Carl Trueman joins the panel at Christ the Center to discuss the history of Trinitarian thought touching on the contributions of the Nicean Creed, the Chalcedonian formula, the Cappadocian Fathers, Athanasius, Augustine, Aquinas, Jonathan Edwards, Karl Barth, Van Til, and John Owen. Trueman, who is something of an expert on Owen, spends some time looking at Owens understanding of the Trinity, particularly looking at how Owen differentiated how we commune with each member of the Trinity. This is an important discussion as it demonstrates that the Trinity is not something for the theologians, but rather it has great impact for all believers.
I am growing more and more fond of Steve Lawson, particularly his look at church history. This series is fantastic, and I’ll be listening to them again to get all the information. These messages are delivered at the Friday morning ‘Men’s Seminary’ meeting at Christ Fellowship Baptist Church. We are greatly blessed to be able to sit in on these sessions.
In his series ‘Long Line of Godly Men’, Steve Lawson recently covered the life of Augustine of Hippo, one of the most influential men in church history. Lawson looks intently at Augustine’s battle with the monk Pelagius, and draws some timely conclusions the church needs to hear today. We enjoy a thousand years of history to see that the outworking of Pelagianism is secular humanism, while the outworking of Augustine is Reformed Theology. Shortly after, a halfway house between these two theologies emerged, that being Semi-Pelagianism, which dogs the church today.
Augustine was also the writer that had a tremendous impact on Calvin and Luther. Part 3 looks at how our understanding of the fall, man’s nature and sin directly effects everything else we believe including the Christ’s work on the cross and evangelism. The distinctions Lawson examine are critical for a correct gospel.
The first message listed, ‘From Clement of Rome to Augustine of Hippo’ is an excellent overview of the first 400 years of church history. Unfortunately, I am unable to locate this message since CFBC has moved the audio on their website. If you find it please leave a comment with a link to this audio file.
Dr. David Calhoun’s seminary courses on church history are well known, and now are available online from Covenant Theology Seminary. This course covers the history of the church from the book of Acts to the dawn of the Reformation.
Church history is one of the big weaknesses of most Christians, and many errors we easily fall into could be avoided with a basic knowledge of church history. Calhoun makes church history accessable, interesting and relevant.
John Piper has made a habit of delivering a biographical sketch of one important person in church history every year at his pastor’s conferences. They are highlights of each years conference and are not to be missed. In fact, these sketches are published in book form in ‘The Swan’s are Not Silent’ series, ‘Contending for our All’, ‘The Legacy of Sovereign Joy’, ‘The Hidden Smile of God’, and ‘The Roots of Endurance.’
Piper tackles such giants as Augustine, John Owen, John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, John Bunyan, Charles Simeon, Athanasias, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, J. Greshem Machen, Martin Luther, John G. Paton, David Brainerd, George Mueller, William Cowper, Adoniram Judson, Charles Spurgeon and William Tyndale.