29 06, 2018

Why Cleopatra?


Cleopatra is certainly an odd presence in my list of book titles. Normally, I have been writing about great men and women of the Christian church. So, why Cleopatra? It all goes back to the beginning of 2016. Having thoroughly enjoyed writing about Michelangelo for Chicago Review Press, I decided to

Why Cleopatra?2018-06-30T00:33:26+00:00
2 06, 2017

A New Column


I am now writing a new column, "Cloud of Witnesses," at Place For Truth (A Voice of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals). It will be a place to explore our Christian past and the people who lived it. This year, in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, I

A New Column2017-07-13T05:17:10+00:00
22 11, 2016

Letters from Indonesian Students


Here are some letters from students at Logos School, Surabaya, Indonesia. I will rewrite the third one because the print is small: "Dear Mrs. Simonetta Carr, my name is Eileen. I am a student in Logos school in Grade 3 in this year 2016. I was born in December 21st, 2006.

Letters from Indonesian Students2017-07-13T05:17:10+00:00
22 11, 2016

Christian Biographies in Indonesia


In my recent article on Challies, I paraphased some comments from Cia Ming Cu, one of the editors at Momentum Christian Literature, about the popularity of my books in Indonesia. I have decided to include his full letter here, with his permission: It was in 2008 that we at Momentum Christian

Christian Biographies in Indonesia2017-07-13T05:17:10+00:00
26 10, 2016



During a Podcast interview with Mortification of Spin, Carl Trueman surprised me with the question: "Why should we teach our children to appreciate art and beauty?" I was surprised because I always considered the answer obvious. Art and beauty are are so incredibly uplifting (sometimes troubling but always moving) that it seems only

3 10, 2016

Life and Death in the Valley of Shadow


  Published in Modern Reformation, Vol. 23, N. 4, July-August 2014, posted with permission. (See also White Horse Inn WHI-1213)   We all have days we will never forget. On top of my list is the day when my 19-year old son Jonathan revealed a new perception of reality. He had

Life and Death in the Valley of Shadow2017-07-13T05:17:10+00:00
1 06, 2016

A School Visit


  In a recent visit to a local public school, I was able to teach a class of eight-graders some lesser known aspects of Michelangelo's life, such as his poetry and his sense of humor. We also discussed Michelangelo's ability to wear many hats as architect, sculptor, building contractor, accountant, and art

A School Visit2017-07-13T05:17:10+00:00
11 05, 2016

Why Michelangelo?


I met Nancy Sanders, a talented children’s author, two years ago, through the popular 32 Authors Online Scavenger Hunt. We have since become friends and she has been a source of advice and even comfort in the difficult times of my life. At that time, I noticed she had written several

Why Michelangelo?2017-07-13T05:17:10+00:00
14 03, 2016

Using All Burners


If you are like me, you like to have different projects cooking at the same time - some on high flame and some brewing on the back burners. If a deadline approaches, you give all your attention to one project and leave the others behind. I have done this for years, until I

Using All Burners2017-07-13T05:17:10+00:00
15 12, 2015

Teaching What Counts


In case anyone feels too proud of our exceptional children and innovative teaching methods, a letter by Anne Hooper to Henry Bullinger might be the good dose of humility and the kick in the pants we need. Anne wrote this letter from London in 1551, while her husband John Hooper (pictured here) was in

Teaching What Counts2015-12-15T23:21:16+00:00
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