~ The history of the church is filled with stories. Stories of triumph, stories of defeat, stories of joy, and stories of sorrow. In this book, Dr. Stephen J. Nichols provides snapshots of the church through the centuries. You'll meet fascinating saints, travel to curious places, examine precious artifacts, and watch as surprising turns of events unfold. This lively and informative journey not only captures the richness of Christian history, but also reveals a record of God's providence and faithfulness to His people. It's a story to encourage, challenge, and even entertain. This is our story - our family history.
"One of the great dangers the church faces is moving into the future without being firmly anchored in the past. It is essential that as we look forward we also look back, and for this reason I'm especially thankful for Stephen Nichols. He has deep knowledge, a skilled pen, and a contagious enthusiasm. I highly recommend his book and the podcast from which it originated."
- Tim Challies
"The history of the church needs to be taught in various ways, and the form of this book - pithy stories and their lessons, what Stephen Nichols calls 'postcards' - is ideal for many who find themselves too busy to read larger chunks of text. Dr. Nichols is a master of this method, having honed his skill in composing these pieces for his podcast. Ideal for all who love church history - busy and not so busy."
- Dr. Michael A.G. Haykin
"Church history began for me with just five minutes. Little quests to learn the origin or background of an important period in history. Five minutes turned into ten minutes, then hours, and finally a career in church history. But it never has to be more than five minutes. A short excursion into our Christian heritage is always worth the effort - far better than never exploring these stories. Stephen Nichols has written a book, not for the long haul, but to give all readers the chance to know this heritage."
- Dr. Ryan M. Reeves
About the Author
Dr. Stephen J. Nichols is president of Reformation Bible College, chief academic officer for Ligonier Ministries, and a Ligonier Ministries teaching fellow. He is host of the podcasts 5 Minutes in Church History and Open Book. He is author of numerous books, including For Us and for Our Salvation, Peace, A Time for Confidence, 5 Minutes in Church History, and volumes in the Guided Tour series on Jonathan Edwards, Martin Luther, and J. Gresham Machen. He is coeditor of The Legacy of Luther and Crossway's Theologians on the Christian Life series. He is on Twitter at @DrSteveNichols.