5 Minutes in Church History with Stephen Nichols

5 Minutes in Church History with Stephen Nichols

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A Weekly Christian Podcast on Church History
SBTS
Mar 20 • 5 min
On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols visits the campus of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and gives us a tour of its rich history. Read the transcript.
Braşov, Transylvania
Mar 13 • 5 min
On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the man who brought the Reformation to Transylvania. Read the transcript.
Turku, Finland
Mar 6 • 5 min
On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to a farmer from Finland who gained the respect of Martin Luther. Read the transcript.
Seville, Spain
Feb 27 • 5 min
On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to an unlikely place where the Reformation took hold: Seville, Spain. Read the transcript.
The 3 Foot Manuscript
Feb 20 • 5 min
On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to A.T. Robertson and one of his monumental achievements: a 1500-page grammar of the Greek New Testament. Read the transcript.
Trending in the 13th Century
Feb 13 • 5 min
People love to hear about the latest trends. But what was trending in the 1200s? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at the people, places, and events of this momentous century. Read the transcript.
The Sun King
Feb 6 • 5 min
On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to King Louis XIV of France and explains why he was called the Sun King. Read the transcript.
Francis Schaeffer
Jan 30 • 5 min
On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Francis Schaeffer—the pastor, the missionary, and the political activist. Read the transcript.
Iona
Jan 23 • 5 min
When Columba traveled from Ireland to Scotland, he brought the gospel with him. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to this missionary, scribe, and hymn writer. Read the transcript.
5 Johns in the Colonies
Jan 16 • 5 min
Many “Johns” helped spread the gospel in colonial New England. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to John Eliot, John Davenport, John Tennent, John Brainerd, and John Wauwaumpequunnaunt. Read the…
Mrs. Spurgeon
Jan 9 • 5 min
When Susannah Thompson first heard Charles Spurgeon preach, she wasn’t that impressed. But eventually he won her over. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Mrs. Spurgeon. Read the transcript.
Top 5 Events in History
Jan 2 • 5 min
What do you think are the most significant events in history? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us through the emergence of Christendom, the rise of Islam, the Reformation, the Enlightenment, and more. Read the…
Theologians Who Love Christmas
Dec 26, 2018 • 5 min
Jesus Christ came into this world for the purpose of redemption. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains why Charles Spurgeon, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and R.C. Sproul loved Christmas. Read the transcript.
Books of Hours
Dec 19, 2018 • 5 min
Medieval manuscripts were often highly ornate—decorated with jewels and gold leaf—and prayer books were no exception. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the famous “books of hours.” Read the…
The 9 Heroes
Dec 12, 2018 • 5 min
Who are your heroes? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to nine larger-than-life figures and the medieval tapestries that celebrate them. Read the transcript.
Charles Spurgeon, Part 2
Dec 5, 2018 • 5 min
Toward the end of his life, Charles Spurgeon found himself having to defend biblical truth against the onslaught of unbelief. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History recorded live at Ligonier’s 2018 West Coast Conference, Drs. Stephen Nichols…
Charles Spurgeon, Part 1
Nov 28, 2018 • 5 min
Who was the “prince of preachers”? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History recorded live at Ligonier’s 2018 West Coast Conference, Drs. Stephen Nichols and Steven Lawson look at the life and legacy of Charles Spurgeon. Read the transcript.
The 400th Anniversary of Dort
Nov 21, 2018 • 5 min
Jacobus Arminius challenged the bedrock doctrines of the Reformation—but the Reformed churches pushed back. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols interviews Dr. W. Robert Godfrey on the Synod of Dort and why we still…
The Synod of Dort
Nov 14, 2018 • 5 min
Where did the five points of Calvinism come from? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us back 400 years to the Synod of Dort. Read the transcript.
Philip Schaff
Nov 7, 2018 • 5 min
On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Philip Schaff and explains why a library is named after him. Read the transcript.
The Reformers and the Bible
Oct 31, 2018 • 5 min
On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols interviews Dr. Jonathan Gibson on the riches of studying Scripture in its original languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. Read the transcript.
John Williamson Nevin
Oct 24, 2018 • 5 min
What is “the anxious bench,” and why was John Williamson Nevin so critical of it? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at the life and legacy of this 19th-century theologian. Read the transcript.
Church History in Stained Glass
Oct 17, 2018 • 5 min
Stained glass windows are not just beautiful works of art; they also teach us about our past. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at the windows inside Santee Chapel at Lancaster Theological Seminary. Read the…
Philadelphia Museum of Art Miscellany
Oct 10, 2018 • 5 min
On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at a variety of paintings in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Read the transcript.
Constantine in Threads
Oct 3, 2018 • 5 min
On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols returns to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and walks us through a series of tapestries depicting Constantine’s life. Read the transcript.
Sixth Century Scotland
Sep 26, 2018 • 5 min
The story of how the gospel came to Scotland is shrouded in mystery. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Drs. Stephen Nichols and Sinclair Ferguson introduce us to two “monk-evangelists” who took the gospel from town to town. Read the…
A.D. with S.F.
Sep 19, 2018 • 5 min
We can learn a great deal from our Christian friends and family members. But we can also learn by studying the lives of the saints who came before us. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols interviews Dr. Sinclair Ferguson…
Medieval Art
Sep 12, 2018 • 5 min
On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols walks us through the Philadelphia Museum of Art and its collection of medieval paintings, sculptures, and manuscripts. Read the transcript.
Primož Trubar
Sep 5, 2018 • 5 min
Who was the “Slovenian Martin Luther”? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us back to 1508 and introduces us to Primoz Trubar. Read the transcript.
A Divine & Supernatural Light
Aug 29, 2018 • 5 min
The subject of awakening has a rich history in the American church. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History recorded live at Ligonier’s 2018 National Conference, Dr. Stephen Nichols considers how Jonathan Edwards’ sermons laid the…
Memoir & Remains of Robert Murray M’Cheyne
Aug 22, 2018 • 5 min
On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History recorded live at Ligonier’s 2018 National Conference, Dr. Stephen Nichols asks Dr. Sinclair Ferguson to share his favorite figure from Scottish church history. Read the transcript.
Deserted Island Top 5: Kevin DeYoung
Aug 15, 2018 • 5 min
On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History recorded live at Ligonier’s 2018 National Conference, Dr. Stephen Nichols asks Dr. Kevin DeYoung to share what five books he would want on a deserted island. Read the transcript.
Bonnie Banks and Communion Tokens
Aug 8, 2018 • 5 min
What is a “communion token”? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains why church members in Scotland had to present these little metal coins to take the Lord’s Supper. Read the transcript.
