5 Minutes in Church History with Stephen Nichols

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Nivea India
 Oct 12, 2020
I v e listened to few teaching series of dr.nichols look forward to listening to my very favourite subject history of Christianity 😊

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 Nov 1, 2019
Interesting podcast told in an entertaining and concise way.

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 Apr 12, 2019

Description

This weekly podcast 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 episode 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
Bibline
05:00

C.H. Spurgeon once said of a man, ";He cannot speak without quoting a text, for his very soul is full of the Word of God." On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at this man whose "blood is bibline."

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/bibline/

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May 05, 2021
Lewis on Learning in War-Time
05:00

During World War II, C.S. Lewis addressed the student body at Oxford University to answer the question, "Should we learn in wartime?" On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at how learning in the midst of crisis can be a way to remind us of the divine reality of heaven.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/lewis-on-learning-in-war-time/

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Apr 28, 2021
Middleburg
05:00

During the reign of Queen Elizabeth, one non-conformist, exiled Puritan drew up an important Reformation text, instructing ministers to lead their congregation through the entire Word of God. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explores the history of Thomas Cartwright and his Middleburg Liturgy.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/middleburg/

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Apr 21, 2021
Burned-Over District
05:00

Unlike the Great Awakening of the 18th century, the revivalist preaching of the so-called "Second Great Awakening" left many people disillusioned with Christianity. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to a region in New York that still bears scars from the 19th century.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/burned-over-district/

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Apr 14, 2021
The Symbol
05:00

Nearly fifty years ago, R.C. Sproul penned The Symbol, expositing phrases from the Apostles' Creed to articulate truths about our holy God and His work in our lives. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols surveys the purpose, contents, and even humor embedded in Dr. Sproul's first published book.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/the-symbol/

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Apr 07, 2021
The Christian Admiral
05:00

Founder of a newspaper, a radio program, and several Christian organizations, Carl McIntire was incredibly influential in the 20th-century fundamentalist movement. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols tells the story of this colorful figure.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/the-christian-admiral/

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Mar 31, 2021
Collective Wisdom
05:00

If we study the Bible without ever considering the collective wisdom of Christians who came before us, we are impoverishing ourselves of a wealth of insight. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols examines J. Gresham Machen's thoughts on reading Scripture in light of church history.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/collective-wisdom/

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Mar 24, 2021
Life Together
05:00

Although the seminary at Finkenwalde was shut down by the Nazis in 1937, Dietrich Bonhoeffer continued to work and write in order to help Christians understand the life and ministry of the church in this world. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols analyzes Bonhoeffer's classic book Life Together.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/life-together/

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Mar 17, 2021
An Underground Seminary
05:00

After the national church in Germany endorsed the Nazi party, Dietrich Bonhoeffer began an underground seminary to train ministers to defend the truth of God's Word. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols describes the challenges that this small school faced under Nazi suppression.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/an-underground-seminary/

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Mar 10, 2021
Augustine: Kingdom without End
05:00

As his body grew frail and the great city of Rome burned, Augustine laid his hope in "the city that has foundations" (Heb. 11:10). On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols examines Augustine's written masterpiece The City of God.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/augustine-kingdom-without-end/

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Mar 03, 2021
Augustine: The Triumph of Grace
05:00

Augustine fervently defended the truth of God's grace against distortions. In fact, his whole life was a testimony to the triumph of grace. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols considers Augustine's famous controversy with Pelagius.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/augustine-the-triumph-of-grace/

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Feb 24, 2021
Augustine: The Bishop and the General
05:00

As a bishop, Augustine counseled people from all walks of life, including the Roman general Boniface. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols considers how their correspondence gives us great insight into the way Augustine cared for souls.

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Feb 17, 2021
Augustine: Bishop
05:00

Augustine was installed as bishop of Hippo Regius when he was 41 years old, and he held this position until his dying day. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols offers a glimpse into what comprised Augustine's service and ministry.

