I have been a fan of Christian History Magazine for years. On a shelf in my home office, in fact, I have a stack of issues going back a long time.
You used to have to get a paid subscription to receive the publication, but now you can subscribe for free, though donations to the non-profit institute that supports it are welcome.
The magazine recently launched a new website that provides tons of information not just about how to subscribe and support the publication but also about Christian history itself. The link I gave you in the first paragraph above will take you there.
It seems to me that religions based at least in part on historical events -- Judaism, Christianity, Islam, among them -- require adherents to understand as much as they can about the history of their own faith. Mostly we don't do well with that.
But Christian History Magazine is a great resource for anyone -- Christian or not -- wanting to grasp the arc of the development of the religion.
And while you're floating around on the magazine's website, don't miss the "Today in Christian History" feature.
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TRICKS TO COVERING THE VATICAN
The story of how journalists cover the Vatican at a time when a new pope is about to be selected is curious and fascinating, and you can read a bit about that right here. Secrecy, by its very nature, seems to challenge people to crack it open, and now the cardinals meeting to pick a pope have declared a media blackout.
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P.S.: Time is getting short for you to sign up for either of two seminars I plan to co-teach in April. The first, April 8-13, will be about congregational transformation. It will meet at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. For details and to register, click here. The second, April 26-28, will be about the risks of forgiveness. It will be at Kirkridge Retreat Center in Pennsylvania. For details and to register, click here.