I am a husband.  I am a father.  I am a teacher.  But above all I am a follower and believer of Jesus Christ.  The Spirit has a way of teaching me things through everyday life.  This blog is a place for me to share these.  I always say if these lessons are just for me, they might just be wasted.  I am a slow learner.


6 responses to “About

  1. robinhl

    October 25, 2011 at 1:10 am

    Hi Joe,
    Thanks for commenting on a couple of posts about The Gospel According to the Romans – my intent is to contextualize the life and teachings of Jesus within the Roman occupation of Palestine. You and I might draw different conclusions, but I will always welcome comments, facts and opinions that will deepen my understanding of the situation on the ground at that time. My novel should be available later this month, but (warning!) it is clearly a non-believer’s view of the action.

    • ragamuffinjoe

      October 25, 2011 at 6:09 am

      I can definitely appreciate a non-believer’s view. I am a science teacher, so I know that many people can look at the same evidence and draw different inferences. I might have to give your book a read. I would ask you why you think Jesus’s movement caught fire and lasted so long when bigger rebellions failed. There were very, very few followers left after the crucifiction, and core members, according to your list, were not exactly the most educated group of guys with the know-how to pull off such a big job to make the movement grow as it did.

  2. Robin Helweg-Larsen

    October 25, 2011 at 10:20 am

    The answer is Paul. He has only a small part in this first book – if I manage to write the second, it would be largely about him. I say “if” because it looks like a 5-year research and writing project.

    • ragamuffinjoe

      October 25, 2011 at 11:42 am

      That makes a little sense. I still lean on my beliefs, but that is a good answer to my question.

  3. Joy

    February 2, 2012 at 3:03 pm


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