5 Minutes in Church History: Augustine’s Handbook for Life

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.Augustine of Hippo wrote many books, including his Confessions and City of God. One of his somewhat lesser-known works is a book from the year 420 called the Enchiridion. Augustine was around sixty-six years old at the time he wrote it, and he had been a Christian for thirty-five years. The … [Read more...]

5 Minutes in Church History: As John Calvin Spoke from the Pulpit

In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses the lesser known pastoral side of John Calvin.John Calvin’s sermons on Ephesians are a wonderful text. In the introduction to the Banner of Truth Trust’s edition of these sermons, the editors note that as we think about Calvin’s writings, we have his sermons, his commentaries, and his Institutes of the Christian Religion, but: “In these pages, we hear Calvin. Not as we do in his Institutes, which were so carefully … [Read more...]

5 Minutes in Church History: The Enduring Problem

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.The twentieth-century theologian H. Richard Niebuhr once put his finger on what he called “the enduring problem.” The phrase comes from his book Christ and Culture. He said, “A many-sided debate about the relations of Christianity and civilization is being carried on in our time.” He uses the word “civiliz … [Read more...]

5 Minutes in Church History: Bishop James Ussher

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.Bishop James Ussher came from a very long line in Ireland. If you go way back in his family line, you will find that his ancestor was named Ussher because of his occupation—he was usher to the king.When James had come of age, he was ready to go off to college. He was sent to Dublin and became one of the first graduates of the newly e … [Read more...]

Church for Men 21: Paradise Outfitter

[display_podcast] From David Murrow, author of the bestselling book, Why Men Hate Going to Church.What happens when you put an archery range inside an abandoned grocery store and call it a church? Brandon Smith started a church in Oak Grove, MO – 30 minutes east of downtown Kansas City. In the past five years, his church – Paradise Outfitter Ministries – has grown from 15 to more than 500 weekly attendees. They’ve had to expand to four weekly services in order to accommodate the crush of ne … [Read more...]

To The Churches 21: God Is On the Move – in Paris, France – Part 2

God is on the move in Paris, France.  In the is week’s video podcast, I sit down with my good friend and missionary Joe Schlie.Joe is an American who has been living in Paris and doing full-time ministry for ten years with his wife and three children.  He’s the City Leader for Agape France Ministries.  For more information about the ministry, check out www.agapeparis.org.First off, Joe offers a little “insiders tip” for American tourists visiting France.  There’s a gorgeous park just sout … [Read more...]