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Christian History Magazine Update (Vols. 109-122)
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Christian History Magazine Update (Vols. 109-122)


Christian History Institute 2014–2017

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Since 1982, this quarterly magazine has been dedicated to the events and personalities that have laid the foundations of modern Christianity. Formerly known as Christian History & Biography Magazine, Christian History Magazine covers subjects ranging from Martin Luther to Dietrich Bonhoeffer, from the Crusades to modern Christian-Muslim relations. In this massive collection of every issue of Christian History & Biography and Christian History Magazine since 1982, nearly 2,000 articles by hundreds of authors cover every aspect of church history from the Early Church to the present day!

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In these volumes, you will meet such colorful personalities as Augustine, John Chrysostom, Charles Spurgeon, and C. S. Lewis, and learn how the earliest Christians read the Bible, wrestled with theological questions like Christ’s divinity, lived out their faith, and evangelized their world. You will encounter stories of perseverance that overcomes whips and shackles, movements that have cost thousands of lives, and movements that have saved millions. Read articles that invoke the imagination, invigorate the senses, and inspire your mind. Explore the interactions between church and state, between faith and money, between the Arians and the Augustinians, and faith and reason. Christian History Magazine brings you face to face with the people, events, and issues that have shaped our faith.

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In the Logos edition, these volumes are enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Key Features

  • Timelines
  • Important historical texts and commentary
  • Recommended resources for each issue
  • A “Did You Know?” column containing interesting facts and trivia
  • All Scripture references are linked to the Bibles in your digital library

Product Details

  • Title: Christian History Magazine (issues 109-122)
  • Editors: Chris R. Armstrong and Jennifer Woodruff Tait
  • Issues: 14
  • Pages: 753
  • Christian Group: Evangelical
  • Resource Type: Magazine
  • Topic: Church History

Individual Titles

Issue 109: Eyewitnesses to the Modern Age of Persecution

  • Editors: Chris R. Armstrong and Jennifer Woodruff Tait
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 56

Eyewitnesses to the Modern Age of Persecution reminds readers of the continued widespread global persecution of Christians in the modern era. The stories in this issue represent the history of the church as it is still being written.

  • “Father forgive them” by Christof Sauer and Thomas Schirrmacher
  • Tortured for Christ by Merv Knight
  • Marching in the Lord’s Army by Edwin Woodruff Tait
  • Offering himself for a stranger by Heidi Schlumpf
  • Where the gates of splendor led by Ruth A. Tucker
  • Stubborn saint by Roy Stults
  • Prison theology by Bob Fu
  • Something worth dying for by Steven Khoury
  • Searching for me with pistols and daggers by Daniel Scot
  • A prisoner’s song by Helen Berhane
  • Start seeing persecution by the editors and Roy Stults
  • World persecution map
  • Imprisoned over a glass of water by Sheraz Khan
  • “We got him!” by W. Terry Whalin
  • Hard pressed but not crushed by Yabibal Teklu
  • The Jerusalem of the East by Hyun Sook Foley
  • Is there a global war? by John Allen Jr.

Issue 110: Callings

  • Editors: Chris R. Armstrong and Jennifer Woodruff Tait
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 52

How Christians have looked at vocation (both secular and sacred occupations) throughout history.

  • Gifts that differ; callings that unite by Will Messenger
  • Called First to Christ by Beth Felker Jones
  • An early church list of unacceptable jobs for Christians
  • Perpetua’s calling to Christ leads her to separate from her family
  • Reading scripture, washing feet by Benedict of Nursia
  • Duty and delight by Edwin Woodruff Tait
  • Dante’s calling by Dante Allighieri
  • Liberating those who work by David C. Fink
  • “God rejoices in his works” by Martin Luther
  • Timeline
  • Doing much good in the world by Jordan J. Ballor
  • John Calvin reminds readers to keep their eyes fixed on God’s guidance
  • Richard Baxter encourages believers to help as many people as they can through their work
  • About God’s business by Chris Armstrong
  • John Wesley argues that Methodists should be engaged in “honest industry”
  • What would Jesus do? by David W. Miller
  • “Vocation is in the here and now” by Greg Forster, Gene Veith, P.J. HIll, and Charlie Self

Issue 111: Billy Graham

  • Editors: Chris R. Armstrong, Jennifer Woodruff Tait, and David Neff
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 48

Billy Graham has been called America's pastor, a champion of civil rights, and a master of media.  He built a global network of evangelical leaders, even as he befriended American presidents and their counterparts around the world.  Through this issue of Christian History, take a look behind the scenes at the faith that made the man, the people and experiences that influenced him, and the legacy he built. Decide for yourself if Reverend Graham deserves one more title: Greatest evangelist since the New Testament Era.

