Teona and Vance

It was Friday afternoon and he was going home at a reasonable hour for the first time in weeks. He was looking forward to a quiet and relaxing weekend. He stepped out into the bright sunshine. The sun felt good on his face. Usually, it was dark when he left the office. Some times he …

Carla Visits Father Morelli

Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com Father Morelli was in the loft reading the apostle Paul's letter to the Galatians. It was in preparation for his sermon on Sunday. He was going to address the question, Does one have to be circumcised in order to be a full Christian? Although circumcision wasn't practiced among Italy's Roman …

Father Kiesler’s Visitor

Father Kiesler was in the office reading a copy of The Spirit of the Liturgy by Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI). His mother gave it to him when he visited her on Mother's Day. He was greeted enthusiastically first by his younger sister, Katja and then, his mother who was beside herself with delight. …

Anaïs Throws a Wrench

Hank was on his way to the grocery store when he bumped into Anaïs. "Hello, Anaïs." "Hello, Pastor Hank." "How is the Bible Study coming along?" "Great. I just finished the first lesson." The first lesson was, Is There Anything Left You Can Trust? It was a study about the Bible. "I got all the …

Hank on the Beach

It was after six in the evening. Hank was relaxing on the beach enjoying the cool sea breeze and the sunshine. He wondered if he would hear from Ede. He hadn't been able to stop thinking about her since they met on Friday. As he walked past the store, he noticed her standing behind the …

Olive Oil

In Biblical times, Olive Oil was a precious and sacred commodity for the Jews. It was used for healing, cooking, lighting lamps, soaps and cosmetics. It was used to anoint kings and priests. It was used to honor God and men (Judges 9:9). Today, Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the staple of the Mediterranean diet …

Cinnamon

I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon - Proverbs 7:17 Getty Images Cinnamon has been around since Biblical times. Imported to Egypt as early as 2000 BC, it was used for embalming their dead and for flavoring food and cosmetics. It is believed that Moses used it as an anointing oil. Cinnamon …

The City of Ai

City of Ai gate socketstone discovered in 2013 dig - Image by Associates for Biblical Research Julia Waverley gazed in wonder at the ruins around her while her husband, Michael videotaped them. This year, they had opted not to travel to Europe as they were wont to do every summer but decided to visit the biblical …

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“The bible and the church have been the greatest stumbling block in the way of women's emancipation.” It was this quote by Elizabeth Cady Stanton which prompted me to write this post about her.  She came from a Presbytarian background.  It began early in her life when she attended Troy Female Seminary. Charles Grandison Finney, one of …

Tobias’ Quandary

Tobias was in the bedroom getting dressed when the doorbell rang. He finished tucking his shirt in his trousers before he left his bedroom and hurried to see who it was. He sighed when he saw that it was his next door neighbor, Puah. Puah was a high-school student who lived with her maternal grandmother. …

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