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29. Quiz Show: G3 Edition
Mea culpa: Joseph made a remark about Augustine being in Africa his entire life, but that way off the mark! Although he became famous as Augustine of Hippo (in modern-day Algeria) and lived much of his life there, Augustine spent considerable time in Rome and Milan before and after his conversion to Christianity. Show notes and links CHM Podcast store at Bonfire "Cotton Mather & the Salem Witch Trials" by The Narrated Puritan (on the Man of God Network) Website of G3 Ministries Previous CHM episodes mentioned: 4 "Heroes and Heretics: Martin Luther" 11 "The First Crusade" 24 "Heroes and Heretics: Three Patron Saints of Ireland" 27 "Barn Raisin' Babdists"
October 20, 2021
28. The Doctrine of Lesser Magistrates
Sources and show notes Excerpts from the Magdeburg Confession: Website of Matt Trewhella:  Sermon series from Sam Waldron on the "Christian's Relationship to Civil Authority": It's Good to be a Man podcast on the inevitability of patriarchy: Honest to Pod podcast by Gregory Baus: Sources on John Ponet: and Source on Jonathan Edwards the younger, by Bill Edwards:
September 15, 2021
27. Barn Raisin' Babdists
Sources and notes: Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Anabaptism and Contemporary Baptists Conference: Heirs of the Reformation by James McGoldrick (available from Founder Press: Spiritual and Anabaptist Writers, George H. Williams and Angel M. Mergal, editors (available to borrow from the Internet Archive with a free account: 2,000 Years of Christ's Power Set (4 Volumes) by Nick Needham (available here: The Reformation of the Sixteenth Century by Roland Bainton (available to borrow from the Internet Archive with a free account:
July 14, 2021
26. Early Church Odds and Ends
Previous guest appearances: Episode 16: A Short History of the English Bible with J. Ryan Davidson Episode 8: The Early Church with J. Ryan Davidson Like Wildfire: The Gospel Amid the Greco-Roman 1st/2nd Century Family Context (Sunday school lesson taught by guest) Recent episode of the Broad Oak Piety Podcast (co-hosted by guest) English translation of the Epistle of Barnabas English translation of the Shepherd of Hermas. Getting the Garden Right by Richard Barcellos (guest's book recommendation).
June 16, 2021
25. Armenian Warriors and Chalcedon Revisited
What's the difference between the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Oriental Orthodox Church? Was the Roman Empire the first nation that made Christianity its official religion? What's a "physis" and why does it matter? Rueben and Joseph talk about those topics and more in this episode. [Previous episode mentioned: To Creed or Not to Creed? Episode art: Etchmiadzin Cathedral the mother church of the Armenian Apostolic Church, located in the city of Vagharshapat, Armenia.]
May 26, 2021
24. Heroes and Heretics: Three Patron Saints of Ireland
St. Patrick's Bad Analogies by Lutheran Satire More information about the Book of Kells from Trinity College Dublin (pictures here) "Ireland reports the first venomous snake bite in its history, right before St. Patrick’s Day," article from March 2020
May 12, 2021
23. Dr. Tom Nettles and the Mission Board that Saved the Southern Baptist Convention
Dr. Nettles' author archive at Founders Ministries. A selection of books by Dr. Nettles, including Baptists and the Bible which is described as "one of the most complete and oft quoted sources for reliable, incisive, and detailed information on the history of Baptist attitudes towards the doctrine of the inerrancy and infallibility of the Bible." Dr. Nettles' book recommendations: Whole Gospel, Whole World: The Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, 1845-1995 by William R. Estep (available for purchase here) A Memoir of the Life and Labors of the Rev. Adoniram Judson, D.D. by Francis Wayland (available to read for free on the Internet Archive, vol. 1 and vol. 2) Episode art: modern picture of Siloam Baptist Church in Marion, Alabama, where the Southern Baptist Home Mission Board was formed in 1845.
March 3, 2021
22. Quiz Show! History's Greatest Preachers
Revived Studios website, Facebook, Instagram. History's Greatest Preachers quiz on Sporcle. Tulips and Honey episode with Rueben and Joseph (or watch the YouTube version). Our episode on J. Gresham Machen.
February 10, 2021
21. 2020 is History!
