Every year in mid March the whole world goes a little green. Green hats, three leaf clovers, green beer, green rivers, green parades and green hair. It seems everyone loves “St Paddy’s Day.” A traditional Irish holiday, St Patrick’s Day celebrates Maewyn Succat, a Britain-born man who eventually became known as St. Patrick after spending his life converting the wild pagan Celts of Ireland to Christianity. He died on March 17, 461 and every year since, the people of Ireland have celebrated his life and mission on the day he passed away.
World War 2.
Two men lived through this time. One on the side of the Third Reich’s crushing dictatorship. The other as a resistance fighter, spy and pastor. Joseph Goebbels was the head of propaganda for Hitler’s Nazi regime and he ruthlessly lied to an entire generation of Germans, entrancing them to follow a crazed Fuhrer off the cliff of world domination. On the other hand, pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer refused to escape from his native Germany because of his desire to alleviate the plight of innocent countrymen. By the end of the war, both men were dead. But it was how they lived that separated them in breathless fashion.
Here are their stories. Continue reading “The Propagandist VS The Pastor”
Before Christ renamed him Kepha (Peter), his name was Simon, son of Jonah (or John). He ran a commercial fishing business in Bethsaida. Middle East commercial fishing boats in those days were relatively small. Usually 27 feet long or less with a crew of 5 to 16. Fishermen in the region of the Sea of Galilee fished with cast nets. Something still seen in modern times and involving a 20 foot circular net with weights attached to the periphery. Often, the fishermen would have to swim do to retrieve their nets and therefore fished naked. To this day, the Sea of Galilee is reknowned for its sardines. And at the height of fishing season, dozens of tons of sardines are caught nightly. Most likely, Peter was making a living catching sardines. Continue reading “Peter – A Biography”