The Letters of John Newton
Aug 1, 2018 • 5 min
John Newton wrote hundreds of pastoral letters. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at Newton’s letters to his adopted daughter Betsy. Read the transcript.
The Life of John Newton
Jul 25, 2018 • 5 min
Amazing Grace is perhaps one of the most famous hymns. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to its author: John Newton. Read the transcript.
Henry VIII’s Last Wife
Jul 18, 2018 • 5 min
Being the wife of King Henry VIII was no simple task. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Catherine Parr, Henry’s sixth and final wife. Read the transcript.
The Life of Bunyan
Jul 11, 2018 • 5 min
When we think of John Bunyan, we usually think of The Pilgrim’s Progress. But he actually wrote many books. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at the life of this tinkerer, pastor, and author. Read the transcript.
The Writings of the Angelic Doctor
Jul 4, 2018 • 5 min
On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. James Dolezal joins Dr. Stephen Nichols in the studio to discuss the breadth and depth of Thomas Aquinas’ writings. Read the transcript.
William Cowper
Jun 27, 2018 • 5 min
On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to William Cowper, a man whose sensitive spirit and familiarity with suffering led him to create some of the most beautiful hymns. Read the transcript.
The Venerable Bede
Jun 20, 2018 • 5 min
On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to one of the first church historians: the Venerable Bede. Read the transcript.
History Makers: Tim Keesee
Jun 13, 2018 • 5 min
Church history is being written today as the gospel advances in hard-to-reach places. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Tim Keesee joins Dr. Stephen Nichols in the studio to discuss the 25th anniversary of Frontline Missions…
The History of the Doctrine of God, Part 2
Jun 6, 2018 • 5 min
God is simple but not simplistic. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. James Dolezal joins Dr. Stephen Nichols in the studio to discuss the simplicity of God. Read the transcript.
The History of the Doctrine of God, Part 1
May 30, 2018 • 5 min
God is infinite, transcendent, and unfathomable. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. James Dolezal joins Dr. Stephen Nichols in the studio to discuss the greatness of God.
Augustus Caesar
May 23, 2018 • 5 min
On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols considers why early Christians graffitied a statue of Augustus Caesar.
Adoniram Judson
May 16, 2018 • 5 min
On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us from Calcutta to Burma as he chronicles the five journeys of Adoniram Judson, America’s pioneer Baptist missionary.
Daniel Payne
May 9, 2018 • 5 min
During the years surrounding the Civil War, Daniel Payne devoted his life to educating African-American ministers. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us back to 1830 when Payne founded his first school.
The Most Important Thing to the Reformers (Part 2)
May 2, 2018 • 5 min
Worship should be God-centered and Word-centered. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols continues his discussion with Jonathan Gibson and Mark Earngey, coauthors of Reformation Worship.
The Most Important Thing to the Reformers (Part 1)
Apr 25, 2018 • 5 min
What is the role of liturgy in worship? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined in the studio by Jonathan Gibson and Mark Earngey, coauthors of Reformation Worship.
William Farel
Apr 18, 2018 • 5 min
On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols considers the life and ministry of William Farel, the man who brought the Reformation to Geneva.
The Minister, a Book, and a Controversy
Apr 11, 2018 • 5 min
On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us back to 1700 when an obscure book ignited a controversy in the Scottish church.
Bonhoeffer In London
Apr 4, 2018 • 5 min
What is the only question a church should ask its pastor? Dr. Stephen Nichols considers Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s answer on today’s episode of 5 Minutes in Church History.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Mar 28, 2018 • 5 min
On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols considers the life and work of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German theologian who was martyred as a direct order by Hitler himself.
The 60 Pound Commentary
Mar 21, 2018 • 5 min
On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols tells us about a commentary not for the faint of heart—weighing 60 pounds and almost 12 inches thick.
Tacitus
Mar 14, 2018 • 5 min
On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Tacitus, a first-century Roman historian and one of the first references to Christ outside of the New Testament.
Francis Grimké
Mar 7, 2018 • 5 min
On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols considers the life of Francis Grimké, a former slave who became a faithful minister.
The Moral Argument
Feb 28, 2018 • 5 min
What is the moral argument for the existence of God? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses Immanuel Kant’s apologetic.
1812
Feb 21, 2018 • 5 min
On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us back to 1812 and introduces us to the men who founded Princeton Theological Seminary.
Macrina
Feb 14, 2018 • 5 min
Who was Macrina the Younger? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols returns to the early church to introduce this significant woman of the faith.
Peter Lombard
Feb 7, 2018 • 5 min
On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the Medieval theologian Peter Lombard and his magnum opus, the Four Books of Sentences.
The Abbey of St. Victor, Paris
Jan 31, 2018 • 5 min
The Abbey of St. Victor was frequented by a number of very famous medieval people. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to three fascinating people who spent time there.
The Tyger and the Lamb
Jan 24, 2018 • 5 min
On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces the early Romantic poet William Blake and two of his significant poems.
5 Responses to Modernism
Jan 17, 2018 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses five ways the church has responded to modernism.
Just War
Jan 10, 2018 • 5 min
How should Christians think about war? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses how Augustine helps us to approach this question from a Christian perspective.
Esther Edwards Burr
Jan 3, 2018 • 5 min
On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces Esther Edwards Burr: daughter of Jonathan Edwards, wife to a Princeton President, and mother of a US vice president.
Tyndale’s Only Surviving Letter
Dec 27, 2017 • 5 min
Only one of William Tyndale’s letters has survived throughout the years. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses what Tyndale wrote when he was a prisoner at Vilvoorde Castle in Belgium.
Remembering R.C. Sproul
Dec 20, 2017 • 5 min
On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols reflects on the life and ministry of Dr. R.C. Sproul.
Johann Sebastian Bach: JJ
Dec 13, 2017 • 5 min
On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses the Lutheran composer behind the initials JSB, JJ, and SDG.
On the Church
Dec 6, 2017 • 5 min
There are 37 million local congregations in the world. Every one has a history. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at some of the interesting histories of local churches.
Trending in the 14th Century
Nov 29, 2017 • 5 min
If there had been a social media buzz in the 14th century, what would have been “trending”? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at the big events of this important century.
Shakespeare’s Bible
Nov 22, 2017 • 5 min
The Bible is all through Shakespeare. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at Shakespeare’s use of the Bible, the versions he used, and the books he quoted most often.
Deserted Island Top 5: Burk Parsons
Nov 15, 2017 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Burk Parsons. He asks Dr. Parsons to share what five books he would want if on a deserted island.
The Baptist Catechism of 1693
Nov 8, 2017 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses the mysterious origin and the doctrinal content of the Baptist Confession of 1693.
