5 Minutes in Church History with Stephen Nichols

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Description

5 Minutes in Church History, hosted by Dr. Stephen Nichols, is a weekly podcast that provides an informal and informative look at church history. Join us each week as we take a brief break from the present to go exploring the past. Travel back in time as we look at the people, events, and even the places that have shaped the story of Christianity. Each podcast offers an easily digestible glimpse of how the eternal, unchangeable God has worked in the church over prior generations, and how this can encourage us today. This is our story—our family history.

Episode Date
The Venerable Bede
05:00

On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to one of the first church historians: the Venerable Bede.

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Jun 20, 2018
History Makers: Tim Keesee
05:00

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 International.

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Jun 13, 2018
The History of the Doctrine of God, Part 2
05:00

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.

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Jun 06, 2018
The History of the Doctrine of God, Part 1
05:01

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.

May 30, 2018
Augustus Caesar
05:00

On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols considers why early Christians graffitied a statue of Augustus Caesar.

May 23, 2018
Adoniram Judson
05:00

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.

May 16, 2018
Daniel Payne
05:00

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.

May 09, 2018
The Most Important Thing to the Reformers (Part 2)
05:00

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.

May 02, 2018
The Most Important Thing to the Reformers (Part 1)
05:00

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.

Apr 25, 2018
William Farel
05:00

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.

Apr 18, 2018
The Minister, a Book, and a Controversy
05:00

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.

Apr 11, 2018
Bonhoeffer In London
05:00

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.

Apr 04, 2018
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
05:00

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.

Mar 28, 2018
The 60 Pound Commentary
05:00

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.

Mar 21, 2018
Tacitus
05:00

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.

Mar 14, 2018
Francis Grimké
05:00

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.

Mar 07, 2018
The Moral Argument
05:00

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.

Feb 28, 2018
1812
05:00

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.

Feb 21, 2018
Macrina
05:00

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.

Feb 14, 2018
Peter Lombard
05:00

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.

Feb 07, 2018
The Abbey of St. Victor, Paris
05:00

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.

Jan 31, 2018
The Tyger and the Lamb
05:00

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.

Jan 24, 2018
5 Responses to Modernism
05:00

In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses five ways the church has responded to modernism.

Jan 17, 2018
Just War
05:00

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.

Jan 10, 2018
Esther Edwards Burr
05:00

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.

Jan 03, 2018
Tyndale's Only Surviving Letter
05:00

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.

Dec 27, 2017
Remembering R.C. Sproul
05:00

On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols reflects on the life and ministry of Dr. R.C. Sproul.

Dec 20, 2017
Johann Sebastian Bach: JJ
05:00

On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses the Lutheran composer behind the initials JSB, JJ, and SDG.

Dec 13, 2017
On the Church
05:00

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.

Dec 06, 2017
Trending in the 14th Century
05:00

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.

Nov 29, 2017
Shakespeare's Bible
05:00

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.

Nov 22, 2017
Deserted Island Top 5: Burk Parsons
05:00

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.

Nov 15, 2017
The Baptist Catechism of 1693
05:00

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.

Nov 08, 2017
The Next Day
05:01

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.

Nov 01, 2017
The 95 Theses, Part 2
05:01

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.

Oct 31, 2017
The 95 Theses, Part 1
05:01

On today's episode, recorded on location at the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses Martin Luther's Theses against indulgences.

Oct 30, 2017
Repent
05:01

The Ninety-Five Theses were a call to debate. Recorded on location in Wittenberg, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses Martin Luther's first thesis.

Oct 29, 2017
R.C. Sproul & Luther
05:00

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.

Oct 28, 2017
Legacy of Luther
05:00

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.

Oct 27, 2017
February 18, 1546
05:00

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.

Oct 26, 2017
Last 4 Sermons
05:00

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.

Oct 25, 2017
January 1546
05:00

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.

Oct 24, 2017
Martin & Katie
05:00

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.

Oct 23, 2017
Luther & the Bible
05:00

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 studying the Bible.

Oct 22, 2017
Luther on Psalm 118
05:00

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."

Oct 21, 2017
The Bondage of the Will
05:00

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.

Oct 20, 2017
Table Talk
05:00

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 conversations give us insight into Luther as a theologian of the people.

Oct 19, 2017
Hymns
05:00

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.

Oct 18, 2017
Catechism
05:00

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 Catechism.

Oct 17, 2017
3 Treatises
05:00

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.

Oct 16, 2017
2 Kinds of Righteousness
05:00

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.”

Oct 15, 2017
Luther & Germany Today
05:00

Luther & Germany Today

Oct 14, 2017
Melanchthon
05:00

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.

