Saturday, July 18, 2015

This Day in Christian History: Birth of Heinrich Bullinger

This Day in Christian History: July 18

July 18, 1504: Birth of Heinrich Bullinger

Heinrich Bullinger was born to Heinrich Bullinger senior, a Dean of the capitular church, in Switzerland. At that time, clerical concubinage had been sanctioned by the Bishop of Constance, and Heinrich was the fifth born son from Heinrich senior and his concubine, Anna Wiederkehr.

Heinrich intended to follow his father into the clergy, but it was during his college years that he came in contact with Luther's teaching. Heinrich came to the conclusion that Luther's teaching was faithful to the Bible, whereas the Catholic church order. He ceased receiving the Eucharist, which banned him from clerical posts.

Bullinger began aiding later succeeding Zwingli, carrying on his work until he died in 1575.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Should Independence Day by July 2nd or 4th?

Should independence day be today, or the 4th? Today I'm blogging over at Heroes, Heriones and History. Find out why John Adams thought it should be today.

Happy Independence Day!
Most of you are probably thinking, "Hey, wait a minute, Independence Day is still two days away."

Ah, but the answer isn't that simple. Did you know there are folks who believe Independence Day should be celebrated today--on July 2nd--rather than on July 4th? To understand this, we need to take a closer look at the timeline of the Declaration of Independence.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Birthing Room of Freedom

Today I'm blogging over at Stitches Thru Time about Independence Hall, the place where liberty for the United States of America was born. I'm also offering a giveaway on the blog this week for an autographed paperback of the Complete Declaration of Independence Anthology! 

With Independence Day coming up this weekend, I thought I would share a few interesting tidbits about the place where it all began.

The Pennsylvania State House, now known as Independence Hall is where America's freedom was born. The vital debates, the drafting of the documents, and ultimately the vote of in favor of independence took place in this historic building. Independence Hall is now listed a World Heritage site.

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

This Day in Christian History: The Marraige of a Monk and a Nun

This Day in Christian History: June 13

June 13, 1525: Martin Luther marries Katharina von Bora

Wedding of Martin Luther and Katharina von Bora
Sometime around 1523, Martin Luther helped to rescue a group of nuns from a monastery. He endeavored to free the nuns from the Catholic order and find suitable homes for each. Among this group of nuns was Katharina von Bora. Though she had many suitors, none were to her liking, and Martin had a difficult time finding suitable arrangements for her. But in 1525, he finally found a home for her. His own. Thus on June 13, 1525, an ex-monk married an ex-nun. Martin was 42, and Katharina was 26.

Their happy marriage of 21 years brought them six children. Katharina stood by Martin's side through many difficult times. Despite her being much younger than he, she died only six years after him.

Here's another great post on the marriage of Martin Luther.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

This Day in Christian History: First Hanging of the Salem Witch Trails

This Day in Christian History June 10

June 10, 1692: Hanging of Bridgett Bishop

Bridgett Bishop
The summer of 1692 was a dark one in the province of Massachusetts. Started by the gossip and allegations of a few young girls, the Salem Witch Trials has gone down in history as an example of perverted justice.

When Bridgett Bishop was accused of witchcraft in April of 1692, it was not the first time such an accusation had been made. After being widowed once, Bridgett  married Thomas Oliver, and it was no secret that their marriage was less than happy. They'd been publicly shamed for fighting more than once. She was accused of witchcraft in 1680, but she posted bond and nothing more came of it.

Five girls accused Bridgett of witchcraft again in 1692. They claimed that she had cast spells upon them and tormented them. A trial was held, and she was sentenced to death. Bridgett became the first to be hanged for witchcraft during what has come to be known as the Salem Witch Trials.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

This Day in Christian History: Death of St. Columba

This Day in Christian History: June 9

June 9, 597: Death of St. Columba

Saint Columba was born in Ireland in 521. On his father's side, he was the descendant of a High Irish King. His mother was the sister of Saint Martin.
He is best known for his missionary work in Scotland. After studying under many well-known church leaders, Columba crossed over to Scotland with 12 of his followers and founded a church in Iona. He is credited with being the leading figure to introduce and spread the Christian faith in Scotland.
Columba had many miracles occur during his ministry. Once, he was attempting to evangelize one of the Scottish towns when they threw him out of the city, closed the gates, and tried to drown out his preaching with music. His voice miraculously raised above the instruments and was heard to the entire crowd. Then the gates came open, so he walked in and won many converts to Christ.

