Podcast

5 Minutes in Church History with Stephen Nichols

5 Minutes in Church History, hosted by Dr. Stephen Nichols, is a weekly podcast that provides an informal and informative look at church history. Join us each week as we take a brief break from the present to go exploring the past. Travel back in time as we look at the people, events, and even the places that have shaped the story of Christianity. Each podcast offers an easily digestible glimpse of how the eternal, unchangeable God has worked in the church over prior generations, and how this ca...more

Episodes

  • Church History with Jeremy Vuolo

    Apr 17 2019

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols and Jeremy Vuolo discuss the remarkable influence of Martyn Lloyd-Jones and George Whitefield. Read the transcript.

  • The Influence Behind C.S. Lewis

    Apr 10 2019

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the writer C.S. Lewis regarded as his “master.” Read the transcript.

  • History Makers: John MacArthur

    Apr 03 2019

    Church history is still being made in our day. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, special guest Dr. John MacArthur joins Dr. Stephen Nichols to share insights from his almost fifty years of pastoral ministry. Read the transcript.

  • What Is An Evangelical?

    Mar 27 2019

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains what a joke from George Whitefield has to do with modern-day evangelicalism. Read the transcript.

  • SBTS

    Mar 20 2019

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols visits the campus of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and gives us a tour of its rich history. Read the transcript.

  • Braşov, Transylvania

    Mar 13 2019

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the man who brought the Reformation to Transylvania. Read the transcript.

  • Turku, Finland

    Mar 06 2019

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to a farmer from Finland who gained the respect of Martin Luther. Read the transcript.

  • Seville, Spain

    Feb 27 2019

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to an unlikely place where the Reformation took hold: Seville, Spain. Read the transcript.

  • The 3 Foot Manuscript

    Feb 20 2019

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to A.T. Robertson and one of his monumental achievements: a 1500-page grammar of the Greek New Testament. Read the transcript.

  • Trending in the 13th Century

    Feb 13 2019

    People love to hear about the latest trends. But what was trending in the 1200s? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at the people, places, and events of this momentous century. Read the transcript.

  • The Sun King

    Feb 06 2019

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to King Louis XIV of France and explains why he was called the Sun King. Read the transcript.

  • Francis Schaeffer

    Jan 30 2019

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Francis Schaeffer—the pastor, the missionary, and the political activist. Read the transcript.

  • Iona

    Jan 23 2019

    When Columba traveled from Ireland to Scotland, he brought the gospel with him. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to this missionary, scribe, and hymn writer. Read the transcript. 

  • 5 Johns in the Colonies

    Jan 16 2019

    Many “Johns” helped spread the gospel in colonial New England. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to John Eliot, John Davenport, John Tennent, John Brainerd, and John Wauwaumpequunnaunt. Read the transcript.

  • Mrs. Spurgeon

    Jan 09 2019

    When Susannah Thompson first heard Charles Spurgeon preach, she wasn’t that impressed. But eventually he won her over. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Mrs. Spurgeon. Read the transcript.

  • Top 5 Events in History

    Jan 02 2019

    What do you think are the most significant events in history? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us through the emergence of Christendom, the rise of Islam, the Reformation, the Enlightenment, and more. Read the transcript.

  • Theologians Who Love Christmas

    Dec 26 2018

    Jesus Christ came into this world for the purpose of redemption. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains why Charles Spurgeon, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and R.C. Sproul loved Christmas. Read the transcript.

  • Books of Hours

    Dec 19 2018

    Medieval manuscripts were often highly ornate—decorated with jewels and gold leaf—and prayer books were no exception. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the famous “books of hours.” Read the transcript.

  • The 9 Heroes

    Dec 12 2018

    Who are your heroes? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to nine larger-than-life figures and the medieval tapestries that celebrate them. Read the transcript.

  • Charles Spurgeon, Part 2

    Dec 05 2018

    Toward the end of his life, Charles Spurgeon found himself having to defend biblical truth against the onslaught of unbelief. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History recorded live at Ligonier’s 2018 West Coast Conference, Drs. Stephen Nichols and Steven Lawson continue their discussion on Spurgeon’s life and legacy. Read the transcript.

  • Charles Spurgeon, Part 1

    Nov 28 2018

    Who was the “prince of preachers”? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History recorded live at Ligonier’s 2018 West Coast Conference, Drs. Stephen Nichols and Steven Lawson look at the life and legacy of Charles Spurgeon. Read the transcript.

  • The 400th Anniversary of Dort

    Nov 21 2018

    Jacobus Arminius challenged the bedrock doctrines of the Reformation—but the Reformed churches pushed back. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols interviews Dr. W. Robert Godfrey on the Synod of Dort and why we still celebrate its anniversary 400 years later. Read the transcript.

  • The Synod of Dort

    Nov 14 2018

    Where did the five points of Calvinism come from? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us back 400 years to the Synod of Dort. Read the transcript.

  • Philip Schaff

    Nov 07 2018

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Philip Schaff and explains why a library is named after him. Read the transcript.

  • The Reformers and the Bible

    Oct 31 2018

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols interviews Dr. Jonathan Gibson on the riches of studying Scripture in its original languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. Read the transcript.

  • John Williamson Nevin

    Oct 24 2018

    What is “the anxious bench,” and why was John Williamson Nevin so critical of it? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at the life and legacy of this 19th-century theologian. Read the transcript.

  • Church History in Stained Glass

    Oct 17 2018

    Stained glass windows are not just beautiful works of art; they also teach us about our past. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at the windows inside Santee Chapel at Lancaster Theological Seminary. Read the transcript.

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art Miscellany

    Oct 10 2018

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at a variety of paintings in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Read the transcript.

  • Constantine in Threads

    Oct 03 2018

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols returns to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and walks us through a series of tapestries depicting Constantine’s life. Read the transcript.

  • Sixth Century Scotland

    Sep 26 2018

    The story of how the gospel came to Scotland is shrouded in mystery. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Drs. Stephen Nichols and Sinclair Ferguson introduce us to two “monk-evangelists” who took the gospel from town to town. Read the transcript.

  • A.D. with S.F.

    Sep 19 2018

    We can learn a great deal from our Christian friends and family members. But we can also learn by studying the lives of the saints who came before us. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols interviews Dr. Sinclair Ferguson on his book In the Year of Our Lord. Read the transcript.

  • Medieval Art

    Sep 12 2018

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols walks us through the Philadelphia Museum of Art and its collection of medieval paintings, sculptures, and manuscripts. Read the transcript.

