Podcast

5 Minutes in Church History with Stephen Nichols

This weekly podcast 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 episode 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.

Episodes

  • Buchanan’s Book

    Dec 01 2021

    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. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/buchanans-book/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • James Buchanan

    Nov 24 2021

    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. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/james-buchanan/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • History Makers: Conrad Mbewe

    Nov 17 2021

    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. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/history-makers-conrad-mbewe/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Spurgeon in Africa

    Nov 10 2021

    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. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/spurgeon-in-africa/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Edwards’ First Letter

    Nov 03 2021

    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. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/edwards-first-letter/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • A Most Intriguing Figure with Derek Thomas

    Oct 27 2021

    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. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/a-most-intriguing-figure-with-derek-thomas/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Charlemagne’s Chapel

    Oct 20 2021

    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. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/charlemagnes-chapel/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Church History Makers with Ken Mbugua

    Oct 13 2021

    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. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/church-history-makers-with-ken-mbugua/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • A Most Intriguing Event with Ken Mbugua

    Oct 06 2021

    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. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/a-most-intriguing-event-with-ken-mbugua/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/ ...more

  • Deserted Island with Ken Mbugua

    Sep 29 2021

    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. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/deserted-island-with-ken-mbugua/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • My First Anchor

    Sep 22 2021

    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. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/my-first-anchor/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • A Most Intriguing Event with John MacArthur

    Sep 15 2021

    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. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/a-most-intriguing-event-with-john-macarthur/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurc...more

  • Deserted Island with John MacArthur

    Sep 08 2021

    What five books would you take with you to a deserted island? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. John MacArthur as he reminds us of important books from the church's past and present. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/deserted-island-with-john-macarthur/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • A Most Intriguing Figure with John MacArthur

    Sep 01 2021

    One hundred years before Martin Luther’s time, Jan Hus began paving the road to church reformation. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Dr. John MacArthur to discuss this often overlooked figure from church history. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/a-most-intriguing-figure-with-john-macarthur/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • R.C. at the Beach: Volume 4

    Aug 25 2021

    The final volume of Right Now Counts Forever features several themes that were central to Dr. R.C. Sproul's life and enduring legacy. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols concludes his study of books we should bring to the beach. Throughout the month of August 2021, you can enter to win a free copy of Right Now Counts Forever, a 4-volume book collection containing more than 40 years of R.C. Sproul's columns from Tabletalk magazine. Enter the giveaway: https://givea...more

  • R.C. at the Beach: Volume 3

    Aug 18 2021

    From Edgar Allen Poe to John Bunyan, the written word has been a powerful tool used to chisel the forms of our civilization. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols offers us a glimpse into R.C. Sproul's thoughts on art and literature from the third volume of Right Now Counts Forever. Throughout the month of August 2021, you can enter to win a free copy of Right Now Counts Forever, a 4-volume book collection containing more than 40 years of R.C. Sproul's columns from ...more

  • R.C. at the Beach: Volume 2

    Aug 11 2021

    What is the "big idea" of the Christian life? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explores several of Dr. R.C. Sproul's columns from the second volume of the new Right Now Counts Forever collection. Throughout the month of August 2021, you can enter to win a free copy of Right Now Counts Forever, a 4-volume book collection containing more than 40 years of R.C. Sproul's columns from Tabletalk magazine. Enter the giveaway: https://giveaway.5minutesinchurchhistory.co...more

  • R.C. at the Beach: Volume 1

    Aug 04 2021

    Through the years, Dr. R.C. Sproul helped us give careful thought to topics ranging from the birth of Jesus to professional football. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols canvasses the first volume of Right Now Counts Forever, a collection of 40 years of theological reflection from Dr. Sproul. Throughout the month of August 2021, you can enter to win a free copy of Right Now Counts Forever, a 4-volume book collection containing more than 40 years of R.C. Sproul's c...more

  • R.C. at the Beach: Right Now Counts Forever with Chris Larson

    Aug 01 2021

    As Dr. R.C. Sproul said, "What we do today counts forever." On this special episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is joined by Chris Larson to celebrate Ligonier's 50th anniversary and discuss Right Now Counts Forever, a new landmark resource featuring 40 years of Dr. Sproul's trusted teaching. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/rc-at-the-beach-right-now-counts-forever-with-chris-larson/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: ht...more