  • Watershed: Los Angeles 1949 by Grant Wacker
  • “I would not call it show business” by Elesha Coffman
  • “Go forth to every part of the world” by Uta Balbier
  • A citizen of the world by Matt Forster
  • Confessor-in-chief byStephen Rankin
  • other Christian leader by
  • The Life and Ministry of Billy Graham
  • Mama was “a real theologian” by Anne Blue Wills
  • The next generation
  • The evangelist and the intellectuals by Andrew Finstuen
  • Jesus Was not a White Man by Edward Gilbreath
  • An evangelistic band of brothers by Seth Dowland
  • The “Modesto Manifesto” by Seth Dowland

Issue 112: Heaven in the Christian Imagination

  • Editors: Chris R. Armstrong and Jennifer Woodruff Tait
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 48

Bright lights, glorious sky, clouds, harps and song, choirs of angels, dancing, a garden, a pasture, walls and ladders, gates, a temple, living waters. . . Christians through the centuries have pictured heaven in many ways through art, music, literature, and theological writings. They have debated who goes to heaven, when and how we go, and whether we stop off in purgatory on the way. Read about it all in this issue of Christian History on Heaven in the Christian Imagination.

  • Heaven’s fire department? by Rebecca Price Janney
  • Getting Ready for Heaven by Gary Black Jr.
  • “God’s love that moves the sun and other stars” by Jeffrey Burton Russell
  • A city set with pearls by Anonymous
  • A garden, a city, a home, and a judgment by Jennifer C. Awes Freeman
  • New heaven, new earth by John Stackhouse
  • Another stop on the glory train? by Jerry L. Walls
  • Till we reach the golden strand by Edwin Woodruff Tait
  • Heaven Lost and Heaven Found by Jeffrey Burton Russell
  • Singing our way home
  • Can heaven wait?
  • Life after life after death by N. T. Wright

Issue 113: Seven Literary Sages

  • Editors: Chris R. Armstrong and Jennifer Woodruff Tait
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Pages: 56

Dark lords in dark towers, cheerful hobbits, lions who roar whole worlds into being, wise old women, mysterious elves, and several quick-witted detectives that you have probably seen on Masterpiece Theatre. The christian authors who gave us these timeless tales gave us something more: a vision encompassing all of life from economics to art to education. Explore the wisdom of George MacDonald, G. K. Chesterton, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Dorothy L. Sayers, Charles Williams, and Owen Barfield.

  • Friends, warriors, sages by the editors with Alister McGrath, Chrystal Downing, Colin Duriez
  • Sermons in stone: Lewis comes to Poets’ Corner by Michael Ward
  • The storyteller by Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson
  • What C. S. Lewis learned from his “master” by Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson
  • Bread of the earth and bread of heaven by Ralph C. Wood
  • Sayers “begins here” with a vision for social and intellectual change by Crystal Downing
  • Why hobbits eat local by Matthew Dickerson
  • Meeting Professor Tolkien by Clyde S. Kilby
  • The seven sages by Matt Forster
  • The Inklings by Colin Duriez
  • So great a cloud of witnesses by Jennifer Woodruff Tait and Marjorie Lamp Mead
  • Learning what no one meant to teach by Michael Ward
  • Dorothy L. Sayers’s surprising legacy by Matt Forster
  • Transcending ourselves by David C. Downing
  • A Christian revolutionary? by Suzanne Bray
  • “We still make by the law in which we were made” by Colin Duriez
  • The poetic vision of a connected world by Brian Horne
  • “Was the oddest Inkling the key Inkling?” by Thomas Howard
  • The forgotten Inkling by Edwin Woodruff Tait

Issue 114: Francis Asbury: Pioneer of Methodism

  • Editors: Chris R. Armstrong and Jennifer Woodruff Tait
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Pages: 48

What happens when a lower-middle-class metalworker from a rough neighborhood in the middle of the English countryside leads a few immigrant preachers amid the religious diversity of the American colonies? After Francis Asbury heard the Methodist message of salvation marked by a life of discipline, he volunteered to go to America as a missionary in 1774. Nothing about American religion would ever be the same again. Dynamic worship, energetic circuit-riding preachers, and a close-up, personal style of leadership made Methodism a movement perfectly suited to bring the word of God to the new nation of America. And Asbury led the way.