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Feb 10, 2021
Augustine: Teacher
05:00

Augustine had published books before his conversion. But in AD 386, he began a whole new writing career. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols examines several of these early, influential works.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/augustine-teacher/

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Feb 03, 2021
Augustine: A Garden in Milan
05:00

At first, Augustine had no real interest in Christianity. Then he heard the preaching of Ambrose. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols examines how the Lord brought about the conversion of this influential figure.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/augustine-a-garden-in-milan/

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Jan 27, 2021
Augustine: Voyage to Rome
05:00

Augustine the brilliant student went on to become Augustine the teacher, and his fame was on the rise. But something was missing. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols reveals what Augustine was searching for that ultimately led him to Rome.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/augustine-voyage-to-rome/

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Jan 20, 2021
Augustine: Africa
05:00

Where did the famous church father Augustine come from? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols paints a picture of Augustine's early life in the North African village of Thagaste.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/augustine-africa/

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Jan 13, 2021
Augustine: Why?
05:00

The writings of Augustine overflow with God's grace and power in the lives of His people. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols begins to closely examine the life of Augustine of Hippo.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/augustine-why/

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Jan 06, 2021
Mayflower 400
05:00

King James I was opposed to religious dissenters, fearing they would divide the Church of England. Consequently, the Puritans advocated for a total, 3,000-mile separation. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols describes the tumultuous journey of the Mayflower from England to the New World.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/mayflower-400/

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Dec 30, 2020
Christmas 800
05:00

On Christmas Day AD 800, Pope Leo III crowned Charlemagne as the Holy Roman Emperor. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains how this crucial moment directed the shape of Christian civilization for the next 700 years.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/christmas-800/

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Dec 23, 2020
Aaron Burr Sr.
05:00

A key witness of the First Great Awakening, Aaron Burr Sr. made a lasting impact on the American colonies in the 18th century. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols traces the life of this notable minister, author, educator, and Princeton University co-founder.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/aaron-burr-sr/

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Dec 16, 2020
The Conversion of Jonathan Edwards
05:00

In his younger years, Jonathan Edwards objected to the sovereignty of God as a "horrible doctrine." On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols shows how that all changed at Edwards' conversion.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/the-conversion-of-jonathan-edwards/

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Dec 09, 2020
Equipping the Spanish-Speaking Church
05:00

History is being made in Central America as the Lord builds up His church in the biblical doctrines of the historic Christian faith. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Pastor Sugel Michelén joins Dr. Stephen Nichols to discuss the encouraging future of the Spanish-speaking church.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/equipping-the-spanish-speaking-church/

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Dec 02, 2020
20th-Century Apologetics: Presuppositions & Evidence
05:00

How should we contend for the truth claims of Christianity? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols continues his discussion of apologetic methods in the 20th century.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/20th-century-apologetics-presuppositions-and-evidence/

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Nov 25, 2020
20th-Century Apologetics: Addressing Modernism
05:00

At the start of the 20th century, the church began to face new challenges to Christianity. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains several of the methods Christians used to defend their faith in a changing world.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/20th-century-apologetics-addressing-modernism/

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Nov 18, 2020
History of the Spanish Bible: Latin America
05:00

Though European colonies appeared throughout the New World in the 16th century, the Reformation did not take hold in Latin America for centuries. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Pastor Sugel Michelén joins Dr. Stephen Nichols again to consider how the Spanish Bible finally crossed the Atlantic.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/history-of-the-spanish-bible-latin-america/

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Nov 11, 2020
History of the Spanish Bible: Europe
05:00

Despite fearsome opposition during the Spanish Inquisition, Protestants worked diligently to translate God's Word for Spanish readers. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Pastor Sugel Michelén joins Dr. Stephen Nichols to outline the history of the Spanish Bible.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/history-of-the-spanish-bible-europe/

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Nov 04, 2020
The Icelandic Reformation
05:00

In the 16th century, a German-made printing press was shipped across the sea to Iceland, and the first book printed on it was an Icelandic New Testament. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains how the Reformation reached this North Atlantic nation.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/the-icelandic-reformation/

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Oct 28, 2020
Handel
05:00

From the prophecies of the coming Christ to the day of judgment when He comes in glory, Handel's Messiah reflects on the promises and person of Jesus. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols offers a synopsis of what might be considered Handel's magnum opus.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/handel/

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Oct 21, 2020
Troublechurch Browne
05:00

Meet "Troublechurch" Browne, the man who was arrested for his views 32 times over the course of his ministry. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols surveys the life and work of this English separatist.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/troublechurch-browne/

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Oct 14, 2020
Martin Micronius
05:00

Who was Martin Micronius, and why was he important? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols offers a brief synopsis of this sixteenth-century Dutch Reformer who was intent on carefully ministering the Word of God.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/martin-micronius/

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Oct 07, 2020
Alexander of Hales
05:00

From his beginnings in a remote English valley, Alexander of Hales went on to field theological questions for three straight days at the University of Paris. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols surveys the history of the medieval scholar who would become known as "The Irrefutable Teacher."

