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Open Book with Stephen Nichols

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This podcast is about the power of books and the people they’ve shaped. Stephen Nichols joins R.C. Sproul and other teachers in their personal libraries to discover the books that have left a mark on these men and their ministries.

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United States

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This podcast is about the power of books and the people they’ve shaped. Stephen Nichols joins R.C. Sproul and other teachers in their personal libraries to discover the books that have left a mark on these men and their ministries.

Language:

English


Episodes

Derek Thomas on Sproul’s Chosen by God

6/29/2023
Derek Thomas saw R.C. Sproul as a brilliant theologian. Years later, they met and became friends. Today on the Open Book podcast, Stephen Nichols and Derek Thomas share stories about the founder of Ligonier Ministries and look at one of his most cherished books. Get R.C. Sproul's book Chosen by God: https://www.ligonier.org/store/chosen-by-god-paperback Read the transcript: https://openbookpodcast.com/derek-thomas-on-sprouls-chosen-by-god/

Duration:00:10:45

Derek Thomas on Machen’s Christianity and Liberalism

6/22/2023
J. Gresham Machen's book Christianity and Liberalism may be even more urgent now than when it was published 100 years ago. Today on the Open Book podcast, Stephen Nichols and Derek Thomas discuss this 20th-century classic. Stream Stephen Nichols' 12-message teaching series on Christianity and Liberalism: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/series/christianity-and-liberalism Watch messages from Reformation Bible College's 2023 Winter Conference, Machen's Christianity and Liberalism: 100 Years Later: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZjnVlXGsQDA2OgTS5OtSkEK69_P7nbJu Read the February 2023 edition of Tabletalk magazine, "Christianity and Liberalism": https://tabletalkmagazine.com/print-issue/#christianity-and-liberalism Read the transcript: https://openbookpodcast.com/derek-thomas-on-machens-christianity-and-liberalism/

Duration:00:09:07

Derek Thomas on Calvin’s Sermons on Job

6/15/2023
Preaching from the book of Job, John Calvin said, "It is a great thing to be subject to the majesty of God." Today on the Open Book podcast, Derek Thomas tells Stephen Nichols about the collection of sermons that captivated him for seven years. Read the transcript: https://openbookpodcast.com/derek-thomas-on-calvins-sermons-on-job/

Duration:00:10:15

Derek Thomas on Murray’s The Epistle to the Romans and Studies in Theology

6/8/2023
John Murray was a towering figure for the advancement of Reformed theology in the 20th century. Today on the Open Book podcast, Stephen Nichols and Derek Thomas look at Murray's influential commentary on Romans and theological writings. Read the transcript: https://openbookpodcast.com/derek-thomas-on-murrays-the-epistle-to-the-romans-and-studies-in-theology/

Duration:00:15:45

Derek Thomas on Lloyd-Jones’ Preaching and Preachers

6/1/2023
Generations of preachers have been influenced by the ministry of Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Today on the Open Book podcast, Derek Thomas discusses his favorite book on preaching with Stephen Nichols. Read the transcript: https://openbookpodcast.com/derek-thomas-on-lloyd-jones-preaching-and-preachers/

Duration:00:12:52

Derek Thomas on Marcel, Murray, and Infant Baptism

5/25/2023
Presbyterians and Baptists both have the same Bible, but at times they reach different conclusions. Today on the Open Book podcast, Stephen Nichols is joined by Derek Thomas to discuss several writings that led to his becoming a paedobaptist. The books addressed in this episode include Baptism: Sacrament of the Covenant of Grace by Pierre-Charles Marcel and Christian Baptism by John Murray. Read the transcript: https://openbookpodcast.com/derek-thomas-on-marcel-murray-and-infant-baptism/

Duration:00:13:29

Derek Thomas on Owen’s The Grace and Duty of Being Spiritually Minded

5/18/2023
As a young man, Derek Thomas would meet with his mentor early in the morning to read the writings of John Owen. Today on the Open Book podcast, Stephen Nichols and Derek Thomas reflect on this intellectual giant of the 17th century. Read the transcript: https://openbookpodcast.com/derek-thomas-on-owens-the-grace-and-duty-of-being-spiritually-minded/

Duration:00:11:22

Derek Thomas on Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress

5/11/2023
Through all the hardships of life, we must always remember our unshaken identity in Christ. Today on the Open Book podcast, Stephen Nichols and Derek Thomas discuss a cherished Christian classic and its emphasis on the assurance of salvation. Learn more about Derek Thomas' 19-message teaching series, The Pilgrim's Progress: A Guided Tour: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/series/pilgrims-progress-guided-tour Read the transcript: https://openbookpodcast.com/derek-thomas-on-bunyans-the-pilgrims-progress/