  • The Holy Spirit at the Beach

    Jul 28 2021

    As we were once dead in our trespasses and sin, we needed to be brought from death to life. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols shows how this truth is outlined in John Owen's book The Holy Spirit. Throughout the month of July 2021, you can enter to win a free copy of the Treasures of John Owen Box Set, a 5-volume book collection that contains some of John Owen's most cherished writings. Enter the giveaway: https://giveaway.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/ Read the tr...more

  • The Glory of Christ at the Beach

    Jul 21 2021

    At the end of his life, John Owen penned his final book, The Glory of Christ. What were the last words this towering figure of the faith wanted to tell us? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explores Owen's writings on one of the greatest privileges we have as believers, both in this world and for eternity. Throughout the month of July 2021, you can enter to win a free copy of the Treasures of John Owen Box Set, a 5-volume book collection that contains some of Jo...more

  • Mortification of Sin at the Beach

    Jul 14 2021

    Why should we mortify, or "put to death," our sin? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols highlights John Owen's book on the new birth and our three-front battle against sin. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/mortification-of-sin-at-the-beach/ Throughout the month of July 2021, you can enter to win a free copy of the Puritan Classics Box Set, a 10-volume collection of cherished Christian books by 17th-century pastors and theologians. Enter ...more

  • Owen at the Beach with Sinclair Ferguson

    Jul 07 2021

    At John Owen's funeral, it was said that "the great burden of his life was to see people grow in holiness." On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols speaks with Dr. Sinclair Ferguson on this 17th-century theologian, a man of letters and a man of action. Throughout the month of July 2021, you can enter to win a free copy of the Treasures of John Owen Box Set, a 5-volume book collection that contains some of John Owen's most cherished writings. Enter the giveaway: https:...more

  • William Bridge at the Beach

    Jun 30 2021

    Our God is a merciful God, extending His grace freely to poor, downcast sinners in need. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses A Lifting Up for the Downcast by William Bridge. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/william-bridge-at-the-beach/ Throughout the month of June 2021, you can enter to win a free copy of the Puritan Classics Box Set, a 10-volume collection of cherished Christian books by 17th-century pastors and theologians. ...more

  • Thomas Brooks at the Beach

    Jun 23 2021

    After he began preaching, Thomas Brooks wrote a book to remind us of the devices of Satan--and the "precious remedies" God has given us to combat them. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes a look at the next Puritan book we should bring to the beach. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/thomas-brooks-at-the-beach/ Throughout the month of June 2021, you can enter to win a free copy of the Puritan Classics Box Set, a 10-volume collection...more

  • Watson Again

    Jun 16 2021

    In his book All Things for Good, Thomas Watson calls us to love and trust in the Lord whose ways are above our ways. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at the final parts of Watson's book and the important doctrines they uncover. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/watson-again/ Throughout the month of June 2021, you can enter to win a free copy of the Puritan Classics Box Set, a 10-volume collection of cherished Christian books by ...more

  • Thomas Watson at the Beach

    Jun 09 2021

    The Puritans were a people committed to the deep study of the Word of God. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to All Things for Good, Thomas Watson's meditation and application of Romans 8:28. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/thomas-watson-at-the-beach/ Throughout the month of June 2021, you can enter to win a free copy of the Puritan Classics Box Set, a 10-volume collection of cherished Christian books by 17th-century pa...more

  • Puritans at the Beach with Sinclair Ferguson

    Jun 02 2021

    Why read the Puritans--and why read them "again and again, as old friends"? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols speaks with Dr. Sinclair Ferguson on the richness and nourishment he gleans from the old Puritan writers. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/puritans-at-the-beach-with-sinclair-ferguson/ Throughout the month of June 2021, you can enter to win a free copy of the Puritan Classics Box Set, a 10-volume collection of cherished Christ...more

  • A Puritan Poet

    May 26 2021

    Just three years before Anne Bradstreet's death, this weary Puritan penned verses describing a longing for eternity and escape from the cares of this world. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols reads from his wife's book on Bradstreet, America's first published poet. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/a-puritan-poet/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Jerome of Prague

    May 19 2021

    Jerome of Prague, like the Reformers who would come a century later, believed that the teachings of the Bible should be directly studied and obeyed by every Christian. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at this 15th-century martyr. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/jerome-of-prague/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Monothelitism

    May 12 2021

    Does Jesus have one will since He is one person? Or does He have two wills because He is truly God and truly man? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols describes an ancient heresy that was a challenge to Christ's humanity. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/monothelitism/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Bibline