  • Primož Trubar

    Sep 05 2018

    Who was the “Slovenian Martin Luther”? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us back to 1508 and introduces us to Primoz Trubar. Read the transcript.

  • A Divine & Supernatural Light

    Aug 29 2018

    The subject of awakening has a rich history in the American church. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History recorded live at Ligonier’s 2018 National Conference, Dr. Stephen Nichols considers how Jonathan Edwards’ sermons laid the groundwork for revival. Read the transcript.

  • Memoir & Remains of Robert Murray M'Cheyne

    Aug 22 2018

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History recorded live at Ligonier’s 2018 National Conference, Dr. Stephen Nichols asks Dr. Sinclair Ferguson to share his favorite figure from Scottish church history. Read the transcript.

  • Deserted Island Top 5: Kevin DeYoung

    Aug 15 2018

    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. Read the transcript. 

  • Bonnie Banks and Communion Tokens

    Aug 08 2018

    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. Read the transcript.

  • The Letters of John Newton

    Aug 01 2018

    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. Read the transcript.

  • The Life of John Newton

    Jul 25 2018

    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. Read the transcript.

  • Henry VIII's Last Wife

    Jul 18 2018

    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. Read the transcript.

  • The Life of Bunyan

    Jul 11 2018

    When we think of John Bunyan, we usually think of The Pilgrim’s Progress. But he actually wrote many books. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at the life of this tinkerer, pastor, and author. Read the transcript.

  • The Writings of the Angelic Doctor

    Jul 04 2018

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. James Dolezal joins Dr. Stephen Nichols in the studio to discuss the breadth and depth of Thomas Aquinas’ writings. Read the transcript.

  • William Cowper

    Jun 27 2018

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to William Cowper, a man whose sensitive spirit and familiarity with suffering led him to create some of the most beautiful hymns. Read the transcript.

  • The Venerable Bede

    Jun 20 2018

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to one of the first church historians: the Venerable Bede. Read the transcript.

  • History Makers: Tim Keesee

    Jun 13 2018

    Church history is being written today as the gospel advances in hard-to-reach places. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Tim Keesee joins Dr. Stephen Nichols in the studio to discuss the 25th anniversary of Frontline Missions International. Read the transcript.

  • The History of the Doctrine of God, Part 2

    Jun 06 2018

    God is simple but not simplistic. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. James Dolezal joins Dr. Stephen Nichols in the studio to discuss the simplicity of God. Read the transcript.

  • The History of the Doctrine of God, Part 1

    May 30 2018

    God is infinite, transcendent, and unfathomable. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. James Dolezal joins Dr. Stephen Nichols in the studio to discuss the greatness of God.

  • Augustus Caesar

    May 23 2018

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols considers why early Christians graffitied a statue of Augustus Caesar.

  • Adoniram Judson

    May 16 2018

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us from Calcutta to Burma as he chronicles the five journeys of Adoniram Judson, America’s pioneer Baptist missionary.

  • Daniel Payne

    May 09 2018

    During the years surrounding the Civil War, Daniel Payne devoted his life to educating African-American ministers. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us back to 1830 when Payne founded his first school.

  • The Most Important Thing to the Reformers (Part 2)

    May 02 2018

    Worship should be God-centered and Word-centered. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols continues his discussion with Jonathan Gibson and Mark Earngey, coauthors of Reformation Worship.

  • The Most Important Thing to the Reformers (Part 1)

    Apr 25 2018

    What is the role of liturgy in worship? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined in the studio by Jonathan Gibson and Mark Earngey, coauthors of Reformation Worship.

  • William Farel

    Apr 18 2018

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols considers the life and ministry of William Farel, the man who brought the Reformation to Geneva.

  • The Minister, a Book, and a Controversy

    Apr 11 2018

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us back to 1700 when an obscure book ignited a controversy in the Scottish church.

  • Bonhoeffer In London

    Apr 04 2018

    What is the only question a church should ask its pastor? Dr. Stephen Nichols considers Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s answer on today’s episode of 5 Minutes in Church History.

  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    Mar 28 2018

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols considers the life and work of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German theologian who was martyred as a direct order by Hitler himself.

  • The 60 Pound Commentary

    Mar 21 2018

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols tells us about a commentary not for the faint of heart—weighing 60 pounds and almost 12 inches thick.

  • Tacitus

    Mar 14 2018

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Tacitus, a first-century Roman historian and one of the first references to Christ outside of the New Testament.

  • Francis Grimké

    Mar 07 2018

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols considers the life of Francis Grimké, a former slave who became a faithful minister.

  • The Moral Argument

    Feb 28 2018

    What is the moral argument for the existence of God? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses Immanuel Kant’s apologetic.

  • 1812

    Feb 21 2018

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us back to 1812 and introduces us to the men who founded Princeton Theological Seminary.

  • Macrina

    Feb 14 2018

    Who was Macrina the Younger? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols returns to the early church to introduce this significant woman of the faith.

  • Peter Lombard

    Feb 07 2018

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the Medieval theologian Peter Lombard and his magnum opus, the Four Books of Sentences.

  • The Abbey of St. Victor, Paris

    Jan 31 2018

    The Abbey of St. Victor was frequented by a number of very famous medieval people. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to three fascinating people who spent time there.

  • The Tyger and the Lamb

    Jan 24 2018

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces the early Romantic poet William Blake and two of his significant poems.

  • 5 Responses to Modernism

    Jan 17 2018

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses five ways the church has responded to modernism.

  • Just War

    Jan 10 2018

    How should Christians think about war? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses how Augustine helps us to approach this question from a Christian perspective.

  • Esther Edwards Burr

    Jan 03 2018

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces Esther Edwards Burr: daughter of Jonathan Edwards, wife to a Princeton President, and mother of a US vice president.

  • Tyndale's Only Surviving Letter

    Dec 27 2017

    Only one of William Tyndale's letters has survived throughout the years. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses what Tyndale wrote when he was a prisoner at Vilvoorde Castle in Belgium.

  • Remembering R.C. Sproul

    Dec 20 2017

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols reflects on the life and ministry of Dr. R.C. Sproul.

  • Johann Sebastian Bach: JJ

    Dec 13 2017

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses the Lutheran composer behind the initials JSB, JJ, and SDG.

  • On the Church

    Dec 06 2017

    There are 37 million local congregations in the world. Every one has a history. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at some of the interesting histories of local churches.

  • Trending in the 14th Century

    Nov 29 2017

    If there had been a social media buzz in the 14th century, what would have been “trending”? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at the big events of this important century.

