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Who Says Church History Is Boring?! Volume 2 of "Church History" Sets Out to Prove Them Wrong

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As a historical theologian I certainly have a weakness for the ebb and flow of church history and the nitty-gritty of the historical development of theology. But as a pastor I want church history to be what John Woodbridge wants it to be: an engaging resource for people in their life vis-a-vis the characters of the Church's history who modeled perseverence, right beliefs, right practices, and general Christian living.

As you'll see in the below embedded video, one of the things that's attracted Woodbridge to church history is this question: "Why is it that certain people were set apart to be used of the Lord?" He goes on to say that "When you study church history you get a good sense of who were those folks who served the Lord well, even in difficult circumstances."

The book that Woodbridge (co-author along with Frank A. James III) is excited about and I'm excited about is, as well, is Church History, Volume 2: The Pre-Reformation to the Present Day, an account of the ups and downs, the triumphs and struggles, of the Christian movement.

This resource offers a unique contextual view of how the Christian church spread and developed from just prior to the Reformation and through to the present-day. It looks closely at the integral link between the history of the world and that of the church, detailing the times, cultures, and events that both influenced and were influenced by the church. Which means it's ideal in the university classroom as much as it is in the Sunday classroom.

—Jeremy Bouma (@bouma)

PS—Make sure you check out a great excert from the book that explains the value of studying church history.

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