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Church History Lessons Online

May 17, 2012

From the Domain for Truth blog, here is another great resource for church history lessons.  I enjoy church history, and last year blogged about Dan Duncan’s Church History series, a 38-part overview covering the 1st century through the Reformation.

This site, ROCHE (Repository of Church History Etc), has a large collection of topical lectures done through the years (back to the 1970s), from various special conferences, with a few new ones added each year, including three new for this year.  Usually an hour or more in length, many are biographies of well-known (and not-so-well known saints), plus lectures highlighting various revivals and notable doctrinal controversies.  Most cover topics or people from the post-Reformation era, 17th through the 19th centuries — a nice addition, since Duncan’s series ended at the beginning of the 17th century, the close of the Reformation.

An interesting part of history (to me), is the thousand year medieval period, in part because it is less known and more neglected than more recent history.  Yet the stories of the (relatively few) cases of true believers during that time, and the events that happened throughout the centuries leading up to the Reformation, still deserve to be told and remembered. This collection of lectures does include several on the medieval era, including “Evangelicals before the Reformation” (1983) — about England’s early Christian history, the Celtic church before the takeover by Roman Catholicism in the 7th century — plus several from Nick Needham concerning overall medieval church history, Bernard of Clairvaux, and two sessions on Wycliff and Huss, the morning stars of the Reformation.  Much of this was already familiar material but also a good refresher from my medieval history reading (about five years ago), plus some new information.

The audio quality varies, with some recordings better than others, and the British/Scottish accented voices are not always easy to understand (for us Americans at any rate), but good content.  The only other shortcoming to mention is the nature of audio lessons:  it’s often difficult to hear the correct pronunciation (and the proper spelling) of unusual names, for note-taking.  It took several attempts in Google to find the specific spelling and identities of Bradwardine and Gottschalk, names not as familiar as the names from other parts of church history.

The Roche site has many more interesting history lectures, and I look forward to listening to more of the MP3 lessons available there.

  1. May 17, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Thanks so much Linda for these great resources. Yep, we monergists sure love history.

    • May 17, 2012 at 9:30 am

      Thanks for commenting, Bography. This resource came from SLIMJIM, who also visits here, so it’s doubly-recommended. 🙂


      • May 18, 2012 at 2:18 am


      • May 18, 2012 at 3:25 am

        Here’s another feather in your cap SlimJim. “Slim” in Dutch means clever.

    • May 18, 2012 at 2:17 am

      It does help as monergists to understand that God governs history with His providence!

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