Blog Category: Church History

Preaching at Great Cost

Ramon Maese | June 24, 2016

It’s an accurate statement that true character is drawn out through the pressures of life. Ernie Baker, of The Master’s College, teaches that the heart of man is like a tea bag, just add hot water to find out what’s in it. The choice is fight or flight. Surely, preachers are subject to this element. […]

John Bunyan, Joy, and Suffering

Joe Leinen |

John Bunyan is best known as the author of Pilgrim’s Progress; however, he has left behind a far greater treasure than any of his books, sermons, or achievements. Perhaps the greatest gift that John Bunyan left to us was the incredible story of his joy in his sufferings for the Gospel. To understand the legacy […]

Cowardice, Courage, and the Death of Cranmer

Nathan Busenitz | April 6, 2016

A brief sketch from the pages of Reformation history. Four hundred sixty years ago, on March 21, 1556, a crowd of curious spectators packed University Church in Oxford, England. They were there to witness the public recantation of one of the most well-known English Reformers, a man named Thomas Cranmer. Cranmer had been arrested by Roman […]

Augustine and Christian Joy

Michael Riccardi | April 5, 2016

Many Christians recognize the name of Augustine of Hippo from his valiant defense of the biblical doctrine of divine sovereignty against the man-centered heresy of the British monk Pelagius. And we know that the Reformers made exceedingly frequent references to Augustine’s work as they fought against the man-centeredness of the Roman Catholic Church. But what […]

Christmas, Controversies, and Christ

Nathan Busenitz | December 1, 2015

Mention “Christmas” and “controversy” together in the same sentence, and most evangelicals will assume you’re talking about Santa Claus, Christmas trees, or the secularization of the winter holiday season. But, from a historical perspective, a much more significant controversy surrounded Christmas for the first five centuries of church history; and its effects still linger in […]

The Monk Who Was Not Good Enough

Nathan Busenitz | October 29, 2015

It was just over 500 years ago, in the fall of 1510, that a desperate Roman Catholic monk made what he thought would be the spiritual pilgrimage of a lifetime. He had become a monk five years earlier, much to the surprise and dismay of his father, who wanted him to become a lawyer. In […]

The Fire That Fueled the Reformation

Nathan Busenitz | October 26, 2015

“Is not My word like fire?” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer which shatters a rock? (Jer. 23:29) What caused the Reformation? Many people might answer that question by pointing to Martin Luther and his 95 Theses. But if you were to ask Luther himself, he would not point to himself or his own writings. […]

Penal Substitution and Church History

Michael J. Vlach | September 8, 2015

Since the rise of Protestant liberalism in the eighteenth century, it has become common for some to claim that penal substitution, the view that Christ died on behalf of sinners, is not a biblical doctrine. (For a clear refutation of that assertion, see here.) In recent years this position has been accompanied by assertions that […]

Why Study Church History? Part 4

Nathan Busenitz | August 20, 2015

Why Study Church History? Part 1 Why Study Church History? Part 2 Why Study Church History? Part 3 Because just as we can learn from the good examples of faithful Christians (see Reason #7), we likewise have much to learn from those who failed at various points. It is an old cliché, but often true: […]

Why Study Church History? Part 3

Nathan Busenitz | August 19, 2015

Why Study Church History? Part 1 Why Study Church History? Part 2 Because sound doctrine has been guarded and passed down by faithful generations throughout history. In 2 Timothy 2:2, Paul told his son in the faith: “The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will […]

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