Banner of Truth author biography for Thomas Charles "By What Standard" - produced by Founders Ministries "Seminary presidents reaffirm BFM, declare CRT incompatible" "Pentagon officially releases UFO videos"
January 20, 2021
20. Parresia Books, the 2LBC, and All Things Reformed Baptist
Parresia Books' website.  Kickstarter campaign to publish a new edition of the Second London Baptist Confession along with a companion paperback volume containing Hercules Collins' An Orthodox Catechism, The Baptist Catechism, and Benjamin Keach's A Short Confession of Faith. Follow them on Twitter @parresia1689. "Reading Keach Today" by Austin Walker
December 1, 2020
19. The Methodists: A Partial Conclusion
Timeline of Methodist connexions, divisions and reunifications Revival and Revivalism: The Making and Marring of American Evangelicalism by Iain Murray; published by Banner of Truth and reviewed at Place for Truth. Episodes of Church History Matters covering Arminius and the Synod of Dort: The Bubonic Plague Sprouts a TULIP Parts 1 and 2
November 25, 2020
18.The Methodists: An Incomplete Introduction
What are the origins of the Methodist Church?
November 18, 2020
17. Heroes and Heretics: Charles G. Finney
Keach Conference 2020 (all messages) Benjamin Keach with Drs. Tom Hicks and Chris Holmes on the Covenant Podcast "A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: How Charles Finney's Theology Ravaged the Evangelical Movement" by Phil Johnson "No Uncertain Sound: A Vindication of the Methods and Results of Charles Finney's Ministry," by Jim Stewart. Many of Charles Finney's own works can also be found at this site, including his original Memoirs and his "Lectures on Revivals of Religion." "The Disturbing Legacy of Charles Finney" by Michael Horton "A Conversation with James Renihan about Biblicism" on the Theology in Particular Podcast
October 7, 2020
16. A Short History of the English Bible with J. Ryan Davidson
"English Bible Translation" by J. Ryan Davidson (audio) "The Long Ending of Mark as the Word of God" by J. Ryan Davidson (audio) Broad Oak Piety podcast with hosts Joey Tomlinson and J. Ryan Davidson Church History Matters, Episode 8: "The Early Church with J. Ryan Davidson"
August 21, 2020
15. History of Eschatology: A Crash Course
"The Rapture Question," Tabletalk Magazine Tulips & Honey: Episode 61 - Favorite Stories with Church History Matter’s Podcast
August 12, 2020
14. The Reformation Continues with Ottavio Palombaro
Ottavio Palombaro's papers on  and sermons on "The Bloody Streets of Muenster" on the Sheologians podcast (with James White): part 1 and part 2
June 24, 2020
13. Eusebius (continued) with Jeff Riddle
Stylos, the blog of our guest, Jeff Riddle, a Reformed Baptist Pastor in North Garden, Virginia. Word Magazine, Jeff Riddle's YouTube channel. Jeff Riddle's series on Eusebius's Ecclesiastical History on
June 10, 2020
12. Eusebius, Father of Church History, with Jeff Riddle
Stylos, the blog of our guest, Jeff Riddle, a Reformed Baptist Pastor in North Garden, Virginia. Word Magazine, Jeff Riddle's YouTube channel. Jeff Riddle's series on Eusebius's Ecclesiastical History on
June 3, 2020
11. The First Crusade
Previous episodes mentioned: Episode 7: Heroes and Heretics: Joan of Arc; Episode 9: Worship from the Earliest Exile to the Great Ejection. >>>>>>>Email us at churchhistorymatters [at] gmail [dot] com Khan Academy video on the spread of Islam Islam and Europe timeline Various versions of Urban II's speech at the Council of Clermont The First Crusade: A New History by Thomas Asbridge (free to borrow from the Internet Archive) Encyclopaedia Britannica article on the Crusades
April 29, 2020
10. Heroes and Heretics: J. Gresham Machen
J. Gresham Machen (1881-1937) helped found Westminster Theological Seminary and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. His firm stand against modernist, theological liberalism can teach the church much today. Links of interest: Christianity and Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen (1923), free ebooks in multiple formats from MonergismJ. Gresham Machen Author Biography (from Banner of Truth) J. Gresham Machen: The Politically Incorrect Fundamentalist by DG Hart Re-Thinking Missions (Five Minutes in Church History dealing with Machen’s response to the “Re-Thinking Missions report of 1933 and how it led to the founding of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church) J. Gresham Machen's Response to Modernism by John Piper (1993 Bethlehem Conference for Pastors) H. L. Mencken's Obituary of Machen: "Dr. Fundamentalis"  A Short History of the Life of J. G. Machen by Craig S. Hawkins
