Tom Nelson is not the Thomas Nelson of the publishing house by the same name; Tom Nelson is senior pastor of Denton Bible Church, Denton, Texas, and an wonderfully clear and biblical preacher.
Covering 2000 years of church history is no easy task. I’ve listened to many series on Church History and Tom’s is one of the most concise and accessible. In fact, it’s addicting. On a recent road trip I played the first session for my family of six and we listened to 8 sessions.
This is a great series that is informative, entertaining, challenging, and refreshing. Know where your theology came from, and download this excellent series on Church History. You won’t be disappointed.
Sermon 1 – The Age of Catholic Christianity A.D. 70-312
Sermon 2 – The Age of Imperial Christianity A.D. 312-590
Sermon 3 – The Age of Imperial Christianity (Part Two)
Sermon 4 – The Age of Christendom A.D. 590-1517
Sermon 5 – The Rumblings of Reform
Sermon 6 – The Age of Reformation A.D. 1517-1648
Sermon 7 – The Age of Reformation (Con’t) A.D. 1517-1648
Sermon 8 – The Age of Reason and Revival 1648 – 1789
Sermon 9: The First Great Awakening 1720-1740
Sermon 10: The Second Great Awakening 1787 – 1810
Sermon 11: The Revival of 1857: “The Layman’s Prayer Revival”
Sermon 12: The Rise of Liberalism: The Late 1800′s to Present
Sermon 13: The Rise of Pentecostalism: 1867 – Present
I recently spent a few full days traveling by car and passed the time listening to numerous messages by Michael Reeves on church history. Reeves is an excellent teacher and his Church history series will give you an excellent grasp on the crucial figures, issues and writings of the past 2000 years, from Iraneaus and Justin Martyr to Luther, Calvin and the Puritans.
Reeves approach is to break down his talks into particular focuses. First he will talk about the life and historical background of say Thomas Aquinas, and then he will look at Aquinas’ theology by examining his major writings and why they were written.
Reeves looks at the following men of Church history: Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Athanasius, Anselm, Thomas Aquinas, Augustine, Martin Luther, Zwingli, & John Calvin.
I highly recommend this series as it helps us to see weaknesses in our present day theology. It’s not easily organized, so you have to poke around the Theology Network site to locate all of Reeves audio messages on Church history.
The folks at Christian Audio have posted another free book, this one is Jonathan Edwards ‘Life of David Brainerd’. Brainerd was a missionary to the Native Americans and experienced a great many trials, eventually dying at a young age of Tuberculosis. This is a classic work, and perhaps Jonathan Edwards most widely read work. It played a big part in the American missionary movement.
Use the coupon code OCT2007 when checking out to get it free.
For the month of June, ChristianAudio.com is offering a free audio download of 3 Edwards sermons which they titled ‘The Best of Jonathan Edwards’. Use the code JUN2007 during checkout. The sermons are:
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
A Divine and Supernatural Light
His Farewell Sermon of 1750
Church historian David Calhoun’s lectures on church history have been made available online by Covenant Theological Seminary. These excellent lectures should not be missed. The old saying, ‘Those who don’t know history are bound to repeat it’ holds a particular truth for Christians. We must know church history. Calhoun does a great job of making church history accessible and interesting.