  • Shakespeare's Bible

    Nov 22 2017

    The Bible is all through Shakespeare. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at Shakespeare’s use of the Bible, the versions he used, and the books he quoted most often.

  • Deserted Island Top 5: Burk Parsons

    Nov 15 2017

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Burk Parsons. He asks Dr. Parsons to share what five books he would want if on a deserted island.

  • The Baptist Catechism of 1693

    Nov 08 2017

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses the mysterious origin and the doctrinal content of the Baptist Confession of 1693.

  • The Next Day

    Nov 01 2017

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes time to reflect on the legacy of the Reformation and how it shapes the task of the church today.

  • The 95 Theses, Part 2

    Oct 31 2017

    500 years ago today, it all started at the doors of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. Recorded on location, Dr. Stephen Nichols concludes his discussion on the significance of the Martin Luther's Ninety-Five Theses.

  • The 95 Theses, Part 1

    Oct 30 2017

    On today's episode, recorded on location at the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses Martin Luther's Theses against indulgences.

  • Repent

    Oct 29 2017

    The Ninety-Five Theses were a call to debate. Recorded on location in Wittenberg, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses Martin Luther's first thesis.

  • R.C. Sproul & Luther

    Oct 28 2017

    On this special Reformation month episode, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. R.C. Sproul. Listen as they discuss Martin Luther and anticipate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

  • Legacy of Luther

    Oct 27 2017

    There’s more to Martin Luther’s legacy than the act of posting the Ninety-Five Theses. Recorded on location in Germany, Dr. Stephen Nichols examines five points of Luther’s legacy.

  • February 18, 1546

    Oct 26 2017

    Martin Luther was born in Eisleben, and it was there that he died on February 18th, 1546. Recorded on location, Dr. Stephen Nichols considers how Luther clung to the Bible as his comfort in his death.

  • Last 4 Sermons

    Oct 25 2017

    Martin Luther preached his final four sermons at St. Andreas Church in Eisleben. Recorded on location, listen as Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses the history and significance of this church.

  • January 1546

    Oct 24 2017

    What would Martin Luther have wanted us to know? Recorded on location in Wittenberg, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses what we can learn from Luther’s final month.

  • Martin & Katie

    Oct 23 2017

    One of the most important people in Martin Luther’s life was his wife, Katie. Recorded on location at the Luther’s Wittenberg home, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses how a former monk and a former nun helped redeem marriage.

  • Luther & the Bible

    Oct 22 2017

    When it comes to the Reformation, one of the most important topics to discuss is Martin Luther on Scripture. Recorded on location in Germany, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at Luther’s teaching on Scripture and his three steps for reading and studying the Bible.

  • Luther on Psalm 118

    Oct 21 2017

    On today’s episode, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. W. Robert Godfrey on location in Wittenberg, Germany. Together they discuss Martin Luther’s commentary on what he called "his own beloved psalm."

  • The Bondage of the Will

    Oct 20 2017

    Martin Luther considered his treatise The Bondage of the Will “the centerpiece of the Reformation.” Recorded on location in Wittenberg, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses Luther’s magnum opus.

  • Table Talk

    Oct 19 2017

    Many conversations took place around Martin Luther's dinner table. These were later collected as a unique piece of literature known as Table Talk. Recorded on location in Wittenberg, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses how these dinner table conversations give us insight into Luther as a theologian of the people.

  • Hymns

    Oct 18 2017

    Martin Luther believed that the church not only needed to reform its theology, it also needed to reform its music. Recorded on location in Germany, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces the hymns of Luther.

  • Catechism

    Oct 17 2017

    At the end of his life, Martin Luther said, “You can burn all of my books except for two, The Bondage of the Will and the Small Catechism.” Recorded on location in Germany, listen as Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses Luther's Small Catechism.

  • 3 Treatises

    Oct 16 2017

    By 1520, Martin Luther wanted to reform the nation, the church, and the individual. Recorded on location, listen as Dr. Stephen Nichols explains how three treatises address each of these groups.

  • 2 Kinds of Righteousness

    Oct 15 2017

    Martin Luther preached at St. Mary’s Church in Wittenberg, Germany, from 1512 to 1546. Recorded on location, listen as Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses Luther's significant sermon on "Two Kinds of Righteousness.”

  • Luther & Germany Today

    Oct 14 2017

    Luther & Germany Today

  • Melanchthon

    Oct 13 2017

    A scholar, theologian, and friend of the Reformation, Philip Melanchthon went almost anywhere Martin Luther went. Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses Master Philip’s life and works on location in Wittenberg.

  • The Wittenberg 5

    Oct 12 2017

    Luther had several friends from both the university and monastery that helped his reformation efforts. Recorded on location in Germany, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces these important colleagues.

  • Junker Jorg

    Oct 11 2017

    To protect himself from the possibility of arrest or murder, Martin Luther disguised himself as Junker Jorg. Listen as Dr. Stephen Nichols tells the story on location at the Wartburg Castle.

  • Worms

    Oct 10 2017

    Recorded on location in Germany, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the four figures at the four corners of the Reformation monument in Worms.

  • Heidelberg

    Oct 09 2017

    We know about the Ninety-Five Theses, but what about the Twenty-Eight Theses? Recorded on location in Germany, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to this less familiar text of the Reformation.

  • A Tale of 2 Churches

    Oct 08 2017

    Two churches were very important to the life of Martin Luther. Recorded on location in Wittenberg, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains what’s important is not just the buildings themselves but what happened inside these buildings.

  • 2 Princes

    Oct 07 2017

    Two politicians from Saxony played significant roles in the life of Martin Luther. Recorded on location in Germany, Dr. Stephen Nichols describes the influence of Frederick the Wise and John the Steadfast on Martin Luther.

  • Luther & Bach

    Oct 06 2017

    Eisenach was the city in which J.S. Bach was born. Recorded on location, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses the significance of this city, not only for Bach, but also for Martin Luther and the Reformation.

  • The Gates of Paradise

    Oct 05 2017

    Martin Luther described his conversion as feeling "altogether born again” and that “the very gates of paradise opened up before [him].” Recorded on location in Wittenberg, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses this crucial event in Luther's life.

  • The Goose & the Swan

    Oct 04 2017

    “Today you burn a goose, but in one hundred years a swan will arise which you will prove unable to boil or roast.” Recorded on location at the burial place of Johannes Zacharias, the bishop of Erfurt, Dr. Stephen Nichols tells the story of the Goose and the Swan.

