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In this three-course bundle, you will be introduced to the remarkable people, events, and ideas that shaped the church and world over the last two thousand years, with particular attention to the dramatic changes that took place during the Reformation five hundred years ago. Dr. Frank A. James provides a panorama view of church history, from the early church to the present, over two courses. In CH101 Introducing Church History I: Obscurity to Christendom, he examines the church’s inception and surveys its progress through the Middle Ages, highlighting themes such as persecution, controversy, and reform. In CH102 Introducing Church History II: Reformation to Postmodernism James reviews the Reformation and Counter-Reformation and then considers various movements of the church through the modern period, including the Great Awakening and the advancement of Liberation, Black, and feminist theologies. Zooming in one of the most turbulent eras for the church, Dr. Jennifer Powell McNutt, in CH221 Milestones of the Protestant Reformation, focuses on the complexities of the Reformation, demonstrating that the heart and intention of the Reformation was restoration, not division.

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  • Title: Mobile Ed: Reformation Bundle
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 3
  • Video Hours: 17
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CH101 Introducing Church History I: Obscurity to Christendom

  • Instructor: Frank A. James III
  • Video Hours: 6

Beginning with the aftermath of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, CH101 covers the story of Christianity up to the 15th century. Dr. James unravels the distinct thought and persecution of the early Christians, as well as the key historical turning points that would result in the formation of doctrines such as the doctrine of Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the Trinity. This course introduces you to the important work of Augustine, who responded to the Donatists and Pelagius in a way that would have lasting marks on the church. Dr. James traces the historical context of the rise of the papacy; the violence of the first Crusades and their lingering effects; and the rise of medieval scholasticism, particularly in the work of Thomas Aquinas. This course concludes with an explanation of the Great Schism of the 14th century and the early reform attempts by John Wycliffe and Jan Hus, which paved the way for the Protestant Reformation.



  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: Contours of the Early Church

  • Expansion of the Early Church
  • Explanations for Christian Expansion
  • Using Lists and Search Operators to See God’s Heart for the Vulnerable
  • Structure of the Early Church
  • Worship in the Early Church
  • Apostolic Fathers

Unit 2: Persecution in the Early Church

  • Historical Context and Pagan Perceptions of Christians
  • Parameters of Persecution
  • Roman Persecution before AD 250
  • Martyrdoms of Polycarp, Blandina, and Ponticus
  • Empire-Wide Persecution Begins (AD 250)
  • Identifying Times of Persecution Using the Timeline
  • Establishment of the Tetrarchy
  • The Great Persecution
  • The Tetrarchy Undone
  • Constantine and the Triumph of Christianity

Unit 3: Theological Diversions in the Early Church

  • Judaizing Christians
  • Gnosticism
  • Gnostic Anthropology

Unit 4: Canon and Trinity

  • Formation of the New Testament Canon: Part 1
  • Formation of the New Testament Canon: Part 2
  • The Trinity: Monarchianism
  • The Trinity: Arian Controversy Unfolds
  • The Council of Nicaea Decides
  • The Resurgence and Eventual Defeat of Arianism
  • Emperor Theodosius and the Council of Constantinople

Unit 5: Christology

  • Apollinaris
  • Nestorius
  • Cyril versus Nestorius
  • Eutyches
  • The Council of Chalcedon

Unit 6: Aurelius Augustine

  • Gateway to the Medieval Church
  • The Life and Times of Augustine
  • Creating Character Biography Reports with Factbook and Wikipedia
  • Donatism
  • Pelagianism
  • Augustinianism

Unit 7: The Rise of the Papacy

  • Leo I
  • Gregory the Great and the Crowning of Charlemagne
  • Papal Forgeries
  • Pope Innocent III

Unit 8: The Crusades

  • The First Crusades
  • The Failure of the Crusades

Unit 9: Medieval Scholasticism

  • The Rise of Scholasticism
  • Thomas Aquinas and High Scholasticism
  • Late Medieval Scholasticism: Ockham

Unit 10: Late Medieval Maelstrom

  • European Crises and the Babylonian Captivity
  • The Great Schism
  • Attempts at Reform: Wycliffe
  • Building a Custom Layout to Compare English Bible Translations
  • Attempts at Reform: Hus


  • “Saints” and Sinners

CH102 Introducing Church History II: Reformation to Postmodernism

  • Instructor: Frank A. James III
  • Video Hours: 7

If you’ve ever wished you knew more about the events of the Protestant Reformation and how the Reformation produced the contemporary Protestant church, CH102 is for you. This course dispels popular misconceptions of Martin Luther’s intentions, and it provides a close look at Luther’s call from God which led him out of the monastery, his teaching on sola fide, and his eventual excommunication. Dr. James teaches you how to distinguish between Luther, the Swiss Reformers (including John Calvin, the “accidental reformer”), and the so-called Radical Reformers. He also provides a helpful explanation of the Council of Trent, the formation of the Jesuits, and the Catholic Counter-Reformation.