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/alexander-of-hales/

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Sep 30, 2020
History of Atheism
05:00

We are witnessing a rise of professing atheists and practical atheism in the 21st century. Where did all this unbelief come from? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols outlines the development of atheistic thinking in the modern world.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/history-of-atheism/

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Sep 23, 2020
Luther and Difficult Times
05:00

In 1524, German peasants began a massive revolt against the lords and princes of the land, and the Roman Catholic Church blamed Martin Luther. How did he respond? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols tells the gripping story.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/luther-and-difficult-times/

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Sep 16, 2020
Sawdust
05:00

In the first half the 20th century, no tent revival meeting was complete without an invitation to "hit the sawdust trail." On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols paints a vivid picture of this memorable era.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/sawdust/

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Sep 09, 2020
Glossa Ordinaria
05:00

What was the most important book of the 12th century? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols reveals his answer: a collection of annotations and commentaries that became the standard text in biblical studies for 600 years.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/glossa-ordinaria/

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Sep 02, 2020
What Governs History?
05:00

What guides the direction of history? Fate? Random chance? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols evaluates how one Princetonian scholar went about answering this age-old question.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/what-governs-history/

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Aug 26, 2020
1910 Edinburgh Missionary Conference
05:00

Early in the 20th century, 1,200 Protestants gathered in Scotland to discuss the global need of evangelism and missions. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols probes into five important features of this 10-day conference.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/1910-edinburgh-missionary-conference/

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Aug 19, 2020
The Plague of Justinian I
05:00

As he sought to bring back the glory days of the Roman Empire through conquest, lawmaking, and building projects, Justinian I was faced with the first pandemic of recorded history. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks into the life of an emperor who survived the bubonic plague.

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Aug 12, 2020
Augustine’s Teenage Coauthor
05:00

Augustine's beloved son, Adeodatus, died as a teenager. A year earlier, they worked together on a book. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols examines their insightful volume and the relationship Augustine shared with his son.

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Aug 05, 2020
Christina Rossetti
05:00

Writing of God's redeeming grace, Christina Rossetti described herself as a "broken bowl" that had been remolded into "a royal cup for Him, my King." On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols examines the works of this Victorian-era poet.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/christina-rossetti/

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Jul 29, 2020
Carthage
05:00

Second only to Rome within the empire, the city of Carthage was the site of many significant and foundational events in ancient church history. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols provides an overview of this Mediterranean harbor city and its influence.

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Jul 22, 2020
To the People
05:00

The Reformation was characterized by a desire to deliver the truth of God's Word out of the hands of a privileged few and into the minds of everyday people. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Stephen Nichols examines how Martin Luther embodied this principle by using the printing press to publish his writings in German.

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Jul 15, 2020
James Montgomery Boice
05:00

From the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology to the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy, James Montgomery Boice partnered with R.C. Sproul and others to defend the gospel and build up the church. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes a look at the life and legacy of Dr. Boice.

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Jul 08, 2020
Moby Dick Chapter Eight
05:00

Some people are surprised to discover the rich theological reflections that appear in Herman Melville's classic novel Moby Dick. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols examines the vivid description of a pulpit in an early chapter of the book.

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Jul 01, 2020
The Pulpit
05:00

Some ministers preach from pulpits, others speak from lecterns, and some stand beside a table. Does it really make any difference? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols observes the significant role of the pulpit from the earliest centuries of the church.

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Jun 24, 2020
David Hume the Philosopher
05:00

Can we have certainty in what we know? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols revisits David Hume, the father of philosophical skepticism.

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Jun 17, 2020
David Hume the Historian
05:00

Today, David Hume is known primarily for his skeptical philosophy. But in his own day, Hume received more recognition for his historical writings. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols examines Hume's account of the Westminster Assembly.

