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"An Oral History of the Christian Church" by Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick will deliver episodes by "volumes."Volume 1 is an oral history of the Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary campus relocation project. Postscript: GGBTS has since been renamed "Gateway Seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention."Volume 2 is on Historiography - the writing of history - ran November 2016 to February 2017.Volume 3 is on the Lutheran wing of the Protestant Reformation in honor of the 500th anniversary of Luther's 95 Theses, coming July 2017.Check out our companion podcast, "Saints Gone Before"!

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Vol. 3 Ep. 10 The Legacy of Martin Luther

“A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing; Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing: For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe; His craft and pow’r are great, and, armed with cruel hate, On earth is not his equal.” The tenth and final episode of our volume on the Lutheran wing of the Protestant Reformation completes our study by looking at some of the enduring legacy of Martin Luther. We look at his impact on corporate worship, hymnody, Bible translating, clerical marriage, denominations, and the continued divide between Protestants and Catholics. Stick around to the end of the episode for news on the future of An Oral History of the Church! And if you’re not already subscribed, head on over to your favorite podcast app and subscribe to Saints Gone Before, our weekly audiobook-style podcast where we read selections from Christians in history past. New episodes release every Monday morning. #Reformation500 An Oral History of the Church is co-h...

86 MIN2017 NOV 10
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Vol. 3 Ep. 10 The Legacy of Martin Luther

Vol. 3 Ep. 9 Martin Luther's Afflictions and Death

"Somebody, can you tell me just what make a man feel this way? Like river without its water, like night without a day. And it sure 'nuff got cold after the rain fell, Not from the sky but from my eye." The ninth episode in our volume on the Lutheran wing of the Reformation focuses on the dark side of Martin Luther. We discuss his character flaws, the afflictions he experienced, and tell the story of his death. In other words, what does a more complete picture of Luther look like? What did he struggle with in his lifetime in his bodily health, mental health, and spiritual life? And how did this giant of the Reformation pass away? Next time, we try to wrap up this volume with a discussion of the legacy Martin Luther left behind. It may or may not end up long enough to be two episodes, so stay tuned! **Don't miss our special episode of Saints Gone Before releasing on Monday, October 30th with a full reading of Luther's 95 Theses in honor of their 500th anniversary.** #Reformation500 An...

88 MIN2017 OCT 27
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Vol. 3 Ep. 9 Martin Luther's Afflictions and Death

Vol. 3 Ep. 8 Martin Luther as an Exegete

“We don't need no education. We don't need no thought control. No dark sarcasm in the classroom. Teachers leave them kids alone.” Luther believed with urgency that every Christian should read and think about the Scriptures for oneself. When that belief grew legs, it walked him through the composition of lectures and two editions of a commentary on Saint Paul's Epistle to the Galatians. Today's episode discusses how Luther handles this Pauline letter. What did he think of it? How did he come at it? How did he explain it? All this and more in our final episode on the works of Martin Luther. Next time, we discuss the problems of Luther, including his character flaws, the illnesses he suffered, and his death. We're almost at the end of this volume. We're in the home stretch! #Reformation500 An Oral History of the Church is co-hosted by Jonathan McCormick and Adam Christman. It is edited and produced by Adam Christman.

67 MIN2017 OCT 13
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Vol. 3 Ep. 8 Martin Luther as an Exegete

Vol. 3 Ep. 7 Martin Luther's Most Influential Works - Part 2

"Blackbird singing in the dead of night, take those sunken eyes and learn to see. All your life, you were only waiting for this moment to be free. Blackbird, fly." Jonathan and Adam talk about several more texts by Martin Luther, the good (including one about the Freedom of a Christian), and the bad. We also answered our first reader question! Today's episode features The Schmalkald Articles, and On the Freedom of a Christian, among others. #Reformation500 An Oral History of the Church is co-hosted by Jonathan McCormick and Adam Christman. It is edited and produced by Adam Christman.

75 MIN2017 SEP 29
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Vol. 3 Ep. 7 Martin Luther's Most Influential Works - Part 2

Vol. 3 Ep. 6 Martin Luther's Most Influential Works - Part 1

"She had taken his hand. She had become like they are. Come on, baby, don't fear the reaper..." Or, at least, that's one way of restating Luther's advice in one of the texts we discuss in today's episode describing and contextualizing four of this Reformer's works. And this is only part 1 of a two-part miniseries within this volume! Come back on Sept. 29th for more! And we encourage you to not miss our readings of Luther's "The Babylonian Captivity of the Church" on Saints Gone Before! #Reformation500 An Oral History of the Church is co-hosted by Jonathan McCormick and Adam Christman. It is edited and produced by Adam Christman.