Dr. James then helps you navigate the historical and theological developments that led to Arminianism, English Puritanism, and Puritanism in New England. Learn how the spiritual decline in England led to John Wesley’s Methodism, the English Revival, and the Great Awakening in America, and get an in-depth look at Christianity in the modern era. After this course, you will be able to articulate how even through all of the twists and turns of the past 2,000 years, God is still working in the modern church.



  • Introducing the Course

Unit 1: Luther’s Reformation

  • Martin Luther: Peasant to Monk
  • Sola Fide
  • First Crisis of the Reformation
  • Identifying Main Themes in Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses
  • Luther’s Growing Defiance (1520)
  • Luther’s Excommunication and “Patmos”
  • The Peasants’ Revolt (1524–25)
  • The Reformation of Marriage
  • The Dark Side of Luther
  • Luther’s Death

Unit 2: The Swiss Reformations

  • The Swiss Confederation and Magisterial Reform
  • Studying Sources of Authority Using Attachment Points in Notes
  • The Origin of the Anabaptists
  • Zwingli’s Death and Theological Distinctives
  • Calvin: The Accidental Reformer
  • Calvin’s Conversion and Genevan Turbulence
  • Happy Days in Strasbourg
  • Geneva Redux
  • Calvin as Pastor
  • The Execution of Servetus
  • Calvin as Theologian
  • Studying Calvin’s Theology with a Custom Guide and the Cited By Tool
  • Calvin’s Evangelism and Missions
  • Calvin’s Death and Legacy

Unit 3: Radical Reform

  • Reformation and Revolution
  • Michael Sattler and the Schleitheim Articles
  • The Radical Kingdom of Münster

Unit 4: Catholic Counter-Reformation

  • Catholic Reaction: The Jesuits
  • The Council of Trent
  • Pondering the Catholic Counter-Reformation

Unit 5: Refining the Reformation

  • Historical Arc
  • Arminianism
  • Using the Favorites Tool to Study TULIP
  • German Pietism
  • Context of English Puritanism: Theology and Politics
  • English Puritanism under King Charles I
  • Three Phases of English Civil War
  • New England Puritanism
  • New England Puritans as Persecutors
  • Methodism: Spiritual Decline in England and John Wesley
  • Using Basic Searching to Study Wesley and Whitefield
  • Methodism: Moravian Influence on John Wesley
  • Methodism: George Whitefield
  • English Revival and Theological Divergence
  • The Great Awakening
  • Whitefield and Wesley: Final Curtain Call

Unit 6: The Modern Church

  • Protestant Liberalism
  • Karl Barth
  • Using Collections to Study Barth’s Theology
  • Liberation Theologies
  • Black and Feminist Theologies
  • American Evangelicalism
  • The Modernist-Fundamentalist Controversy
  • Using Systematic Theologies to Identify Views of the Millennium
  • Darwinian Evolution
  • Neo-Evangelicalism: Part 1
  • Neo-Evangelicalism: Part 2
  • Postmodern Evangelicalism
  • Women in Evangelicalism
  • Ethnic Minorities in Evangelicalism
  • New Centers of Global Christianity
  • The Rise of Global Pentecostalism
  • The Charismatic Movement


  • God Is Still at Work

CH221 Milestones of the Protestant Reformation

  • Instructor: Jennifer Powell McNutt
  • Video Hours: 4

Discover a selection of milestone moments in history that have introduced you to the events, figures, and ideas of the Protestant Reformation. From reformation precursors to the exploration of Erasmus’ publication of the Greek NT, Luther’s posting of the 95 Theses and his translation of the NT. We’ve explored the “radical reformations revolution and re-baptism” and how the Turkish invasion of Europe had an impact on the Protestant Reformation. Delve into “the meeting of Protestants and Catholics at the Colloquy of Regensburg” and the issuing of the Peace of Augsburg. Gain a better understanding of the church today through the church of the past.