The Next Day
Nov 1, 2017 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes time to reflect on the legacy of the Reformation and how it shapes the task of the church today.
The 95 Theses, Part 2
Oct 31, 2017 • 5 min
500 years ago today, it all started at the doors of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. Recorded on location, Dr. Stephen Nichols concludes his discussion on the significance of the Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses.
The 95 Theses, Part 1
Oct 30, 2017 • 5 min
On today’s episode, recorded on location at the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses Martin Luther’s Theses against indulgences.
Repent
Oct 29, 2017 • 5 min
The Ninety-Five Theses were a call to debate. Recorded on location in Wittenberg, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses Martin Luther’s first thesis.
R.C. Sproul & Luther
Oct 28, 2017 • 5 min
On this special Reformation month episode, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. R.C. Sproul. Listen as they discuss Martin Luther and anticipate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
Legacy of Luther
Oct 27, 2017 • 5 min
There’s more to Martin Luther’s legacy than the act of posting the Ninety-Five Theses. Recorded on location in Germany, Dr. Stephen Nichols examines five points of Luther’s legacy.
February 18, 1546
Oct 26, 2017 • 5 min
Martin Luther was born in Eisleben, and it was there that he died on February 18th, 1546. Recorded on location, Dr. Stephen Nichols considers how Luther clung to the Bible as his comfort in his death.
Last 4 Sermons
Oct 25, 2017 • 5 min
Martin Luther preached his final four sermons at St. Andreas Church in Eisleben. Recorded on location, listen as Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses the history and significance of this church.
January 1546
Oct 24, 2017 • 5 min
What would Martin Luther have wanted us to know? Recorded on location in Wittenberg, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses what we can learn from Luther’s final month.
Martin & Katie
Oct 23, 2017 • 5 min
One of the most important people in Martin Luther’s life was his wife, Katie. Recorded on location at the Luther’s Wittenberg home, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses how a former monk and a former nun helped redeem marriage.
Luther & the Bible
Oct 22, 2017 • 5 min
When it comes to the Reformation, one of the most important topics to discuss is Martin Luther on Scripture. Recorded on location in Germany, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at Luther’s teaching on Scripture and his three steps for reading and …
Luther on Psalm 118
Oct 21, 2017 • 5 min
On today’s episode, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. W. Robert Godfrey on location in Wittenberg, Germany. Together they discuss Martin Luther’s commentary on what he called “his own beloved psalm.”
The Bondage of the Will
Oct 20, 2017 • 5 min
Martin Luther considered his treatise The Bondage of the Will “the centerpiece of the Reformation.” Recorded on location in Wittenberg, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses Luther’s magnum opus.
Table Talk
Oct 19, 2017 • 5 min
Many conversations took place around Martin Luther’s dinner table. These were later collected as a unique piece of literature known as Table Talk. Recorded on location in Wittenberg, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses how these dinner table …
Hymns
Oct 18, 2017 • 5 min
Martin Luther believed that the church not only needed to reform its theology, it also needed to reform its music. Recorded on location in Germany, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces the hymns of Luther.
Catechism
Oct 17, 2017 • 5 min
At the end of his life, Martin Luther said, “You can burn all of my books except for two, The Bondage of the Will and the Small Catechism.” Recorded on location in Germany, listen as Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses Luther’s Small …
3 Treatises
Oct 16, 2017 • 5 min
By 1520, Martin Luther wanted to reform the nation, the church, and the individual. Recorded on location, listen as Dr. Stephen Nichols explains how three treatises address each of these groups.
2 Kinds of Righteousness
Oct 15, 2017 • 5 min
Martin Luther preached at St. Mary’s Church in Wittenberg, Germany, from 1512 to 1546. Recorded on location, listen as Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses Luther’s significant sermon on “Two Kinds of Righteousness.”
Luther & Germany Today
Oct 14, 2017 • 5 min
Luther & Germany Today
Melanchthon
Oct 13, 2017 • 5 min
A scholar, theologian, and friend of the Reformation, Philip Melanchthon went almost anywhere Martin Luther went. Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses Master Philip’s life and works on location in Wittenberg.
The Wittenberg 5
Oct 12, 2017 • 5 min
Luther had several friends from both the university and monastery that helped his reformation efforts. Recorded on location in Germany, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces these important colleagues.
Junker Jorg
Oct 11, 2017 • 5 min
To protect himself from the possibility of arrest or murder, Martin Luther disguised himself as Junker Jorg. Listen as Dr. Stephen Nichols tells the story on location at the Wartburg Castle.
Worms
Oct 10, 2017 • 5 min
Recorded on location in Germany, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the four figures at the four corners of the Reformation monument in Worms.
Heidelberg
Oct 9, 2017 • 5 min
We know about the Ninety-Five Theses, but what about the Twenty-Eight Theses? Recorded on location in Germany, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to this less familiar text of the Reformation.
A Tale of 2 Churches
Oct 8, 2017 • 5 min
Two churches were very important to the life of Martin Luther. Recorded on location in Wittenberg, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains what’s important is not just the buildings themselves but what happened inside these buildings.
2 Princes
Oct 7, 2017 • 5 min
Two politicians from Saxony played significant roles in the life of Martin Luther. Recorded on location in Germany, Dr. Stephen Nichols describes the influence of Frederick the Wise and John the Steadfast on Martin Luther.
Luther & Bach
Oct 6, 2017 • 5 min
Eisenach was the city in which J.S. Bach was born. Recorded on location, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses the significance of this city, not only for Bach, but also for Martin Luther and the Reformation.
The Gates of Paradise
Oct 5, 2017 • 5 min
Martin Luther described his conversion as feeling “altogether born again” and that “the very gates of paradise opened up before [him].” Recorded on location in Wittenberg, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses this crucial event in …
The Goose & the Swan
Oct 4, 2017 • 5 min
“Today you burn a goose, but in one hundred years a swan will arise which you will prove unable to boil or roast.” Recorded on location at the burial place of Johannes Zacharias, the bishop of Erfurt, Dr. Stephen Nichols tells the …
5 Things at Erfurt
Oct 3, 2017 • 5 min
Recorded on location in Erfurt, Dr. Stephen Nichols examines five important facts about Luther and the city where he joined the Augustinian order.
November 10, 1483
Oct 2, 2017 • 5 min
Martin Luther was born on November 10, 1483. Recorded on location in Eisleben, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us back to Luther’s childhood.