He died in Iona at the age of 77 on June 9, 597. According to the Catholic encyclopedia:
In the spring of 597 he knew that his end was approaching. On Saturday, 8 June, he ascended the hill overlooking his monastery and blessed for the last time the home so dear to him. That afternoon he was present at Vespers, and later, when the bell summoned the community to the midnight service, he forestalled the others and entered the church without assistance. But he sank before the altar, and in that place breathed forth his soul to Cod, surrounded by his disciples. This happened a little after midnight between the 8th and 9th of June 597. He was in the 77th year of his age. The monks buried him within the monastic enclosure. After the lapse of a century or more his bones were disinterred and placed within a suitable shrine.

Monday, June 1, 2015

This Day in Christian History: June 1 Saxon King Baptized

This Day in Christian History: June 1

June 1, 597: Saxon King Ethelbert is baptized

Sculpture of Ethelbert of Kent
Ethelbert of Kent was the third king to hold rule over the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. He had married Bertha, the Christian daughter of the king of the Franks to build an alliance, but that may have had an influence in him becoming the first English king to convert to Christianity.

The Pope sent Augustine as a missionary to Kent in 597. Shortly following his arrival, Ethelbert converted to Christianity and was baptized. The exact date of Ethelbert's conversion in unknown, but tradition holds it to be around the first of June, the summer after Augustine arrived in Kent.

Ethelbert's conversion was what opened the door for the rapid spread of Christianity among the Angles and Saxons.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

This Day in Christian History: May 30 Joan of Arc Burned

This Day in Christian History: May 30

May 30, 1431: Joan of Arc Burned at the Stake

Born into a peasant family in north-east France, Joan was spiritual from a very young age. Joan testified that she saw her first vision at about age 13. She said she saw the Archangel Michael, who told her to drive out the English and aid Charles VII. She began to fulfill this commision around age 16.

Being so young, it took some time to get the officials to take her seriously, but she succeeded and ended up joining the army on the battlefront. The extent of her involvement is debated, but the commanders believed that her advice was divinely inspired, and therefore would listen to her. Historians have to agree that the army experienced remarkable success during the brief time she accompanied it.

Joan was captured and put on trial by the Catholic church as a heretic. One of the many charges brought against her was that of 'cross dressing' because she had disguised herself as a male soldier at one point, and had donned men's clothing while in prison to deter molestation.

The court found her guilty and sentenced her to death. Around the age of nineteen, she was burned at the stake and her ashes thrown into the Seine river.

She was later made a saint, but that is a post for another day.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

This Day in Christian History: May 26 Happy Birthday William Hunter

This Day in Christian History: May 26

May 26, 1811: Birth of William Hunter

William Hunter was born in Ireland on May 26th, 1811. His family moved to America when he was six years old. He went on to become a Bible scholar, professor, newspaper editor and hymn writer. He composed over 125 hymns, including The Great Physician Now is Near and I Feel Like Traveling On.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

This Day in Christian History: May 25 Luther Proclaimed a Heretic

This Day in Christian History

May 25, 1521: Martin Luther Proclaimed a Heretic

Luther's Room at Wartburg Castle
After Martin Luther's bold stand at the Diet of Worms in the previous month, the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V pronounced Martin Luther an outlaw and heretic for refusing to recant his teachings and his rebellion against the Catholic church. The emperor decreed, "We want him to be apprehended and punished as a notorious heretic." This decree made it legal for anyone to kill Luther without consequence, and also made it dangerous for anyone to give him food or shelter. It was after this decree that Luther went into hiding at Wartburg Castle.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

This Day in History: The Sack of Rome

This Day in History: May 6

May 6, 1527: The Sack of Rome

Forty thousand mercenaries, hired by Cardinal Pompeo Colonna, sacked the city of Rome. They destroyed two-thirds of the houses, killing, wounding and exiling 45,000 people. They butchered clergy and laity alike, and forced Clement VII, disguised as a gardener, to flee for his life. 