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Jun 10, 2020
Who Is Strong?
05:00

For 35 years, James Strong labored to catalog more than 14,000 Hebrew and Greek words into the exhaustive concordance that bears his name. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols examines Strong's influence on biblical studies and Bible translation.

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Jun 03, 2020
Paul's Religion
05:00

Is the Jesus of the Gospels different from the Christ taught by the Apostle Paul? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols outlines the controversy that drove J. Gresham Machen to write his monumental book on the origin of Christianity.

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May 27, 2020
Isaac Newton
05:00

The more Isaac Newton studied God’s universe, the more he was led to worship the Creator. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the father of modern science.

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May 20, 2020
5 Cathedrals
05:00

The great cathedrals of Europe have witnessed centuries of church history, and each has stories of its own to tell. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us on a journey to five of these iconic structures.

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May 13, 2020
C.S. Lewis, Essayist
05:00

While Europe was embroiled in World War II, brilliant essays flowed from the pen of C.S. Lewis. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols examines some of the other writings that came from the author of The Chronicles of Narnia.

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May 06, 2020
Dispensationalism
05:00

When we hear the word "dispensational," our thoughts might turn to discussions of prophecy and the rapture. But there's far more to this theological movement. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols defines four major features of dispensationalism.

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Apr 29, 2020
Faith in Times of Plague - Grimké
05:00

When a health crisis ravages the land, God's people are presented with a unique opportunity to take inventory of their spiritual lives. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols observes how Francis Grimke guided his congregation through the Spanish flu of 1918.

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Apr 22, 2020
Faith in Times of Plague - Luther
05:00

Ours is not the first age in which Christians have faced the danger of viruses and infectious disease. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols assesses how Martin Luther advised his church to trust in God during a deadly outbreak of the bubonic plague.

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Apr 15, 2020
The Church in Times of Crisis
05:00

In a time of crisis, will we give up all hope? Or will we trust that God is orchestrating all things to accomplish His good purposes in the world? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols turns to Augustine of Hippo as an example of steadfast faith amid challenging circumstances.

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Apr 08, 2020
5 Latin Words
05:00

How good is your Latin? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols defines five Latin terms that have been used by Christians through the ages to describe key theological truths.

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Apr 01, 2020
5 Reformers on the Psalms
05:00

Every one of the Psalms is about Christ, so every psalm has something to say to the church. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols highlights five Protestant Reformers who wrote commentaries on the book of Psalms.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/5-reformers-on-the-psalms/

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Mar 25, 2020
Re-Thinking Missions
05:00

In 1932, a report was issued declaring that the church needed a new mission that represented the realities of the 20th century. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains why J. Gresham Machen's commitment to the gospel required him to part ways with a changing denomination.

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Mar 18, 2020
3 Types of Theology
05:00

Can you explain the difference between Augustinianism, Pelagianism, and Semi-Pelagianism? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols outlines three overarching views in church history of the relationship between sin and grace.

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Mar 11, 2020
The Watchmaker
05:00

Just as the existence of a wristwatch requires a watchmaker, so the cosmos necessitates the existence of God. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols walks through William Paley's teleological argument for God's existence.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/the-watchmaker/

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Mar 04, 2020
A Very Long Word
05:00

What is disestablishmentarianism? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols surveys the relationship between church and state throughout the centuries.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/a-very-long-word/

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Feb 26, 2020
Augustus Toplady
05:00

As a brand-new pastor just out of college, Augustus Toplady wrote those memorable words, "Nothing in my hand I bring; simply to Thy cross I cling." On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols retells the short life of this London pastor and poet.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/augustus-toplady/

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Feb 19, 2020
Blaise Pascal
05:00

"Pascal," the name of a programming language and a unit for measuring internal pressure, were both named after Blaise Pascal. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses this French mathematician, physicist, philosopher, and theologian.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/blaise-pascal/

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Feb 12, 2020
The Cambridge Seven
05:00

In 1885, seven British aristocrats committed themselves to delivering the gospel to the ends of the earth. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols presents the men who have been called the Dream Team of Missions.

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Feb 05, 2020
Sir William Ramsay
05:00

Through his study of Scripture and archeology, Sir William Ramsay stunned his liberal colleagues by concluding that the New Testament is reliable. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces this biblical scholar from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/sir-william-ramsay/

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Jan 29, 2020
Bonus Episode: 6 Years of 5 Minutes
27:09

What are some of your favorite moments from 5 Minutes in Church History? On this special bonus episode, Dr. Nichols, Lee Webb, and Nathan W. Bingham reflect on the past six years of this podcast.

