Fiction

Jesus the Refugee | Mary’s Story

Poverty changes you. I had never known riches, but this was a new low. Stuck in Bethlehem, Joseph scrambled unsuccessfully to find work from unfriendly neighbors.   I could stand the hunger for myself, but not for my baby. I…

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Who would have thought the King of Heaven would be so earthy? | Alexander’s Story

The first thing you need to know is that there were more than three of us, and we weren’t all kings.   *****   Math always came easily to me. As a kid, I wasn’t merely top of the class,…

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I Don’t Need a Messiah. Do You? | Herod’s Story

Everyone hates the politicians. Right? You already hate me, I can see it. You think you’re better than me.   You’re poisoned by the propaganda against me. But it’s fake news!   The killing of infants in Bethlehem? Okay, that…

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What if God comes in Disguise? | Rachel’s Story

They were filthy, both of them. The donkey, too. They stank, and the woman was drenched in sweat. So, there was that, for a start.   Plus, they couldn’t have chosen a worse time to turn up – the house…

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The Brothers Book Club

When I was 21 years old, I read The Brothers Karamazov, because I thought that is what erudite people did. I was going to Bible College at the time, getting a degree in theology. I proudly bought the unabridged version…

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Summer Book Club: The Brothers Karamazov

The editors and writers of Off the Page are readers first and foremost. We love words and the craft of writing. One of the greatest novels ever written is The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. D.L. Mayfield approached me with…

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Torch

For the first few months after he married our Mother, Step-Father spent most of his time clearing away the forest trees that surrounded our house. “The homestead,” he called it. We’d never called it that before. He cleared the trees,…

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