Ayla Albayrak, a journalist with the Wall Street Journal has recently been convicted in absentia by the Erdoğan controlled Turkish court system. The trial leading to this conviction came about after she wrote a very fair and truthful article: Urban Warfare Escalates in Turkey’s Kurdish-Majority Southeast. I myself had been there around the same time (As The... Continue Reading →
The accusation is made that Christians, when they do things like drink alcohol and eat pork, are proving that they do not follow the teachings of Jesus like Muslims do. Is there any truth to this?
The accusation has been made that the Atonement is a doctrine from Paul and contradicts what Jesus Himself taught. Does it?
The claim has been made that Jesus never called himself God. Now it is time to examine the truth...
Where do I begin? I am running late. Normally, I have this letter all written and sent at least a few days before the month ends. Yet here I am at 8PM still looking at my keyboard wondering where I begin. I have a lot I want to say, but how to say it? From... Continue Reading →
Kayeen continued pushing himself forward in shock. He had killed a man. Even if the stranger who had confronted him was still alive when he left, there was no chance the man would ever be able to survive the elements. Leaving him there felt worse than throwing the rock itself. That had been hurled in... Continue Reading →
This is my second photodump for Tarsus. Last time I shot St Paul's Church and Well, and the waterfalls. These were all taken at different points in the day. Everything today will be given to you pretty much in the order I shot it as I was walking around the city. As always, feel free... Continue Reading →
Out in the open, there were two things Kayeen could not bear: the cold and the brightness. As he came closer to the southern end of the forest, both of these assailed his senses. His first plan had been to head out immediately after collecting his sword and the provisions he had been laying aside.... Continue Reading →
This is the first of two photodumps I will be doing for my visit over New Year's to Tarsus. One of the first places I visited was St Paul's Church. This church was built in the 1800's and although it is a museum today, it still functions as a Greek Orthodox Church on Sundays and... Continue Reading →
This is now my third (and final) photodump from my Christmas vacation in Antakya. The first was of the waterfalls and the early church. The second set was the river and the bazaar. This final set is pretty much everything else. I had spent a large chunk of two days simply walking around the city praying... Continue Reading →
The old movie title is probably an excellent way to describe the city of Antioch: A River Runs Through It. Of course, considering my sister site, there is no way I am *not* going to take plenty of pictures there. Feel free to click on any of them for a high res version. Also, I... Continue Reading →
The ancient Greek legend claims that Appollo was arrogant. He knew that he was a man's man and felt no remorse letting the other gods know it. Eros, being the metrosexual hipster that he was, didn't nearly have the muscular physique of Apollo and one day found himself the brunt of Apollo's jokes. Apollo told... Continue Reading →
I recently had the opportunity to visit the oldest church building in the world. This wasn’t the first place the church existed, but it was the first known location that was specifically created for the church to gather and meet. Prior to this everywhere the church existed they met in people’s homes or in public... Continue Reading →