My brand new book is available for preorder starting now! This 379-page epic is filled with stories, absurdities, observations and insights from around the world. I have spent the last 20 years collecting these stories, filtering them through God's Word and trying my best to make sense of them in an ever-changing world. I can't … Continue reading Pre-Order the new book, “BEFORE IT GETS DARK: THE STORY OF LIGHT”


The Arch of Titus is indisputably my favorite arch in the world. There are some pretty fine arches here and there, commemorating a variety of triumphs for history’s victors, but Titus’s arch has always engaged me in a unique way because of the story of why it was built. The arch has a connection to … Continue reading ROME: ARCHES AND PROPHECY


Philip C. Johnson, Ph.D. If you didn't get a chance to read the first part of Chapter One, click here. Otherwise, enjoy as the story continues! ...Speaking of regime change, I did get the opportunity to witness the Arab Spring up close and in person.  On December 17, 2010, Tunisian officials arbitrarily confiscated the roadside … Continue reading CHAPTER ONE (PART 2) EGYPT: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE ARAB SPRING


February 1, 2021 Book Coming Summer 2021 “Excuse me, I don’t mean to interrupt, but a plane has just hit one of the World Trade Center towers.” “And?” I replied. After all, I was in the middle of a lecture for a group of select student leaders. Of what importance was it to me that … Continue reading “BEFORE IT GETS DARK” SNEAK PEEK: INTRODUCTION

Israel: Connecting Past, Present and Future

June 16, 2019 Philip C. Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext The last days of Global Next’s 2018-2019 season has come to a close with an incredible conference in Israel with a beautiful group of people. In fact, I would be hard-pressed to assemble a better mixture of individuals filled with a readiness to learn, an ability to … Continue reading Israel: Connecting Past, Present and Future

Surviving Jerusalem Syndrome

January 27, 2019 Philip Johnson, Ph.D.  Today is my last day in Jerusalem - I’ve been here since December 31st - so I’ve seen one year pass into another here in the world’s holiest and most contentious city. It’s been said that when people spend too much time in Jerusalem, they start going crazy … Continue reading Surviving Jerusalem Syndrome

Global Roundup – December 2018: Part 2 – European Nationalism and Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws

As 2018 winds down, here are two more global issues that matter - Growing nationalism in Europe and the draconian Islamic blasphemy laws in Pakistan - most recently in the case of Asia Bibi. It's your world: Be informed.

The Story of Light

Phil Johnson, Ph.D. October 14, 2018  As I work throughout various parts of the world through my organization, Global Next, I am constantly finding a creeping darkness... war, death, poverty, mass illegal immigration, depravity, confusion, spiritual deception, misery and a lack of hope. But standing in Paris in Sainte Chapelle, the 13th century chapel … Continue reading The Story of Light

The Truth About Iran’s Role in Syria

July 24, 2018 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. Global Next The war in Syria has raged for more than seven years and has brought with it the deaths of half a million people, the displacement of millions more and untold suffering and destruction. And it’s not over yet.  In 2016, when I was doing research in … Continue reading The Truth About Iran’s Role in Syria

2017: It’s Time to Go!

by Phil Johnson, Ph.D. December 31, 2017 2017 was as busy as usual for the Globalnexter - I began the year in Poland, followed by Baghdad, Germany, Italy, Republic of Georgia, Finland, Estonia, Israel, the UK, Paris, Turkey, the Syrian border, Korea and now, I sit in Athens, Greece writing my final blog of … Continue reading 2017: It’s Time to Go!