Christian History


bible300x250***Sandra and Maureen are taking a week off from blogging fun. They’ll be back to their usual schedule next week. In the meantime, please enjoy this guest post by RTB’s Dean of Online Learning (and former film reviewer) Krista Bontrager.***

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Sandra and Maureen are taking a week off of blogging fun to attend a writers conference. They’ll be back to their usual schedule next week. In the meantime, please enjoy this guest post from Theology Mom and RTB’s Dean of Online Learning Krista Bontrager.

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The James ossuary box made a big splash several years ago. Headlines around the world heralded its astounding inscription, “James, son of Joseph, brother of James.” Reputable scholars from around the world were commenting on its significance. Christians were cautious, but excited. (more…)

As we’ve done the past four years, we will be spending Palm Sunday weekend at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers’ Conference amid California’s glorious coastal redwood forest. Encountering such natural beauty—from towering trees to chattering Steller’s jays—serves as a striking reminder of our Creator’s power and majesty. And it’s a great way to begin Holy Week.

Here we share our individual reflections on Palm Sunday and offer a collection of RTB resources about other Holy Week observances. (more…)

Eight years ago, a small group of scholars shocked the world when they announced data that could potentially make unbelievers reconsider their skepticism about Jesus (see Biblical Archaeology Review, Nov/Dec 2002). A 2,000-year-old limestone box offered potentially the first direct evidence to Jesus: the James ossuary. (more…)

Gutenberg Bible leaf at Isaiah 10:13-11:7.

It must have been like a scene from an Indiana Jones movie. Late 1947, in the dry, dusty cliffs around the northwest corner of the Dead Sea, a Bedouin youth scrambles up the hillside in search of a stray goat. What he finds instead is a cave containing several old clay jars and ancient parchment scrolls. The shepherd wonders if the scrolls might fetch a good price in the nearby towns—little does he know that he is holding an artifact of immense religious and historical value. (more…)

As I kid, I remember thinking there was nothing good about Good Friday. I wanted to fast forward to Easter—when Christ was alive again—and not focus on the pain he endured prior to his death on the cross. But I was literally surrounded by visual reminders. The Stations of the Cross ached across the walls they lined, guiding to the center of the church where Jesus hung, silent and lifeless.

Though these figures may have been disturbing for a kid, for adults they can compel us to reflect on Christ’s work on the cross. (more…)

There’s something about this time of year that entices people to sip warm drinks and recall warmer memories of holidays past. Those “I remember when…” conversations seem to sprinkle the air like colored sugar on cookies. And, though many of my Christmas memories are unspectacular, they’re sweet nonetheless. (more…)