31 Days with Luther
Oct 1, 2017 • 5 min
October 2017 marks the five-hundredth anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, and the beginning of our 31 day celebration. In this first Reformation month episode recorded on location throughout Europe, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces the five …
The Adventurous Life of John Knox
Sep 27, 2017 • 5 min
On today’s episode, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at the adventurous life of the bodyguard turned Socttish Reformer, John Knox.
Useful for These Times
Sep 20, 2017 • 5 min
On today’s episode, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains why in 1668 Thomas Watson thought it timely to write about repentance.
The Reformation in Spain
Sep 13, 2017 • 5 min
We’re all familiar with the Reformation in Germany. But what about the Reformation in Spain? On today’s episode, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at two Spanish Reformers.
29 Years of Age (Part 2)
Sep 6, 2017 • 5 min
On today’s episode, Dr. Stephen Nichols continues his examination of the life of Robert Murray M’Cheyne and all he accomplished in his brief 29 years.
29 Years of Age (Part 1)
Aug 30, 2017 • 5 min
On today’s episode of 5 Minutes of Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces Robert Murray M’Cheyne, a pastor who lived only 29 years.
A Little Book
Aug 23, 2017 • 5 min
On today’s episode, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Burk Parsons to discuss John Calvin’s “A Little Book on the Christian Life.”
B.B. & Annie
Aug 16, 2017 • 5 min
B.B. Warfield’s wife required constant attention and care during her married life. On today’s episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols recounts the tragic love story of B.B. and his wife Annie.
Luther on Vocation: Michael Horton
Aug 9, 2017 • 5 min
On today’s episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Michael Horton to discuss Martin Luther’s recovery of the doctrine of vocation.
William Ellery Channing
Aug 2, 2017 • 5 min
On today’s episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces the founder of Unitarianism, William Ellery Channing.
What Happened to the Puritans
Jul 26, 2017 • 5 min
On today’s episode, Dr. Stephen Nichols examines what really happened to the New England Puritans.
On the Canon
Jul 19, 2017 • 5 min
On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Michael Kruger to discuss how the canon was recognized in the early church.
Calvin & Missions
Jul 12, 2017 • 5 min
On today’s episode of 5 Minutes in Church History , Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Michael Haykin to discuss John Calvin’s view of missions.
8 Women You Should Know
Jul 5, 2017 • 5 min
On today’s episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols sits down with Dr. Michael Haykin to discuss 8 women you should know.
The 100th Anniversary
Jun 28, 2017 • 5 min
It’s the 100th anniversary of 1917. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains the significant events of that year that cast their shadow over the twentieth century.
The $14 MIllion Book
Jun 21, 2017 • 5 min
A $14 million book? On today’s episode of 5 MInutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols tells the story of Europe’s oldest intact book.
Deserted Island Top 5: Michael Horton
Jun 14, 2017 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Michael Horton. He asks Dr. Horton to share what five books he would want if on a deserted island.
The Welsh Revivals
Jun 7, 2017 • 5 min
Why do the Welsh sometimes sing hymns at football matches? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols tells us of Evan Roberts and the Welsh Revival.
What Luther Expects
May 31, 2017 • 5 min
What Luther Expects
Look, There’s the Kingdom
May 24, 2017 • 5 min
Leo Tolstoy had an interesting but very false idea about the kingdom of God. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses the idea that would gain a lot of traction in the twentieth century.
Dear Khan,
May 17, 2017 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols tells us about the time the pope and the Great Khan were unsuccessful pen pals.
Engraver of the Reformation
May 10, 2017 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols tells us about Albrecht Dürer, the engraver who used his gifts to advance the message of the Reformation.
The 200th Episode with a Special Guest
May 3, 2017 • 5 min
In this 200th-anniversery episode, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by a special guest to celebrate 5 Minutes in Church History.
Philip Melanchthon
Apr 26, 2017 • 5 min
Who was “Master Philip” and what did he contribute to the Reformation? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols tells us about the life of Philip Melanchthon.
Joan of Arc
Apr 19, 2017 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols tells the intriguing story of the life and death of Joan of Arc.
Cruce, Libro, et Atro
Apr 12, 2017 • 5 min
If there were bumper stickers in the Middle Ages, the phrase “Cruce, libro, et atro” may well have been a popular one. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols tells us about this monastic ideal.
17th Century Theological Poets
Apr 5, 2017 • 5 min
What did Anne Bradstreet, Edward Taylor, John Milton, Ben Johnson, and George Herbert have in common? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to several 17th century poets.
John Knox’s Bible
Mar 29, 2017 • 5 min
Why should we care about the discovery of John Knox’s Bible? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains.
The Ghent Alterpiece
Mar 22, 2017 • 5 min
What is a “triptych” and “polyptych”? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Stephen Nichols takes us to the Ghent Altarpiece.
Marcion
Mar 15, 2017 • 5 min
Who did Polycarp call “firstborn son of the devil”? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Stephen Nichols tells the tale of Marcion and Polycarp’s first meeting.
Three British Martyrs: Chaplain Bradford
Mar 8, 2017 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Stephen Nichols tells the story of the dishonest clerk who became a martyr.
Three British Martyrs: Bishop Hooper
Mar 1, 2017 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Stephen Nichols introduces us to the Cambridge-educated bishop who was burned at the stake in 1555.
Three British Martyrs: Dr. Taylor
Feb 22, 2017 • 5 min
He wasn’t a celebrity, but he was a martyr of the faith. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols begins a 3-part series by telling the story of Dr. Rowland Taylor.
Rio 1558
Feb 15, 2017 • 5 min
Who were the 16th-century Calvinist missionaries of Brazil? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Stephen Nichols tells the fascinating history of the Guanabara Confession of Faith.
The Divinity School Address
Feb 8, 2017 • 5 min
What was wrong with Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Christology? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explores the legacy of Emerson.
Feathery Christians
Feb 1, 2017 • 5 min
What is a “feathery Christian”? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains the significance of the great Puritan pastor Thomas Watson.
The Ten Theses of Berne
Jan 25, 2017 • 5 min
What were the Ten Theses of Berne? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols tells the fascinating story of the Reformation’s effect on the city of Berne.
Augustine’s Handbook for Life
Jan 18, 2017 • 5 min
Did you know that Augustine wrote a catechism for a Roman tribune living in Africa? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses Augustine’s 420 A.D. book, the Enchiridion.
As He Spoke from the Pulpit
Jan 11, 2017 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses the lesser known pastoral side of John Calvin.
The Enduring Problem
Jan 4, 2017 • 5 min
How does Christianity relate to culture? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols reviews H. Richard Niebuhr’s five models for understanding this relationship.
Bishop Ussher
Dec 28, 2016 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the Irish Bishop who helped continue the Reformation in the 17th century.