    May 05 2021

    C.H. Spurgeon once said of a man, ";He cannot speak without quoting a text, for his very soul is full of the Word of God." On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at this man whose "blood is bibline." Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/bibline/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Lewis on Learning in War-Time

    Apr 28 2021

    During World War II, C.S. Lewis addressed the student body at Oxford University to answer the question, "Should we learn in wartime?" On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at how learning in the midst of crisis can be a way to remind us of the divine reality of heaven. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/lewis-on-learning-in-war-time/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/don...more

  • Middleburg

    Apr 21 2021

    During the reign of Queen Elizabeth, one non-conformist, exiled Puritan drew up an important Reformation text, instructing ministers to lead their congregation through the entire Word of God. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explores the history of Thomas Cartwright and his Middleburg Liturgy. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/middleburg/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.co...more

  • Burned-Over District

    Apr 14 2021

    Unlike the Great Awakening of the 18th century, the revivalist preaching of the so-called "Second Great Awakening" left many people disillusioned with Christianity. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to a region in New York that still bears scars from the 19th century. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/burned-over-district/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate...more

  • The Symbol

    Apr 07 2021

    Nearly fifty years ago, R.C. Sproul penned The Symbol, expositing phrases from the Apostles' Creed to articulate truths about our holy God and His work in our lives. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols surveys the purpose, contents, and even humor embedded in Dr. Sproul's first published book. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/the-symbol/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/d...more

  • The Christian Admiral

    Mar 31 2021

    Founder of a newspaper, a radio program, and several Christian organizations, Carl McIntire was incredibly influential in the 20th-century fundamentalist movement. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols tells the story of this colorful figure. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/the-christian-admiral/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Collective Wisdom

    Mar 24 2021

    If we study the Bible without ever considering the collective wisdom of Christians who came before us, we are impoverishing ourselves of a wealth of insight. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols examines J. Gresham Machen's thoughts on reading Scripture in light of church history. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/collective-wisdom/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/ ...more

  • Life Together

    Mar 17 2021

    Although the seminary at Finkenwalde was shut down by the Nazis in 1937, Dietrich Bonhoeffer continued to work and write in order to help Christians understand the life and ministry of the church in this world. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols analyzes Bonhoeffer's classic book Life Together. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/life-together/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory....more

  • An Underground Seminary

    Mar 10 2021

    After the national church in Germany endorsed the Nazi party, Dietrich Bonhoeffer began an underground seminary to train ministers to defend the truth of God's Word. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols describes the challenges that this small school faced under Nazi suppression. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/an-underground-seminary/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/don...more

  • Augustine: Kingdom without End

    Mar 03 2021

    As his body grew frail and the great city of Rome burned, Augustine laid his hope in "the city that has foundations" (Heb. 11:10). On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols examines Augustine's written masterpiece The City of God. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/augustine-kingdom-without-end/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Augustine: The Triumph of Grace

    Feb 24 2021

    Augustine fervently defended the truth of God's grace against distortions. In fact, his whole life was a testimony to the triumph of grace. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols considers Augustine's famous controversy with Pelagius. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/augustine-the-triumph-of-grace/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Augustine: The Bishop and the General

    Feb 17 2021

    As a bishop, Augustine counseled people from all walks of life, including the Roman general Boniface. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols considers how their correspondence gives us great insight into the way Augustine cared for souls. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/augustine-the-bishop-and-the-general/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Augustine: Bishop

    Feb 10 2021

    Augustine was installed as bishop of Hippo Regius when he was 41 years old, and he held this position until his dying day. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols offers a glimpse into what comprised Augustine's service and ministry. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/augustine-bishop/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Augustine: Teacher

    Feb 03 2021

    Augustine had published books before his conversion. But in AD 386, he began a whole new writing career. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols examines several of these early, influential works. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/augustine-teacher/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Augustine: A Garden in Milan

    Jan 27 2021

    At first, Augustine had no real interest in Christianity. Then he heard the preaching of Ambrose. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols examines how the Lord brought about the conversion of this influential figure. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/augustine-a-garden-in-milan/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Augustine: Voyage to Rome

    Jan 20 2021

    Augustine the brilliant student went on to become Augustine the teacher, and his fame was on the rise. But something was missing. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols reveals what Augustine was searching for that ultimately led him to Rome. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/augustine-voyage-to-rome/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Augustine: Africa

    Jan 13 2021

    Where did the famous church father Augustine come from? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols paints a picture of Augustine's early life in the North African village of Thagaste. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/augustine-africa/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Augustine: Why?

