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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.

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5 Reformers on the Psalms

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/

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25 Mar 2020

Rank #1

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What Is Reformation Day?

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.

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26 Oct 2016

Rank #2

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5 Latin Words

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/

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1 Apr 2020

Rank #3

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The Most Important Thing to the Reformers (Part 1)

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.

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25 Apr 2018

Rank #4

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Wilberforce

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

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6 Aug 2014

Rank #5

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Faith in Times of Plague - Luther

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/

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15 Apr 2020

Rank #6

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Deserted Island Top 5: W. Robert Godfrey

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

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9 Apr 2014

Rank #7

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What Happened to the Puritans

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

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26 Jul 2017

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Beowulf

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

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8 Oct 2014

Rank #9

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Charles Spurgeon, Part 1

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.

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28 Nov 2018

Rank #10

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Martin Luther: The 95 Theses, Take 2

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

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6 Nov 2013

Rank #11

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The 28 Theses

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

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18 Jun 2014

Rank #12

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Five Point Deliverance, Part 1

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

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16 Apr 2014

Rank #13

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Faith in Times of Plague - Grimké

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/

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22 Apr 2020

Rank #14

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8 Women You Should Know

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.

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5 Jul 2017

Rank #15

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Savonarola

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

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9 Jul 2014

Rank #16

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On the Canon

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.

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19 Jul 2017

Rank #17

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The Apostles' Creed

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

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8 Jul 2015

Rank #18

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5 Ways of Theology, Part 1

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.

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6 Nov 2019

Rank #19

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The Jesus People

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/

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8 Jan 2020

Rank #20