5 Minutes in Church History: The 200th Episode

In this 200th-anniversery episode, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by a special guest to celebrate 5 Minutes in Church History.Stephen Nichols: For our two-hundredth installment, we have a very special guest, Dr. R.C. Sproul. Welcome back.R.C. Sproul: Thank you very much, Steve. It’s a delight to be with you.Stephen: Well, not only are we celebrating the two-hundredth installment, it happens to fall in the year 2017. Now, why is this an important year, Dr. Sproul?RC: It’s the fiv … [Read more...]

5 Minutes in Church History: Philip Melanchthon

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.Philip Melanchthon is, after Martin Luther, likely the most prominent resident of Wittenberg, Germany. “Master Philip,” as Luther called him, was born on February 15, 1497. He came of age educationally just after Martin Luther did, but in many ways, Melanchthon’s education was very different from Luther’s. Luth … [Read more...]

5 Minutes in Church History: Joan of Arc

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.With some figures in church history, you know exactly where they stand. You could put a white hat on them—they’re the good guys. With other figures in church history, you again know exactly where they stand: on the other side. You could put a black hat on them—they’re the bad guys. And then there are those figures in church history that we are not quite sure what … [Read more...]

5 Minutes in Church History: Cruce, Libro, et Atro

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.If there were bumper stickers in the Middle Ages, the phrase Cruce, libro, et atro may well have been a popular one. In many ways, it was the motto of monasticism.Monasticism is an institution with a long history in the church. There were early monks in the 200s known … [Read more...]

5 Minutes in Church History: 17th-Century Theological Poets

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.I'll take 17th-century Theological Poets for a thousand!What is: the next episode of Five Minutes in Church History?I just had to do that.“17th-century Theological Poets”, to me, sounds like a category we will bump into on Jeopardy. But it is the category of this epi … [Read more...]

5 Minutes in Church History: John Knox’s Bible

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.An article written by a librarian at the University of Glasgow in Scotland and published on the library’s website attracted worldwide attention in 2016. That probably doesn’t happen very often. The article, published on September 21, 2016, was about a Hebrew Bible, one with the original Hebrew on one side and a Latin translation next to it. It was p … [Read more...]