Blog Entries on History

Sep 29, 2016

Why the Pastor Needs a Council of Historians by Luke Holmes

All pastors should study church history, but there is an ever-increasing need for pastors to study their church's own history and be shaped by the stories of faithful saints and the faithfulness of God.

Jan 24, 2016

Why Fanny Crosby Wished She Was Born Blind by Staff

When a pastor once remarked that it was pity that among all her gifts, sight was not included, the great hymn writer Fanny Crosby said this . . .

May 27, 2019

Was George Whitefield a Christian?

Dealing with the Tainted Legacy of American History's Greatest Preacher

What do we make of the fact that the man who was perhaps the greatest preacher in American history and is still one of evangelicalism's favorite heroes owned slaves and propagated slavery?

Apr 28, 2015

The Missional Calvin by Staff

Calvin so believed in the importance of the everyday activities of Christian life and mission that he had a strange but telling practice in Geneva . . .

Sep 26, 2018

The Man Who Died for the Lord’s Supper by Benjamin Hawkins

Frith's call for Christian love doesn’t mean that he saw doctrinal debates about the Lord’s Supper as unimportant. 

May 8, 2015

Ten Reasons to Know a Little Bit of Church History by David Roach

The study of church history has fallen on hard times. But here are 10 reasons why the average believer’s walk with Christ would be enriched by learning a bit from our hallowed past.

Feb 12, 2018

Pastor, Take Courage in the Historical Jesus! by Todd Chipman

Archaeology does not, has not and will never prove Christianity as a system of faith—nor can it disprove the textual evidence of the New Testament. 

Feb 5, 2019

Join the New England Study Tour This May!

Deadline to Register is February 18th

by Staff

Walk where Edwards and Whitefield walked, visit everywhere from Yale to Harvard and coastal Maine to rural Vermont, meet with local pastors and church planters, and even enjoy some local eateries and coffee.

Nov 1, 2015

Christians and No-Work Sundays by Jim Elliff

Believers haven’t always had Sundays free from work. Though our culture is changing in this regard, it still is largely expected that most of our members will be exempt from Sunday work to give attention to our worship. The earliest Christians did not have such a privilege.

May 25, 2016

Carl F. H. Henry and An Air Assault from a Persistent Widow by Jason G. Duesing

Before Carl F.H. Henry became the premier evangelical theologian of the twentieth century, he first was a nominal Episcopalian in need of the mercy of God. Thankfully that mercy came through the air assault of a persistent widow.

May 9, 2015

Bonhoeffer and The Costly, Enjoyable Kingdom by Steve Bezner

I had loved God. I had served God. I had preached about God. I had studied God. But I had never enjoyed Him.

Sep 21, 2018

4 Important Lessons from Charles Spurgeon's Conversion by Allen Nelson

What if instead of making services about the altar, the priority of the gospel invitation was attached to the exhortation from Scripture?