    Jan 06 2021

    The writings of Augustine overflow with God's grace and power in the lives of His people. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols begins to closely examine the life of Augustine of Hippo. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/augustine-why/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Mayflower 400

    Dec 30 2020

    King James I was opposed to religious dissenters, fearing they would divide the Church of England. Consequently, the Puritans advocated for a total, 3,000-mile separation. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols describes the tumultuous journey of the Mayflower from England to the New World. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/mayflower-400/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/dona...more

  • Christmas 800

    Dec 23 2020

    On Christmas Day AD 800, Pope Leo III crowned Charlemagne as the Holy Roman Emperor. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains how this crucial moment directed the shape of Christian civilization for the next 700 years. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/christmas-800/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Aaron Burr Sr.

    Dec 16 2020

    A key witness of the First Great Awakening, Aaron Burr Sr. made a lasting impact on the American colonies in the 18th century. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols traces the life of this notable minister, author, educator, and Princeton University co-founder. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/aaron-burr-sr/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • The Conversion of Jonathan Edwards

    Dec 09 2020

    In his younger years, Jonathan Edwards objected to the sovereignty of God as a "horrible doctrine." On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols shows how that all changed at Edwards' conversion.

  • Equipping the Spanish-Speaking Church

    Dec 02 2020

    History is being made in Central America as the Lord builds up His church in the biblical doctrines of the historic Christian faith. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Pastor Sugel Michelén joins Dr. Stephen Nichols to discuss the encouraging future of the Spanish-speaking church. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/equipping-the-spanish-speaking-church/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate...more

  • 20th-Century Apologetics: Presuppositions & Evidence

    Nov 25 2020

    How should we contend for the truth claims of Christianity? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols continues his discussion of apologetic methods in the 20th century. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/20th-century-apologetics-presuppositions-and-evidence/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • 20th-Century Apologetics: Addressing Modernism

    Nov 18 2020

    At the start of the 20th century, the church began to face new challenges to Christianity. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains several of the methods Christians used to defend their faith in a changing world. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/20th-century-apologetics-addressing-modernism/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • History of the Spanish Bible: Latin America

    Nov 11 2020

    Though European colonies appeared throughout the New World in the 16th century, the Reformation did not take hold in Latin America for centuries. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Pastor Sugel Michelén joins Dr. Stephen Nichols again to consider how the Spanish Bible finally crossed the Atlantic. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/history-of-the-spanish-bible-latin-america/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinch...more

  • History of the Spanish Bible: Europe

    Nov 04 2020

    Despite fearsome opposition during the Spanish Inquisition, Protestants worked diligently to translate God's Word for Spanish readers. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Pastor Sugel Michelén joins Dr. Stephen Nichols to outline the history of the Spanish Bible. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/history-of-the-spanish-bible-europe/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • The Icelandic Reformation

    Oct 28 2020

    In the 16th century, a German-made printing press was shipped across the sea to Iceland, and the first book printed on it was an Icelandic New Testament. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains how the Reformation reached this North Atlantic nation. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/the-icelandic-reformation/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Handel

    Oct 21 2020

    From the prophecies of the coming Christ to the day of judgment when He comes in glory, Handel's Messiah reflects on the promises and person of Jesus. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols offers a synopsis of what might be considered Handel's magnum opus. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/handel/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Troublechurch Browne

    Oct 14 2020

    Meet "Troublechurch" Browne, the man who was arrested for his views 32 times over the course of his ministry. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols surveys the life and work of this English separatist. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/troublechurch-browne/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Martin Micronius

    Oct 07 2020

    Who was Martin Micronius, and why was he important? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols offers a brief synopsis of this sixteenth-century Dutch Reformer who was intent on carefully ministering the Word of God. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/martin-micronius/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Alexander of Hales

    Sep 30 2020

    From his beginnings in a remote English valley, Alexander of Hales went on to field theological questions for three straight days at the University of Paris. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols surveys the history of the medieval scholar who would become known as "The Irrefutable Teacher." Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/alexander-of-hales/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.c...more

  • History of Atheism

    Sep 23 2020

    We are witnessing a rise of professing atheists and practical atheism in the 21st century. Where did all this unbelief come from? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols outlines the development of atheistic thinking in the modern world. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/history-of-atheism/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Luther and Difficult Times