70 MIN2017 SEP 15
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Vol. 3 Ep. 6 Martin Luther's Most Influential Works - Part 1

Vol. 3 Ep. 5 The 95 Theses of Martin Luther

I hear the drums echoing tonight, But she hears only whispers of some quiet conversation... oh, wait, no, that's just the quill of Martin Luther, scrawling down his 95 Theses, the subject of our latest episode on Luther and the Protestant Reformation! We dig into the document, but we especially focus on context in which it arose, what it challenges, and who it challenges! Come back in 2 weeks for another episode! Don't miss our readings of Luther's "The Babylonian Captivity of the Church" on Saints Gone Before! #Reformation500 An Oral History of the Church is co-hosted by Jonathan McCormick and Adam Christman. It is edited and produced by Adam Christman.

68 MIN2017 SEP 1
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Vol. 3 Ep. 5 The 95 Theses of Martin Luther

Vol. 3 Ep. 4 Luther's Turn from Obedient Catholic to Loud Reformer

He's the wolf screaming in the lonely night... Shout, shout, shout, shout at the devil! At least, that's what Martin Luther did. In his early years as a monk, Martin Luther became the best monk anyone had ever seen. But it wasn't enough. He struggled with the devil in quiet moments of torture over his sin, but eventually he truly got saved. How did that happen? What was his life like during this period? We discuss the answers to these questions and more in this fourth episode of our volume on the Lutheran Reformation. Episode 5 releases in two weeks, on September 1st, with our discussion of the contents and context of perhaps Luther's most famous work, the 95 Theses. Don't miss it! We also produce a second podcast that serves as a companion to this one called "Saints Gone Before." As of the release of this episode of An Oral History of the Church, we've already begun our latest text, Martin Luther's On the Babylonian Captivity of the Church. It's an exciting text. We're having a goo...

58 MIN2017 AUG 18
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Vol. 3 Ep. 4 Luther's Turn from Obedient Catholic to Loud Reformer

The Youth and Conversion of Martin Luther

Mood swings. Dramatic statements. Eating incredible volumes of food. You know, typical teenager stuff. Well, Martin Luther was no exception, as you'll hear in our new episode on this man's youth and his conversion story. We also hit you up with solid resources on the subject from primary to secondary even to tertiary sources (which you'll know how to use if you followed our previous volume on historiography)!

53 MIN2017 AUG 4
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The Youth and Conversion of Martin Luther

Vol. 3 Ep. 2 The Lutheran Reformation in Film

Ah, the lights. The music! The acting! Film connects us with its subjects in a special way. We're still celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Thus, this time around, Jonathan and Adam talk about representations of Martin Luther's story in film, especially focused on the Joseph Fiennes movie "Luther" from 2003. The guys discuss their merits and suggested audiences for any viewing you may host for them. The 3rd episode of this volume releases on August 4th. It will feature a conversation about the origin story of Martin Luther... Luther Begins! ("DO I LOOK LIKE A COP?!?") Look for episode 3, "Martin Luther's Youth and Conversion," in 2 weeks. And because we just enjoy it so much, I'll mention it again: we produce a podcast that serves as a companion to this one called "Saints Gone Before." As of the release of this episode of An Oral History of the Church, we've already begun our latest text, Martin Luther'sOn the Babylonian Captivity of the Church. It's an ...

64 MIN2017 JUL 21
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Vol. 3 Ep. 2 The Lutheran Reformation in Film

Vol. 3 Ep. 1 - Overview of the Reformation

The boys are back in...recording mode as we launch volume 3 of An Oral History of the Church! If you're new to us, we have prepared a conversational church history podcast for our listeners. This time around, we're celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation with a volume devoted to a look at the Lutheran wing of the Reformation. Episode 1 features a discussion of the four major wings of the Reformation, their significant thinkers, geographical locations, and distinct contributions to the period. In this way, we hope to paint a background in which we can set the Lutheran Reformation for the rest of this volume.On July 21st, episode 2 features a discussion of the Lutheran Reformation in film. That conversation is primarily centered around the 2003 film Luther, which we mistakenly attributed to actor Ralph Fiennes when we recorded episode 1. It actually stars his brother Joseph Fiennes. It was very late at night when we recorded this! Insert other excuses here. We'...