Read more about the Sack of Rome

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

This Day in Christian History: Scopes is Arrested for Teaching Evolution

This Day in Christian History: May 5

May 5,1925: Scopes is Arrested for Teaching Evolution

Scopes in 1925

24 year old High school biology teacher John T. Scopes, was arrested on May 5, 1925 for teaching the theory of evolution in his Dayton, Tennessee classroom. His arrest is what would lead to the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial. According to Tennessee's Butler Act, it was against the law to teach human evolution in public schools. Whether or not Scopes had actually taught evolution in his classroom is debated, but he agreed to stand as a defendant to bring publicity to the town of Dayton, TN.

More about the Scopes Trial

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

This Day in Christian History: April 29, Dachau Liberated

This Day in Christian History: April 29, Dachau Liberated

April 29, 1945: Dachau Liberated by US Troops

American troops guarding the main entrance to Dachau just after liberation, 1945
Dachau is the oldest of the Nazi concentration camps. It was the first, opened in 1933. The Dachau system grew to include over 100 sub camps located throughout southern Germany and Austria. The prisoners lived in constant fear. Their treatment was brutal, including floggings, confinement in standing cells, tree or pole hangings, and other atrocities.

Dachau was liberated by American troops on this day in 1945, freeing  more than 30,000 people. Most were terribly sick.

Women of the Dachau camp wave to their liberators
There were 32,000 documented deaths, mostly Jews, during the camp's 12 year existence. Thousands more went undocumented.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

This Day in Christian History: April 28, Israel Recognized by the UK

This Day in Christian History: April 28

April 28, 1950: Israel Recognized by the UK

Almost two years after Israel's declaration, the government of Britain finally recognized Israel as a state. They were the last power in the world to do so. They also recognized the annexation by Transjordan of the Arab part of Palestine at the same time. Britain’s decisions were communicated today to Israel and Transjordan by her diplomatic representatives in Tel Aviv and Amman.

According to the Global Jewish News reported on April 28, 1950:
Winston Churchill, welcoming the announcement by the British Minister, told the members of Commos that President Chaim Weizmann of Israel and King Abdullah of Transjordan have always been staunch friends of Great Britain. He urged the British Government to bring these two “eminent men” into closer harmonious contact. He asked whether the British Government is embarking on such a course.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Saturday Morning Gazette: Israel Surrenders the Sinai, Tips from Walt Disney and more

Saturday Morning Gazette: April 25 Edition

HIStory tidbits, links, and fun stuff for your weekend.

Verse of the Week:

Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. ~II Peter 3:13

This Day in Christian History:

April 25, 1530: The Augsburg Confession, the first summary of the Lutheran faith, was read publicly at the Diet of Worms.

April 25, 1792: Happy Birthday John Keble! John was an English clergyman and poet. He is best known for the composition of the hymn, Sun of my Soul, Thou Savior Dear which he wrote in 1820.

April 25, 1800: Death of William Cowper, a great hymnist of his day. Despite a life of hardship and depression, he wrote inspiring hymns of faith such as There is a Fountain, God Moves in Mysterious Ways, and Oh, For a Closer Walk with God.

April 25, 1982: Israel surrenders the Sinai peninsula to Egypt as part of the Camp David act of 1979.

Chuckle of the Week: 

This is what you call bragging rights!
I need one of these shirts.

Interesting Links:

Tips on Not Quitting from Walt Disney

WWII is the New Amish

Beware of Body Snatchers!

This week's Pins

Mayflower by John Klingel
What stories could come from this?

Giveaways and Freebies:

Learn Twitter: 10 Beginning Steps by Ruth Snyder is FREE on Amazon April 27-May 1. 

Memory Box of Secrets by Brenda S. Anderson ends May 2

Beyond all Dreams by Elizabeth Camden ends April 28

A Newly Crimsoned Reliquary by Donna F. Crow ends TODAY

Writer’s Corner:

Who Are They? The Good the Bad and the Ugly of Character Names

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

Friday, April 24, 2015

This Day in Christian History: April 24: Augustine is Baptized

This Day in Christian History: April 24

 April 24, 387: Augustine of Hippo is Baptized

Augustine of Hippo
On Easter eve, 387, Saint Augustine of  Hippo was baptized at the age of 32. As Augustine tells it, he heard a childlike voice tell him to "pick up and read." So he picked up the Bible and began to read from the first place he saw. The verses his eyes fell upon were Romans 13:13-14.

Not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying, but put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to fulfill the lusts thereof.

