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  • 2015 March 29: Palm Sunday

    March 29, 2015 10:00

    When the Romans conquered a region, they were relatively benign (as ruthless conquerors go!) in that they would let you have your local rulers, let you practice your local religion and customs, and pretty much leave you alone as long as 1) you didn't cause Rome any trouble, and 2) you paid your taxes to Rome. In the 1st century BCE the Romans co-opted a civil war in Judea, effectively taking over the region. The Jews, however, didn't think much of any plan short of absolute complete self-rule, and so were constantly fomenting insurrection against Rome to a lesser or greater extent. (more )

  • 2015 March 22: Bernard of Clairvaux

    March 17, 2015 13:36

     Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) was born on the outskirts of Dijon in Burgundy into a knight's family and educated in the fashion of medieval aristocracy. His mother in particular exerted a great spiritual influence on him, and her death when Bernard was 17 marked for him the beginning of his "long path to complete conversion."  (more )

  • 2015 March 15: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

    March 10, 2015 14:30

    After Isaac Watts (1674-1748) finished college and returned home to Southampton, he wrote many of his now-immortalized hymns for the Above Bar Congregational Church. Then, at age 22, he left home for London to become a tutor. (more )

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