A lifetime of dreams – burned to ash. The Union soldiers had left nothing but unforgiving flames in their wake. How cruel to be named Charlotte, meaning “tiny and feminine.” I certainly felt tiny as I watched our beautiful house burn, as my younger brother and I picked up the pieces…alone. “Look!” Ashton […]Read more "Friday Fictioneers – “Rose”"
Today is September 18, which turned out to be a day of impending doom in Early Christian History. On September 18, 52 AD, a boy named Marcus Ulpius Trajan was born. Trajan would grow up to serve as Emperor of Rome from 98-117 AD. Following in the footsteps of former emperors Nero (54-68) and […]Read more "Meteors Against the Night"
When we go to college, we fully expect to receive an education and learn the material in our textbooks. What we often find surprising, however, is how much our professors end up teaching us about life. This was the case for me on the fateful September 11, 2001 – when my English professor taught me […]Read more "9/11 – The Day I Grew Up"
For this week’s Christian Flash Weekly contest, we were given 1-950 words and the Scripture Prompt below. It’s a favorite verse of mine, and it was a lot of fun weaving it into a story! Scripture Prompt: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, […]Read more "Christian Flash Weekly – “The Minister”"
When did our heroes begin wearing masks? My idea of a hero is someone who boldly stands for what they believe in, shining for all to see as a beacon of courage and resolve. But instead, our modern heroes tend to hide their faces out of fear – fear for their own safety, or for […]Read more "The Problem With Secret Identities…"
I catch myself fidgeting nervously as I sit among my new friends at the “Fraidy-Cats Anonymous” meeting. One by one, they tell their stories, describing how they’re deathly afraid of spiders, tornadoes, black cats, etc. Then it’s my turn, and all eyes fall on me. I swallow hard. “My name is John Mark,” I begin […]Read more "Coulrophobia – My Irrational Fear of Clowns"