This was the beginning of his transformation. He wrote about his conversion in Confessions, which has become a classic of Christian theology. 

Augustine went on to become the Biship of Hippo, and influenced much of Western Christianity. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

This Day in Christian History: April 22, In God We Trust

This Day in Christian History: April 22

 April 22, 1864: In God We Trust is engraved on US coins for the first time

1864 Two Cent Coin with the new Motto: In God We Trust
A little known fact about the Civil War is the revival that swept the nation during that time. In fact, what is now commonly known as the Bible Belt originated during this period. According to the US Treasury Website, "The motto IN GOD WE TRUST was placed on United States coins largely because of the increased religious sentiment existing during the Civil War." The Treasurer received letters from Christians requesting that God be acknowledged on our coins. One such letter states:

You are probably a Christian. What if our Republic were not shattered beyond reconstruction? Would not the antiquaries of succeeding centuries rightly reason from our past that we were a heathen nation? What I propose is that instead of the goddess of liberty we shall have next inside the 13 stars a ring inscribed with the words PERPETUAL UNION; within the ring the allseeing eye, crowned with a halo; beneath this eye the American flag, bearing in its field stars equal to the number of the States united; in the folds of the bars the words GOD, LIBERTY, LAW.

This would make a beautiful coin, to which no possible citizen could object. This would relieve us from the ignominy of heathenism. This would place us openly under the Divine protection we have personally claimed. From my hearth I have felt our national shame in disowning God as not the least of our present national disasters.

Apparently, the Treasurer Salmon Chase agreed with this statement, because in a letter dated
Salmon Chase, Secretary of Treasury 1864
November 20, 1861, he sent these instructions to the mint director:

Dear Sir: No nation can be strong except in the strength of God, or safe except in His defense. The trust of our people in God should be declared on our national coins.
You will cause a device to be prepared without unnecessary delay with a motto expressing in the fewest and tersest words possible this national recognition.

The motto that should appear was debated, but on April 22, 1864, Congress approved the motto In God We Trust, and it first appeared on the two cent coin.  

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

This Day in Christian History: April 21, Happy Birthday Reginald Heber

This Day in Christian History: April 21

April 21, 1783: Happy Birthday Reginald Heber!

Reginald Heber - Bishop of Calcutta 1823
Reginald Heber was born at Malpas England and was named after his father. Even from an early age, Reginald showed an interest in church history and beliefs. He attended Oxford College where he gained a reputation as a poet. With a heart for ministry, Reginald became a deacon, then a bishop at Oxford, and later took over his father's parish in Hodnet.

Reginald married Amelia Shipley in April of 1809, and they had two children.

In 1823, Reginald was ordained as the Biship of Calcutta, and he served his people faithfully until his sudden death three years later at the age of 42. Monuments were erected in his memory in India for the work that he had done there.

Heber Memorial in Madras
Reginald is best remembered in America for the hymns that he wrote, mainly during the years of 1811-1821. He admire the hymns of John Newton and William Cowper, but he wrote about 57 of his own hymns including his most famous, Holy, Holy, Holy, which is still a popular hymn today.

Monday, April 20, 2015

This Day in Christian History: April 19-20 The Warsaw Ghetto

This Day in Christian History: April 19-20

April 19-20, 1943: The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Begins

SS Agents burn houses
Warsaw is the capitol city of Poland. A city of over 1.3 million residents in 1919 when Poland resurrected as a state. Pre-WWII, Warsaw was home to over 350,000 Jews, about 30% of their population. On September 29, 1939, Nazi troops entered the city.

By October 12, 1940, a ghetto had been established and a decree made that all Jews were to move to the designated area, which was then sealed off from the rest of the city with a 10ft. high wall. It is estimated that over 400,000 Jews were contained in this ghetto from Warsaw and the surrounding area.

Needless to say, the conditions were crowded, and poor.

April 19th, 1943, the Eve of Passover, Nazi SS agents entered the ghetto. Knowing what this meant, the Jews made the decision to fight back.The Jewish insurgents ambushed the Nazis. The fighting lasted for several days. The Germans began burning down houses, block by block, which is what finally broke the rebellion.