Forgotten Founder: Cotton Mather
Dec 21, 2016 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols examines the Puritan pastor who is also one America’s forgotten founding fathers.
500th Anniversary of 1516
Dec 14, 2016 • 5 min
Next year we celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his Ninety-Five Theses. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols considers the 500th anniversary of 1516.
The Song of Roland
Dec 7, 2016 • 5 min
The medieval era was the era of epic poems. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to The Song of Roland.
Thesis #37
Nov 30, 2016 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols examines the 37th of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses.
Augustine on the Psalms
Nov 23, 2016 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Augustine’s “Explanations of the Psalms,” a long book that took him more than 20 years to complete.
Cane Ridge, KY
Nov 16, 2016 • 5 min
Cane Ridge, Kentucky, was the site of one of the most important events in American religious history. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us back to 1801.
Machen on 11/11
Nov 9, 2016 • 5 min
Friday is Veterans Day. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us back to World War I and J. Gresham Machen’s work with the YMCA.
Fort Caroline
Nov 2, 2016 • 5 min
Where was the first Thanksgiving on American soil? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to Fort Caroline.
What Is Reformation Day?
Oct 26, 2016 • 5 min
What is Reformation Day? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains the significance of October 31, 1517 and why Christians celebrate Reformation Day.
The Three Cappadocians
Oct 19, 2016 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us back to the early church and introduces us to the Three Cappadocians.
Seeing Is Believing with Tim Challies
Oct 12, 2016 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Tim Challies to discuss his book Visual Theology.
Happy Birthday, Rev. Edwards
Oct 5, 2016 • 5 min
October 5 is Jonathan Edwards’ birthday. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, in honor of what would have been Edwards’ 313rd birthday, Dr. Stephen Nichols revisits this man and what life was like in the 1700s.
Deserted Island Top 5: Tim Challies
Sep 28, 2016 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Tim Challies. He asks Tim to share what five books he would want if on a deserted island.
Calvin on Civil Government
Sep 21, 2016 • 5 min
John Calvin ends the Institutes of the Christian Religion with a discussion of civil government. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols considers what Calvin wrote.
Clement, Again
Sep 14, 2016 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols returns to Clement in the first century to hear what he has to say about the church as the body of Christ.
Clement
Sep 7, 2016 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us back to the first century to introduce us to a man named Clement and his affirmation of the doctrine of justification by faith.
The Hungarian Reformed Bishops (with a special guest)
Aug 31, 2016 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. W. Robert Godfrey to share what Dr. Godfrey calls one of the world’s “great neglected secrets.”
Deserted Island Top 5: Miguel Núñez, Part 2
Aug 24, 2016 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined again by Dr. Miguel Núñez to finish discussing what five books he would want if on a deserted island.
Deserted Island Top 5: Miguel Núñez, Part 1
Aug 17, 2016 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Miguel Núñez. He asks Dr. Núñez to share what five books he would want if on a deserted island.
Trending in the 12th Century
Aug 10, 2016 • 5 min
The culture is concerned with what’s trending today. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to what was trending in the 12th century.
Machen & the Meaning of Missions
Aug 3, 2016 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols tells how Dr. J. Gresham Machen responded to the 1932 report, “Re-Thinking Missions.”
Trending in the 10th Century
Jul 27, 2016 • 5 min
The culture is concerned with what’s trending today. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to what was trending in the 10th century.
Ambrose of Milan
Jul 20, 2016 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Ambrose of Milan and the role he played in the life of Augustine.
History Makers: Miguel Núñez
Jul 13, 2016 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Pastor Miguel Núñez, a pastor and ministry leader in Latin America.
The Doctor: D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Part 2
Jul 6, 2016 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols concludes his brief introduction to the life and legacy of Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones.
The Doctor: D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Part 1
Jun 29, 2016 • 5 min
The Doctor: D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Part 1
The Baseball Evangelist
Jun 22, 2016 • 5 min
Billy Sunday was born William Ashley Sunday Jr. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the “baseball evangelist.”
67 Walloons
Jun 15, 2016 • 5 min
Who were the sixty-seven Walloons? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols tells the story of Wallonia and its Reformation confession.
The Evangel, a Yacht
Jun 8, 2016 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols shares the story of a yacht named The Evangel.
My 5 Favorite Baptists: Mark Dever
Jun 1, 2016 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is again joined by Dr. Mark Dever. This week, Dr. Dever shares his 5 favorite Baptists.
Deserted Island Top 5: Mark Dever
May 25, 2016 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Mark Dever. He asks Dr. Dever to share what five books he would want if on a deserted island.
How Samuel Rutherford Changed My Life
May 18, 2016 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is again joined by Dr. Guy Richard. Together, they travel back to the 17th century and introduce us to Samuel Rutherford.
Deserted Island Top 5: Guy Richard
May 11, 2016 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Guy Richard. He asks Dr. Richard to share what five books he would want if on a deserted island.
According to Webster’s
May 4, 2016 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Noah Webster, the man behind the American dictionary.
Leipzig
Apr 27, 2016 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to the German city of Leipzig and shares Martin Luther’s influence there.
First Century Moments
Apr 20, 2016 • 5 min
What was so significant about the first century? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Guy Waters to discuss why the first century was so important.
History Makers: Lordship Controversy with John MacArthur
Apr 13, 2016 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. John MacArthur to discuss the Lordship Salvation Controversy and MacArthur’s book The Gospel According to Jesus.
Deborah Hatheway
Apr 6, 2016 • 5 min
What advice would Jonathan Edwards give a young Christian? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols shares a portion of a letter Edwards wrote to a young lady named Deborah.
Phoebe Bartlett
Mar 30, 2016 • 5 min
What does conversion look like? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the fascinating story of four-year-old Phoebe Bartlett.
Bishop Latimer
Mar 23, 2016 • 5 min
What would be your final words if you were condemned to death for your faith? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols teaches us about the life and martyrdom of Bishop Hugh Latimer.
Martyrs’ Memorial, Oxford
Mar 16, 2016 • 5 min
As Tertullian wrote, “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.” In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to the Martyr’s Memorial in Oxford, England, which was erected to commemorate the …
An Eight-Syllable Heresy
Mar 9, 2016 • 5 min
Apollinarianism is a very long name for an early Christian heresy. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains what it is and how the early church dealt with it.
John Colet
Mar 2, 2016 • 5 min
There were many forerunners of the Reformation of the sixteenth century. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to John Colet.
