just finished a really fun book (at least for me) called "the silver chalice" by one thomas costain, whom i confess to know nearly nothing about. i had seen this book turn up on shelf after shelf of book sales and finally decided to give it a try, and boy am i glad i did! it was a new york times best seller back in the early 1950's, and was subsequently turned into a motion picture, starring paul newman (in his film debut). "the silver chalice" tells the story of basil, a young boy who, by a strange turn, enters into an entitled life of luxury and power, but has it all unjustly ripped away from him. the book, then, becomes a story about his coming to faith in the first century after the death and resurrection of Jesus. the story begins in antioch, but has significant sections in jerusalem, in rome, and in the areas between. as a work of historical fiction, it is a wonderful little portrait of first century christianity, even if it does feel like its be
a collection of words about God and life and art and baseball and football and hope and my family and my ministry and music and the immense joy in each moment of all of it. it's a record of being human. welcome.