  • 5 Things at Erfurt

    Oct 03 2017

    Recorded on location in Erfurt, Dr. Stephen Nichols examines five important facts about Luther and the city where he joined the Augustinian order.

  • November 10, 1483

    Oct 02 2017

    Martin Luther was born on November 10, 1483. Recorded on location in Eisleben, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us back to Luther's childhood.

  • 31 Days with Luther

    Oct 01 2017

    October 2017 marks the five-hundredth anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, and the beginning of our 31 day celebration. In this first Reformation month episode recorded on location throughout Europe, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces the five major divisions of Martin Luther's life.

  • The Adventurous Life of John Knox

    Sep 27 2017

    On today's episode, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at the adventurous life of the bodyguard turned Socttish Reformer, John Knox.

  • Useful for These Times

    Sep 20 2017

    On today's episode, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains why in 1668 Thomas Watson thought it timely to write about repentance.

  • The Reformation in Spain

    Sep 13 2017

    We're all familiar with the Reformation in Germany. But what about the Reformation in Spain? On today's episode, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at two Spanish Reformers.

  • 29 Years of Age (Part 2)

    Sep 06 2017

    On today's episode, Dr. Stephen Nichols continues his examination of the life of Robert Murray M’Cheyne and all he accomplished in his brief 29 years.

  • 29 Years of Age (Part 1)

    Aug 30 2017

    On today's episode of 5 Minutes of Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces Robert Murray M’Cheyne, a pastor who lived only 29 years.

  • A Little Book

    Aug 23 2017

    On today's episode, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Burk Parsons to discuss John Calvin's "A Little Book on the Christian Life."

  • B.B. & Annie

    Aug 16 2017

    B.B. Warfield's wife required constant attention and care during her married life. On today's episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols recounts the tragic love story of B.B. and his wife Annie.

  • Luther on Vocation: Michael Horton

    Aug 09 2017

    On today's episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Michael Horton to discuss Martin Luther's recovery of the doctrine of vocation.

  • William Ellery Channing

    Aug 02 2017

    On today's episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces the founder of Unitarianism, William Ellery Channing.

  • What Happened to the Puritans

    Jul 26 2017

    On today’s episode, Dr. Stephen Nichols examines what really happened to the New England Puritans.

  • On the Canon

    Jul 19 2017

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Michael Kruger to discuss how the canon was recognized in the early church.

  • Calvin & Missions

    Jul 12 2017

    On today’s episode of 5 Minutes in Church History , Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Michael Haykin to discuss John Calvin’s view of missions.

  • 8 Women You Should Know

    Jul 05 2017

    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.

  • The 100th Anniversary

    Jun 28 2017

    It's the 100th anniversary of 1917. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains the significant events of that year that cast their shadow over the twentieth century.

  • The $14 MIllion Book

    Jun 21 2017

    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.

  • Deserted Island Top 5: Michael Horton

    Jun 14 2017

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Michael Horton. He asks Dr. Horton to share what five books he would want if on a deserted island.

  • The Welsh Revivals

    Jun 07 2017

    Why do the Welsh sometimes sing hymns at football matches? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols tells us of Evan Roberts and the Welsh Revival.

  • What Luther Expects

    May 31 2017

    What Luther Expects

  • Look, There's the Kingdom

    May 24 2017

    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.

  • Dear Khan,

    May 17 2017

    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.

  • Engraver of the Reformation

    May 10 2017

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols tells us about Albrecht Dürer, the engraver who used his gifts to advance the message of the Reformation.

  • The 200th Episode with a Special Guest

    May 03 2017

    In this 200th-anniversery episode, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by a special guest to celebrate 5 Minutes in Church History.

  • Philip Melanchthon

    Apr 26 2017

    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.

  • Joan of Arc

    Apr 19 2017

    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.

  • Cruce, Libro, et Atro

    Apr 12 2017

    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.

  • 17th Century Theological Poets

    Apr 05 2017

    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.

  • John Knox's Bible

    Mar 29 2017

    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.

  • The Ghent Alterpiece

    Mar 22 2017

    What is a "triptych" and "polyptych"? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Stephen Nichols takes us to the Ghent Altarpiece.

  • Marcion

    Mar 15 2017

    Who did Polycarp call "firstborn son of the devil”? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Stephen Nichols tells the tale of Marcion and Polycarp's first meeting.

  • Three British Martyrs: Chaplain Bradford

    Mar 08 2017

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Stephen Nichols tells the story of the dishonest clerk who became a martyr.

  • Three British Martyrs: Bishop Hooper

    Mar 01 2017

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Stephen Nichols introduces us to the Cambridge-educated bishop who was burned at the stake in 1555.

  • Three British Martyrs: Dr. Taylor

    Feb 22 2017

    He wasn’t a celebrity, but he was a martyr of the faith. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols begins a 3-part series by telling the story of Dr. Rowland Taylor.

  • Rio 1558

    Feb 15 2017

    Who were the 16th-century Calvinist missionaries of Brazil? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Stephen Nichols tells the fascinating history of the Guanabara Confession of Faith.

  • The Divinity School Address

    Feb 08 2017

    What was wrong with Ralph Waldo Emerson's Christology? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explores the legacy of Emerson.

  • Feathery Christians

    Feb 01 2017

    What is a "feathery Christian"? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains the significance of the great Puritan pastor Thomas Watson.

  • The Ten Theses of Berne

    Jan 25 2017

    What were the Ten Theses of Berne? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols tells the fascinating story of the Reformation's effect on the city of Berne.

  • Augustine's Handbook for Life

    Jan 18 2017

    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.

  • As He Spoke from the Pulpit

    Jan 11 2017

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses the lesser known pastoral side of John Calvin.

  • The Enduring Problem

    Jan 04 2017

    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.

  • Bishop Ussher

    Dec 28 2016

    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.

  • Forgotten Founder: Cotton Mather

    Dec 21 2016

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols examines the Puritan pastor who is also one America’s forgotten founding fathers.

  • 500th Anniversary of 1516

    Dec 14 2016

    Next year we celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his Ninety-Five Theses. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols considers the 500th anniversary of 1516.

  • The Song of Roland

    Dec 07 2016

    The medieval era was the era of epic poems. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to The Song of Roland.

  • Thesis #37

    Nov 30 2016

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols examines the 37th of Martin Luther's 95 Theses.

  • Augustine on the Psalms

    Nov 23 2016

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Augustine's "Explanations of the Psalms," a long book that took him more than 20 years to complete.

  • Cane Ridge, KY

    Nov 16 2016

    Cane Ridge, Kentucky, was the site of one of the most important events in American religious history. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us back to 1801.