Oct 13, 2017
The Wittenberg 5
05:00

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.

Oct 12, 2017
Junker Jorg
05:00

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.

Oct 11, 2017
Worms
05:00

Recorded on location in Germany, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the four figures at the four corners of the Reformation monument in Worms.

Oct 10, 2017
Heidelberg
05:00

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.

Oct 09, 2017
A Tale of 2 Churches
05:00

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.

Oct 08, 2017
2 Princes
05:00

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.

Oct 07, 2017
Luther & Bach
05:00

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.

Oct 06, 2017
The Gates of Paradise
05:00

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 Luther's life.

Oct 05, 2017
The Goose & the Swan
05:00

“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 story of the Goose and the Swan.

Oct 04, 2017
5 Things at Erfurt
05:00

Recorded on location in Erfurt, Dr. Stephen Nichols examines five important facts about Luther and the city where he joined the Augustinian order.

Oct 03, 2017
November 10, 1483
05:00

Martin Luther was born on November 10, 1483. Recorded on location in Eisleben, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us back to Luther's childhood.

Oct 02, 2017
31 Days with Luther
05:00

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 major divisions of Martin Luther's life.

Oct 01, 2017
The Adventurous Life of John Knox
05:00

On today's episode, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at the adventurous life of the bodyguard turned Socttish Reformer, John Knox.

Sep 27, 2017
Useful for These Times
05:00

On today's episode, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains why in 1668 Thomas Watson thought it timely to write about repentance.

Sep 20, 2017
The Reformation in Spain
05:00

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.

Sep 13, 2017
29 Years of Age (Part 2)
05:00

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.

Sep 06, 2017
29 Years of Age (Part 1)
05:00

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.

Aug 30, 2017
A Little Book
05:00

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."

Aug 23, 2017
B.B. & Annie
05:00

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.

Aug 16, 2017
Luther on Vocation: Michael Horton
05:00

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.

Aug 09, 2017
William Ellery Channing
05:00

On today's episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces the founder of Unitarianism, William Ellery Channing.

Aug 02, 2017
What Happened to the Puritans
05:00

On today’s episode, Dr. Stephen Nichols examines what really happened to the New England Puritans.

Jul 26, 2017
On the Canon
05:00

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.

Jul 19, 2017
Calvin & Missions
05:00

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.

Jul 12, 2017
8 Women You Should Know
05:00

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.

Jul 05, 2017
The 100th Anniversary
05:00

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.

Jun 28, 2017
The $14 MIllion Book
05:00

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.

Jun 21, 2017
Deserted Island Top 5: Michael Horton
05:00

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.

Jun 14, 2017
The Welsh Revivals
05:00

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.

Jun 07, 2017
What Luther Expects
05:00

What Luther Expects

May 31, 2017
Look, There's the Kingdom
05:00

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.

May 24, 2017
Dear Khan,
05:00

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.

May 17, 2017
Engraver of the Reformation
05:00

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.

May 10, 2017
The 200th Episode with a Special Guest
05:00

In this 200th-anniversery episode, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by a special guest to celebrate 5 Minutes in Church History.

May 03, 2017
Philip Melanchthon
05:00

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.

Apr 26, 2017
Joan of Arc
05:00

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.

Apr 19, 2017
Cruce, Libro, et Atro
05:00

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.

Apr 12, 2017
17th Century Theological Poets
05:00

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.

Apr 05, 2017
John Knox's Bible
05:00

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.

Mar 29, 2017
The Ghent Alterpiece
05:00

What is a "triptych" and "polyptych"? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Stephen Nichols takes us to the Ghent Altarpiece.

Mar 22, 2017
Marcion
05:00

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.

Mar 15, 2017
Three British Martyrs: Chaplain Bradford
05:00

In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Stephen Nichols tells the story of the dishonest clerk who became a martyr.

Mar 08, 2017
Three British Martyrs: Bishop Hooper
05:00

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.

Mar 01, 2017
Three British Martyrs: Dr. Taylor
05:00

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.

Feb 22, 2017
Rio 1558
05:00

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.

Feb 15, 2017
The Divinity School Address
05:00

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.

Feb 08, 2017
Feathery Christians
05:00

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.

Feb 01, 2017
The Ten Theses of Berne
05:00

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.

Jan 25, 2017
Augustine's Handbook for Life
05:00

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.

Jan 18, 2017
As He Spoke from the Pulpit
05:00

In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses the lesser known pastoral side of John Calvin.

Jan 11, 2017
The Enduring Problem
05:00

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.

Jan 04, 2017
Bishop Ussher
05:00

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.

Dec 28, 2016
Forgotten Founder: Cotton Mather
05:00

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.

