Final Crusades and Final Results (The Crusades part 6)

The Crusades (Part 6 of 6) 1. Deus Vult: Pope Urban II Calls for the First Crusaders (AD 1095) 2. The First Crusade and Reclaiming the Holy City (AD 1096-1099) 3. Bernard of Clairvaux and the Second Crusade (AD 1144-1153) 4. Lionheart and the Third Crusade (AD 1187-1193) 5. The Fourth Crusade & Children’s Crusade: … Continue reading Final Crusades and Final Results (The Crusades part 6)

The Fourth Crusade & Children’s Crusades: Perhaps Christendom’s Lowest Point (The Crusades part 5)

The Crusades (Part 5 of 6) 1. Deus Vult: Pope Urban II Calls for the First Crusaders (AD 1095) 2. The First Crusade and Reclaiming the Holy City (AD 1096-1099) 3. Bernard of Clairvaux and the Second Crusade (AD 1144-1153) 4. Lionheart and the Third Crusade (AD 1187-1193) 5. The Fourth Crusade & Children’s Crusade: … Continue reading The Fourth Crusade & Children’s Crusades: Perhaps Christendom’s Lowest Point (The Crusades part 5)

Lionheart and the Third Crusade (The Crusades part 4)

The Crusades (Part 4 of 6) 1. Deus Vult: Pope Urban II Calls for the First Crusaders (AD 1095) 2. The First Crusade and Reclaiming the Holy City (AD 1096-1099) 3. Bernard of Clairvaux and the Second Crusade (AD 1144-1153) 4. Lionheart and the Third Crusade (AD 1187-1193) 5. The Fourth Crusade & Children's Crusades: … Continue reading Lionheart and the Third Crusade (The Crusades part 4)

Bernard of Clairvaux and the Second Crusade (The Crusades part 3)

The Crusades (Part 3 of 6) 1. Deus Vult: Pope Urban II Calls for the First Crusaders (AD 1095) 2. The First Crusade and Reclaiming the Holy City (AD 1096-1099) 3. Bernard of Clairvaux and the Second Crusade (AD 1144-1153) 4. Lionheart and the Fourth Crusade (AD 1187-1193) 5. The Fourth Crusade & Children's Crusades: … Continue reading Bernard of Clairvaux and the Second Crusade (The Crusades part 3)

Deus Vult: Pope Urban II Calls for the First Crusaders in AD 1095

The Crusades (Part 1 of 6) 1. Deus Vult: Pope Urban II Calls for the First Crusaders (AD 1095) 2. The First Crusade and Reclaiming the Holy City (AD 1096-1099) 3. Bernard of Clairvaux and the Second Crusade (AD 1144-1153)            4. Lionheart and the Third Crusade (AD 1187-1193) 5. The Fourth Crusade & Children's Crusades: … Continue reading Deus Vult: Pope Urban II Calls for the First Crusaders in AD 1095

Francis of Assisi: What it Means to Kiss the Hand of the Leper

From the book of Genesis forward, God has made clear that His people are to bless others as a natural outflow of the blessings God has given them. Over the last few weeks, I have tried to identify some important Judeo-Christian teachings concerning the responsibility of God's people to care for the needy. We began … Continue reading Francis of Assisi: What it Means to Kiss the Hand of the Leper

The mighty fortress of Martin Luther’s “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”

In church this past Sunday, we sang my favorite hymn: Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott by Martin Luther (1483-1546). In the English-speaking world, the hymn is better known as A Mighty Fortress is Our God. This song is often called the "the battle hymn" of the Reformation as it has been important to Lutherans … Continue reading The mighty fortress of Martin Luther’s “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”