  • The unexpected leader by John Wigger
  • One noisy mouse by John Wigger
  • Methodists and their stuff by Christopher J. Anderson
  • Asbury’s simple message by Kenneth C. Kinghorn
  • The “Church of the Horse” by Lester Ruth
  • Camp meetings: a Methodist invention? by Lester Ruth
  • The bishop and his mentor by J. Steven O’Malley
  • “My chains fell off”: Richard Allen and Francis Asbury by Jennifer Woodruff Tait
  • Methodists on the move
  • A new kind of Methodism and a new kind of bishop by Scott Kisker
  • From John Wesley to Ben-Hur by Candy Gunther Brown
  • The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic
  • Doing “more beyond” by Priscilla Pope-Levison
  • Preachers, fighters, and crusaders by Gary Panetta and Kenneth Cain Kinghorn
  • The patriarch broods over his family’s future by Francis Asbury
  • The continent was their parish by Russell Richey

Issue 115: Luther Leads the Way

  • Editors: Chris R. Armstrong and Jennifer Woodruff Tait
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Pages: 60

The first issue of Christian History magazine’s series of four on the Reformation explores the roots and fruits of reform. On a quiet October Wednesday in 1517, a young Augustinian monk and theology professor, with one nail to the Wittenberg Castle door, struck a death blow to medieval Catholicism. That’s the story we think we know of Martin Luther, his 95 Theses, and the beginning of the Reformation. But is it the whole story?

  • Medieval Christianity: Stepping into Luther’s world by John Van Engen
  • Course corrections by Patricia Janzen Loewen
  • The accidental revolutionary by James M. Kittleson
  • What did Luther know and when did he know it? by Edwin Woodruff Tait
  • “Contemplate Christ” by Timothy George
  • Christ present everywhere by David C. Steinmetz
  • The Christian History Timeline by Ken Schurb and the editors
  • Momentous vows by Beth Kreitzer
  • Mother of the Reformation by Beth Kreitzer
  • The political Luther by Lewis W. Spitz
  • Preachers, popes, and princes by David C. Steinmetz and Paul Thigpen
  • The man who painted the Reformation by Paul Thigpen and the editors
  • The man who yielded to no one by David C. Fink
  • After the revolution by Mark U. Edwards Jr.

Issue 116: 25 Writings That Changed the Church and the World

  • Editors: Chris R. Armstrong and Jennifer Woodruff Tait
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Pages: 52

The Bible is the most important Christian book, but it’s not the only Christian book. This issue of Christian History features the fascinating stories behind the top 25 writings in church history, selected by more than 70 past writers of the magazine. From Augustine and Aquinas to Bonhoeffer and Barth, this is a primer on what to read, why to read it, and how we got it in the first place.

  • Fully man and fully God by Jennifer Freeman
  • The Apostles’ Creed by Jennifer Freeman
  • Irenaeus, Against Heresies by Jennifer Freeman
  • “Take and read” by Alex Huggard
  • Others we love, Part 1
  • Restoring order, restoring life by Steve Harper
  • Paying back the debt by Edwin Woodruff Tait
  • Intellect that illuminates Christian truth by Garry J. Crites
  • Following Jesus above all by Paul W. Chilcote
  • Others we love, part 2
  • Dante’s enduring influence by Rebecca Price Janney
  • Timeline
  • The straw that broke the camel’s back by Eric W. Gritsch
  • Robust instruction by Jennifer Powell McNutt
  • Westminster Confession of Faith by Edwin Woodruff Tait
  • Others we love, part 3
  • Solid, scriptural, rational by Jennifer Woodruff Tait
  • “Be of good cheer.” by Edwin Woodruff Tait
  • Not concerning the heart but the life by William Kostlevy
  • Others We Love, Part 4
  • The intelligent layperson by David Neff
  • In defiance of the gods by Roy Stults
  • Others We Love, Part 5
  • 2,000 years, 25 hymns by James D. Smith III
  • The dangers of compiling lists by G. R. Evans

Issue 117: The Surprising Quakers

  • Editors: Chris R. Armstrong and Jennifer Woodruff Tait
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Pages: 48

With a beheaded king and a bloody civil war as the backdrop, the Quakers emerged in 17th-century England as just one of many answers to corruption in church and state: Diggers, Ranters, Levellers, and Fifth Monarchists, to name just a few! While many groups disappeared as quickly as they started, the Quakers have survived. Read the stories of George Fox, Margaret Fell, and the movement they founded that would cross the Atlantic to the Americas and then travel to Africa. Quakers are known for their silent meetings and simple living, but we’ll uncover surprising stories of charismatic leaders, fervent social activism, and even a few bold Quakers who went naked as a prophetic sign in this issue of Christian History magazine.