  • Machen on 11/11

    Nov 09 2016

    Friday is Veterans Day. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us back to World War I and J. Gresham Machen's work with the YMCA.

  • Fort Caroline

    Nov 02 2016

    Where was the first Thanksgiving on American soil? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to Fort Caroline.

  • What Is Reformation Day?

    Oct 26 2016

    What is Reformation Day? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains the significance of October 31, 1517 and why Christians celebrate Reformation Day.

  • The Three Cappadocians

    Oct 19 2016

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us back to the early church and introduces us to the Three Cappadocians.

  • Seeing Is Believing with Tim Challies

    Oct 12 2016

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Tim Challies to discuss his book Visual Theology.

  • Happy Birthday, Rev. Edwards

    Oct 05 2016

    October 5 is Jonathan Edwards’ birthday. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, in honor of what would have been Edwards' 313rd birthday, Dr. Stephen Nichols revisits this man and what life was like in the 1700s.

  • Deserted Island Top 5: Tim Challies

    Sep 28 2016

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Tim Challies. He asks Tim to share what five books he would want if on a deserted island.

  • Calvin on Civil Government

    Sep 21 2016

    John Calvin ends the Institutes of the Christian Religion with a discussion of civil government. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols considers what Calvin wrote.

  • Clement, Again

    Sep 14 2016

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols returns to Clement in the first century to hear what he has to say about the church as the body of Christ.

  • Clement

    Sep 07 2016

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us back to the first century to introduce us to a man named Clement and his affirmation of the doctrine of justification by faith.

  • The Hungarian Reformed Bishops (with a special guest)

    Aug 31 2016

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. W. Robert Godfrey to share what Dr. Godfrey calls one of the world's "great neglected secrets."

  • Deserted Island Top 5: Miguel Núñez, Part 2

    Aug 24 2016

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined again by Dr. Miguel Núñez to finish discussing what five books he would want if on a deserted island.

  • Deserted Island Top 5: Miguel Núñez, Part 1

    Aug 17 2016

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Miguel Núñez. He asks Dr. Núñez to share what five books he would want if on a deserted island.

  • Trending in the 12th Century

    Aug 10 2016

    The culture is concerned with what's trending today. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to what was trending in the 12th century.

  • Machen & the Meaning of Missions

    Aug 03 2016

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols tells how Dr. J. Gresham Machen responded to the 1932 report, "Re-Thinking Missions."

  • Trending in the 10th Century

    Jul 27 2016

    The culture is concerned with what's trending today. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to what was trending in the 10th century.

  • Ambrose of Milan

    Jul 20 2016

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Ambrose of Milan and the role he played in the life of Augustine.

  • History Makers: Miguel Núñez

    Jul 13 2016

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Pastor Miguel Núñez, a pastor and ministry leader in Latin America.

  • The Doctor: D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Part 2

    Jul 06 2016

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols concludes his brief introduction to the life and legacy of Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones.

  • The Doctor: D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Part 1

    Jun 29 2016

    The Doctor: D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Part 1

  • The Baseball Evangelist

    Jun 22 2016

    Billy Sunday was born William Ashley Sunday Jr. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the "baseball evangelist."

  • 67 Walloons

    Jun 15 2016

    Who were the sixty-seven Walloons? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols tells the story of Wallonia and its Reformation confession.

  • The Evangel, a Yacht

    Jun 08 2016

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols shares the story of a yacht named The Evangel.

  • My 5 Favorite Baptists: Mark Dever

    Jun 01 2016

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is again joined by Dr. Mark Dever. This week, Dr. Dever shares his 5 favorite Baptists.

  • Deserted Island Top 5: Mark Dever

    May 25 2016

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Mark Dever. He asks Dr. Dever to share what five books he would want if on a deserted island.

  • How Samuel Rutherford Changed My Life

    May 18 2016

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is again joined by Dr. Guy Richard. Together, they travel back to the 17th century and introduce us to Samuel Rutherford.

  • Deserted Island Top 5: Guy Richard

    May 11 2016

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Guy Richard. He asks Dr. Richard to share what five books he would want if on a deserted island.

  • According to Webster's

    May 04 2016

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Noah Webster, the man behind the American dictionary.

  • Leipzig

    Apr 27 2016

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to the German city of Leipzig and shares Martin Luther's influence there.

  • First Century Moments

    Apr 20 2016

    What was so significant about the first century? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Guy Waters to discuss why the first century was so important.

  • History Makers: Lordship Controversy with John MacArthur

    Apr 13 2016

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. John MacArthur to discuss the Lordship Salvation Controversy and MacArthur's book The Gospel According to Jesus.

  • Deborah Hatheway

    Apr 06 2016

    What advice would Jonathan Edwards give a young Christian? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols shares a portion of a letter Edwards wrote to a young lady named Deborah.

  • Phoebe Bartlett

    Mar 30 2016

    What does conversion look like? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the fascinating story of four-year-old Phoebe Bartlett.

  • Bishop Latimer

    Mar 23 2016

    What would be your final words if you were condemned to death for your faith? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols teaches us about the life and martyrdom of Bishop Hugh Latimer.

  • Martyrs' Memorial, Oxford

    Mar 16 2016

    As Tertullian wrote, "The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church." In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to the Martyr's Memorial in Oxford, England, which was erected to commemorate the martyrs of the English Reformation.

  • An Eight-Syllable Heresy

    Mar 09 2016

    Apollinarianism is a very long name for an early Christian heresy. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains what it is and how the early church dealt with it.

  • John Colet

    Mar 02 2016

    There were many forerunners of the Reformation of the sixteenth century. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to John Colet.

  • Boston's Fourfold State

    Feb 24 2016

    Thomas Boston wrote the book "The Fourfold State." In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols briefly explains the four states of man: the state of innocence, the state of nature, the state of grace, and the state of eternity.

  • Martin Bucer

    Feb 17 2016

    Martin Luther wasn't the only Augustianian monk involved in the Reformation. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses the life and ministry of Martin Bucer.

  • Communion Controversy

    Feb 10 2016

    The Lord’s Supper has been the subject of much controversy over the centuries. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols surveys some of these controversies.

  • Know a Good River?

    Feb 03 2016

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us along the Rhine River to tell the history of the Reformation.

  • Deserted Island Top 5: John MacArthur

    Jan 27 2016

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. John MacArthur. He asks Dr. MacArthur to share what five books he would want if on a deserted island.