March 25, 2020
9. Worship from the Earliest Exile to the Great Ejection
Show notes and links of interest: The Reformation ( Does the Bible Say How We Should Worship God? ( A Short History of the Book of Common Prayer by William Reed Huntington Act of Uniformity 1662 (picture) An Act for the Uniformity of Publick Prayers (text)
February 26, 2020
8. The Early Church with J. Ryan Davidson
What can we learn by studying the first two centuries of the Christian church? Can we definitively say when "the church" began? How can understanding family structures from Greco-Roman culture inform our understanding of the New Testament Scriptures? We cover all of those topics and more in our conversation with Pastor J. Ryan Davidson. Links of interest: Green Pastures: A Primer on the Ordinary Means of Grace by J. Ryan Davidson Like Wildfire: The Gospel Amid the Greco-Roman 1st/2nd Century Family Context (Sunday school lesson taught by guest) First Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians (translated by J.B. Lightfoot) The Didache (translated by Charles H. Hoole)
February 12, 2020
7. Heroes and Heretics: The Maid of Orléans
Joan of Arc Web Project. This website has extensive transcriptions/translations of the trial transcripts and other primary sources. Joan of Arc Archive. "An online collection of information, both general and scholarly, concerning Joan of Arc [Jehanne d'Arc or Darc in medieval French]; including biographies, trial excerpts and commentary, letters and other such documents. English translations and transcriptions of the original languages are provided." Maintained by Allen Williamson. Why I Am Not Continuationist by Tim Challies The Final Word: A Biblical Response to the Case for Tongues and Prophecy Today by O. Palmer Robertson (Banner of Truth) Assurance of Salvation, Roman Catholicism, and Calvinism by James Swan Chapter 18 of the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith 1677/1689: "Of the Assurance of Grace and Salvation"
January 29, 2020
6. Take 'er easy there, Pilgrims.
Just in time for Christmas: an episode about the group most famous for celebrating the first Thanksgiving! And what in the world does the Synod of Dort have to do with that famous fall feast? Recommended resource (that Joseph alluded to, but forgot to actually talk about: 2,000 Years of Christ's Power Set (4 vols.) by Nick Needham.
December 9, 2019
5. To Creed or Not To Creed?
The Apostles' Creed: The Resurrection and the Life by Persis Lorenti Text of the Nicene Creed (as used by the Christian Reformed Church) The Definition of the Council of Chalcedon Text of the Athanasian Creed The Second London Baptist Confession 1677/1689, (prepared by Doctrine and Devotion with Scripture proofs and other resources) The Westminster Confession of Faith 1646
November 13, 2019
4. Heroes and Heretics: Martin Luther
Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther by Roland Herbert Bainton The Bondage of the Will (what Luther himself considered his most important work, free as an ebook from
October 31, 2019
3. The Bubonic Plague Sprouts a TULIP (part 2)
Continued discussion of the Synod of Dort
October 28, 2019
2. The Bubonic Plague Sprouts a TULIP (part 1)
Book recommendation: Saving the Reformation by Dr. W. Robert Godfrey Other resources: The Arminian Controversy and the Synod of Dort - S. Vandergugten Summary text of the Five Articles of Remonstrance, Philip Schaff and David S. Schaff, eds. The Creeds of Christendom (1931; repr., Grand Rapids: Baker, 1996), 3:545–49. The History of Protestantism, Vol. 3, by Rev. J. A. Wylie, page 264 (first published in 1878) accessed December 31, 2018
October 21, 2019
1. Why Study Church History?
Show notes: Why Church History? (by the host of the excellent podcast 5 Minutes in Church History) One Very Good Reason to Study Church History by Tim Challies Messy Church History: Keepin' Us Honest by Nathan Eshelman Six Benefits of Studying Church History by William Boekestein The Value of Studying Church History by Rev. Arie den Hartog (pdf)
October 20, 2019