83 MIN2017 JUL 7
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Vol. 3 Ep. 1 - Overview of the Reformation

Latest Episodes

Vol. 3 Ep. 10 The Legacy of Martin Luther

“A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing; Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing: For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe; His craft and pow’r are great, and, armed with cruel hate, On earth is not his equal.” The tenth and final episode of our volume on the Lutheran wing of the Protestant Reformation completes our study by looking at some of the enduring legacy of Martin Luther. We look at his impact on corporate worship, hymnody, Bible translating, clerical marriage, denominations, and the continued divide between Protestants and Catholics. Stick around to the end of the episode for news on the future of An Oral History of the Church! And if you’re not already subscribed, head on over to your favorite podcast app and subscribe to Saints Gone Before, our weekly audiobook-style podcast where we read selections from Christians in history past. New episodes release every Monday morning. #Reformation500 An Oral History of the Church is co-h...

86 MIN2017 NOV 10
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Vol. 3 Ep. 10 The Legacy of Martin Luther

Vol. 3 Ep. 9 Martin Luther's Afflictions and Death

"Somebody, can you tell me just what make a man feel this way? Like river without its water, like night without a day. And it sure 'nuff got cold after the rain fell, Not from the sky but from my eye." The ninth episode in our volume on the Lutheran wing of the Reformation focuses on the dark side of Martin Luther. We discuss his character flaws, the afflictions he experienced, and tell the story of his death. In other words, what does a more complete picture of Luther look like? What did he struggle with in his lifetime in his bodily health, mental health, and spiritual life? And how did this giant of the Reformation pass away? Next time, we try to wrap up this volume with a discussion of the legacy Martin Luther left behind. It may or may not end up long enough to be two episodes, so stay tuned! **Don't miss our special episode of Saints Gone Before releasing on Monday, October 30th with a full reading of Luther's 95 Theses in honor of their 500th anniversary.** #Reformation500 An...

88 MIN2017 OCT 27
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Vol. 3 Ep. 9 Martin Luther's Afflictions and Death

Vol. 3 Ep. 8 Martin Luther as an Exegete

“We don't need no education. We don't need no thought control. No dark sarcasm in the classroom. Teachers leave them kids alone.” Luther believed with urgency that every Christian should read and think about the Scriptures for oneself. When that belief grew legs, it walked him through the composition of lectures and two editions of a commentary on Saint Paul's Epistle to the Galatians. Today's episode discusses how Luther handles this Pauline letter. What did he think of it? How did he come at it? How did he explain it? All this and more in our final episode on the works of Martin Luther. Next time, we discuss the problems of Luther, including his character flaws, the illnesses he suffered, and his death. We're almost at the end of this volume. We're in the home stretch! #Reformation500 An Oral History of the Church is co-hosted by Jonathan McCormick and Adam Christman. It is edited and produced by Adam Christman.

67 MIN2017 OCT 13
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Vol. 3 Ep. 8 Martin Luther as an Exegete

Vol. 3 Ep. 7 Martin Luther's Most Influential Works - Part 2

"Blackbird singing in the dead of night, take those sunken eyes and learn to see. All your life, you were only waiting for this moment to be free. Blackbird, fly." Jonathan and Adam talk about several more texts by Martin Luther, the good (including one about the Freedom of a Christian), and the bad. We also answered our first reader question! Today's episode features The Schmalkald Articles, and On the Freedom of a Christian, among others. #Reformation500 An Oral History of the Church is co-hosted by Jonathan McCormick and Adam Christman. It is edited and produced by Adam Christman.

75 MIN2017 SEP 29
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Vol. 3 Ep. 7 Martin Luther's Most Influential Works - Part 2

Vol. 3 Ep. 6 Martin Luther's Most Influential Works - Part 1

"She had taken his hand. She had become like they are. Come on, baby, don't fear the reaper..." Or, at least, that's one way of restating Luther's advice in one of the texts we discuss in today's episode describing and contextualizing four of this Reformer's works. And this is only part 1 of a two-part miniseries within this volume! Come back on Sept. 29th for more! And we encourage you to not miss our readings of Luther's "The Babylonian Captivity of the Church" on Saints Gone Before! #Reformation500 An Oral History of the Church is co-hosted by Jonathan McCormick and Adam Christman. It is edited and produced by Adam Christman.