Duration:00:09:25

Derek Thomas on Packer’s Knowing God

5/4/2023
God is immeasurably more majestic than our minds can imagine. Today on the Open Book podcast, Derek Thomas tells Stephen Nichols about a book that greatly influenced him as a student preparing for ministry. Read the transcript: https://openbookpodcast.com/derek-thomas-on-packers-knowing-god/

Duration:00:11:08

Derek Thomas on Stott’s Basic Christianity

4/27/2023
During a difficult time of life, a young Welshman received an unexpected book in the mail. Within three days, he was converted to Christ. To begin season four of the Open Book podcast, today Stephen Nichols visits the library of Derek Thomas to hear his story. Read the transcript: https://openbookpodcast.com/derek-thomas-on-stotts-basic-christianity/

Duration:00:08:58

Coming Soon: Season Four

4/20/2023
The Open Book podcast returns with a new season starting April 27. Whose library will Stephen Nichols visit in season four? Hear the trailer today to find out, and subscribe to the podcast to stay up to date on each week's episode. Read the transcript: https://openbookpodcast.com/coming-soon-season-four/

Duration:00:01:24

Joel Beeke on William Perkins

5/26/2022
What can we learn from the father of the English Puritans? Bringing the third season of Open Book to a close, Joel Beeke and Stephen Nichols discuss William Perkins, whose writings have helped generations of Christians apply the truth of God to their everyday lives. Read the transcript: https://openbookpodcast.com/joel-beeke-on-william-perkins/

Duration:00:09:04

Joel Beeke on Thomas Goodwin

5/19/2022
What is one of the most precious yet underestimated doctrines in Reformed theology? In this episode of Open Book, Stephen Nichols and Joel Beeke speak on the strength and comfort we receive from Jesus' heavenly intercession for His people. Read the transcript: https://openbookpodcast.com/joel-beeke-on-thomas-goodwin/

Duration:00:09:05

Joel Beeke on Teellinck’s The Path of True Godliness

5/12/2022
Christians want to dedicate their lives to the glory of God. But how do we do that? In this episode of Open Book, Stephen Nichols is joined by Joel Beeke, who introduces the best book he has ever read on sanctification. Read the transcript: https://openbookpodcast.com/joel-beeke-on-teellincks-the-path-of-true-godliness/

Duration:00:07:34

Joel Beeke on à Brakel’s The Christian’s Reasonable Service

5/5/2022
More than mere head knowledge, theology transforms the way we live in this world. In this episode of Open Book, Stephen Nichols and Joel Beeke consider the richly devotional theology that Wilhelmus à Brakel wrote to encourage Christian families. Read the transcript: https://openbookpodcast.com/joel-beeke-on-a-brakels-the-christians-reasonable-service/

Duration:00:08:40

Joel Beeke on Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress

4/28/2022
Christians are not meant to be lone rangers traveling to eternity. We have fellow believers as our companions and the Scriptures as our map. To begin season three of Open Book, Stephen Nichols enters the library of Joel Beeke to discuss John Bunyan's beloved classic on the Christian life. Read the transcript: https://openbookpodcast.com/joel-beeke-on-bunyans-the-pilgrims-progress/

Duration:00:08:44

Coming Soon: Season Three

4/21/2022
Open Book is returning for a third season. Whose library is Stephen Nichols visiting this time? Listen to the trailer to find out today, and subscribe to the podcast so you can hear the first episode of season three on April 28.

Duration:00:01:34

John MacArthur on Bennett’s The Valley of Vision

4/18/2019
On this final episode of season two of Open Book, Stephen Nichols and John MacArthur discuss a collection of Puritan prayers that reflects true, pure, elevated worship. Read the transcript.

Duration:00:09:46

John MacArthur on Biblical Books

4/11/2019
There’s no book more precious to us than the Bible. On this episode of Open Book, John MacArthur joins Stephen Nichols to share his favorite Old and New Testament books. Read the transcript.

Duration:00:08:51

John MacArthur and Murray’s The Life of Martyn Lloyd-Jones

4/4/2019
On this episode of Open Book, Stephen Nichols and John MacArthur discuss ministry role models, including a man so faithful to his pulpit that not even a Nazi air strike could prevent him from preaching. Read the transcript.

Duration:00:09:38