The Lesson of Church History

One of my first books, and certainly my first introduction to church history. What an experience! It is so sad to have lived in the dark all one's life, only to be suddenly thrust into such a rich and engrossing epic. Beyond an exposure to unfamiliar names like Cyprian and Ignatius, Wycliffe and Luther, McCheyne … Continue reading The Lesson of Church History

Christians in History: Augustine (354 – 430)

The eminent church historian, Philip Schaff, described him as 'the great church teacher of all times'. Augustine is a towering figure in the long history of the Christian church. Aside from standing as an important link between early Christianity and the Middle Ages, his views and ideas have deeply influenced how the Christian world understands … Continue reading Christians in History: Augustine (354 – 430)

Christians in History: Irenaeus (130 – 202)

Irenaeus was born around 130 AD in the city of Smyrna (present day Izmir in Turkey). He was raised as a Christian and was a student of Polycarp, an early Christian leader who had been a disciple of John the apostle. On account of persecution by the Roman emperor, he relocated to Rome and then … Continue reading Christians in History: Irenaeus (130 – 202)

Christians in History: Charles Colson (1931-2012)

The life of Charles Colson is one that illustrates what God can accomplish through one who has been transformed by the Holy Spirit. His transformation was as profound as his change was real. And as the writer of Hebrews said of Abel many years ago, we can testify of him that though he is dead … Continue reading Christians in History: Charles Colson (1931-2012)