    Sep 16 2020

    In 1524, German peasants began a massive revolt against the lords and princes of the land, and the Roman Catholic Church blamed Martin Luther. How did he respond? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols tells the gripping story. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/luther-and-difficult-times/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Sawdust

    Sep 09 2020

    In the first half the 20th century, no tent revival meeting was complete without an invitation to "hit the sawdust trail." On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols paints a vivid picture of this memorable era. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/sawdust/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Glossa Ordinaria

    Sep 02 2020

    What was the most important book of the 12th century? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols reveals his answer: a collection of annotations and commentaries that became the standard text in biblical studies for 600 years. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/glossa-ordinaria/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • What Governs History?

    Aug 26 2020

    What guides the direction of history? Fate? Random chance? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols evaluates how one Princetonian scholar went about answering this age-old question. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/what-governs-history/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • 1910 Edinburgh Missionary Conference

    Aug 19 2020

    Early in the 20th century, 1,200 Protestants gathered in Scotland to discuss the global need of evangelism and missions. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols probes into five important features of this 10-day conference. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/1910-edinburgh-missionary-conference/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • The Plague of Justinian I

    Aug 12 2020

    As he sought to bring back the glory days of the Roman Empire through conquest, lawmaking, and building projects, Justinian I was faced with the first pandemic of recorded history. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks into the life of an emperor who survived the bubonic plague. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/the-plague-of-justinian-i/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.c...more

  • Augustine’s Teenage Coauthor

    Aug 05 2020

    Augustine's beloved son, Adeodatus, died as a teenager. A year earlier, they worked together on a book. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols examines their insightful volume and the relationship Augustine shared with his son. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/augustines-teenage-coauthor/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Christina Rossetti

    Jul 29 2020

    Writing of God's redeeming grace, Christina Rossetti described herself as a "broken bowl" that had been remolded into "a royal cup for Him, my King." On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols examines the works of this Victorian-era poet. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/christina-rossetti/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Carthage

    Jul 22 2020

    Second only to Rome within the empire, the city of Carthage was the site of many significant and foundational events in ancient church history. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols provides an overview of this Mediterranean harbor city and its influence. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/carthage/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • To the People

    Jul 15 2020

    The Reformation was characterized by a desire to deliver the truth of God's Word out of the hands of a privileged few and into the minds of everyday people. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Stephen Nichols examines how Martin Luther embodied this principle by using the printing press to publish his writings in German. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/to-the-people/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhi...more

  • James Montgomery Boice

    Jul 08 2020

    From the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology to the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy, James Montgomery Boice partnered with R.C. Sproul and others to defend the gospel and build up the church. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes a look at the life and legacy of Dr. Boice. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/james-montgomery-boice/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchu...more

  • Moby Dick Chapter Eight

    Jul 01 2020

    Some people are surprised to discover the rich theological reflections that appear in Herman Melville's classic novel Moby Dick. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols examines the vivid description of a pulpit in an early chapter of the book. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/moby-dick-chapter-eight/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • The Pulpit

    Jun 24 2020

    Some ministers preach from pulpits, others speak from lecterns, and some stand beside a table. Does it really make any difference? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols observes the significant role of the pulpit from the earliest centuries of the church. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/the-pulpit/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • David Hume the Philosopher

    Jun 17 2020

    Can we have certainty in what we know? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols revisits David Hume, the father of philosophical skepticism. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/david-hume-the-philosopher/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • David Hume the Historian

    Jun 10 2020

    Today, David Hume is known primarily for his skeptical philosophy. But in his own day, Hume received more recognition for his historical writings. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols examines Hume's account of the Westminster Assembly. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/david-hume-the-historian/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Who Is Strong?