Boston’s Fourfold State
Feb 24, 2016 • 5 min
Thomas Boston wrote the book “The Fourfold State.” In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols briefly explains the four states of man: the state of innocence, the state of nature, the state of grace, and the …
Martin Bucer
Feb 17, 2016 • 5 min
Martin Luther wasn’t the only Augustianian monk involved in the Reformation. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses the life and ministry of Martin Bucer.
Communion Controversy
Feb 10, 2016 • 5 min
The Lord’s Supper has been the subject of much controversy over the centuries. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols surveys some of these controversies.
Know a Good River?
Feb 3, 2016 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us along the Rhine River to tell the history of the Reformation.
Deserted Island Top 5: John MacArthur
Jan 27, 2016 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. John MacArthur. He asks Dr. MacArthur to share what five books he would want if on a deserted island.
The Council of Trent
Jan 20, 2016 • 5 min
What does the Roman Catholic Church believe about Scripture, justification, and imputation? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to the Council of Trent.
Apostle to the Indians
Jan 13, 2016 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols goes back and tells the story of John Eliot, the “apostle to the Indians.”
Three Bible Firsts
Jan 6, 2016 • 5 min
When was the first Bible printed in America? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains why you could give any of 3 answers and still be right.
Calvin on Slippery Forgetfulness
Dec 30, 2015 • 5 min
Do you have a slippery forgetfulness of God? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols turns to John Calvin’s Institutes as he considers this question.
Twentieth Century Martyrs
Dec 23, 2015 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to a modern-day martyr as he tells the story of Wang Zhiming.
History Makers: The New Perspective on Paul with Dr. Guy Waters
Dec 16, 2015 • 5 min
Is the New Perspective on Paul really all that new? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Guy Waters to discuss this crucial departure from the orthodox understanding of the gospel.
John Murray
Dec 9, 2015 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to John Murray and several of his books.
The Poet of Paradise
Dec 2, 2015 • 5 min
What must it have been like for Adam and Eve after the fall? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the life and work of John Milton, the British poet who penned “Paradise Lost”
Blues Man? Preacher?
Nov 25, 2015 • 5 min
The “Father of the Delta Blues” wanted above all to be a preacher. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Charley Patton.
The Thirty Years’ War
Nov 18, 2015 • 5 min
Who were the Huguenots? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to these French Protestants as he provides an overview of the Thirty Years’ War.
Mrs. Luther
Nov 11, 2015 • 5 min
Who was Martin Luther’s wife? What was so significant about their marriage? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Katharina von Bora.
Top 5 of the 95: Take Two
Nov 4, 2015 • 5 min
Last week, we heard about Martin Luther’s 95 Theses. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses his top 5 of the 95 theses.
What Is Reformation Day?
Oct 28, 2015 • 5 min
What is Reformation Day? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains the significance of October 31, 1517 and why Christians celebrate Reformation Day.
B.B.’s Book Reviews
Oct 21, 2015 • 5 min
B.B. Warfield loved books. And he wrote many book reviews. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols gives us a glimpse into one of those reviews.
March 28, 1754
Oct 14, 2015 • 5 min
What doctrine did Jonathan Edwards preach on March 28, 1754? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us back to the sermon Edwards preached at the installation service of Edward Billing.
Luke the Historian
Oct 7, 2015 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Guy Waters to introduce us to Luke the historian.
Fanny Crosby
Sep 30, 2015 • 5 min
Fanny Crosby wrote more than 9,000 hymns. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols tells her story.
Caesarea Maritima
Sep 23, 2015 • 5 min
The Christian faith is grounded in history. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to Caesarea Maritima and its connection with biblical history.
Jerome
Sep 16, 2015 • 5 min
Who was Jerome and why was he significant? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the translator of the Latin Vulgate.
Stockbridge Statements of Faith
Sep 9, 2015 • 5 min
On June 22, 1750, Jonathan Edwards was dismissed from his church. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols tells the fascinating story of what happened next.
The Sermon at the Treaty
Sep 2, 2015 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols recounts the time Jonathan Edwards preached the gospel to some Mohawk tribesmen at the signing of a treaty.
Robinson Crusoe’s Conversion
Aug 26, 2015 • 5 min
Have you read Robinson Crusoe? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols tells us the fascinating tale of Crusoe’s conversion.
The Catacombs
Aug 19, 2015 • 5 min
Under the city of Rome lies a vast system of catacombs. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to these catacombs and explains how they bear witness to the lives and beliefs of early Christians.
Pliny the Younger
Aug 12, 2015 • 5 min
How did the Roman empire view Christianity? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Pliny the Younger and his persecution of the church.
LON to PHL
Aug 5, 2015 • 5 min
What do Baptists believe? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to two Baptist confessions of faith.
The Cathedral
Jul 29, 2015 • 5 min
They took many generations to build. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains five common elements of a medieval cathedral.
The Greyfriars Kirkyard
Jul 22, 2015 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the rich legacy of Scotland’s Covenanters.
Lex Rex
Jul 15, 2015 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the life and legacy of the remarkable Scottish churchman Samuel Rutherford.
The Apostles’ Creed
Jul 8, 2015 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to a great gift from the early church, the Apostles’ Creed.
5 Firsts in British Church History
Jul 1, 2015 • 5 min
Christianity has a long history in the British Isles. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes a look at five firsts in British church history.
White Clay Creek, Delaware
Jun 24, 2015 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us back to 1739 and the time George Whitefield preached to a crowd of five thousand at White Clay Creek, Delaware.
Peter Martyr Vermigli
Jun 17, 2015 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols returns to the time of the Reformation and introduces us to Peter Martyr Vermigli and his “first principle” of reading the Bible.
Deserted Island Top 5: Sinclair Ferguson
Jun 10, 2015 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Sinclair Ferguson. He asks Dr. Ferguson to share what five books he would want if on a deserted island.
Church History in 5 Minutes
Jun 3, 2015 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols commemorates our 100th episode by attempting to summarize church history in 5 minutes.
With a Name like That
May 27, 2015 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the Muratorian fragment and how it revealed some of the reasoning that went into the church’s process of recognizing the canon.
Calvin on Prayer
May 20, 2015 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses John Calvin’s “5 rules for praying right.”
Little Wolf’s Bible
May 13, 2015 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols tells the story of “Little Wolf’s Bible” and the contested legacy of an early church figure named Wulfila.
The First Reformation Confession
May 6, 2015 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us back to 1527 and the first confession written during the Reformation.
Borden of Yale
Apr 29, 2015 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols shares the story and legacy of William Whiting Borden.
Canterbury
Apr 22, 2015 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explores the history of the English city of Canterbury.
The Pastor in the River
Apr 15, 2015 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols tells the story of how Thomas Reid earned the title, “The Pastor in the River.”