70 MIN2017 SEP 15
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Vol. 3 Ep. 6 Martin Luther's Most Influential Works - Part 1

Vol. 3 Ep. 5 The 95 Theses of Martin Luther

I hear the drums echoing tonight, But she hears only whispers of some quiet conversation... oh, wait, no, that's just the quill of Martin Luther, scrawling down his 95 Theses, the subject of our latest episode on Luther and the Protestant Reformation! We dig into the document, but we especially focus on context in which it arose, what it challenges, and who it challenges! Come back in 2 weeks for another episode! Don't miss our readings of Luther's "The Babylonian Captivity of the Church" on Saints Gone Before! #Reformation500 An Oral History of the Church is co-hosted by Jonathan McCormick and Adam Christman. It is edited and produced by Adam Christman.

68 MIN2017 SEP 1
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Vol. 3 Ep. 5 The 95 Theses of Martin Luther

Vol. 3 Ep. 4 Luther's Turn from Obedient Catholic to Loud Reformer

He's the wolf screaming in the lonely night... Shout, shout, shout, shout at the devil! At least, that's what Martin Luther did. In his early years as a monk, Martin Luther became the best monk anyone had ever seen. But it wasn't enough. He struggled with the devil in quiet moments of torture over his sin, but eventually he truly got saved. How did that happen? What was his life like during this period? We discuss the answers to these questions and more in this fourth episode of our volume on the Lutheran Reformation. Episode 5 releases in two weeks, on September 1st, with our discussion of the contents and context of perhaps Luther's most famous work, the 95 Theses. Don't miss it! We also produce a second podcast that serves as a companion to this one called "Saints Gone Before." As of the release of this episode of An Oral History of the Church, we've already begun our latest text, Martin Luther's On the Babylonian Captivity of the Church. It's an exciting text. We're having a goo...

58 MIN2017 AUG 18
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Vol. 3 Ep. 4 Luther's Turn from Obedient Catholic to Loud Reformer

The Youth and Conversion of Martin Luther

Mood swings. Dramatic statements. Eating incredible volumes of food. You know, typical teenager stuff. Well, Martin Luther was no exception, as you'll hear in our new episode on this man's youth and his conversion story. We also hit you up with solid resources on the subject from primary to secondary even to tertiary sources (which you'll know how to use if you followed our previous volume on historiography)!

53 MIN2017 AUG 4
Comments
The Youth and Conversion of Martin Luther

Vol. 3 Ep. 2 The Lutheran Reformation in Film

Ah, the lights. The music! The acting! Film connects us with its subjects in a special way. We're still celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Thus, this time around, Jonathan and Adam talk about representations of Martin Luther's story in film, especially focused on the Joseph Fiennes movie "Luther" from 2003. The guys discuss their merits and suggested audiences for any viewing you may host for them. The 3rd episode of this volume releases on August 4th. It will feature a conversation about the origin story of Martin Luther... Luther Begins! ("DO I LOOK LIKE A COP?!?") Look for episode 3, "Martin Luther's Youth and Conversion," in 2 weeks. And because we just enjoy it so much, I'll mention it again: we produce a podcast that serves as a companion to this one called "Saints Gone Before." As of the release of this episode of An Oral History of the Church, we've already begun our latest text, Martin Luther'sOn the Babylonian Captivity of the Church. It's an ...

64 MIN2017 JUL 21
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Vol. 3 Ep. 2 The Lutheran Reformation in Film

Vol. 3 Ep. 1 - Overview of the Reformation

The boys are back in...recording mode as we launch volume 3 of An Oral History of the Church! If you're new to us, we have prepared a conversational church history podcast for our listeners. This time around, we're celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation with a volume devoted to a look at the Lutheran wing of the Reformation. Episode 1 features a discussion of the four major wings of the Reformation, their significant thinkers, geographical locations, and distinct contributions to the period. In this way, we hope to paint a background in which we can set the Lutheran Reformation for the rest of this volume.On July 21st, episode 2 features a discussion of the Lutheran Reformation in film. That conversation is primarily centered around the 2003 film Luther, which we mistakenly attributed to actor Ralph Fiennes when we recorded episode 1. It actually stars his brother Joseph Fiennes. It was very late at night when we recorded this! Insert other excuses here. We'...

83 MIN2017 JUL 7
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Vol. 3 Ep. 1 - Overview of the Reformation
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