Dec 21, 2016
500th Anniversary of 1516
05:00

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.

Dec 14, 2016
The Song of Roland
05:00

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.

Dec 07, 2016
Thesis #37
05:00

In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols examines the 37th of Martin Luther's 95 Theses.

Nov 30, 2016
Augustine on the Psalms
05:00

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.

Nov 23, 2016
Cane Ridge, KY
05:00

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.

Nov 16, 2016
Machen on 11/11
05:00

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.

Nov 09, 2016
Fort Caroline
05:00

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.

Nov 02, 2016
What Is Reformation Day?
05:00

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.

Oct 26, 2016
The Three Cappadocians
05:00

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.

Oct 19, 2016
Seeing Is Believing with Tim Challies
05:00

In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Tim Challies to discuss his book Visual Theology.

Oct 12, 2016
Happy Birthday, Rev. Edwards
05:01

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.

Oct 05, 2016
Deserted Island Top 5: Tim Challies
05:01

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.

Sep 28, 2016
Calvin on Civil Government
05:01

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.

Sep 21, 2016
Clement, Again
05:01

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.

Sep 14, 2016
Clement
05:01

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.

Sep 07, 2016
The Hungarian Reformed Bishops (with a special guest)
05:01

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."

Aug 31, 2016
Deserted Island Top 5: Miguel Núñez, Part 2
05:01

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.

Aug 24, 2016
Deserted Island Top 5: Miguel Núñez, Part 1
05:01

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.

Aug 17, 2016
Trending in the 12th Century
05:00

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.

Aug 10, 2016
Machen & the Meaning of Missions
05:00

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."

Aug 03, 2016
Trending in the 10th Century
05:00

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.

Jul 27, 2016
Ambrose of Milan
05:00

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.

Jul 20, 2016
History Makers: Miguel Núñez
05:00

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.

Jul 13, 2016
The Doctor: D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Part 2
05:00

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.

Jul 06, 2016
The Doctor: D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Part 1
05:00

The Doctor: D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Part 1

Jun 29, 2016
The Baseball Evangelist
05:00

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."

Jun 22, 2016
67 Walloons
05:00

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.

Jun 15, 2016
The Evangel, a Yacht
05:00

In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols shares the story of a yacht named The Evangel.

Jun 08, 2016
My 5 Favorite Baptists: Mark Dever
05:00

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.

Jun 01, 2016
Deserted Island Top 5: Mark Dever
05:00

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.

May 25, 2016
How Samuel Rutherford Changed My Life
05:00

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.

May 18, 2016
Deserted Island Top 5: Guy Richard
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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.

May 11, 2016
According to Webster's
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In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Noah Webster, the man behind the American dictionary.

May 04, 2016
Leipzig
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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.

Apr 27, 2016
First Century Moments
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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.

Apr 20, 2016
History Makers: Lordship Controversy with John MacArthur
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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.

Apr 13, 2016
Deborah Hatheway
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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.

Apr 06, 2016
Phoebe Bartlett
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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.

Mar 30, 2016
Bishop Latimer
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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.

Mar 23, 2016
Martyrs' Memorial, Oxford
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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 martyrs of the English Reformation.

Mar 16, 2016
An Eight-Syllable Heresy
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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.

Mar 09, 2016
John Colet
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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.

Mar 02, 2016
Boston's Fourfold State
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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 state of eternity.

Feb 24, 2016
Martin Bucer
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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.

Feb 17, 2016
Communion Controversy
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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.

Feb 10, 2016
Know a Good River?
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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.

Feb 03, 2016
Deserted Island Top 5: John MacArthur
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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.

Jan 27, 2016
The Council of Trent
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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.

Jan 20, 2016
Apostle to the Indians
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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."

Jan 13, 2016
Three Bible Firsts
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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.

Jan 06, 2016
Calvin on Slippery Forgetfulness
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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.

Dec 30, 2015
Twentieth Century Martyrs
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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.

Dec 23, 2015
History Makers: The New Perspective on Paul with Dr. Guy Waters
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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.

Dec 16, 2015
John Murray
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In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to John Murray and several of his books.

Dec 09, 2015
The Poet of Paradise
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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" and "Paradise Regained."

Dec 02, 2015
Blues Man? Preacher?
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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.

Nov 25, 2015
The Thirty Years' War
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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.

Nov 18, 2015
Mrs. Luther
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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.

Nov 11, 2015
Top 5 of the 95: Take Two
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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.

Nov 04, 2015
What Is Reformation Day?
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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.

Oct 28, 2015
B.B.'s Book Reviews
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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.

Oct 21, 2015
March 28, 1754
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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.

