This Episode of CS is titled, Francis

Though we call him Francis of Assisi, his original name was Francesco Bernardone. Born in 1182, his given name was Giovanni (the Latin form of John). His father Pietro nicknamed him Francesco which is what everyone called him. Pietro was a wealthy dealer in textile fabrics imported from France to their hometown of Assisi in central Italy.

His childhood was marked by the privileges of his family’s wealth. He wasn’t a great student, finding his delight more in having a good time entertaining friends. When a local war broke out, he signed up as a young adult to fight for his hometown and was taken prisoner. He was released at 22. Not long after, Francis came down with a serious illness. That’s when he began to consider eternal things, as so many have when facing their mortality. He rose from his sick-bed disgusted with himself and unsatisfied with the world.
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59-Monk Business Part 2

This episode is titled – Monk Business Part 2

In the early 13th C a couple new monastic orders of preaching monks sprang up known as the Mendicants. They were the Franciscans & Dominicans.

The Franciscans were founded by Francis of Assisi. They concentrated on preaching to ordinary Christians, seeking to renew basic, Spirit-led discipleship. The mission of the Dominicans aimed at confronting heretics & aberrant ideas.

The Dominicans were approved by the Pope as an official, church sponsored movement in 1216, the Franciscans received Papal endorsement 7 years later.
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58-Monk Business Part 1

This 58th Episode of CS is titled – Monk Business Part 1 & is the first of several episodes in which we’ll take a look at monastic movements in Church History.

I realize that may not sound terribly exciting to some. The prospect of digging into this part of the story didn’t hold much interest for me either, that is until I realized how rich it is. You see, being a bit of a fan for the work of J. Edwin Orr, I love the history of revivals. Well, it turns out each new monastic movement was often a fresh moving of God’s Spirit in renewal. Several were a new wineskin for God’s Spirit & work.

The roots of monasticism are worth taking some time to unpack. Let’s get started . . .
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57-The Crusades Part 4

The Crusades, Part 4.

The plan for this episode, the last in our look at the Crusades, is to give a brief review of the 5th thru 7th Crusades, then a bit of analysis of the Crusades as a whole.

The date set for the start of the 5th Crusade was June 1st, 1217. It was Pope Innocent III’s long dream to reconquer Jerusalem. He died before the Crusade set off, but his successor Honorius III was just as ardent a supporter. He continued the work begun by Innocent.
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