The Vandal and the Artist

Hundreds of people were packed into a side chapel in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome when a bearded man with long, red hair suddenly...

Crossing the Bridge of Sighs

I made my way through the narrow passage, following a single-file line of tourists. But if this were the 1600s, I would be following...

Poland, 1979: We Want God! We Want God!

        In 1979, schoolteachers in Poland were told to inform their students that the man about to visit their country “is our enemy.” Teachers were...

From God’s Restaurant to Mars Hill

The sky was as blue as the Aegean Sea when my wife and I left our hotel and hiked off to visit the Parthenon,...

The Greatest Escape

I trudged along a canal in Berlin back in 2011, hoping to see the inside of one of the few remaining watchtowers in the...

A Light in Rome

    Imagine you are in ancient Rome inside the famous building, the Pantheon, and it is noon on April 21—the traditional anniversary date for the...

Cubs Win! The Crazy 1908 Season

  If you were among the millions who watched the dramatic seventh game of the World Series last year, you might have come away thinking...

Location, Location, Location: Doing Novel Research On-Site

NOTE—An earlier blog, Doing Your Research Right, discussed my research habits when writing historical novels. This is a follow-up blog.  *  *  * I guess I...

The Artist Every Christian Should Know

Most people have heard of Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello, and Raphael, although some primarily know them as the names of the four Teenage Mutant Ninja...

Audrey Hepburn Versus the Nazis

  The teenage girl entered the forest on what appeared to be an ordinary stroll, stopping to pick wildflowers along the way. In truth, she...