Oct 14, 2015
Luke the Historian
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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.

Oct 07, 2015
Fanny Crosby
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Fanny Crosby wrote more than 9,000 hymns. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols tells her story.

Sep 30, 2015
Caesarea Maritima
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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.

Sep 23, 2015
Jerome
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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.

Sep 16, 2015
Stockbridge Statements of Faith
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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.

Sep 09, 2015
The Sermon at the Treaty
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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.

Sep 02, 2015
Robinson Crusoe's Conversion
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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.

Aug 26, 2015
The Catacombs
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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.

Aug 19, 2015
Pliny the Younger
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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.

Aug 12, 2015
LON to PHL
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What do Baptists believe? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to two Baptist confessions of faith.

Aug 05, 2015
The Cathedral
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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.

Jul 29, 2015
The Greyfriars Kirkyard
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In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the rich legacy of Scotland's Covenanters.

Jul 22, 2015
Lex Rex
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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.

Jul 15, 2015
The Apostles' Creed
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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.

Jul 08, 2015
5 Firsts in British Church History
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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.

Jul 01, 2015
White Clay Creek, Delaware
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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.

Jun 24, 2015
Peter Martyr Vermigli
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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.

Jun 17, 2015
Deserted Island Top 5: Sinclair Ferguson
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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.

Jun 10, 2015
Church History in 5 Minutes
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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.

Jun 03, 2015
With a Name like That
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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.

May 27, 2015
Calvin on Prayer
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In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses John Calvin's "5 rules for praying right."

May 20, 2015
Little Wolf's Bible
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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.

May 13, 2015
The First Reformation Confession
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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.

May 06, 2015
Borden of Yale
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In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols shares the story and legacy of William Whiting Borden.

Apr 29, 2015
Canterbury
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In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explores the history of the English city of Canterbury.

Apr 22, 2015
The Pastor in the River
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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."

Apr 15, 2015
Here's to the Middle Stanzas
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In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols reminds us of some of the great "middle stanzas" from church hymnody.

Apr 08, 2015
On & Off the Track: Eric Liddell
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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.

Apr 01, 2015
Forgotten Founding Father: Francis Makemie
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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.

Mar 25, 2015
The Edwardian Homilies
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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.

Mar 18, 2015
The Stewart Brothers & Their Book
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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.

Mar 11, 2015
Wanamaker's Hymnal
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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.

Mar 04, 2015
Phillis Wheatley
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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.

Feb 25, 2015
Medical Missionary to Scotland
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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.

Feb 18, 2015
A Fiery Preacher on a Fiery Preacher
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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.

Feb 11, 2015
Deserted Island Top 5: Steven Lawson
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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.

Feb 04, 2015
The PCA: Happy Birthday!
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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.

Jan 28, 2015
Deserted Island Top 5: Sean Lucas
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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.

Jan 21, 2015
St. Pierre's Cathedral
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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.

Jan 14, 2015
St. John Lateran Church
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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.

Jan 07, 2015
James Joule
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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.

Dec 31, 2014
Herman Bavinck
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In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the Dutch theologian Herman Bavinck.

Dec 24, 2014
Augustine on Friendship
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In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols considers Augustine and his "theology of friendship."

Dec 17, 2014
Charles Hodge & His Book
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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.

Dec 10, 2014
Newburyport, Mass.
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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.

Dec 03, 2014
The Bethel Confession
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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.

Nov 26, 2014
The Barmen Declaration
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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.

Nov 19, 2014
The Heidelberg Theses with Carl Trueman
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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.

Nov 12, 2014
Bride of the Reformation
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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."

Nov 05, 2014
Happy Reformation Day!
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In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. R.C. Sproul to celebrate Reformation Day.

Oct 29, 2014
Who Was Pelagius?
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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.

Oct 22, 2014
Deserted Island Top 5: Carl Trueman
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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.

Oct 15, 2014
Beowulf
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In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains the important truth contained in the famous Old English poem Beowulf.

Oct 08, 2014
The City of God
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In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Augustine's classic work, The City of God.

Oct 01, 2014
History Makers: R.C. Sproul
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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.

Sep 24, 2014
The Chicago Statement
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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.

Sep 17, 2014
Raphael: Stanza Della Segnatura
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In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Raphael and his painting "Stanza Della Segnatura."

Sep 10, 2014
Calvin's Sermons on Job: Derek Thomas
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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.

Sep 03, 2014
Deserted Island Top 5: Derek Thomas
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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.

Aug 27, 2014
Read Any Good Books Lately?
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In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols reminds us of the importance of reading books.

Aug 20, 2014
Anniversary Week: 1923
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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, "Christianity and Liberalism."