Between the days of April 19th and May 16th, 1943, over 13,000 Jews were killed. The remaining residents were shipped off to concentration or extermination camps.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Saturday Morning Gazette: Here I Stand, Franklin's Fake Newspaper & more

Saturday Morning Gazette: April 18 Edition

HIStory tidbits, links, and fun stuff for your weekend.

Verse of the Week:

Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
~Romans 13:8

This Day in Christian History:

Luther at Worms
April 18, 1521: Martin Luther Concludes His Defense at the Diet of Worms
The Imperial of Worms was Martin Luther's presentation to the Catholic church in defense of his heresy charges. He arrived in Worms on April 16th, and was cheered by the people. Over the next two days, he gave a clever and thought out defense. He concluded his oration on April 18th with these words:

"Unless I am convinced by Scripture and plain reason - I do not accept the authority of the popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other - my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. God help me. Amen."

Whether or not Luther said "Here I stand; I can do no other. God help me." is debated.These words were not recorded on the spot, however they were recorded in the first printed version of his speech.

Chuckle of the Week:

Interesting Links:

Lucky Lindy - A Legendary Life 

A Virtual Tour of the Tower of London

This week's Pins
Civil War Ambulance Wagon
Maryland Train
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Giveaways and Freebies: 

The Wood's Edge by Lori Benton

A Stranger's Secret by Laurie Alice Eakes

Writer’s Corner:

 Conference Travel Mishaps with Agent Tamela Hancock Murray

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Interview with YA Historical Author Deanna Klingel

Deanna enjoying books with a young class.
Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Deanna Klingel. Deanna is at home in the mountains of North Carolina. She and her husband lived many places during his IBM career while they raised their seven children. The children are grown and married now and Deanna and Dave fill their empty nest with golden retrievers and books. Deanna has published eight books,several short stories, and has other books under contract. 

Welcome Deanna! Tell us a little bit about yourself. 
I live in the mountains of western North Carolina. It's our retirement home. I'm married to my high school sweetheart. Our seven kids are grown now and off with families of their own

How did you discover your calling to be a writer?
I've been a writer I'd say for all my life, since I first held a crayon. But for publication, only after the children were grown and gone.

What books have influenced your life most?
Oh boy, there are so many great books to choose from. Cane River, A Noble Treason, Winds of War, John Jakes Bicentennial series.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
John Jakes.

What is your favorite time in History?
Civil War era, WWII.

We have that in common then! What was the most outstanding thing you learned while researching for this book?
The most outstanding thing for me was seeing the Jefferson Davis family from a different perspective.

Please tell us about your book.
The Mysterious Life of Jim Limber is a middle grade/YA. The first third of the book is a 14 month biography of Jim Limber. Jim Limber was a freed boy, but an orphan. Varina Davis, wife of Jefferson Davis, saw him being abused in Richmond in 1864. She took him to her home, the White House of the Confederacy, not as a servant but to live as a member of their family. Jefferson Davis, a slaver, took out guardianship papers, intending to care for him until adulthood. This is counter to anything we might have known about the Davises! But 14 months later, the Davis family fled Richmond. Jim was with them. He was with them when they were arrested in Georgia, and with them at Port Royal where they parted company. These 14 months are well-documented by Varina Davis who was a wonderful writer. The middle third of the book is historical fiction, what I think might have happened through his adolescence. The final third is a choose-your-own-ending, or write-your-own-ending.

What do you want readers to take away from The Mysterious Life?
I think historical fiction is a wonderful way to get into a deeper layer of history, beyond the names, dates and events. In historical fiction you get all that and more. You get the emotion, the driving forces behind events. It helps us to better understand the consequences. Understanding leads to forgiveness. We need to do that. I hope young readers will gain perspective on the Davis family and realize they are human. Humans make mistakes. We need to understand circumstances and emotions of that time and not judge history by our own standards. Most people do the best they can with what they have and the knowledge they posses at the time. I hope my book will give them a thirst for more.

I agree! Any fun behind the scenes tidbits you'd like to share with us?
I did most of the research at the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond where Varina Davis' writings are archived. She was so thorough in her diaries I even knew when Jim Limber was constipated. More than I needed for the book.

What is the next project you're working on?
I'm awaiting the arrival of one of the "summer people" here in the mountains. We started her story last fall. When she was 16 she was a member of the French Resistance during WWII. I'm eager to get her story started. I'm also doing the edits on Blue-Eyed Doll coming out next summer, and getting ready for the second Little Beth book to appear this summer.

