5 Minutes in Church History: 8 Women You Should Know

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.Dr. Michael Haykin discusses Eight Women of Faith Stephen Nichols (SN): Today we have a good friend of mine who is a fellow church historian. We have on our program Dr. Michael Haykin. Dr. Haykin, welcome to our program.Michael Haykin (MH): Good to be here.SN: Dr. Haykin is professor of church history and biblical spirituality at the Southern … [Read more...]

5 Minutes in Church History: The $14 Million Book

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.St. Cuthbert Gospel - a $14 Million Book A $14 million book sounds expensive, right? Believe it or not, that’s not the most expensive book of all time. That honor goes to Leonardo Da Vinci’s codex, a seventy-two-page notebook that sold for $30.8 million at auction; it was purchased by Bill Gates. There are other books that are pretty expensive too. In 19 … [Read more...]

5 Minutes in Church History: What Luther Expects

In today's episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to Wartburg Castle and Martin Luther's remarkable work there.What Luther Expects In a short text from 1522, Martin Luther told his readers what to expect to read when they read the Gospels. Now, this was an important moment in Luther’s life. In April 1521, Luther appeared before the Diet at Worms and had his famous “Here I stand!” moment. In the aftermath of that council, Luther was spirited away to Wartburg Ca … [Read more...]

5 Minutes in Church History: Michael Horton’s Top Five Deserted Island Books

Welcome back to another installment of 5 Minutes in Church History. It’s my pleasure to have with us Dr. Michael Horton!Stephen: Michael, I’ve been looking forward to having you here, and I am going to give you your dream. I am going to send you away to a deserted island and just let you read. So, you owe me one.Michael: Is my wife with me?Stephen: You can bring whomever you want.Michael: OK. Alright.Stephen: So, on the island we are stocked. We’ve got the Reformation … [Read more...]

5 Minutes in Church History: Look, There’s the Kingdom

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.Leo Tolstoy, Walter Rauschenbusch and the Social Gospel Movement Leo Tolstoy is best known as a novelist. He authored War and Peace in 1869 and Anna Karenina in 1877. But in 1894, he wrote a fascinating book called The Kingdom of God Is within You. It contains a very … [Read more...]

5 Minutes in Church History: Dear Kahn,

The Pope and the Great Khan were Unsuccessful Pen Pals 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.In the 1230s and 1240s, the Mongol armies were raiding Russian towns and cities. These armies even made their way into modern-day Poland and Hungary. They did more raiding than occupying territory—they would come and take what they could and leave a lot of death and carnage in their wake, and … [Read more...]