This past Sunday, I received a wonderful question from a young man in our church. Matthew Cleary was in Sunday school and asked his teacher, who in turn asked me, “What time of night was Jesus born? Was it at midnight?” To be honest, I had never really thought about the question. While it is impossible to provide a detailed time of Christ’s birth with great certainty, certain clues provide us hints at the time and date of Jesus’s birth. The time of Jesus’s birth is intricately tied to the date of his birth. While Scripture does not grant us a large amount of information of the day and time, it does offer a few clues.
Christians are often shamed by the Crusades, but should we be? While some of the actions that so-called Christians committed were definitely wrong, I am in no way ashamed of the Crusades in general. When the religion of Islam was first created Christians were peacefully in charge over much of the then known world, most notably Southern Asia, Northern Africa, and Italy. In the almost four centuries before the First Crusade Christians were struggling to deal with the almost consonant Muslim aggression. They had taken three of the five Christian centers, had violently enslaved the Christians that they allowed to live, Rome had been attacked, two of our holiest sites had been desecrated, and Constantinople was facing a Muslim threat that would eventually turn it into Istanbul, by Muslim violence.
The very idea that the Crusades were unprovoked, bloodthirsty raids on innocent people is pure madness!
I also suggest God’s Battalions: The Case for the Crusades by Rodney Stark
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Enter Joy Villa.Truthfully, I had never heard of her before, but after her courage last night, you can bet your bottom dollar that I will be buying her album to support her!Joy Villa wore a white dress that she had handpainted a fetus on. And on her purse, the words, “CHOOSE LIFE.”Photo: Evan AgostiniAnd when asked about it, she said, “I am a pro-life woman…I’m all about life.”BAM!You hear that? It’s me giving this woman a standing ovation from my studio apartment in NYC.
“At this time there was a wise man who was called Jesus. And his conduct was good, and [he] was known to be virtuous. And many people from among the Jews and the other nations became his disciples. Pilate condemned him to be crucified and to die. And those who had become his disciples did not abandon his discipleship. They reported that he had appeared to them three days after his crucifixion and that he was alive. Accordingly, he was perhaps the Messiah concerning whom the prophets have recounted wonders.” (10th Century Arabic Text)
Read more at: What Did the Jewish Historian Josephus Really Say About Jesus? – Jonathan Morrow
“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.”
― Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden
“To ‘stop and smell the roses’ we must first believe that there’s a rose garden out there somewhere. And in this jaded world of ours, the refusal to believe in gardens leaves most of us ref of roses.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough
Look for gardens in your life, if you can’t find one, grow your own.