• What’s the best way to help people at your church learn church history? Question and Answer

    I’m not sure why you wouldn’t want to offer a separate class in church history, because it is a distinct discipline. Certainly you can encourage some interest in church history in a sermon, occasionally having an illustration out of church history. When talking about prayer, particularly the prayers of parents for their children, preachers have often talked about Augustine’s mother Monica. When she saw him leave the church and, for a time, really commit himself to an anti-Christian philosophy and lifestyle, she prayed for him and beseeched the Lord to move him. The Lord heard those prayers, and Augustine gave … View Resource

  • What are your favorite classic works throughout church history? Question and Answer

    You could have one for every century. I only have ninety seconds, so we’ll skip a few centuries. In the early church, I love the Martyrdom of Polycarp, which is a second-century text. It gives us fresh insight into what was happening in the church at that time. It helps us think about what it means to be a Christian in a culture that is hostile to Christianity. The Martyrdom of Polycarp is the first stop. Then we’ll skip a bit to the 400’s. We’ll pick up Augustine’s Confessions and Leo’s Tome. A “tome” is a big book, but Leo’s … View Resource

  • What level of importance should church history have in my walk as a Christian? Question and Answer

    First of all, at the ordinary level, these folks are your family as a Christian, and it really is terrific to get to know them. The second thing is that the more we know about the past, the more we are preserved from repeating the mistakes of the past. The third thing is that we learn that even our heroes had feet of clay. That’s a very important lesson for us to learn so that we don’t engage in a kind of guru idolatry in our time. Then, speaking personally, I think ordinary Christians can best learn about the history … View Resource