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5 Minutes in Church History: Chaplain John Bradford, British Martyr

Stephen Nichols tells the story of the dishonest clerk who became a martyr, Chaplain John Bradford who died heroically for his faith

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5 Minutes in Church History: Chaplain John Bradford, British Martyr

Stephen Nichols tells the story of the dishonest clerk who became a martyr, Chaplain John Bradford who died heroically for his faith

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5 Minutes in Church History: Bishop Hooper, British Martyr

Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses the Martyrdom of Bishop John Hooper, who was burned at the stake for faithfully baring witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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5 Minutes in Church History: Three British Martyrs: Dr. Rowland Taylor

In this installment, we are going to start a series called Three British Martyrs. These were all martyrs under Bloody Mary and all of their martyrdoms and the accounts of their lives are recorded for us in Foxe’s Book of Martyrs. The first British martyr to consider is Dr. Rowland Taylor. An inscription says about him, […]

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5 Minutes in Church History: Rio 1558, the Guanabara Confession of Faith

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 Summer Olympics were just held in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. But I want to take us back to Rio in 1558. There is a […]

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5 Minutes in Church History: The Divinity School Address

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. On July 15, 1838, Ralph Waldo Emerson gave the commencement address at Harvard Divinity School. The address has come to be seen as a significant essay, both in American literature […]

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5 Minutes in Church History: Feathery Christians

What is a “feathery Christian”? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Stephen Nichols explains the significance of the great Puritan pastor Thomas Watson. Have you ever heard of “feathery Christians”? It’s a line from a book by Thomas Watson. Here’s what Charles Haddon Spurgeon had to say about the book: “Thomas Watson’s Body […]

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5 Minutes in Church History: The Ten Theses of Berne

The city of Berne is in northern Germany, toward the west, not too far from the border with the Netherlands. In 1520, Berchtold Haller came to the church at St. Vincent in the city. Haller had been influenced by Philip Melanchthon and Huldrych Zwingli. Later, especially after 1521, Haller and Zwingli would correspond often and […]

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5 Minutes in Church History: What Is Reformation Day?

What is Reformation Day? To answer that question, let’s ask another question. When is Reformation Day? It’s October 31; it commemorates the events of October 31, 1517. On that day, Martin Luther, an Augustinian monk, nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany. Now, why would Luther do that? To answer this […]

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5 Minutes in Church History: Augustine’s Handbook for Life

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. Augustine of Hippo wrote many books, including his Confessions and City of God. One of his somewhat lesser-known works is a […]

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5 Minutes in Church History: As John Calvin Spoke from the Pulpit

In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses the lesser known pastoral side of John Calvin. John Calvin’s sermons on Ephesians are a wonderful text. In the introduction to the Banner of Truth Trust’s edition of these sermons, the editors note that as we think about Calvin’s writings, we have […]

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