Church History: Why Does Church History Even Matter?
Why does it matter if Christians know the history of their faith? Well, imagine trying to sustain a marriage with total amnesia, never fully aware of all the past experiences that you and your spouse have shared. Sure, it’s possible […]
History: An Eyewitness Memory from the Second World War
Whenever I meander a museum, I look for living history. I look for people who may have been alive during the time period that’s on display, and I try to listen. I want to know not only what’s on the […]
Church History: Why the Story of Our Faith Is Bigger and Better Than Facts and Dates
The following is the second half of an interview I did with Baptist Press related to my book and DVD-curriculum, Christian History Made Easy. Click here for the first half. Q: Why is the average person in the pew largely uninformed about church […]
Church History: Why Should Anyone Care About Church History?
The following is part of an interview I did with Baptist Press related to my book and DVD-curriculum, Christian History Made Easy. Professor Timothy Paul Jones acknowledges that plenty of people view the study of history as boring–full of drab facts […]
Church History: How Christianity Happened
Easter is certainly a time for celebration, but it is also a time for solemn reflection. We fast and reflect during the season of Lent, then we celebrate the joy of the resurrection on Easter sunday. But what about after […]
Church History: The Legacy of William Wilberforce
March 25th marks the anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade in Great Britain. In 1807 the British Parliament passed the Slave Trade Act, eradicating the inhumane export of African slaves throughout the Empire. About 25 years following that, […]
Church History: An Interview with Tom Nettles on the Prince of Preachers
On January 31, 1892, Charles Haddon Spurgeon passed from this life. More than a century later, he remains one of the most widely-read preachers ever. In Living By Revealed Truth, Dr. Tom Nettles distills more than a decade of his […]
Family Ministry: Family Discipleship in the Middle Ages and Reformation
With the dawning of imperial favor in the early fourth century and the crumbling of the Roman Empire in the fifth, the primary locus of Christian practice drifted from homes to dedicated institutional structures. Especially in the early Middle Ages, […]
Apologetics: Was Scripture Modified to Oppose Women and Jews?
According to Dr. Bart Ehrman, in his book Misquoting Jesus, there exists a category of New Testament alterations which includes changes that occurred because copyists “who were not altogether satisfied with what the New Testament books said modified their words to […]
Church History: An Interview on the Importance of Understanding Church History
So why is church history so important? For the average Christian, the thought of studying church history most likely seems boring or irrelevant–but church history is vitally important! So what’s so important about church history? Here’s a question-and-answer I did […]
Apologetics: Two Rotten Reasons to Trust Jesus
In my years as a pastor and professor, I’ve spoken with thousands of people—most of them firm believers in the biblical perspective on Jesus—about Christian apologetics and the historical foundations of their faith. In the process, I’ve heard multitudes of well-meaning Christians provide two particular […]
Apologetics: Can We Trust a Copy of a Copy?
I slumped in an unpadded pew, half-listening to the morning Bible study. I wasn’t particularly interested in what the Bible teacher in this small Christian high school had to say. But, when the teacher commented that the Gospels always reported […]
Church History: The Words That Once Preceded “Amazing Grace”
John Newton, author of the hymn lyrics now known as “Amazing Grace,” was born on July 24, 1725. While doing some research related to Newton, I ran across another set of lyrics that are equally powerful but far less familiar. […]
Theology: Jonathan Edwards on What It Means to Be “In Christ”
“By virtue of the believer’s union with Christ, he doth really possess all things. That we know plainly from Scripture. “But it may be asked, how does he possess all things? What is he the better for it? How is […]
Church History: What Did the Real St. Patrick Do?
Video courtesy of Rose Publishing The real St. Patrick wasn’t Irish, he never sent a snake to England, and no one has ever even officially declared him a saint. So why do people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Mostly because they […]
Church History: What Are Some of the Best Books about Church History?
Video courtesy of Christianity.com So now that you’ve spent thirty days looking at the history of Christianity, what’s next? What books or videos can provide you with deeper understanding of how God has worked throughout the past two thousand years? […]
Church History: How and When Will God Bring History to an End?
Video courtesy of Christianity.com For more on how Christians have thought about the end of time throughout history, take a look at this book and video series: Rose Guide to End Times Prophecies and Four Views of the End Times. […]