  • Seeking the light of Christ by Max L. Carter
  • A man with a mission by George Fox
  • A woman with a message by Margaret Fell
  • Quaker Speak by Thomas D. Hamm
  • Testimonies of truth by Paul N. Anderson
  • All who believed in God were welcome by J. William Frost
  • 350 years of a unique witness: Quaker timeline by Thomas Hamm and the editors
  • Seeking freedom by Stephen W. Angell
  • Unforgettable witness for freedom by Stephen W. Angell
  • To act in the spirit “not of judgment, but of mercy” by Alice Almond Shrock
  • Bearing and not bearing the sword by Chuck Fager
  • From mud huts to Yearly Meetings by Robert J. Wafula
  • A foundation of Friends by Carole Dale Spencer by D. Elton Trueblood
  • A radical experiment

Issue 118: The People’s Reformation

  • Editors: Chris R. Armstrong and Jennifer Woodruff Tait
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Pages: 59

It didn’t take long for the ideas of Luther, Zwingli, and many others to ignite a sea change in society at large: peasants revolting, priests and nuns marrying, church art destroyed, heretics on both sides persecuted by church and state. Read about one of the most turbulent eras of all of church history in issue #118, The People’s Reformation, the second in our Reformation series.

  • When the state advanced the church by Jim West and Edwin Woodruff Tait
  • Not only what was believed but what was done by Jon Balserak
  • The life and thought of Zwingli by W. P. Stephens
  • Allies or Enemies? by Robert D. Linder
  • They wanted God to save his own by Edwin Woodruff Tait
  • Preachers and printers by Armin Siedlecki and Perry Brown
  • Tearing down the images by Jim West
  • The century that changed the world by the editors
  • A fire that spread by Walter Klaassen and John Oyer
  • People who steal the soul by David C. Fink
  • The accidental revolution by Melinda S. Zook
  • A motley, fiery crew by David C. Steinmetz and Edwin Woodruff Tait
  • Bride of the Reformation by Edwin Woodruff Tait

Issue 119: The Wonder of Creation

  • Editors: Chris R. Armstrong and Jennifer Woodruff Tait
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Pages: 51

Monks and mystics, poets and artists, hermits and activists, scientists and saints—many Christians have felt the call to live in harmony with God’s creation or to delve into its wonders with scientific investigation.

  • Getting back to the land by Ellen F. Davis
  • The heavens declare the glory of God by Glenn E. Myers
  • All life has its roots in me by Hildegard of Bingen
  • Canticle of the Creatures by Francis of Assisi
  • Cows and pigs, not leprechauns: Celts and creation by Garry Crites
  • Cosmic worship, sanctified matter, transfigured vision by Kathleen A. Mulhern
  • The Flower (excerpts) by George Herbert
  • Timeline
  • God’s Grandeur by Gerard Manley Hopkins
  • Reading the “book of nature” by Edward B. Davis
  • A cathedral, a retreat, a challenge by Russell E. Richey
  • Heaven under our Feet by Jennifer Woodruff Tait
  • “Our garden must be God’s garden” by Charles E. Moore
  • Fellow travelers? by Matt Forster
  • Something here sounds familiar by Loren Wilkinson

Issue 120: Calvin, Councils, and Confessions

  • Editors: Chris R. Armstrong and Jennifer Woodruff Tait
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Pages: 55

Calvin the teacher, Menno the preacher, Elizabeth the queen, and those unpronounceable French Protestants. Setting out to renew the church, the reformers divided and subdivided it.

  • Another accidental revolutionary by Jon Balserak
  • Pastor of Geneva by Olivier Fatio
  • Seeking and finding by William J. Petersen
  • Reformation of the refugees by Edwin Woodruff Tait
  • United with Christ in eternity and at the table by Raymond A. Blacketer
  • Words to ponder from Calvin’s Institutes by John Calvin
  • A faith that could not be contained by Jennifer Powell McNutt
  • The Century That Changed the World by the editors
  • From Luther to the Lutherans by David M. Whitford
  • God our only comfort: German confessions
  • From turmoil to peace by Mary S. Sprunger
  • The rest of the story by Calvin Lane
  • The king, the emperor, and the theologians by David C. Steinmetz, Paul Thigpen, and the editors

Issue 121: Faith in the Foxholes

  • Editors: Chris R. Armstrong and Jennifer Woodruff Tait
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Pages: 60

Christians both affected and were affected by the World Wars. Heroic, fascinating, and troubling stories from the great wars.