    Jun 03 2020

    For 35 years, James Strong labored to catalog more than 14,000 Hebrew and Greek words into the exhaustive concordance that bears his name. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols examines Strong's influence on biblical studies and Bible translation. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/who-is-strong/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Paul's Religion

    May 27 2020

    Is the Jesus of the Gospels different from the Christ taught by the Apostle Paul? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols outlines the controversy that drove J. Gresham Machen to write his monumental book on the origin of Christianity. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/pauls-religion/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Isaac Newton

    May 20 2020

    The more Isaac Newton studied God’s universe, the more he was led to worship the Creator. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the father of modern science. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/isaac-newton/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • 5 Cathedrals

    May 13 2020

    The great cathedrals of Europe have witnessed centuries of church history, and each has stories of its own to tell. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us on a journey to five of these iconic structures. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/5-cathedrals/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • C.S. Lewis, Essayist

    May 06 2020

    While Europe was embroiled in World War II, brilliant essays flowed from the pen of C.S. Lewis. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols examines some of the other writings that came from the author of The Chronicles of Narnia. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/c-s-lewis-essayist/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Dispensationalism

    Apr 29 2020

    When we hear the word "dispensational," our thoughts might turn to discussions of prophecy and the rapture. But there's far more to this theological movement. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols defines four major features of dispensationalism. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/dispensationalism/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Faith in Times of Plague - Grimké

    Apr 22 2020

    When a health crisis ravages the land, God's people are presented with a unique opportunity to take inventory of their spiritual lives. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols observes how Francis Grimke guided his congregation through the Spanish flu of 1918. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/faith-in-times-of-plague-grimke/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Faith in Times of Plague - Luther

    Apr 15 2020

    Ours is not the first age in which Christians have faced the danger of viruses and infectious disease. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols assesses how Martin Luther advised his church to trust in God during a deadly outbreak of the bubonic plague. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/faith-in-times-of-plague-luther/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • The Church in Times of Crisis

    Apr 08 2020

    In a time of crisis, will we give up all hope? Or will we trust that God is orchestrating all things to accomplish His good purposes in the world? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols turns to Augustine of Hippo as an example of steadfast faith amid challenging circumstances. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/the-church-in-times-of-crisis/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/d...more

  • 5 Latin Words

    Apr 01 2020

    How good is your Latin? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols defines five Latin terms that have been used by Christians through the ages to describe key theological truths. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/5-latin-words/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • 5 Reformers on the Psalms

    Mar 25 2020

    Every one of the Psalms is about Christ, so every psalm has something to say to the church. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols highlights five Protestant Reformers who wrote commentaries on the book of Psalms. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/5-reformers-on-the-psalms/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Re-Thinking Missions

    Mar 18 2020

    In 1932, a report was issued declaring that the church needed a new mission that represented the realities of the 20th century. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains why J. Gresham Machen's commitment to the gospel required him to part ways with a changing denomination. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/re-thinking-missions/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/ ...more

  • 3 Types of Theology

    Mar 11 2020

    Can you explain the difference between Augustinianism, Pelagianism, and Semi-Pelagianism? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols outlines three overarching views in church history of the relationship between sin and grace. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/3-types-of-theology/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • The Watchmaker

    Mar 04 2020

    Just as the existence of a wristwatch requires a watchmaker, so the cosmos necessitates the existence of God. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols walks through William Paley's teleological argument for God's existence. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/the-watchmaker/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • A Very Long Word

    Feb 26 2020

    What is disestablishmentarianism? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols surveys the relationship between church and state throughout the centuries. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/a-very-long-word/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Augustus Toplady

    Feb 19 2020

    As a brand-new pastor just out of college, Augustus Toplady wrote those memorable words, "Nothing in my hand I bring; simply to Thy cross I cling." On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols retells the short life of this London pastor and poet. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/augustus-toplady/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Blaise Pascal

    Feb 12 2020

    "Pascal," the name of a programming language and a unit for measuring internal pressure, were both named after Blaise Pascal. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses this French mathematician, physicist, philosopher, and theologian. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/blaise-pascal/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • The Cambridge Seven

    Feb 05 2020

    In 1885, seven British aristocrats committed themselves to delivering the gospel to the ends of the earth. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols presents the men who have been called the Dream Team of Missions. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/the-cambridge-seven/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Sir William Ramsay

    Jan 29 2020

    Through his study of Scripture and archeology, Sir William Ramsay stunned his liberal colleagues by concluding that the New Testament is reliable. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces this biblical scholar from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/sir-william-ramsay/ A donor supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Bonus Episode: 6 Years of 5 Minutes

    Jan 27 2020

    What are some of your favorite moments from 5 Minutes in Church History? On this special bonus episode, Dr. Nichols, Lee Webb, and Nathan W. Bingham reflect on the past six years of this podcast. For a limited time, you can download Dr. Nichols' ebook 5 Minutes in Church History for free. Visit https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/freeoffer to receive your copy.