For a limited time, you can download Dr. Nichols' ebook 5 Minutes in Church History for free. Visit https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/freeoffer to receive your copy.

Jan 27, 2020
The Vulgate
05:00

At the end of the fourth century, the church father Jerome led a team of translators to produce a Latin edition of the Bible. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols examines the Vulgate.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/the-vulgate/

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Jan 22, 2020
Robertus Stephanus
05:00

In 1550, Robertus Stephanus published what has come to be known as the Textus Receptus, the edition of the Greek New Testament that would form the basis of Bible translations for centuries. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Stephen Nichols conveys the importance of this giant in Bible printing history.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/robertus-stephanus

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Jan 15, 2020
The Jesus People
05:00

From the birth of Christian rock to the rise of the Christian bookstore industry, American evangelicalism was significantly shaped by the Jesus People in the 1970s. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Stephen Nichols discusses this unique and influential movement.

Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/the-jesus-people/

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Jan 08, 2020
Resolutions with Jonathan Edwards
05:00

Prior to his twentieth birthday, Jonathan Edwards wrote 70 resolutions to guide and guard the direction of his life. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols analyzes some of Edwards' resolutions related to time management, Bible reading, and growing in self-control.

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Jan 01, 2020
Three Christmas Hymns
05:00

Christmas comes with the reminiscent sound of carols and hymns. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Stephen Nichols explores the intriguing history behind three classic Christmas hymns.

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Dec 25, 2019
Scriptorium: John Bunyan & Persecution
05:00

Just as the Lord promised, the people of God have suffered greatly for His name throughout history. Recorded at the Scriptorium in Orlando, Florida, Stephen Nichols examines books by John Bunyan and John Foxe on the topic of suffering and martyrdom on this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History.

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Dec 18, 2019
Scriptorium: The Van Kampen Collection
05:00

The revolutionary advent of the printing press made it possible to get the Bible into more hands more easily. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks through the Van Kampen Collection of Bibles and Bible memorabilia at the Scriptorium in Orlando, Florida.

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Dec 11, 2019
Scriptorium: Spurgeon's Letters
05:00

You can gain interesting glimpses into someone’s life by reading the mail he sends out. On location at the Scriptorium in Orlando, Florida, Stephen Nichols pages through the letters of C.H. Spurgeon on this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History.

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Dec 04, 2019
Thanksgiving
05:00

What was it like on the first Thanksgiving? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols reads from Edward Winslow’s letter describing the festivities.

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Nov 27, 2019
Trending in the 7th Century
05:00

From Beowulf to Boniface III, the seventh century was a period of rich literary history and significant theological controversy. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols grants us an overview of seventh-century people and events.

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Nov 20, 2019
5 Ways of Theology, Part 2
05:00

Have you ever heard of elenctic theology? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols addresses the definition and history of this theological method.

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Nov 13, 2019
5 Ways of Theology, Part 1
05:00

What is the difference between dogmatic theology and systematic theology? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols defines several major strands of theological study that have been prominent throughout church history.

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Nov 06, 2019
Patrons of the Reformation
05:00

The Reformers did not stand alone in the cause of biblical truth. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces several of the patrons who generously supported the Reformers in their cause.

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Oct 30, 2019
Who Was Anne Locke?
05:00

The life of Anne Locke spanned the crucial decades of the English Reformation. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols describes this sixteenth-century poet and translator.

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Oct 23, 2019
Maximus the Confessor
05:00

What is Dyothelitism? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces Maximus the Confessor, one of the early champions of this doctrine.

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Oct 16, 2019
Fatal Books
05:00

On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols teaches on several books in church history that have proven fatal to their authors and printers.

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Oct 09, 2019
17 in 1765
05:00

On June 17, 1765, seventeen men petitioned the court of Williamsburg to establish a Presbyterian church in the Anglican colony of Virginia. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols goes on location to tell their story.

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Oct 02, 2019
Bruton Parish
05:00

On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Steven Lawson joins Dr. Stephen Nichols in Williamsburg, Virginia, the place where George Whitefield began his first American evangelistic tour.

