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100+ Significant Moments in Church History
40 minutes | 3 days ago
Episode 38: The Protestant Reformation Part 3
44 minutes | 11 days ago
Episode 37: The Protestant Reformation Part 3
Today’s episode is the third part in our overview of the Protestant Reformation, which started when a young Augustinian monk nailed 95 theses onto the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany in 1517, and became one of the most influential revolutions in Western Civilization.We have been focused on one of the true pivot points in Western Civilization – the Protestant Reformation, which happened in the 16th century when Martin Luther – the monk with the mallet - set out to correct a problem he saw in the Medieval Catholic church he was serving and ended up splitting the church in two. This is the third of three lectures on the Reformation. In the first we:1. Looked at the challenges inside the Medieval Church – principally the corruption that was by no means total but which was a real problem – and the ways in which the Gospel had been distorted, especially with regard to issues of repentance and justification. We also tracked the young Martin Luther from birth up to his appearance at the Diet of Worms. 2. In the second – podcast number 36 – we followed Luther as he attacked indulgences, ended up excommunicated by both the Pope and the Emperor, was kidnapped by Frederick the Wise, spent a year hiding in the castle at Wartburg, and then as he returned to Wittenberg and led the Reformation. We also looked at his marriage, his death and some of his writings.In today’s lecture we get a bit more theological. Perhaps I should apologize now. This isn’t exactly the deep end of the pool, but it may be deeper. We’re going to focus on the Five Solas – which is the shorthand phrase for saying, we are going to discuss the theological principles that Luther and the other reformers will argue for and ultimately establish in Protestant Churches.These are not the initial issues. Let me remind you that Luther – by his own admission – stumbled into the Reformation. Not only did he not set out to do what he did, but when he first started voicing objections, they were not about the things he would later be so adamant about. When he nailed the 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg church, he was mad at Tetzel’s sale of indulgences. And if you read the 95 theses that is what you hear about. He was not mad at the Pope’s power or the celebration of tradition or prayers to the saints, and he is not advocating for the five solas that we are going to focus on. These things will emerge as the reformation plays out, and they are not all driven by Luther. The Reformation ends up being much bigger than him.However, these five are important and you may hear them brought up from time to time and any thoughtful summary of the Reformation needs to make mention of them, so today they are our focus.
49 minutes | 18 days ago
Episode 36: The Life of Martin Luther - The Protestant Reformation Part 2
45 minutes | 24 days ago
Episode 35 - The Reformation Part 1 - 100+ Significant Moments in Christian History
40 minutes | a month ago
Episode 34: The Renaissance
43 minutes | a month ago
Episode 33: Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel and the Intersection of Faith and Art
Today we begin our multi-week focus on the Renaissance, staring with Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and then stepping back to consider the important intersections of faith and art.
45 minutes | a month ago
Episode 32: The Origins of Human Rights
A. In today’s lecture, Mike will be discussing on the rise of Human Rights, showing how they are grounded in the Christian Worldview and tracing their development over three thousand years.
44 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 31: The Art of Reading Christian Literature
44 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 30: The Origins of the Protestant Movement: The Return to Prominence of the Most Important Book in History
In today’s lecture, Mike will be focusing on two of the Pre-Reformers, John Wycliffe and Jan Hus, explaining what they did that got them sideways with the authorities, and why. The Bible is the most significant book of all time. Most claims to be “the best” or “the biggest” are long on hype. Not here. There are many ways to substantiate the Bible’s dominance.Today we turn to two men who are significant for a few reasons. First, because they point ahead to an event that is going to rock Europe in about one hundred years. That event is the Protestant Reformation. And as you will see, it’s not just a church event. The Reformation ends up changing just about every aspect of life: government, family, business, the arts. The tectonic plates of Europe shift in a big way because of the Reformation.The second reason they are significant is because of their efforts to get the Bible into the hands of ordinary people – which was not happening at the time. And which they believed was absolutely critical. The third is because they end up being burned because of their efforts to get the Bible into the hands of everyday people. I am talking about are John Wycliffe and Jan Hus.
45 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 29: The Great Council
This episode will focuses on the Fourth Lateran Council, a 13th century event you have likely never heard of – and can’t imagine you are listening to a lecture on it. But this council – which is often referred to as the Great Council – is important for a handful of reasons. The one Mike will be highlighting today deals with the formalized endorsement of the doctrine of Transubstantiation. Which is the Roman Catholic idea that the communion elements become the actual body and blood of Christ during the prayer of consecration by a priest.
39 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 28: The Crisis in the Late Middle Age Church
36 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 27: Facts and Myths from the Life of St Francis of Assisi
39 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 26: The Rise of the University
Today, Mike will be focusing on the rise of the Medieval University, which is important because it was largely a Christian venture and university education begins to have an increasingly significant impact across the world. In a future lecture Mike will be talking about the rise of Higher Education in the United States, which is its own story. Today he briefly looks back at the academies that were sprouting up back during Augustine’s life, before skipping ahead to the Monestary and Cathedral schools that are the genesis for schools like The University of Paris, Oxford, Cambridge and many others.
40 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 25: The Scholastics
We'll be focusing on Aristotle, Anselm, Aquinas and their contributions to the rise of Scholasticism.
45 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 24: The Crusades
34 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 23 - Politics, Power, and the Church: Pope Gregory VII and the Cluniac Movement
A. In today’s podcast, we will be exploring the challenges the church has with power and looking at some of its internal efforts at reform – most notably, the work of Pope Gregory VII and the Cluniac movement.
39 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 22: The Great Schism
In today’s podcast, we'll focus on the Great Schism of 1054, which divided the church between the West — the Roman Catholic and Protestant Churches — and the East — the capital “O” Orthodox churches.
46 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 21 - Charlemagne
33 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 20 - The Venerable Bede
Today we're looking at the impact of one of the most famous Brits of all time – a quiet Benedictine Monk named Bede. He is then going to show how Bede fits into a long line of Christians who elevate the life of the mind.
35 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 19: The Impact of Islam on Christianity
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