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Chapter 57: The Mission

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 | Comments Off on Chapter 57: The Mission

This time when she came to the house, she did not bother with the alley door. She didn’t look up and down the street in search of prying eyes. She simply knocked at the front entrance and slumped against the wall to wait in misery. Tertius opened the door and had to catch the woman […]

Chapter 56: The Mission

Friday, September 24th, 2010 | Comments Off on Chapter 56: The Mission

It was cold in Gaius’s hall. The expelled breaths of the assembled Christians hung in the air in a frosty mist, glowing in amber and yellow haloes around the torches that lined the walls. The torches lent their own smoky pall to the room, thickening the haze even as their feeble flames attempted to burn […]

Chapter 55: The Mission

Monday, September 20th, 2010 | Comments Off on Chapter 55: The Mission

Early on, Stephanas realized that no one was serving the servant. Paul worked himself like a galley slave, pouring himself into others, robbing his own sleep and strength to give to people who needed him. When they cried, he listened. When they questioned, he taught. When they were lonely, he became their friend. But who […]

Chapter 54: The Mission

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010 | Comments Off on Chapter 54: The Mission

Her steward bent low to speak in Hester’s ear. She had a guest at the door. “Well, bring her in, Tertius. Don’t keep her standing.” “Milady, I think perhaps you should attend to this yourself … at the door.” The steward looked distinctly nervous. So much had changed around the household in recent months. It […]

Chapter 53: The Mission

Friday, September 10th, 2010 | Comments Off on Chapter 53: The Mission

“Why are you so upset?” Gaius raised his hands, trying to deflect Paul’s anger with a show of bewilderment. Paul glanced at Crispus whose eyes warned him to stay calm, to treat this matter with care. He looked back at Gaius. “I’m upset because this is the very thing I warned you about before. Followers […]

Chapter 52: The Mission

Monday, September 6th, 2010 | Comments Off on Chapter 52: The Mission

As winter came in earnest, the granaries of Corinth fell to dangerous levels. The previous spring, the fertile fields of the far-off Nile had suffered catastrophic flooding, and wheat supplies throughout the Empire dwindled as a direct consequence. Rome sent her barges in the summer to collect every spare kernel of grain in Egypt and […]

Chapter 51: The Mission

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 | Comments Off on Chapter 51: The Mission

The adoption ceremony took place at the courthouse on the south edge of the agora. Stephanas’s entire household was present for the occasion, though Achaicus did not seem very pleased by the turn of events. He’d barely spoken to Paul since learning the news, wishing he’d never talked to him about the boy. Only once, […]

Chapter 50: The Mission

Friday, August 27th, 2010 | Comments Off on Chapter 50: The Mission

Abi came often to visit, slipping into the house through the alley doorway after casting furtive glances up and down the lane. A nervous smile to the domestics at work in the kitchen as she skirted the pot-laden tables. Head down while she hurried across the atrium to enter Hester’s chambers. The mere thought that […]

Chapter 49: The Mission

Monday, August 23rd, 2010 | Comments Off on Chapter 49: The Mission

Paul returned to Stephanas’s house the next day. “Greetings, Fortunatus! Fine morning, don’t you think?” He squinted up at the heavy overcast skies, pregnant with rain, and grinned back at the boy. “I’ve come to speak with your master.” Paul was a different man this morning. He’d spent much of the night in prayer, wrestling […]

Chapter 48: The Mission

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 | Comments Off on Chapter 48: The Mission

Not long after Timothy and Silas left for the north, Gaius heard that the Apostle had gone back to the shop, cutting and stitching to earn his keep. And soon after that, he started dropping occasional comments. “There are better ways to spend your time than making tents, Paul.” “Wouldn’t you rather be in the […]

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