  • The Crisis of the West by Jeffrey B. Webb
  • Franz Joseph (1830–1916) by Jennifer Woodruff Tait
  • Woodrow Wilson (1856–1924) by Jennifer Woodruff Tait
  • Winston Churchill (1874–1965) by Jennifer Woodruff Tait
  • Josef Stalin (1878–1953) by Jennifer Woodruff Tait
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882–1945) by Jennifer Woodruff Tait
  • Adolf Hitler (1889–1945) by Jennifer Woodruff Tait
  • A sacred Conflict or an unfortunate necessity? by Barry Hankins
  • “The world must be made safe for democracy” by Woodrow Wilson
  • Inklings at War by Paul E. Michelson
  • No atheists in the foxholes? by Kevin L. Walters
  • Wittgenstein’s war by Jeffrey B. Webb
  • Suffering in the trenches by Paul E. Michelson
  • Services in leaky tents by Ronit Y. Stahl
  • Service for peace by Steven M. Nolt
  • Alvin York by Matt Forster
  • World Wars Timeline
  • The church of the bystanders by Christopher Gehrz
  • Karl Barth preaches on the Jewishness of Jesus
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer sees the handwriting on the wall
  • A War Story: Italian Catholics and a Fascist Europe by Matt Forster
  • A war story: “There is no pit so deep God’s love is not deeper still” by Kaylena Radcliff
  • A war story: Romania above all by William D. Pearce
  • Melting down the bells by Paul E. Michelson
  • Christ and the remaking of the Orient by Darren Micah Lewis
  • The Problems of Peace and the Problems of War by Harry Emerson Fosdick and Edward Talbot
  • Mitsuo Fuchida: from Pearl Harbor attacker to Christian evangelist by Matt Forster
  • John Birch: fighting missionary by Don Haines
  • Spreading light in a dark world by Jared S. Burkholder
  • Christmas Miracles: Four men recall war at the front

Issue 122: The Catholic Reformation

  • Editors: Chris R. Armstrong and Jennifer Woodruff Tait
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Pages: 60

The fourth and final issue of our Reformation series features the story of Catholic reform in the sixteenth century. Renewal spread through the Catholic church through new religious orders—foremost the Jesuits—and through individuals and groups who sympathized with “evangelical” ideas while remaining under papal authority. The Council of Trent, the official response to the Protestant critique, would set a course for Catholicism for the next 500 years. The issue also includes closing thoughts on the long-term effects of the Reformation and the prospects for ecumenical dialogue between Catholics and Protestants today.

  • Helping souls by Katie M. Benjamin
  • The Council of Trent Speaks
  • Ignatius of Loyola Speaks
  • Lorenzo Scupoli Speaks
  • The road not taken by Edwin Woodruff Tait
  • Picturing saints by Virginia C. Raguin
  • The Persistent Council by Martin J. Lohrmann
  • A renewed and global faith by Thomas Worcester, S.J.
  • The century that changed the world by the editors
  • Reasons of state by Roger G. Robins
  • Defender of God’s justice by William den Boer
  • Coming to America by Malcolm Foley
  • Remaking the world by Edwin and Jennifer Woodruff Tait
  • The ecumenical dilemma by John W. O’Malley, S.J., Paul Rorem, Ernest Freeman, John Armstrong, and Thomas A. Baima

About the Editors

Chris R. Armstrong is associate professor of church history at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of Patron Saints for Postmoderns: Ten from the Past Who Speak to Our Future, the former managing editor of Christian History & Biography, and a contributing writer to Christianity Today, Leadership Journal, and Christian History.

Jennifer Woodruff Tait is the managing editor of Christian History magazine and adjunct professor of church history at Huntington University, Asbury Theological Seminary, Southwestern College, and United Theological Seminary. Her articles and essays have appeared in Christianity Today, Christian History and Biography, and American Denominational History. She is the author of The Poisoned Chalice: Eucharistic Grape Juice and Common-Sense Realism in Victorian Methodism.