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Sep 25, 2019
Samuel Davies
05:00

On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is on location in Virginia to remember the pastor and educator who influenced Thomas Jefferson in his appeals for religious liberty.

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Sep 18, 2019
Luther's Pastor
05:00

We sometimes have a vision of men like Martin Luther standing alone against the world. But even Luther needed a pastor. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History recorded live at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, Dr. Stephen Nichols acquaints us with Johannes Bugenhagen.

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Sep 11, 2019
The King James Bible
05:00

On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols visits the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC to take a look at one of the most renowned translations of Scripture in the English language.

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Sep 04, 2019
Christianity in Africa: Past and Present, Part 2
05:00

For a church to become healthy and grow, sometimes it simply requires the right resources in the right hands. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Ken Mbugua and Dr. Stephen Nichols consider the present challenges and hopeful future of Christianity in Africa.

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Aug 28, 2019
Christianity in Africa: Past and Present, Part 1
05:00

Ken Mbugua, Managing Director of Ekklesia Africa, joins Dr. Stephen Nichols on this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History to discuss the history of missions in Africa.

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Aug 21, 2019
Savannah
05:00

On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to the oldest city in Georgia, where both George Whitefield and John Wesley preached.

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Aug 14, 2019
Charles Simeon
05:00

Charles Simeon wanted a church that took the gospel seriously. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to an Anglican minister with an intense passion for preaching, missions, and church reform.

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Aug 07, 2019
Elisabeth Elliot
05:00

After her missionary husband was martyred, she returned to serve the tribe that had killed him. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols recalls the extraordinary life of Elisabeth Elliot.

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Jul 31, 2019
The Angel of the Reformation
05:00

On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Swiss theologian Pierre Viret and explains how he got the nickname “the angel of the Reformation.”

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Jul 24, 2019
Deserted Island Top 5: Pepe Mendoza
05:00

On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols asks Pepe Mendoza to share five books he would want on a deserted island. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/deserted-island-top-5-pepe-mendoza>/

Jul 17, 2019
Latin American Pioneers
05:00

On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Pepe Mendoza joins Dr. Stephen Nichols to introduce the pioneers who brought the gospel to Latin America. Read the transcript:https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/latin-american-pioneers/

Jul 10, 2019
The Leipzig Disputation
05:00

On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Drs. Stephen Nichols and W. Robert Godfrey discuss a key moment that helped shape Martin Luther's understanding of the authority of Scripture. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/the-leipzig-disputation/

Jul 03, 2019
Fuller Seminary
05:00

On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is on location at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, to discuss its founding and history. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/fuller-seminary/

Jun 26, 2019
Sister Aimee
05:00

On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to one of the most colorful yet overlooked figures in church history: Aimee Semple McPherson. Read the transcript:https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/sister-aimee/

Jun 19, 2019
Azusa Street
05:00

On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to 312 Azusa Street, the warehouse-turned-church in Los Angeles where William Seymour led his famous revival meetings. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/azusa-street/

Jun 12, 2019
California Missions Trail
05:00

On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to the Royal Road, a 600-mile trail that connects 21 missionary outposts in California. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/california-missions-trail

Jun 05, 2019
History Makers with Sugel Michelén
05:00

On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, special guest Pastor Sugel Michelén joins Dr. Stephen Nichols to share how the Lord is awakening His people in Latin America. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/history-makers-sugel-michelen/

May 29, 2019
Deserted Island Top 5: Sugel Michelén
05:00

On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols asks Sugel Michelén to share five books he would want on a deserted island. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/deserted-island-top-5-sugel-michelen/

May 22, 2019
Adam Smith
05:00

How does theology relate to the economy? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at the life and thought of Adam Smith, Scottish Presbyterian and founder of modern economics. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/adam-smith/

May 15, 2019
J.C. Ryle
05:00

On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at the Bible verse that God used to convert J.C. Ryle. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/j-c-ryle/

May 08, 2019
Rowland Taylor
05:00

Rowland Taylor never wrote any books. He never published a sermon. Yet he faithfully preached the gospel and gave his life as a martyr. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at Taylor’s legacy. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/rowland-taylor/

May 01, 2019
Perpetua and Felicitas
05:00

Jesus gives us the strength to endure through suffering. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols and Jeremy Vuolo recount the story of two bold martyrs. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/perpetua-and-felicitas/

Apr 24, 2019
Church History with Jeremy Vuolo
05:00

On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols and Jeremy Vuolo discuss the remarkable influence of Martyn Lloyd-Jones and George Whitefield.