  • The Council of Trent

    Jan 20 2016

    What does the Roman Catholic Church believe about Scripture, justification, and imputation? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to the Council of Trent.

  • Apostle to the Indians

    Jan 13 2016

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols goes back and tells the story of John Eliot, the "apostle to the Indians."

  • Three Bible Firsts

    Jan 06 2016

    When was the first Bible printed in America? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains why you could give any of 3 answers and still be right.

  • Calvin on Slippery Forgetfulness

    Dec 30 2015

    Do you have a slippery forgetfulness of God? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols turns to John Calvin's Institutes as he considers this question.

  • Twentieth Century Martyrs

    Dec 23 2015

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to a modern-day martyr as he tells the story of Wang Zhiming.

  • History Makers: The New Perspective on Paul with Dr. Guy Waters

    Dec 16 2015

    Is the New Perspective on Paul really all that new? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Guy Waters to discuss this crucial departure from the orthodox understanding of the gospel.

  • John Murray

    Dec 09 2015

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to John Murray and several of his books.

  • The Poet of Paradise

    Dec 02 2015

    What must it have been like for Adam and Eve after the fall? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the life and work of John Milton, the British poet who penned "Paradise Lost" and "Paradise Regained."

  • Blues Man? Preacher?

    Nov 25 2015

    The "Father of the Delta Blues" wanted above all to be a preacher. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Charley Patton.

  • The Thirty Years' War

    Nov 18 2015

    Who were the Huguenots? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to these French Protestants as he provides an overview of the Thirty Years' War.

  • Mrs. Luther

    Nov 11 2015

    Who was Martin Luther's wife? What was so significant about their marriage? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Katharina von Bora.

  • Top 5 of the 95: Take Two

    Nov 04 2015

    Last week, we heard about Martin Luther's 95 Theses. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses his top 5 of the 95 theses.

  • What Is Reformation Day?

    Oct 28 2015

    What is Reformation Day? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains the significance of October 31, 1517 and why Christians celebrate Reformation Day.

  • B.B.'s Book Reviews

    Oct 21 2015

    B.B. Warfield loved books. And he wrote many book reviews. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols gives us a glimpse into one of those reviews.

  • March 28, 1754

    Oct 14 2015

    What doctrine did Jonathan Edwards preach on March 28, 1754? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us back to the sermon Edwards preached at the installation service of Edward Billing.

  • Luke the Historian

    Oct 07 2015

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Guy Waters to introduce us to Luke the historian.

  • Fanny Crosby

    Sep 30 2015

    Fanny Crosby wrote more than 9,000 hymns. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols tells her story.

  • Caesarea Maritima

    Sep 23 2015

    The Christian faith is grounded in history. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to Caesarea Maritima and its connection with biblical history.

  • Jerome

    Sep 16 2015

    Who was Jerome and why was he significant? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the translator of the Latin Vulgate.

  • Stockbridge Statements of Faith

    Sep 09 2015

    On June 22, 1750, Jonathan Edwards was dismissed from his church. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols tells the fascinating story of what happened next.

  • The Sermon at the Treaty

    Sep 02 2015

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols recounts the time Jonathan Edwards preached the gospel to some Mohawk tribesmen at the signing of a treaty.

  • Robinson Crusoe's Conversion

    Aug 26 2015

    Have you read Robinson Crusoe? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols tells us the fascinating tale of Crusoe's conversion.

  • The Catacombs

    Aug 19 2015

    Under the city of Rome lies a vast system of catacombs. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to these catacombs and explains how they bear witness to the lives and beliefs of early Christians.

  • Pliny the Younger

    Aug 12 2015

    How did the Roman empire view Christianity? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Pliny the Younger and his persecution of the church.

  • LON to PHL

    Aug 05 2015

    What do Baptists believe? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to two Baptist confessions of faith.

  • The Cathedral

    Jul 29 2015

    They took many generations to build. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains five common elements of a medieval cathedral.

  • The Greyfriars Kirkyard

    Jul 22 2015

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the rich legacy of Scotland's Covenanters.

  • Lex Rex

    Jul 15 2015

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the life and legacy of the remarkable Scottish churchman Samuel Rutherford.

  • The Apostles' Creed

    Jul 08 2015

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to a great gift from the early church, the Apostles' Creed.

  • 5 Firsts in British Church History

    Jul 01 2015

    Christianity has a long history in the British Isles. In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes a look at five firsts in British church history.

  • White Clay Creek, Delaware

    Jun 24 2015

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us back to 1739 and the time George Whitefield preached to a crowd of five thousand at White Clay Creek, Delaware.

  • Peter Martyr Vermigli

    Jun 17 2015

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols returns to the time of the Reformation and introduces us to Peter Martyr Vermigli and his "first principle" of reading the Bible.

  • Deserted Island Top 5: Sinclair Ferguson

    Jun 10 2015

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Sinclair Ferguson. He asks Dr. Ferguson to share what five books he would want if on a deserted island.

  • Church History in 5 Minutes

    Jun 03 2015

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols commemorates our 100th episode by attempting to summarize church history in 5 minutes.

  • With a Name like That

    May 27 2015

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the Muratorian fragment and how it revealed some of the reasoning that went into the church’s process of recognizing the canon.

  • Calvin on Prayer

    May 20 2015

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses John Calvin's "5 rules for praying right."

  • Little Wolf's Bible

    May 13 2015

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols tells the story of "Little Wolf's Bible" and the contested legacy of an early church figure named Wulfila.

  • The First Reformation Confession

    May 06 2015

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us back to 1527 and the first confession written during the Reformation.

  • Borden of Yale

    Apr 29 2015

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols shares the story and legacy of William Whiting Borden.

  • Canterbury

    Apr 22 2015

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explores the history of the English city of Canterbury.

  • The Pastor in the River

    Apr 15 2015

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols tells the story of how Thomas Reid earned the title, "The Pastor in the River."

  • Here's to the Middle Stanzas

    Apr 08 2015

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols reminds us of some of the great "middle stanzas" from church hymnody.

  • On & Off the Track: Eric Liddell

    Apr 01 2015

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the Olympic star Eric Liddell and his role as a missionary in China.

  • Forgotten Founding Father: Francis Makemie

    Mar 25 2015

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Francis Makemie and his work in the founding of American Presbyterianism.

  • The Edwardian Homilies

    Mar 18 2015

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the Edwardian Homilies—a collection of sermons from 1547 that served to provide a clear and concise introduction to the art for preaching.

