Church History for Everyone, hosted by Chris Hume, is a podcast designed to give you a fresh and informative look at how Jesus has been advancing his kingdom throughout history. From Athanasius to William Carey, we seek to engage with every era of church history. Listen during your commute to work, while washing the dishes, or even incorporate the lessons into family worship or a homeschooling plan. Each podcast is short (10-15 minutes) and usually part of a series that provides a comprehensive, but digestible look at the figures and events of church history.
Finally arriving in Amsterdam, the Pilgrims were immediately confronted with several church controversies. One involved an unorthodox view of the Bible. The other involved sexual sin in the church. On top of this, Bradford and the other saints had to adjust to a new world where their farming skills were of little use.
William Bradford and the congregation in Scrooby soon find themselves persecuted for their commitment to the New Testament model of the church. With King James on the throne, their future looks bleak in England. And so, they seek another land where they can worship according to their consciences.
William Bradford's path to becoming a Separatist began with an invitation to hear Richard Clyfton preach. Soon the teenage Bradford would be introduced to two other men who would shape his life for years to come: John Robinson and William Brewster. The small church that formed in Scrooby, England, was the birthplace of the Pilgrims and the "cradle of Massachusetts."
William Bradford was shaped from a youth by the sacred Scriptures. His love for reading, especially Foxe's Book of Martyrs and the Geneva Bible would shape him in a powerful way. In this episode, we briefly consider the impact of the Geneva Bible on both young Bradford and English-speaking people in general.
William Bradford was born into what has been called "Merrie England." But for those seeking to worship Jesus Christ according to the Word of God, things were not so merry. Most people in Bradford's day submitted to Queen Elizabeth as the one authorized to dictate worship in the church. There were some, however, who refused to submit Christ's church to monarchs. These are the men who would come to change Bradford's life.
The first episode of Church History for Everyone is here! William Bradford has been called the "first American" and "the embodiment of the greatest values of Puritanism." His story is an amazing one. It is a story of courage, faith, and dogged perseverance in the face of trials and hardships. Join us as we introduce this man and start our study of his life!