  • The Vulgate

    Jan 22 2020

    At the end of the fourth century, the church father Jerome led a team of translators to produce a Latin edition of the Bible. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols examines the Vulgate. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/the-vulgate/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://gift.ligonier.org/1041/5-minutes-in-church-history

  • Robertus Stephanus

    Jan 15 2020

    In 1550, Robertus Stephanus published what has come to be known as the Textus Receptus, the edition of the Greek New Testament that would form the basis of Bible translations for centuries. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Stephen Nichols conveys the importance of this giant in Bible printing history. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/robertus-stephanus A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/don...more

  • The Jesus People

    Jan 08 2020

    From the birth of Christian rock to the rise of the Christian bookstore industry, American evangelicalism was significantly shaped by the Jesus People in the 1970s. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Stephen Nichols discusses this unique and influential movement. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/the-jesus-people/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

  • Resolutions with Jonathan Edwards

    Jan 01 2020

    Prior to his twentieth birthday, Jonathan Edwards wrote 70 resolutions to guide and guard the direction of his life. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols analyzes some of Edwards' resolutions related to time management, Bible reading, and growing in self-control. Read the transcript. A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries.

  • Three Christmas Hymns

    Dec 25 2019

    Christmas comes with the reminiscent sound of carols and hymns. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Stephen Nichols explores the intriguing history behind three classic Christmas hymns. Read the transcript. A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries.

  • Scriptorium: John Bunyan & Persecution

    Dec 18 2019

    Just as the Lord promised, the people of God have suffered greatly for His name throughout history. Recorded at the Scriptorium in Orlando, Florida, Stephen Nichols examines books by John Bunyan and John Foxe on the topic of suffering and martyrdom on this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History. Read the transcript. A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries.

  • Scriptorium: The Van Kampen Collection

    Dec 11 2019

    The revolutionary advent of the printing press made it possible to get the Bible into more hands more easily. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks through the Van Kampen Collection of Bibles and Bible memorabilia at the Scriptorium in Orlando, Florida. Read the transcript. A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries.

  • Scriptorium: Spurgeon's Letters

    Dec 04 2019

    You can gain interesting glimpses into someone’s life by reading the mail he sends out. On location at the Scriptorium in Orlando, Florida, Stephen Nichols pages through the letters of C.H. Spurgeon on this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History. Read the transcript. A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries.

  • Thanksgiving

    Nov 27 2019

    What was it like on the first Thanksgiving? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols reads from Edward Winslow’s letter describing the festivities. Read the transcript. A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries.

  • Trending in the 7th Century

    Nov 20 2019

    From Beowulf to Boniface III, the seventh century was a period of rich literary history and significant theological controversy. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols grants us an overview of seventh-century people and events. Read the transcript. A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries.

  • 5 Ways of Theology, Part 2

    Nov 13 2019

    Have you ever heard of elenctic theology? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols addresses the definition and history of this theological method. Read the transcript. A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries.

  • 5 Ways of Theology, Part 1

    Nov 06 2019

    What is the difference between dogmatic theology and systematic theology? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols defines several major strands of theological study that have been prominent throughout church history. Read the transcript. A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries.

  • Patrons of the Reformation

    Oct 30 2019

    The Reformers did not stand alone in the cause of biblical truth. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces several of the patrons who generously supported the Reformers in their cause. Read the transcript. A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries.

  • Who Was Anne Locke?

    Oct 23 2019

    The life of Anne Locke spanned the crucial decades of the English Reformation. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols describes this sixteenth-century poet and translator. Read the transcript. A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries.

  • Maximus the Confessor

    Oct 16 2019

    What is Dyothelitism? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces Maximus the Confessor, one of the early champions of this doctrine. Read the transcript. A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries.

  • Fatal Books

    Oct 09 2019

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols teaches on several books in church history that have proven fatal to their authors and printers. Read the transcript. A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries.

  • 17 in 1765

    Oct 02 2019

    On June 17, 1765, seventeen men petitioned the court of Williamsburg to establish a Presbyterian church in the Anglican colony of Virginia. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols goes on location to tell their story. Read the transcript. A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries.

  • Bruton Parish

    Sep 25 2019

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Steven Lawson joins Dr. Stephen Nichols in Williamsburg, Virginia, the place where George Whitefield began his first American evangelistic tour. Read the transcript. A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries.