Here’s to the Middle Stanzas
Apr 8, 2015 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols reminds us of some of the great “middle stanzas” from church hymnody.
On & Off the Track: Eric Liddell
Apr 1, 2015 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the Olympic star Eric Liddell and his role as a missionary in China.
Forgotten Founding Father: Francis Makemie
Mar 25, 2015 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Francis Makemie and his work in the founding of American Presbyterianism.
The Edwardian Homilies
Mar 18, 2015 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the Edwardian Homilies—a collection of sermons from 1547 that served to provide a clear and concise introduction to the art for preaching.
The Stewart Brothers & Their Book
Mar 11, 2015 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols continues his look at Christian philanthropy. He introduces us to two brothers, Lyman and Milton Stewart, and tells the story of their stand against liberalism.
Wanamaker’s Hymnal
Mar 4, 2015 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to John Wanamaker, his department store, his organ, and his hymnal.
Phillis Wheatley
Feb 25, 2015 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the poetry of Phillis Wheatley, the first African-American woman to be published.
Medical Missionary to Scotland
Feb 18, 2015 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Paul Crawar, a medical missionary to Scotland, and tells the story of his eventual martyrdom.
A Fiery Preacher on a Fiery Preacher
Feb 11, 2015 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Steven Lawson to discuss the fiery preacher John Knox.
Deserted Island Top 5: Steven Lawson
Feb 4, 2015 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Steven Lawson. He asks Dr. Lawson to share what five books he would want if on a deserted island.
The PCA: Happy Birthday!
Jan 28, 2015 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Sean Lucas to discuss the birth and growth of the Presbyterian Church in America.
Deserted Island Top 5: Sean Lucas
Jan 21, 2015 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Sean Lucas. He asks Dr. Lucas to share what five books he would want if on a deserted island.
St. Pierre’s Cathedral
Jan 14, 2015 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to St. Pierre’s Cathedral in Geneva, Switzerland, the cathedral where John Calvin served as pastor in the 16th century.
St. John Lateran Church
Jan 7, 2015 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to the St. John Lateran church in Rome and introduces us to several of the objects there and its connection to Martin Luther.
James Joule
Dec 31, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to James Joule, the scientist that demonstrated the validity of the First Law of Thermodynamics.
Herman Bavinck
Dec 24, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the Dutch theologian Herman Bavinck.
Augustine on Friendship
Dec 17, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols considers Augustine and his “theology of friendship.”
Charles Hodge & His Book
Dec 10, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Charles Hodge and the story of his 3 volume Systematic Theology.
Newburyport, Mass.
Dec 3, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to First Presbyterian Church in Newburyport, Mass., a church founded during the First Great Awakening.
The Bethel Confession
Nov 26, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols continues his stay in Germany by introducing us to The Bethel Confession of 1933.
The Barmen Declaration
Nov 19, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to Germany in the year 1934 and introduces us to The Barmen Declaration.
The Heidelberg Theses with Carl Trueman
Nov 12, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Carl Trueman to discuss Martin Luther’s crucial text The Heidelberg Theses.
Bride of the Reformation
Nov 5, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols continues his celebration of Reformation Day by introducing us to Wibrandis Rosenblatt, the “bride of the Reformation.”
Happy Reformation Day!
Oct 29, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. R.C. Sproul to celebrate Reformation Day.
Who Was Pelagius?
Oct 22, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to an early church figure known as Pelagius and his teaching on man’s morality.
Deserted Island Top 5: Carl Trueman
Oct 15, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Carl Trueman. He asks Dr. Trueman to share what five books he would want if on a deserted island.
Beowulf
Oct 8, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains the important truth contained in the famous Old English poem Beowulf.
The City of God
Oct 1, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Augustine’s classic work, The City of God.
History Makers: R.C. Sproul
Sep 24, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols speaks with Dr. R.C. Sproul to discuss his significant involvement in the development of the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy.
The Chicago Statement
Sep 17, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy and explains the significance of this landmark treatise on the doctrine of Scripture.
Raphael: Stanza Della Segnatura
Sep 10, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Raphael and his painting “Stanza Della Segnatura.”
Calvin’s Sermons on Job: Derek Thomas
Sep 3, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Derek Thomas to discuss John Calvin’s 159-part sermon series on the book of Job.
Deserted Island Top 5: Derek Thomas
Aug 27, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Derek Thomas. He asks Dr. Thomas to share what five books he would want if on a deserted island.
Read Any Good Books Lately?
Aug 20, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols reminds us of the importance of reading books.
Anniversary Week: 1923
Aug 15, 2014 • 5 min
In this final anniversary week episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to 1923 when the Fundamentalist-Modernist Controversy came to a head and J. Gresham Machen published his classic text, “
Anniversary Week: 1740
Aug 14, 2014 • 5 min
In this special anniversary week episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols highlights a sermon by Jonathan Edwards as he takes us to the Great Awakening in 1740.
Anniversary Week: 1517
Aug 13, 2014 • 5 min
In this special anniversary week episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to the moment that began the Protestant Reformation, October 31, 1517.
Anniversary Week: 1245
Aug 12, 2014 • 5 min
In this special anniversary week episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks to the year 1245 as he shares another of his top 5 favorite moments in church history.
Anniversary Week: 325
Aug 11, 2014 • 5 min
In this special anniversary week episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to 325 and begins a week long series on his top 5 favorite moments in church history.
Wilberforce
Aug 6, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to William Wilberforce and tells the story of his conversion to Christ.
A Preface
Jul 30, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols reminds us of the importance of the “old books” as he discusses C.S. Lewis’ preface to Athanasius’ On The Incarnation.
Deserted Island Top 5: Michael Reeves
Jul 23, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Michael Reeves. He asks Dr. Reeves to share what five books he would want if on a deserted island.
The Fourteenthers
Jul 16, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains the debate throughout church history regarding when Easter should be celebrated.
Savonarola
Jul 9, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Girolamo Savonarola and his book “The Triumph of the Cross.”
My 5 Favorite Church Historians
Jul 2, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols shares with us his 5 favorite church historians.
Lyon
Jun 25, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us back to AD 177 and tells the story of the Christian martyrs at Lyon.
The 28 Theses
Jun 18, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Martin Luther’s Heidelberg Disputation and shares what may be the most beautiful sentence Luther ever wrote.
Charles II’s Great Escape
Jun 11, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols tells us the story of the difficult “great escape” of Charles II.
The 5 Ways of Thomas Aquinas
Jun 4, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols gives us an overview of Thomas Aquinas’ “5 ways” for arguing the existence of God.
This Church Father Could Preach
May 28, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the “golden mouth” of the early church, John Chrysostom.
