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Archive for the category “History”

Painting a Picture of Depression


In my previous posts I discussed the reality of depression.

Robin Williams and Depression

Christians and Mental Illness

In the article about Robin Williams we looked at an important quote that helped address the need to distinguish depression from sadness.

Today, I have come across a powerful piece about the realities of depression.  Read more…


Online Resources for the Apostle Paul [Updated]

Two Edged Sword

by Richard Mansel

I want to offer the diligent Bible student tools to use in their study of the Apostle Paul. We need to use discretion when doing research. Just because a scholar says it, doesn’t make it right.

Novelty can be appealing but Biblical authority is of much greater importance (2 Timothy 3:16-17). We must stay in the Word but never be afraid to study history to supplement what we learn from Scripture.

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Remembering D-Day


On the 70th anniversary of D-Day, a variety of news and history sites posted retrospectives on the attack at Normandy. I wanted to share some of those stories and links.

The courage exhibited during the D-Day invasion was one of the most stirring moments in modern warfare. Incredibly brave soldiers stormed the beach knowing they would most likely die. Yet, they did their duty and changed the world. We are all free because of their resolve and iron will. Let us always remember their sacrifice.

Hope you find these links helpful.  Read more…

Interesting Reading for History Buffs


As a student of history, I want to share some stories that I find interesting. Hope you enjoy them. You’ll find articles about Archaeology, the Civil War, World Wars One and Two, Naval history and English history. Read more…

Archaeology and Ancient History


As a student of ancient history, I’m always on the hunt for juicy morsels that will aid in my studies. That led me to curate a page on Scoop.It in the area of Ancient History and Archaeology. I invite you to visit my page and catch up with the latest finds in the field. I have nearly 200 stories there already.

My main interests lie in discoveries in the Bible Lands, the Roman Empire and region of the Mediterranean Sea.

Free Charlie Chaplin Films


The Internet Archive has thankfully gathered dozens of short films from the greatest comedian and one of the best filmmakers in movie history, Charlie Chaplin. Introduce Chaplin to your children, and they will love him. Mine did.

Biblical Historians Needed


I am doing extensive research on the life of the Apostle Paul, his arrest, imprisonment and his voyage to Rome. It has captured my imagination, and I cannot help but talk about it.

Currently, I am gathering materials on Paul, ancient Meditteranean culture and travel and various aspects of the Roman world. Being generous by nature, I want to share some of the materials I find online with my readers who might find them interesting.

We need to be voracious students of God’s Word and develop a scholarly mindset to dig deep into the truth of God’s Word. God deserves our best, and we should never slack in study and sell short the seekers of Truth.

Churches of Christ need more quality historical research on a host of Biblical topics. I urge my brethren to consider such studies to enhance the learning of generations to come. I do not know of a single online resource in the brotherhood on Biblical history outside of restoration history.

The more we know about the world of the Bible, the better we are as students. “The Acts of the Apostles” offers opportunities for for such research on every page. These events happened within a cultural context, and we can open up new windows of insight to enhance the textual story while never compromising the truth of the Gospel.

The internet is, to an extent, the modern equivalent of the magisterial library in ancient Alexandria. The digital works available to the modern Biblical student are astounding. However, we must immerse ourselves in the truth of Scripture, so we can be discerning and wise when we read the works of men. We can cautiously pore over these texts, devouring the meat and dispensing with the bones to grow stronger and more vibrant with the world of the early church.

Preachers face a daunting task when they seek to find the time to do serious research. However, the work calls for us to sacrifice for Him. The online bounty allows us to dig deep into the accumulated studies of ages past without burdening our family with the excessive cost of purchasing materials.

May we ever study and bring glory to God in all we do (Ephesians 3:20-21).

The Beauty of Decay


A “new” art form is rising in our popular culture, and I am a fan.

With the deteriorating infrastructure of American society, there are plenty of opportunities to explore the empty, abandoned, ruined buildings around us.

Whether urban or rural, photographers are taking advantage of the wealth to be found there.

As a writer, these photographs excite me because each image provides a tapestry of memories, possibilities and dreams. The richness of each shot leads our imaginations to create new worlds, characters and stories that  can leave a lasting legacy.    Read more…

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