  • Samuel Davies

    Sep 18 2019

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is on location in Virginia to remember the pastor and educator who influenced Thomas Jefferson in his appeals for religious liberty. Read the transcript. A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries.

  • Luther's Pastor

    Sep 11 2019

    We sometimes have a vision of men like Martin Luther standing alone against the world. But even Luther needed a pastor. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History recorded live at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, Dr. Stephen Nichols acquaints us with Johannes Bugenhagen. Read the transcript. A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries.

  • The King James Bible

    Sep 04 2019

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols visits the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC to take a look at one of the most renowned translations of Scripture in the English language. Read the transcript. A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries.

  • Christianity in Africa: Past and Present, Part 2

    Aug 28 2019

    For a church to become healthy and grow, sometimes it simply requires the right resources in the right hands. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Ken Mbugua and Dr. Stephen Nichols consider the present challenges and hopeful future of Christianity in Africa. Read the transcript. A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries.

  • Christianity in Africa: Past and Present, Part 1

    Aug 21 2019

    Ken Mbugua, Managing Director of Ekklesia Africa, joins Dr. Stephen Nichols on this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History to discuss the history of missions in Africa. Read the transcript. A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries.

  • Savannah

    Aug 14 2019

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to the oldest city in Georgia, where both George Whitefield and John Wesley preached. Read the transcript. A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries.

  • Charles Simeon

    Aug 07 2019

    Charles Simeon wanted a church that took the gospel seriously. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to an Anglican minister with an intense passion for preaching, missions, and church reform. Read the transcript. A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries.

  • Elisabeth Elliot

    Jul 31 2019

    After her missionary husband was martyred, she returned to serve the tribe that had killed him. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols recalls the extraordinary life of Elisabeth Elliot. Read the transcript. A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries.

  • The Angel of the Reformation

    Jul 24 2019

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to Swiss theologian Pierre Viret and explains how he got the nickname “the angel of the Reformation.” Read the transcript. A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries.

  • Deserted Island Top 5: Pepe Mendoza

    Jul 17 2019

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols asks Pepe Mendoza to share five books he would want on a deserted island. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/deserted-island-top-5-pepe-mendoza>/

  • Latin American Pioneers

    Jul 10 2019

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Pepe Mendoza joins Dr. Stephen Nichols to introduce the pioneers who brought the gospel to Latin America. Read the transcript:https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/latin-american-pioneers/

  • The Leipzig Disputation

    Jul 03 2019

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Drs. Stephen Nichols and W. Robert Godfrey discuss a key moment that helped shape Martin Luther's understanding of the authority of Scripture. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/the-leipzig-disputation/

  • Fuller Seminary

    Jun 26 2019

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols is on location at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, to discuss its founding and history. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/fuller-seminary/

  • Sister Aimee

    Jun 19 2019

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to one of the most colorful yet overlooked figures in church history: Aimee Semple McPherson. Read the transcript:https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/sister-aimee/

  • Azusa Street

    Jun 12 2019

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to 312 Azusa Street, the warehouse-turned-church in Los Angeles where William Seymour led his famous revival meetings. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/azusa-street/

  • California Missions Trail

    Jun 05 2019

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us to the Royal Road, a 600-mile trail that connects 21 missionary outposts in California. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/california-missions-trail

  • History Makers with Sugel Michelén

    May 29 2019

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, special guest Pastor Sugel Michelén joins Dr. Stephen Nichols to share how the Lord is awakening His people in Latin America. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/history-makers-sugel-michelen/

  • Deserted Island Top 5: Sugel Michelén

    May 22 2019

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols asks Sugel Michelén to share five books he would want on a deserted island. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/deserted-island-top-5-sugel-michelen/

  • Adam Smith

    May 15 2019

    How does theology relate to the economy? On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at the life and thought of Adam Smith, Scottish Presbyterian and founder of modern economics. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/adam-smith/

  • J.C. Ryle

    May 08 2019

    On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at the Bible verse that God used to convert J.C. Ryle. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/j-c-ryle/

  • Rowland Taylor

    May 01 2019

    Rowland Taylor never wrote any books. He never published a sermon. Yet he faithfully preached the gospel and gave his life as a martyr. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at Taylor’s legacy. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/rowland-taylor/

  • Perpetua and Felicitas

    Apr 24 2019

    Jesus gives us the strength to endure through suffering. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols and Jeremy Vuolo recount the story of two bold martyrs. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/perpetua-and-felicitas/

  • 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.