Ben Chimes in on George
May 21, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols describes the friendship of Benjamin Franklin and George Whitefield.
Two Great Little Books, Part 2
May 14, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols considers why Jesus came and why He died on the cross as explained by Anselm in his book Cur Deus Homo.
Two Great Little Books, Part 1
May 7, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the ontological argument for the existence of God as outlined by Anselm in his book Proslogion.
The Roaring 20s
Apr 30, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us back to the “Roaring 20s,” a decade in which the 20th century church faced many battles.
Five Point Deliverance, Part 2
Apr 23, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols concludes a series on the fundamental doctrines of orthodox Christianity that were expressed in the Five Point Deliverance.
Five Point Deliverance, Part 1
Apr 16, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols starts a 2-part series looking at the Five Point Deliverance and the Fundamentalist-Modernist controversy at the beginning of the twentieth century.
Deserted Island Top 5: W. Robert Godfrey
Apr 9, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. W. Robert Godfrey. He asks Dr. Godfrey to share what five books he would want if on a deserted island.
Machen & Mountains
Apr 2, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains why J. Gresham Machen wrote, “I do love the mountains, and I have loved them ever since I can remember anything at all.”
The God of Abraham Praise
Mar 26, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to “The God of Abraham Praise,” a hymn written by a man converted under the preaching of George Whitefield.
What Is the Church?, Part 2
Mar 19, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols continues his look at John Bunyan’s “The Pilgrim’s Progress” to conclude his answer to this very important question.
What Is the Church?, Part 1
Mar 12, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at John Bunyan’s “The Pilgrim’s Progress” as he begins to answer a very important question.
Monica: A Mother’s Prayer
Mar 5, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Augustine’s prayerful mother.
The Briggs Case
Feb 26, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to the trial of Charles Augustus Briggs to remind us of the importance of the inerrancy of Scripture.
1799: Oh, What A Feeling
Feb 19, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us back to the year 1799 and the beginnings of modern liberalism.
Slave, Minuteman, Pastor: Lemuel Haynes
Feb 12, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols encourages us to be courageous as he shares the five character traits of a pastor as written by Lemuel Haynes.
1638: The Scottish Reformation, Part 3
Feb 5, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols finishes his 3 part series on the Scottish Reformation with the story of Jenny Geddes and what she threw at her minister.
1558: The Scottish Reformation, Part 2
Jan 29, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols continues his introduction to the Scottish Reformation with the story of an 82 year old martyr, Walter Milne.
1528: The Scottish Reformation, Part 1
Jan 22, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Patrick Hamilton and the beginning of the Scottish Reformation.
Tradition, Take 2
Jan 15, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks to Paul’s words in 2 Timothy 2:2 to help us think about “tradition” in a healthy way .
Tradition?
Jan 8, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols returns to the subject of “tradition” as he shares a cautionary tale from the legend of Saint Sebastian.
Sausage Supper
Jan 1, 2014 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols shares what he believes is one of the most interesting events in all of church history: the famous sausage supper of 1522.
Merry Christmas, Mr. Watts
Dec 25, 2013 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the great Christmas hymn, “Joy to the World,” and its author, Isaac Watts.
David Brainerd’s Hebrew Dictionary
Dec 18, 2013 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to the library at Princeton University to tell the story of a man who owned a book bound in otter skin.
Two Disciples of John: Polycarp
Dec 11, 2013 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to another disciple of the Apostle John, the church father Polycarp.
Two Disciples of John: Ignatius
Dec 4, 2013 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Ignatius, the first of two church fathers we’ll consider in the coming weeks who were disciples of the Apostle John.
5 Members of the Westminster Assembly Everyone Should Know
Nov 27, 2013 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols concludes his series on “Westminster” by introducing us to 5 members of the Westminster Assembly everyone should know.
5 Things Everyone Should Know About the Westminster Standards
Nov 20, 2013 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the Westminster Standards, a collection of documents that have been described as “the fullest and ripest expression of the Reformation and Reformation …
5 Things Everyone Should Know About Westminster Abbey
Nov 13, 2013 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to Westminster Abbey, England, for a quick quiz on this significant building in church history.
Martin Luther: The 95 Theses, Take 2
Nov 6, 2013 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols spends another week in Martin Luther’s “95 Theses” to remind us of our weakness and constant need to cling to the cross of Christ.
Martin Luther: Top 5 of the 95
Oct 30, 2013 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols celebrates Reformation Day by taking us back to 1517 and sharing his “Top 5” from Martin Luther’s “95 Theses”.
Deserted Island Top 5: R.C. Sproul
Oct 23, 2013 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. R.C. Sproul. He asks Dr. Sproul to share what five books from church history he would want if on a deserted island.
1066: A Good Year for a Monk
Oct 16, 2013 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols gives us reasons to be thankful as he takes us back to 1066, a crucial year for William the Conqueror, the history of England, and the life of one monk.
The Pursuit of Happiness: According to William Ames
Oct 9, 2013 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to William Ames and reminds us that theology isn’t dry academic study, rather it’s the pursuit of the good life—the Godward life.
Bonus Episode: Happy 310th Birthday, Jonathan Edwards
Oct 5, 2013 • 5 min
In this bonus episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols shares 5 reasons to celebrate Jonathan Edwards’ 310th birthday.
A Tale of Two Genevans: Calvin and Rousseau
Oct 2, 2013 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols considers two opposing views of mankind as he tells the tale of two Genevans, John Calvin and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
T is for Trinity (and Tertullian)
Sep 25, 2013 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Tertullian, the theologian known for coining the terms “Old and New Testament” and “Trinity.”
What a Mosaic Can Teach Us: Hinton St. Mary Dorset
Sep 18, 2013 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols reminds us that Christ is the center, the beginning and the end, as he describes an ancient mosaic.
Is Spurgeon Right?
Sep 11, 2013 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols considers a well-known quote from Charles Spurgeon as he pauses to reflect on the importance of Christians studying church history.
Jonathan Edwards’ Favorite Word
Sep 4, 2013 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols asks the question, “What is Jonathan Edwards’ favorite word?” The answer is not what many would expect.
A Book in His Hand
Aug 28, 2013 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to the grave of John Bunyan to tell the story of a man with a book in his hand.
Lost Letter to the Corinthians
Aug 21, 2013 • 5 min
In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols shares an intriguing story from the life of John Calvin and offers us encouragement during times of worry.
Confessions Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow: Augustine’s Big Word
Aug 1, 2013 • 5 min
In the first episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses why Augustine begins his classic “Confessions” with the Latin word, ‘Magnus.’