Episodes

Eleazer Wheelock

In 1754, Eleazar Wheelock founded a school to train Native American Christians to become missionaries among their own tribes. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols talks about Wheelock’s involvement in the Great Awakening in colonial New England.

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A Most Intriguing Event with Derek Thomas

In 451, leaders in the early church gathered at the city of Chalcedon to defend the Bible’s teaching about the divinity and humanity of Jesus Christ. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Derek Thomas joins Dr. Stephen Nichols to discuss the Chalcedonian Creed.

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Thankful for Shoes

Every time we look down and see shoes on our feet, we should be reminded of our Father’s care for us. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols considers the wonderful ways in which Martin Luther taught children about God in his Small Catechism.

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The Puritans 101

Who were the English and American Puritans? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the keen minds and passionate hearts of those who sought to apply the biblical truths of the Reformation to all of life.

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Resolutions with Edwards

When Jonathan Edwards wrote 70 resolutions for life, he was careful to remind himself of his reliance on God’s grace to live for His glory. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols draws principles from Edwards to help us begin the new year with intentionality.

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Christmas with Spurgeon

Exactly 166 years ago this week, Charles Spurgeon preached a sermon about the child who was born a King. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explores the rich insights of Spurgeon’s Christmas sermon.

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Avignon

Why were three elected popes active at the same time in the early 1400s? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols sketches the Roman Catholic corruption and intrigue surrounding the city of Avignon in the 14th and 15th centuries.

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Genesis 6:16

In Genesis 6:16, God instructs Noah to build the roof of the ark over its three decks. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols records from the roof of the full-scale Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky, a testament to the truth and authority of the Bible.

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Buchanan’s Book

In the 19th century, Scottish theologian James Buchanan wrote, “Nothing could well be more new than the old theology of the Reformation.” What did he mean? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols opens Buchanan’s classic book on justification.

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James Buchanan

When hundreds of ministers broke away from the Church of Scotland in the Disruption of 1843, a pastor named James Buchanan became the first moderator of the Free Church. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to this noteworthy theologian.

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History Makers: Conrad Mbewe

The church of Jesus Christ is growing by leaps and bounds on the continent of Africa. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Conrad Mbewe returns to tell Dr. Stephen Nichols what hopes, concerns, and prayers he has for the African church.

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Spurgeon in Africa

The ministry of C.H. Spurgeon has much to teach the church today, not only in the West but also in Africa and around the world. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Conrad Mbewe joins Dr. Stephen Nichols to discuss the influence of Spurgeon’s doctrinally rich preaching.

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Edwards’ First Letter

Jonathan Edwards was a prolific letter writer, and his surviving letters give a fascinating glimpse into life in colonial America. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at the earliest letter we have from Edwards, written to his sister Mary when he was 12 years old.

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A Most Intriguing Figure with Derek Thomas

The preaching of D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones had an enormous impact on evangelical Christians in the 20th-century English-speaking world. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Derek Thomas joins Dr. Stephen Nichols to describe the influence Dr. Lloyd-Jones had on his life.

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Charlemagne’s Chapel

Soon after he was crowned the Holy Roman Emperor, Charlemagne oversaw the completion of an impressive church at his royal residence. On this episode of 5 Minutes of Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols guides us through the Palatine Chapel, where emperors would be crowned for centuries to come.

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Church History Makers with Ken Mbugua

By God’s grace, biblical preaching and theological book publishing are on the rise in the African continent. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Rev. Ken Mbugua joins Dr. Stephen Nichols to share why he is hopeful about the future of the church in Africa.

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A Most Intriguing Event with Ken Mbugua

God did not give us His Word so it would be known only by elite scholars. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Rev. Ken Mbugua joins Dr. Stephen Nichols to remember the foundational efforts made during the Reformation to translate the Bible into the languages of everyday people.

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Deserted Island with Ken Mbugua

Good, gospel-saturated books help us better understand our own hearts, our relationships, and the life of the local church. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Rev. Ken Mbugua joins Dr. Stephen Nichols to discuss five books he would want with him on a deserted island.

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My First Anchor

From his deathbed, John Knox told his wife Margaret, “Go where I cast my first anchor.” She immediately opened her Bible to John 17. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols surveys the life and death of the great Scottish Reformer.

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A Most Intriguing Event with John MacArthur

When we recall the Christians who have suffered for translating God’s Word into the language of ordinary people, we should cherish our Bibles all the more. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. John MacArthur joins Dr. Stephen Nichols to speak about the Reformation translator William Tyndale.

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