Aug 15, 2014
Anniversary Week: 1740
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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.

Aug 14, 2014
Anniversary Week: 1517
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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.

Aug 13, 2014
Anniversary Week: 1245
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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.

Aug 12, 2014
Anniversary Week: 325
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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.

Aug 11, 2014
Wilberforce
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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.

Aug 06, 2014
A Preface
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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.

Jul 30, 2014
Deserted Island Top 5: Michael Reeves
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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.

Jul 23, 2014
The Fourteenthers
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In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains the debate throughout church history regarding when Easter should be celebrated.

Jul 16, 2014
Savonarola
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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."

Jul 09, 2014
My 5 Favorite Church Historians
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In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols shares with us his 5 favorite church historians.

Jul 02, 2014
Lyon
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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.

Jun 25, 2014
The 28 Theses
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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.

Jun 18, 2014
Charles II's Great Escape
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In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols tells us the story of the difficult "great escape" of Charles II.

Jun 11, 2014
The 5 Ways of Thomas Aquinas
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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.

Jun 04, 2014
This Church Father Could Preach
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In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the "golden mouth" of the early church, John Chrysostom.

May 28, 2014
Ben Chimes in on George
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In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols describes the friendship of Benjamin Franklin and George Whitefield.

May 21, 2014
Two Great Little Books, Part 2
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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.

May 14, 2014
Two Great Little Books, Part 1
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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.

May 07, 2014
The Roaring 20s
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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.

Apr 30, 2014
Five Point Deliverance, Part 2
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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.

Apr 23, 2014
Five Point Deliverance, Part 1
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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.

Apr 16, 2014
Deserted Island Top 5: W. Robert Godfrey
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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.

Apr 09, 2014
Machen & Mountains
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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."

Apr 02, 2014
The God of Abraham Praise
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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.

Mar 26, 2014
What Is the Church?, Part 2
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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.

Mar 19, 2014
What Is the Church?, Part 1
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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.

Mar 12, 2014
Monica: A Mother's Prayer
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In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Augustine's prayerful mother.

Mar 05, 2014
The Briggs Case
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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.

Feb 26, 2014
1799: Oh, What A Feeling
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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.

Feb 19, 2014
Slave, Minuteman, Pastor: Lemuel Haynes
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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.

Feb 12, 2014
1638: The Scottish Reformation, Part 3
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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.

Feb 05, 2014
1558: The Scottish Reformation, Part 2
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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.

Jan 29, 2014
1528: The Scottish Reformation, Part 1
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In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Patrick Hamilton and the beginning of the Scottish Reformation.

Jan 22, 2014
Tradition, Take 2
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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 .

Jan 15, 2014
Tradition?
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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.

Jan 08, 2014
Sausage Supper
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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.

Jan 01, 2014
Merry Christmas, Mr. Watts
05:00

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.

Dec 25, 2013
David Brainerd's Hebrew Dictionary
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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.

Dec 18, 2013
Two Disciples of John: Polycarp
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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.

Dec 11, 2013
Two Disciples of John: Ignatius
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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.

Dec 04, 2013
5 Members of the Westminster Assembly Everyone Should Know
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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.

Nov 27, 2013
5 Things Everyone Should Know About the Westminster Standards
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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 thought."

Nov 20, 2013
5 Things Everyone Should Know About Westminster Abbey
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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.

Nov 13, 2013
Martin Luther: The 95 Theses, Take 2
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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.

Nov 06, 2013
Martin Luther: Top 5 of the 95
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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".

Oct 30, 2013
Deserted Island Top 5: R.C. Sproul
05:00

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.

Oct 23, 2013
1066: A Good Year for a Monk
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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.

Oct 16, 2013
The Pursuit of Happiness: According to William Ames
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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.

Oct 09, 2013
Bonus Episode: Happy 310th Birthday, Jonathan Edwards
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In this bonus episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols shares 5 reasons to celebrate Jonathan Edwards' 310th birthday.

Oct 05, 2013
A Tale of Two Genevans: Calvin and Rousseau
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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.

Oct 02, 2013
T is for Trinity (and Tertullian)
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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."

Sep 25, 2013
What a Mosaic Can Teach Us: Hinton St. Mary Dorset
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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.

Sep 18, 2013
Is Spurgeon Right?
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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.

Sep 11, 2013
Jonathan Edwards' Favorite Word
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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.

Sep 04, 2013
A Book in His Hand
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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.

Aug 28, 2013
Lost Letter to the Corinthians
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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.

Aug 21, 2013
Confessions Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow: Augustine's Big Word
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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.'

Aug 01, 2013