  • The Stewart Brothers & Their Book

    Mar 11 2015

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols continues his look at Christian philanthropy. He introduces us to two brothers, Lyman and Milton Stewart, and tells the story of their stand against liberalism.

  • Wanamaker's Hymnal

    Mar 04 2015

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to John Wanamaker, his department store, his organ, and his hymnal.

  • Phillis Wheatley

    Feb 25 2015

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the poetry of Phillis Wheatley, the first African-American woman to be published.

  • Medical Missionary to Scotland

    Feb 18 2015

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Paul Crawar, a medical missionary to Scotland, and tells the story of his eventual martyrdom.

  • A Fiery Preacher on a Fiery Preacher

    Feb 11 2015

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Steven Lawson to discuss the fiery preacher John Knox.

  • Deserted Island Top 5: Steven Lawson

    Feb 04 2015

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Steven Lawson. He asks Dr. Lawson to share what five books he would want if on a deserted island.

  • The PCA: Happy Birthday!

    Jan 28 2015

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Sean Lucas to discuss the birth and growth of the Presbyterian Church in America.

  • Deserted Island Top 5: Sean Lucas

    Jan 21 2015

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Sean Lucas. He asks Dr. Lucas to share what five books he would want if on a deserted island.

  • St. Pierre's Cathedral

    Jan 14 2015

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to St. Pierre's Cathedral in Geneva, Switzerland, the cathedral where John Calvin served as pastor in the 16th century.

  • St. John Lateran Church

    Jan 07 2015

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to the St. John Lateran church in Rome and introduces us to several of the objects there and its connection to Martin Luther.

  • James Joule

    Dec 31 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to James Joule, the scientist that demonstrated the validity of the First Law of Thermodynamics.

  • Herman Bavinck

    Dec 24 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the Dutch theologian Herman Bavinck.

  • Augustine on Friendship

    Dec 17 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols considers Augustine and his "theology of friendship."

  • Charles Hodge & His Book

    Dec 10 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Charles Hodge and the story of his 3 volume Systematic Theology.

  • Newburyport, Mass.

    Dec 03 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to First Presbyterian Church in Newburyport, Mass., a church founded during the First Great Awakening.

  • The Bethel Confession

    Nov 26 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols continues his stay in Germany by introducing us to The Bethel Confession of 1933.

  • The Barmen Declaration

    Nov 19 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to Germany in the year 1934 and introduces us to The Barmen Declaration.

  • The Heidelberg Theses with Carl Trueman

    Nov 12 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Carl Trueman to discuss Martin Luther's crucial text The Heidelberg Theses.

  • Bride of the Reformation

    Nov 05 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols continues his celebration of Reformation Day by introducing us to Wibrandis Rosenblatt, the "bride of the Reformation."

  • Happy Reformation Day!

    Oct 29 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. R.C. Sproul to celebrate Reformation Day.

  • Who Was Pelagius?

    Oct 22 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to an early church figure known as Pelagius and his teaching on man's morality.

  • Deserted Island Top 5: Carl Trueman

    Oct 15 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Carl Trueman. He asks Dr. Trueman to share what five books he would want if on a deserted island.

  • Beowulf

    Oct 08 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains the important truth contained in the famous Old English poem Beowulf.

  • The City of God

    Oct 01 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Augustine's classic work, The City of God.

  • History Makers: R.C. Sproul

    Sep 24 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols speaks with Dr. R.C. Sproul to discuss his significant involvement in the development of the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy.

  • The Chicago Statement

    Sep 17 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy and explains the significance of this landmark treatise on the doctrine of Scripture.

  • Raphael: Stanza Della Segnatura

    Sep 10 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Raphael and his painting "Stanza Della Segnatura."

  • Calvin's Sermons on Job: Derek Thomas

    Sep 03 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Derek Thomas to discuss John Calvin's 159-part sermon series on the book of Job.

  • Deserted Island Top 5: Derek Thomas

    Aug 27 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Derek Thomas. He asks Dr. Thomas to share what five books he would want if on a deserted island.

  • Read Any Good Books Lately?

    Aug 20 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols reminds us of the importance of reading books.

  • Anniversary Week: 1923

    Aug 15 2014

    In this final anniversary week episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to 1923 when the Fundamentalist-Modernist Controversy came to a head and J. Gresham Machen published his classic text, "Christianity and Liberalism."

  • Anniversary Week: 1740

    Aug 14 2014

    In this special anniversary week episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols highlights a sermon by Jonathan Edwards as he takes us to the Great Awakening in 1740.

  • Anniversary Week: 1517

    Aug 13 2014

    In this special anniversary week episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to the moment that began the Protestant Reformation, October 31, 1517.

  • Anniversary Week: 1245

    Aug 12 2014

    In this special anniversary week episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks to the year 1245 as he shares another of his top 5 favorite moments in church history.

  • Anniversary Week: 325

    Aug 11 2014

    In this special anniversary week episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to 325 and begins a week long series on his top 5 favorite moments in church history.

  • Wilberforce

    Aug 06 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to William Wilberforce and tells the story of his conversion to Christ.

  • A Preface

    Jul 30 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols reminds us of the importance of the "old books" as he discusses C.S. Lewis' preface to Athanasius’ On The Incarnation.

  • Deserted Island Top 5: Michael Reeves

    Jul 23 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. Michael Reeves. He asks Dr. Reeves to share what five books he would want if on a deserted island.

  • The Fourteenthers

    Jul 16 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains the debate throughout church history regarding when Easter should be celebrated.

  • Savonarola

    Jul 09 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Girolamo Savonarola and his book "The Triumph of the Cross."

  • My 5 Favorite Church Historians

    Jul 02 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols shares with us his 5 favorite church historians.

  • Lyon

    Jun 25 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us back to AD 177 and tells the story of the Christian martyrs at Lyon.

  • The 28 Theses

    Jun 18 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Martin Luther's Heidelberg Disputation and shares what may be the most beautiful sentence Luther ever wrote.

  • Charles II's Great Escape

    Jun 11 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols tells us the story of the difficult "great escape" of Charles II.

  • The 5 Ways of Thomas Aquinas

    Jun 04 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols gives us an overview of Thomas Aquinas' "5 ways" for arguing the existence of God.

  • This Church Father Could Preach

    May 28 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the "golden mouth" of the early church, John Chrysostom.

  • Ben Chimes in on George

    May 21 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols describes the friendship of Benjamin Franklin and George Whitefield.

  • Two Great Little Books, Part 2

    May 14 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols considers why Jesus came and why He died on the cross as explained by Anselm in his book Cur Deus Homo.