How can readers find you on the internet? will get you everything, my website, blog, schedule and books .
After young readers have read the book, if they want to write their own ending they can send it to me and I will publish it on my website.

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing with us today!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Leprosy: The Ebola of Bible Times?

Join me over at Heroes, Heroines and History to learn about Leprosy in Bible days! Here's a preview:

Incurable disease. Those two words have terrified people for thousands of years. The recent Ebola epidemic caused panic across the globe. In Bible times, leprosy was the disease that was perhaps the most feared of them all, because like Ebola, it was contagious, miserable, with no known cure. 

What is leprosy?

Leprosy is mentioned 68 times in the Bible, however the modern definition of leprosy, and what was considered leprosy during Bible days differs. 

Read the full post on!

Friday, April 3, 2015

This Day in Christian History: April 3

This Day in Christian History: April 3

April 3, 1528: German reformer Adolf Clarenbach arrested

Statue of Adolf Clarenbach (right)
Adolf Clarenbach was born around 1497 on a farm in Germany. Adolf became a teacher, and sought to spread the principles of the Reformation, which he strongly believed. Because of his open acceptance and teachings of Martin Luther's ideas, Adolf was arrested and imprisoned on April 3, 1528. He was confined for eighteen months. At the age of 28, Adolf became one of the first Protestant martyrs of the reformation. He was burned at the stake with another follower of Luther on September 28, 1529.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

This Day in Christian History: April 2

This Day in Christian History: April 2

April 2, 1524: Zwingli Marries Anna Meyer

Zwingli Reads the Translated Bible to Anna
Huldrych Zwingli was a leader of the reformation in Switzerland. Like Martin Luther, he saw many corruptions in the Catholic church, and pushed for reform. Eventually, Zwingli broke away from the Catholic church and joined Luther's reformation. He and Luther met in person once, but they disagreed of the Holy Eucharist.

At age 40, Zwingli married Anna Meyer, a widow who lived near his home. Their marriage was short lived, however. Seven years later, Anna became a widowed for the second time when Zwingli was killed in battle while defending Zurich.

Monday, March 30, 2015

This Day in Christian History: March 30

This Day in Christian History: March 30

March 30, 1492: Jews Expelled from Spain During the Spanish Inquisition

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue...and 200,000 Jews were expelled from Spain.

Columbus wrote in his diary:
"In the same month in which their Majesties [Ferdinand and Isabella] issued the edict that all Jews should be driven out of the kingdom and its territories, in the same month they gave me the order to undertake with sufficient men my expedition of discovery to the Indies." 

This date became as important to Jewish History as it was to American history.

The Spanish inquisition began in 1478 when the Spanish monarchs decided that Catholicism should be the faith of the nation, and began to regulate religion. Everyone must convert to Catholicism, or leave Spain.

Ferdinand and Isabella, Monarchs of Spain
At the time of the 1492 edict, there were around 200,000 Jews living in Spain, and all these people
now somehow had to leave. What followed was tragedy. Days before the edict was issued, rumors developed around Spain proclaiming that Jews had swallowed jewels and gold. As a result, many Jews were knifed to death and cut open in hopes of finding treasures inside their corpses. Ship captains would charge exorbitant amounts of money to transport Jews out of Spain, only to dump them overboard like needless boxes of cargo in the middle of the ocean.

Of the dozens of expulsions the Jews experienced throughout their history, Spain's remains the most infamous.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Saturday Morning Gazette: March 28 Edition

Saturday Morning Gazette: March 28 Edition
HIStory tidbits, links, and fun stuff for your weekend.

Verse of the Week:
How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.

They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.
For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.
 O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart. ~Ps. 36:7-10

This Day in Christian History:
1661: Scottish Parliament passed the Rescissory Act
1915: Birth of Kurt Aland, New Testament textual scholar.
1936: Happy Birthday to Bill Gaither!
Chuckle of the Week:
Interesting Links:

You’re a Big Deal to God

Giveaways and Freebies:
Spy of Richmond by Jocelyn Green ends March 30th #bookgiveaway 
Gods & Kings by Lynne Austin – Free on Amazon till April 1

Birthday interview and Giveaway with Nancy Bolton

Writer’s Corner:

Agent Karen Ball discusses authenticity in your writing:

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!