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course
Unit 1: Precursors to the Protestant Reformation
  • Conceptualizing the Protestant Reformation
  • Key Events Leading Up to the Protestant Reformation
  • Key People Leading Up to the Protestant Reformation
Unit 2: The Contribution of Renaissance Humanism
  • No Humanism, No Reformation
  • Humanism and the Printing Press
  • The Egg that Luther Hatched: Part 1
  • The Egg that Luther Hatched: Part 2
Unit 3: Martin Luther and the Ninety-Five Theses
  • An Obscure Monk and an Ordinary Event
  • Scholasticism in the Rearview Mirror
  • The Instigating Event
  • The Content of the Ninety-Five Theses
Unit 4: Martin Luther and the Forgotten Bible
  • The Last Voice
  • The Game Changer: Frederick of Saxony
  • Scripture Gains Primacy
  • The Diet of Worms
  • The September Bible Unleashed
Unit 5: The Radical Reformation
  • The Stepchild of the Reformation
  • The Peasants’ New Revolt
  • The Swiss Brethren’s Radicalization of Baptism: Part 1
  • The Swiss Brethren’s Radicalization of Baptism: Part 2
  • The Struggle for Separation: Part 1
  • The Struggle for Separation: Part 2
Unit 6: The Turkish Empire and the Protestant Reformation
  • The Threat to Western Christendom
  • A Potential Ally
  • The Rhetorical Turk
Unit 7: The Marburg Colloquy
  • Leading Up to Marburg
  • The Marburg Articles
  • Eucharistic Theology: Agreement and Disagreement
  • The Implications of Marburg
Unit 8: John Calvin: The Second-Wave Reformer
  • Passing the Baton
  • The Frenchman’s Journey to Geneva: Part 1
  • The Frenchman’s Journey to Geneva: Part 2
  • A Pastor Emerges
  • The Institutes of the Christian Religion
Unit 9: Settling the Protestant Question
  • A Slow Response
  • The SpiritualiGain Prominence
  • The Colloquy of Regensburg
Unit 10: The Diversification of Western Christianity
  • Who Has the Authority?
  • The Peace of Augsburg
Unit 11: Queen Elizabeth and the Church of England
  • The Half Reformation
  • The Mother of the Church of England
Unit : Conclusion
  • A Mere Introduction

About the Instructors

Dr. Frank A. James III brings his passion for understanding Christian faith throughout history, combined with 30 years of research and teaching experience, to bear on this two-course Church History bundle. With doctoral degrees in both theology and history, Dr. James is uniquely poised to help you better understand and trace the arc of Christian thought from its earliest days to its 21st century global presence.

Dr. James is president of Biblical Theological Seminary in the Philadelphia suburb of Hatfield, PA. Prior to taking his current post, he taught and served as president at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL, and served as provost and taught at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA. Additionally, he has been on the teaching faculties of Villanova University and Westmont College, and was a visiting professor at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Oxford University.

A Texas native, Dr. James holds a DPhil in history from Oxford University and a PhD in theology from Westminster Theological Seminary. He is married to author Carolyn Custis James.

Jennifer Powell McNutt is associate professor of theology and history of Christianity at Wheaton College and a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Dr. McNutt received her PhD in history from the Reformation Studies Institute at the University of St Andrews, and an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary. She is the degree coordinator of the MA in History of Christianity program at Wheaton, and was the 2013 recipient of Wheaton’s Leland Ryken Award for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities. Dr. McNutt specializes in the history of the Reformed church and clergy from the 16th through the 18th centuries. Due to her original archival research, she was elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2014. Currently she is working on her second monograph, which will explore the history of the French Bible from the early modern period through the Enlightenment. In support of that research, Dr. McNutt has received The Huntington Library Andrew Mellon Research Fellowship, The Huntington Trinity Hall Exchange Fellowship, Wheaton’s Faculty Global Research Award, and Wheaton’s Alumni Association Grant. She wrote Calvin Meets Voltaire: The Clergy of Geneva in the Age of Enlightenment, 1685-1798 (Ashgate Publishing Company, 2014) which received the American Society of Church History Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize. She is co-editing The Oxford Handbook of the Bible and the Reformation with Dr. Herman Selderhuis, and her work has appeared in Christianity Today and Leadership Journal online.


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