The Amazing First Crusade

Editor’s note: I love this post. I love this story and I hope you do to.

This is the fourth in a series of posts about the Crusades. If you’re interested, I recommend starting with the first one which you can find here. Otherwise enjoy.

Preface

When I got it in mind to write an account of the Crusades, I had no idea just how incredible the story really was. My plan for this series was to provide you with a dramatic, historically accurate, tale of our manly Christian heritage. What I didn’t expect was how easy that would be… but I guess I’ll let you be the judge of that.

 

The first Crusade is possibly one of the most underappreciated events in military history.

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physical strength and biblical manhood… the great divide

Physical strength has been systematically alienated from the perception of modern ‘biblical’ manhood.

 

I’ve been reading heaps lately about biblical manhood (you might say I’m taking a learn-as-you-go approach to this blog) and one preliminary observation I have made that stands out immediately is this:

 

Biblical masculinity today is framed completely independently of any reference to physical strength or tactical skills, or the physical virtues associated with self mastery.

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Are you a reflective, or reactive listener?

Question.

 

When you’re listening to a sermon, or song, or reading something – such as this very article, or having a conversation with a friend or anyone else, do you tend to react instinctively to what they’re saying either positively or negatively?

Or do you attempt to internalise it and give the argument some critical analysis of your own before you decide whether you agree or disagree?

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Prayer

Prayer is to Christianity what salt is to peanuts.

 

It’s a big important idea in Christianity.

 

If you were in a primary school classroom and asked the students to randomly say ten things that came to mind when they thought of the Bible and Christians, it’s a pretty sure bet that prayer would be on the list somewhere.

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