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Apr 17, 2019
The Influence Behind C.S. Lewis
05:00

On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the writer C.S. Lewis regarded as his “master.”

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Apr 10, 2019
History Makers: John MacArthur
05:00

Church history is still being made in our day. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, special guest Dr. John MacArthur joins Dr. Stephen Nichols to share insights from his almost fifty years of pastoral ministry.

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Apr 03, 2019
What Is An Evangelical?
05:00

On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains what a joke from George Whitefield has to do with modern-day evangelicalism.

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Mar 27, 2019
SBTS
05:00

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.

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Mar 20, 2019
BraƟov, Transylvania
05:00

On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the man who brought the Reformation to Transylvania.

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Mar 13, 2019
Turku, Finland
05:00

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.

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Mar 06, 2019
Seville, Spain
05:00

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.

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Feb 27, 2019
The 3 Foot Manuscript
05:00

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.

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Feb 20, 2019
Trending in the 13th Century
05:00

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.

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Feb 13, 2019
The Sun King
05:00

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.

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Feb 06, 2019
Francis Schaeffer
05:00

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.

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Jan 30, 2019
Iona
05:00

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.

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Jan 23, 2019
5 Johns in the Colonies
05:00

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.

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Jan 16, 2019
Mrs. Spurgeon
05:00

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.

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Jan 09, 2019
Top 5 Events in History
05:00

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.

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Jan 02, 2019
Theologians Who Love Christmas
05:00

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.

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Dec 26, 2018
Books of Hours
05:00

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.”

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Dec 19, 2018
The 9 Heroes
05:00

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.

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Dec 12, 2018
Charles Spurgeon, Part 2
05:00

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 and Steven Lawson continue their discussion on Spurgeon’s life and legacy.

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Dec 05, 2018
Charles Spurgeon, Part 1
05:00

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.

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Nov 28, 2018
The 400th Anniversary of Dort
05:00

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 celebrate its anniversary 400 years later.

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Nov 21, 2018
The Synod of Dort
05:00

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.

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Nov 14, 2018
Philip Schaff
05:00

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.

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Nov 07, 2018
The Reformers and the Bible
05:00

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.

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Oct 31, 2018
John Williamson Nevin
05:00

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.

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Oct 24, 2018
Church History in Stained Glass
05:00

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.

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Oct 17, 2018
Philadelphia Museum of Art Miscellany
05:00

On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at a variety of paintings in the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Oct 10, 2018
Constantine in Threads
05:00

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.

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Oct 03, 2018
Sixth Century Scotland
05:00

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.

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Sep 26, 2018
A.D. with S.F.
05:00

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 on his book In the Year of Our Lord.

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Sep 19, 2018
Medieval Art
05:00

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.

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Sep 12, 2018
PrimoĆŸ Trubar
05:00

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.

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Sep 05, 2018
A Divine & Supernatural Light
05:00

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 groundwork for revival.

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Aug 29, 2018
Memoir & Remains of Robert Murray M'Cheyne
05:00

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.

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Aug 22, 2018
Deserted Island Top 5: Kevin DeYoung
05:00

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.

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Aug 15, 2018
Bonnie Banks and Communion Tokens
05:00

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.

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Aug 08, 2018
The Letters of John Newton
05:00

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.

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Aug 01, 2018
The Life of John Newton
05:00

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.

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Jul 25, 2018
Henry VIII's Last Wife
05:00

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.

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Jul 18, 2018
The Life of Bunyan
05:00

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.

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Jul 11, 2018
The Writings of the Angelic Doctor
05:00

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.

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Jul 04, 2018
William Cowper
05:00

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.

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Jun 27, 2018
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
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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 DĂŒrer, 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 NĂșñez, Part 2
05:01

In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined again by Dr. Miguel NĂșñez to finish discussing what five books he would want if on a deserted island.

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

In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Miguel NĂșñez. He asks Dr. NĂșñez 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 NĂșñez
05:00

In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Pastor Miguel NĂșñez, 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
05:01

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
05:00

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
05:00

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
05:00

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
05:00

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
05:00

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
05:00

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
05:00

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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