5 Minutes in Church History, hosted by Dr. Stephen Nichols, is a weekly podcast that provides an informal and informative look at church history. Subscribe on your favorite platform, and don’t forget to leave us a review wherever you listen.

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Recent Episodes

Desert Island Top Five: Kevin DeYoung

On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History recorded live at Ligonier’s 2018 National Conference, Dr. Stephen Nichols asks Dr. Kevin DeYoung to share what five books he would want on a deserted island.

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Bonnie Banks and Communion Tokens

What is a “communion token”? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains why church members in Scotland had to present these little metal coins to take the Lord’s Supper.

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The Letters of John Newton

John Newton wrote hundreds of pastoral letters. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at Newton’s letters to his adopted daughter Betsy.

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The Life of John Newton

Amazing Grace is perhaps one of the most famous hymns. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to its author: John Newton.

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Henry VIII’s Last Wife

Being the wife of King Henry VIII was no simple task. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Catherine Parr, Henry’s sixth and final wife.

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About

Travel back in time as we look at the people, events, and even the places that have shaped the story of Christianity. Each episode of 5 Minutes in Church History 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.

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Dr. Stephen Nichols combines a passion for church history with a love for the Reformed tradition, and he brings his expertise to our podcast 5 Minutes in Church History.

A specialist in American Christianity and historical theology, Dr. Nichols is President of Reformation Bible College in Sanford, Fla., Chief Academic Officer of Ligonier Ministries, and a Ligonier teaching fellow. He formerly served as research professor of Christianity and culture at Lancaster Bible College in Lancaster, Pa. He has served as a lecturer and adjunct professor at Reformed Theological Seminary and Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.

Dr. Nichols has master’s degrees in theology and philosophy, and he received his Ph.D. from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.

A prolific writer, Dr. Nichols has written, contributed to, or edited more than twenty books on church history, biblical doctrine, and practical theology, including volumes in the Guided Tour series on Jonathan Edwards, Martin Luther, and J.  Gresham Machen. His recent books include A Time for Confidence, Reformation ABCs, and The Legacy of Luther, coedited with R. C. Sproul. He has also contributed many articles to publications such as Tabletalk and The Gospel Coalition. He is coeditor for the Theologians on the Christian Life series from Crossway.

Dr. Nichols has traveled extensively for teaching and speaking engagements, including the prestigious Gheens Lectures for the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to 5 Minutes in Church History, he also hosts the Open Book podcast.

Dr. Nichols lives with his wife, Heidi, and three children in Sanford, Florida.