry in Zurich--and eat sausages!
REFORMATION FOR ALL TIME TOUR is appropriate for all ages: seniors, families with children, married couples and singles. Join us for eleven unforgettable days of rich fellowship, great food and accommodation, and comfortable coach travel in France, Switzerland, & Germany.
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Join us August 11-21, 2012 as we explore the byways of England and Wales where hymn writers were born, educated, ministered, worshiped, taught, and wrote their timeless and enduring hymns. Come close with us into the quaint villages, birthplace cottages, ancient parish churches, magisterial Gothic cathedrals, and final resting places of John Newton, William Cowper, Isaac Watts, Anna Waring, Christina Rossetti, Francis Havergal, Thomas Ken, Richard Baxter, Reginald Heber, William Williams, Charles Wesley, Samuel Crossman, Samuel Trevor Francis, James Montgomery, Henry Lyte, Augustus Toplady, John Bunyan, and many others. Each day will be rich with sketches of the lives and times of the hymn writers and composers, with delicious food, quaint accommodations, with warm fellowship--and of course with lots of singing!
HYMNS FOR ALL TIME TOUR, August 11-21, 2012, is an eleven day coach tour appropriate for all ages: mature Christians who already know and love classic hymns, families with children rediscovering hymns (maybe using my Mr. Pipes series to help do so!), college students and seminarians, ministers and musicians eager to deepen their understanding and appreciation of why Psalm-like hymns are relevant and essential for Christian worship in every age. During the tour, Bond will introduce several .
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Travelers on the hymn tour will receive a free signed copy of my forthcoming biography with Reformation Trust (Ligonier), THE POETIC WONDER OF ISAAC WATTS, or my biography with Evangelical Press (EP in UK) A