The Protestant Reformation

| October 31, 2012

October 31 is not only Halloween, it’s also Protestant Reformation Day – a pivotal point in Christian History. It started with Jesus and the Resurrection when he defeated death. Then Pentecost when God gave us the Holy Spirit. The Paul’s missionary journeys to spread the Gospel. Emperor Constantine converted from Paganism to Christianity declaring that […]

The Jewish Jesus – More Prophecies

| December 13, 2011

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series The Jewish Jesus

And the prophecies continue:
“The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land.” ~Jeremiah 23:5

More of the Jewish Jesus – Isaiah

| December 12, 2011

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series The Jewish Jesus

The Prophet Isaiah may be the best known of the Messianic Prophets. The book of Isaiah was written 700 years before the birth of Christ.

The Jewish Jesus: Prophecies Fulfilled

| December 11, 2011

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series The Jewish Jesus

My series, The Christian Centuries, starts in the first century after Jesus was born. I plan to follow Christian church history through the centuries. But Christianity didn’t begin in the year 1. Christianity is deeply rooted in the rich history of Judaism.

I can relate to Luke

| September 20, 2011

This entry is part 8 of 9 in the series Writing Christian Historical Fiction

This entry is part 8 of 9 in the series Writing Christian Historical FictionThis evening we had the first meeting of our bible study small group at my house. There were just 5 of us, but we enjoyed getting to know each other and growing closer in Christ. In a new way (for us) to […]

Historical fiction should stick to historical fact

| October 2, 2010

This entry is part 5 of 9 in the series Writing Christian Historical Fiction

As a history buff and novelist, I respect history. I love historical fiction – how a writer weaves a fictional story amidst historical fact. But when that fact is fudge for dramatic effect – well, I have a problem with that.

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 […]