7 Awesome Ways to Learn Church History Online for Free


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Uruguayan journalist Eduardo Galeano once said “History never really says goodbye. History says, ‘See you later.’ Well it depends on what history we want to welcome. Its either mistakes or victories of the past that will be knocking at our doors.  However we can anticipate the comeback when we look at history. Christians should study church history. Here’s 7 ways to learn church history without breaking the bank. Of course, nothing can beat having a seminary training about church history and I highly encourage you to do so. However, for those who can’t go to a seminary or even buy a book in church history, this list can be a good place to know about this important subject:

1. Get church history daily/weekly in your inbox – Christian History Institute offers a daily  It Happened Today sort of a”this day in history” thing simply by subscribing to their e-mail list (scroll down to the bottom till you find the subscribe box.)

Christianity.com offers an e-mail newsletter which you can choose on either daily or weekly church history. Click here to subscribe and scroll down to click the church history newsletter offer.

Also you can check out Christianity Today’s Church History which gives you free weekly e-mails simply by subscribing.

2. Listen to a podcast – Aside from the cool Cranberries intro, this weekly podcast on church history hosted by Dr. Stephen Nichols takes a slice of church history and discusses how God works to events, people and places and how it’s relevant to our time. 5 Minutes of Church History is non technical in approach and because it’s brief, you can easily tuck it to your podcast listening list.

Another podcast that is like Dr. Stephen Nichols is Christian History Almanac. Presented by 1571, this daily podcast is 5 minutes hosted by Dr. Dan van Voorhis. Aside from the stories, every episode ends with a cool prose and poetry.

However, if you want a more lengthy (15 minutes or so), go check Today in Church His-Story It’s a weekly peek to the halls of history hosted by Dr. Andrew Smith. If you head to their website you’ll see past episodes that will invigorate your knowledge about church history.

For kids who wants to learn about important figures of church history, they can check out a podcast from Rebel Alliance Media. Click here for the latest episode of Fathers of Faith for Covenant Kids.

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3. Watch lectures over Youtube – Ryan Reeves church history lectures are superb. If you check his Youtube channel, you’ll see his 64 k subscribers and some of his 20-30 minute videos had been viewed 500 k times. Very impressive. His videos consist of pictures and notes for viewers to catch the important words, names and events. The audio and images are great. Ryan Reeves  Historical Theology for Everyone is a must watch!

If you want, however, to see an actual lecture, you can also check Dr. Nathan Buzenitz Historical Theology and Carl E. Trueman’s lectures on The Reformation both presented in The Master’s Seminary.

Lastly, this seminar series by Berean Baptist Church of Queensland is a must watch if you want to know about Baptist History.

4. Listen to a Sunday School series – Tommy Nelson of Denton Bible Church, gives a series simply titled Church History, in engaging and exciting way, considering the dread of studying historical stuff.  The audio quality is good and you can feel the churchy setting to were this series is given.

Moving to Sermon Audio, I would like to recommend two Sunday School series that tackles church history. First is from Brian Borgman,pastor of Grace Community Church Nevada, A Survey of Church History . Love the audio quality and how Borgman articulate the teachings which are not intimidating. Last one is from Dr. James White Church History Series .  If you know James White, his debates and podcast, you’ll find this at par from what he dishes out. The audio quality is not that good but if you like what you hear and like White you’ll gonna stick around for this series.

5. Download a Seminary app – Reformed Theological Seminary has an app that you can download in various app stores for free. The lecturer is Dr. S. Donald Fortson and you can access these lectures on i-Tunes U from your i-phone and i-Pad.

6. Sign up on an online seminary level course – You can check out audio lectures of Ancient and Mediaval History and Reformation and Modern History courses at Covenant Theological Seminary. You have to create an account to access it complete with downloadable MP3, transcript and study guides. You can check other seminaries that has church history courses by clicking here.

