Would you be willing to die for your faith?

| March 4, 2012

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series The Christian Martyrs

In today’s world, there is still rampant persecutions of Christians. The most recent and currently “news-breaking” story is of Christian pastor, Youcef Nadarkhani, who is in prison in Iran since 2009. He was accused of apostasy, the abandonment or renunciation of a religious belief. He renounced Islam and became a Christian. He is sentenced to death.

Human Trafficking Awareness Day

| January 11, 2012

It’s not too much to hope for – an end to slavery in the world. Jan. 11, 2012 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day.

Not Too Much to Hope For—An End to Slavery in the World

| November 27, 2011

This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series Writing Christian Historical Fiction

This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series Writing Christian Historical Fiction…“In heaven we’ll be all equal in God’s kingdom. Here in the Roman Imperium, there are still slaves and masters.” “If it were up to me, I would free all our slaves.” As she said that, Claudia looked up to see Anthony […]

So Many Gods

| October 18, 2011

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series History of Religion and the Christian Church

In doing research for my novel, Deo Volente! (God Willing): Love in the First Century, I had to study Roman Mythology. The Romans stole the gods from the Greeks. The objective of having so many gods was to explain natural phenomena. There was a god for everything and a festival for every god.

Government Welfare Programs of the Ancient Romans

| August 17, 2009

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Ancient Rome

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Ancient RomeSince ancient times governments have been concerned about the welfare of its citizens. The Ancient Roman Empire established a program called  annona  when they realized that the agriculture around the city of Rome could not feed the population of Rome. Initially, they imported grain […]

The Symbol of the Christian Cross

| July 18, 2009

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series History of Religion and the Christian Church

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series History of Religion and the Christian ChurchIn the 1951 movie Quo Vadis, in the scene in Lygia’s (played by Deborah Kerr) room, Marcus Vinicius (played by Robert Taylor) comments on the cross hanging on her wall – two rough sticks tied together. The movie takes […]

Greco-Roman Columns

| July 14, 2009

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Ancient Rome

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Ancient RomeThey are the current symbol of government, banking and finance, but did you know that there are 3 distinct styles of columns? The earliest and simplest of the columns are the Doric. They lack any decoration. Next are the Ionic columns,  more slender than […]

Villa de la Misteria (Villa of the Mysteries)

| July 3, 2009

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Ancient Rome

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Ancient RomeI needed a villa in Pompeii to be the “Metellus” family vineyards and after some research, I found the “Villa de la Misteria” Click here to view it on Bing Maps It’s located northwest of Pompeii, just outside the city walls, in the foothills […]

Roman Influence in Today’s Society – Part 3 – The Calendar

| June 17, 2009

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Roman Influence in Modern Society

Why is does the month of September start with “sept” which means 7 and it’s the 9th month? Blame the Romans.

Roman Influence in Today’s Culture: Wedding Traditions

| June 6, 2009

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Roman Influence in Modern Society

Ever wonder who started all these wedding traditions that most brides and grooms go through? And for what? What does it mean? It’s good luck. Yeah, if they only knew that it all started in pagan Greece and Rome.