  • Two Great Little Books, Part 1

    May 07 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the ontological argument for the existence of God as outlined by Anselm in his book Proslogion.

  • The Roaring 20s

    Apr 30 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us back to the "Roaring 20s," a decade in which the 20th century church faced many battles.

  • Five Point Deliverance, Part 2

    Apr 23 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols concludes a series on the fundamental doctrines of orthodox Christianity that were expressed in the Five Point Deliverance.

  • Five Point Deliverance, Part 1

    Apr 16 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols starts a 2-part series looking at the Five Point Deliverance and the Fundamentalist-Modernist controversy at the beginning of the twentieth century.

  • Deserted Island Top 5: W. Robert Godfrey

    Apr 09 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. W. Robert Godfrey. He asks Dr. Godfrey to share what five books he would want if on a deserted island.

  • Machen & Mountains

    Apr 02 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains why J. Gresham Machen wrote, "I do love the mountains, and I have loved them ever since I can remember anything at all."

  • The God of Abraham Praise

    Mar 26 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to "The God of Abraham Praise," a hymn written by a man converted under the preaching of George Whitefield.

  • What Is the Church?, Part 2

    Mar 19 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols continues his look at John Bunyan's "The Pilgrim's Progress" to conclude his answer to this very important question.

  • What Is the Church?, Part 1

    Mar 12 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at John Bunyan's "The Pilgrim's Progress" as he begins to answer a very important question.

  • Monica: A Mother's Prayer

    Mar 05 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Augustine's prayerful mother.

  • The Briggs Case

    Feb 26 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to the trial of Charles Augustus Briggs to remind us of the importance of the inerrancy of Scripture.

  • 1799: Oh, What A Feeling

    Feb 19 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us back to the year 1799 and the beginnings of modern liberalism.

  • Slave, Minuteman, Pastor: Lemuel Haynes

    Feb 12 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols encourages us to be courageous as he shares the five character traits of a pastor as written by Lemuel Haynes.

  • 1638: The Scottish Reformation, Part 3

    Feb 05 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols finishes his 3 part series on the Scottish Reformation with the story of Jenny Geddes and what she threw at her minister.

  • 1558: The Scottish Reformation, Part 2

    Jan 29 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols continues his introduction to the Scottish Reformation with the story of an 82 year old martyr, Walter Milne.

  • 1528: The Scottish Reformation, Part 1

    Jan 22 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Patrick Hamilton and the beginning of the Scottish Reformation.

  • Tradition, Take 2

    Jan 15 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks to Paul's words in 2 Timothy 2:2 to help us think about "tradition" in a healthy way .

  • Tradition?

    Jan 08 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols returns to the subject of "tradition" as he shares a cautionary tale from the legend of Saint Sebastian.

  • Sausage Supper

    Jan 01 2014

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols shares what he believes is one of the most interesting events in all of church history: the famous sausage supper of 1522.

  • Merry Christmas, Mr. Watts

    Dec 25 2013

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the great Christmas hymn, "Joy to the World," and its author, Isaac Watts.

  • David Brainerd's Hebrew Dictionary

    Dec 18 2013

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to the library at Princeton University to tell the story of a man who owned a book bound in otter skin.

  • Two Disciples of John: Polycarp

    Dec 11 2013

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to another disciple of the Apostle John, the church father Polycarp.

  • Two Disciples of John: Ignatius

    Dec 04 2013

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Ignatius, the first of two church fathers we'll consider in the coming weeks who were disciples of the Apostle John.

  • 5 Members of the Westminster Assembly Everyone Should Know

    Nov 27 2013

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols concludes his series on "Westminster" by introducing us to 5 members of the Westminster Assembly everyone should know.

  • 5 Things Everyone Should Know About the Westminster Standards

    Nov 20 2013

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the Westminster Standards, a collection of documents that have been described as "the fullest and ripest expression of the Reformation and Reformation thought."

  • 5 Things Everyone Should Know About Westminster Abbey

    Nov 13 2013

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to Westminster Abbey, England, for a quick quiz on this significant building in church history.

  • Martin Luther: The 95 Theses, Take 2

    Nov 06 2013

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols spends another week in Martin Luther's "95 Theses" to remind us of our weakness and constant need to cling to the cross of Christ.

  • Martin Luther: Top 5 of the 95

    Oct 30 2013

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols celebrates Reformation Day by taking us back to 1517 and sharing his "Top 5" from Martin Luther's "95 Theses".

  • Deserted Island Top 5: R.C. Sproul

    Oct 23 2013

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. R.C. Sproul. He asks Dr. Sproul to share what five books from church history he would want if on a deserted island.

  • 1066: A Good Year for a Monk

    Oct 16 2013

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols gives us reasons to be thankful as he takes us back to 1066, a crucial year for William the Conqueror, the history of England, and the life of one monk.

  • The Pursuit of Happiness: According to William Ames

    Oct 09 2013

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to William Ames and reminds us that theology isn't dry academic study, rather it's the pursuit of the good life—the Godward life.

  • Bonus Episode: Happy 310th Birthday, Jonathan Edwards

    Oct 05 2013

    In this bonus episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols shares 5 reasons to celebrate Jonathan Edwards' 310th birthday.

  • A Tale of Two Genevans: Calvin and Rousseau

    Oct 02 2013

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols considers two opposing views of mankind as he tells the tale of two Genevans, John Calvin and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

  • T is for Trinity (and Tertullian)

    Sep 25 2013

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Tertullian, the theologian known for coining the terms "Old and New Testament" and "Trinity."

  • What a Mosaic Can Teach Us: Hinton St. Mary Dorset

    Sep 18 2013

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols reminds us that Christ is the center, the beginning and the end, as he describes an ancient mosaic.

  • Is Spurgeon Right?

    Sep 11 2013

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols considers a well-known quote from Charles Spurgeon as he pauses to reflect on the importance of Christians studying church history.

  • Jonathan Edwards' Favorite Word

    Sep 04 2013

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols asks the question, "What is Jonathan Edwards' favorite word?" The answer is not what many would expect.

  • A Book in His Hand

    Aug 28 2013

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to the grave of John Bunyan to tell the story of a man with a book in his hand.

  • Lost Letter to the Corinthians

    Aug 21 2013

    In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols shares an intriguing story from the life of John Calvin and offers us encouragement during times of worry.

  • Confessions Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow: Augustine's Big Word

    Aug 01 2013

    In the first episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses why Augustine begins his classic "Confessions" with the Latin word, 'Magnus.'