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5 Minutes in Church History with Stephen Nichols

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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.

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.

Location:

Sanford, FL

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.

Language:

English

Contact:

1-800-435-4343


Episodes

Newton on Handel’s Messiah

6/29/2022
John Newton is famously known for writing the hymn "Amazing Grace." On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols recounts how Newton's love of both music and God's Word prompted him to preach 50 sermons on Handel's Messiah. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/newton-on-handels-messiah/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

Duration:00:05:00

Hodge’s Systematic Theology

6/22/2022
Before English textbooks were common in American higher education, many were written in Latin. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols describes how Charles Hodge responded to linguistic shifts at Princeton by writing a three-volume work for his students. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/hodges-systematic-theology/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

Duration:00:05:00

John Witherspoon

6/15/2022
Do you know the story of the only clergyman whose signature is on the Declaration of Independence? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols presents John Witherspoon: university president, esteemed preacher, and American patriot. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/john-witherspoon/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

Duration:00:04:59

F.F. Bruce

6/8/2022
F.F. Bruce was a biblical scholar who traversed the secular academy with devotion to the truth of the gospel. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces a theologian who was marked by his love of God's Word. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/ff-bruce/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

Duration:00:04:59

Louis Berkhof

6/1/2022
In his fervent study of God's truth, Louis Berkhof spent years crafting and refining his systematic theology. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols presents this theologian's life and work. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/louis-berkhof/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

Duration:00:05:00

Deserted Island with Michael Reeves

5/25/2022
Do you find it challenging to choose a favorite book? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols invites special guest Dr. Michael Reeves to share which five books he would take with him on a deserted island and why. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/deserted-island-with-michael-reeves/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

Duration:00:05:00

Deserted Island with Harry Reeder

5/18/2022
What five books would you take with you on a deserted island? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols interviews special guest Dr. Harry Reeder about several books that have impacted him. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/deserted-island-with-harry-reeder/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

Duration:00:05:00

William Perkins

5/11/2022
Upon his conversion to Christianity, William Perkins devoted his life to the preaching of God's Word. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols shares several of Perkins' influential writings, which later impacted many Puritan preachers. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/william-perkins/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

Duration:00:05:00

John Nelson Darby

5/4/2022
John Nelson Darby sacrificed a promising law career to pursue Christian ministry, but it wasn't until a horse-riding injury that his theological ideas took full shape. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces the founder of dispensationalism. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/john-nelson-darby/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

Duration:00:05:00

The Liddell Family of Missionaries

4/27/2022
Eric Liddell gave up a life of athletic prestige to serve the Lord as a missionary, joining others in his family who had committed their lives to advancing the gospel. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces the Liddells. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/ the-liddell-family-of-missionaries/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

Duration:00:04:52

Trending in the 11th Century

4/20/2022
If social media had existed in the 11th century, one might have scrolled to find commentary on the Crusades called by Pope Urban II. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols describes several memorable people and events from the 11th century. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/trending-in-the-11th-century/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

Duration:00:04:55

Beza

4/13/2022
Theodore Beza began at the Geneva Academy as a Greek professor, but when John Calvin died, he assumed the responsibility of leading the school. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols tells the story of how God directed Beza's life at every unexpected turn. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/beza/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

Duration:00:04:47

June 5, 1559

4/6/2022
On June 5, 1559, John Calvin helped found the academy at Geneva. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains the significant role that this school played in equipping young men to boldly proclaim the gospel. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/june-5-1559/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

Duration:00:04:53

Trending in the 6th Century

3/30/2022
If social media had existed in the 6th century, what topics would be trending? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols highlights noteworthy events from an age defined by lethal plagues, controversial heresy, and the spread of the gospel. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/trending-in-the-6th-century/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

Duration:00:05:00

History Makers: David Zadok

3/23/2022
Every day, Christians are making church history. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols interviews Rev. David Zadok, pastor of Grace and Truth Church, to learn about his ministry and the state of the Christian church in Israel. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/history-makers-david-zadok/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

Duration:00:04:58

Trending in the 3rd Century

3/16/2022
During the 3rd century, the church was under constant attack from heresies and persecution. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols describes the darkness of this age without forgetting the faithful Christians who took a stand for truth. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/trending-in-the-3rd-century/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

Duration:00:05:00

Deserted Island with Derek Thomas, Part 2

3/9/2022
What better reading could you ask to have on a deserted island than a rich collection of Puritan prayers? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Derek Thomas returns to share several of his favorite books with Dr. Stephen Nichols. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/deserted-island-with-derek-thomas-part-2/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

Duration:00:04:47

Deserted Island with Derek Thomas, Part 1

3/2/2022
From thick theology tomes to biographies of opera composers, what books would Dr. Derek Thomas want to have with him on a deserted island? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, he joins Dr. Stephen Nichols to share some of his selections. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/deserted-island-with-derek-thomas-part-1/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

Duration:00:04:50

Corrie ten Boom

2/23/2022
After the Nazis invaded Holland, Corrie ten Boom hid more than 700 Jews in her home, six at a time, before helping them escape. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols tells the story of this remarkable Christian woman. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/corrie-ten-boom/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

Duration:00:05:00

1377

2/16/2022
From corruption and bloodshed to the publication of important works, the year 1377 was a pivotal time in medieval Europe. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols outlines significant moments from this eventful year in the 14th century. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/1377/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

Duration:00:04:48