Jim’s #1 & #2: The Story of Christianity by Justo Gonzalez and Church History in Plain Language by Bruce Shelley

February 17, 2011 // 1 Comment

It’s about time I got started on posting to this thing!  I’m already behind and it’s only February. I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity to take two Church History Classes while in Okinawa.  I knew in coming here that I was pretty much historically illiterate when it came to my faith’s history and that always bothered me a little (Martin Luther/Martin Luther King, Jr.  I now know the difference!!!).  The course, and these books have truly opened my eyes to a few things: 1. There is plenty to be learned today from the great developers and reformers of the church. 2. There are innumerable events in the history of the church we should not be proud of. 3. Man can make a good thing bad quite quickly. 4. I wish my spiritual disciplines could compare with most anyone’s in the books that I read. 4. Every Christian stalwart of the past had not yet arrived when it came to sanctification. 5. I still don’t know that much about church history. These two books by Justo Gonzalez and Bruce Shelley come from the second semester of this church history survey, covering from the Reformation to the present.  In the first […]