7. Dowload e-books on Church History – If your’re not into the audio and video lectures, you can download free e-books on church history. A simple search on Mogernism.com yields some books that you can check out.

So thats my list, so what’s yours? Kindly comment in the comment section on what should be added on the list. By the way, I would like to thank Dead Men Community, TCB Family and the Baptist Review Facebook Groups for giving me some of what has been included on the list. It really helped me to write this article and gave me ways to self-study Church History.

The Quotable Round-Up # 66

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Hey people here’s your favorite post. Hot and fresh quotes from the books “Preach: Theology Meets Practice” by  Mark Dever and Greg Gilbert;  and “ The KJV Only Controversy ” by James R. White . If you enjoyed these quotes, please buy the books at your nearest Christian bookstore or on Amazon. Feel free to share this post over your social media. God bless you and enjoy your week!
“Conspiratorial thinking tends to see the “facts” in such a way as to always support one’s preconceived notions. Once a person has accepted the idea that the “modern versions” are somehow in league with one another to “get” the KJV and to “hide” God’s truths, every instance of variation between the KJV and those versions is filled with great importance. Rather than examining the facts and gaining a proper perspective on the issue, KJV Only advocates find in the most innocent scribal error a grand scheme to rob Christ of His deity or deny that salvation is by grace through faith.”

“Modern translations of the Bible as a matter of standard practice Greek include textual footnotes to indicate to the reader uhere the or Hebrew manuscripts contain variants. KJV Only advocates, generally, dislike such footnotes, feeling that they can “confuse” the reader, and that they are, in fact, faith-destroying. If a version dares to note that a word, phrase, or verse is questionable, it will be accused of “attacking” the Word of God by those who defme the KJV as the Word of God. Unfortunately, many defenders of the AV seem to be unaware of the fact, noted previously,” that the King James Version contained 8, 422 such marginal readings and notes when it was first published. A High quality printings of the King James to this day, such as those printed at Cambridge, contain these references, though many printed in America omit these items.”

“God has indeed the KJV, for which we can all be very thankful. And I do not doubt for a second that He will continue to
bless those who read it and obey it. But God blessed the Septuagint,
too. And the Vulgate. And translations in dozens of different languages as well. God has blessed the NASB, and the NIV and many others. God blesses those who seek His will and follow it. Those who fmd His will in the NIV are just as blessed as those who find it in the KJV. Limiting God’s blessing to a particular translation of the Bible is historically untenable and spiritually dangerous.” 

“The KJV was not the first English translation, nor the last. Hence, it is perfectly logical to ask, “Why should I use it as the standard by which I am to test all others?” Yet the reason, almost always, is found in the equation, “The King James Bible Alone = the Word of God Alone.” That’s the starting point, the foundation of the entire system.”

“The King James Only controversy, by its very nature, brings
disruption and contention right into the pews of the local Christian
church. KJV Only advocates, due to the nature of their beliefs, are often disruptive of the fellowship in churches, feeling that their message of “God’s one true Bible” needs to be heard by all. Anyone who does not “know what they know” needs to be told quickly, and 
most often, forcefully. And since much of the KJV Only material
alleges grand and complex conspiracies on the part of the modem
translations, distrust of others who use (or would even defend) those translations often results in schisms within the fellowship and a debilitation of the local body.”

“The Holy Spirit uses the preached word to give spiritual life to those who are spiritually dead, and He uses the preached word to conform God’s people more closely to the image of Jesus. As preachers of the Word, we should have no less confidence in it than God Himself does. When we preach we should do so with the full conviction that God will accomplish His purposes through His Word. It will not return to Him empty.” — Mark Dever and Greg Gilbert

“Scripture is useful for doctrinal instruction, both positively and negatively, and it is useful for ethical instruction, again both positively and negatively. Taken together, all that provides a pretty comprehensive map of what is required to edify a church and build Christians up in Christ.” — Mark Dever and Greg Gilbert