Where Did All This Pentecostalism Come From?

It is impossible to consider the modern history or contemporary state of Christianity without accounting for the sudden rise, the explosive spread, and the worldwide impact of Pentecostalism. To that end, I’ve been reading several books on the subject, focused especially on the Azusa Street Revival, which most historians consider the setting in which Pentecostalism began. Here are a few key points I’ve learned about the Azusa Street Revival and the Azusa Street Mission that housed it. Its roots were …

EPIC: Switzerland

My latest EPIC journey took me to Switzerland (and France and Germany) where I was searching for objects relating to the Reformers and the Huguenots. Join me as I explore this beautiful country and a couple of its neighbors. This video was made possible in part by Zondervan and the forthcoming two-volume set by Michael Horton titled “Justification.” You can learn more about it right here. A Stephen McCaskell film. Transcript This video is made possible, in part, by Zondervan. …

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Maybe We Need Less Math and More History

There are entire academic disciplines that exist in a kind of self-perpetuating circle. Professors teach students so those students can become professors and, in turn, teach more students. Such disciplines serve no practical purpose and have no reason to exist beyond academia. Like mathematics, for example. It serves no purpose in the world and nobody ever uses math once they graduate. It exists only within schools so it can create that perpetual cycle of students and professors. Thankfully, there are …

Why Should I Bother With Church History?

On a recent trip to Scotland, I held an Ask Me Anything event at FM Bookstore and Cafe in Edinburgh. One of the questions I was asked was “what are the benefits of studying church history?” Here is my answer. Transcript What are the benefits of studying church history? I think church history is an absolute key to understanding the present and the future of Christianity. So, one of the beautiful things about being in Toronto, a very multi-cultural church, …

The Greatest Treasure of Church History

This is my year of traveling, searching, and scouring the world to uncover the treasures of church history. Since December I’ve been in 11 different countries (with many more remaining) and have gazed upon some amazing objects. This is, of course, all part of the project I’m calling EPIC that is meant to culminate in a book and documentary. Some of the objects I’ve seen have great monetary value to the degree that they are rightly considered priceless. (Go ahead …

EPIC Australia/New Zealand: EPIC Vlog 03

I spent last week traveling through Australia and New Zealand exploring, meeting lots of people, and learning about the history of Christianity in those two great lands. Here’s just some of what I experienced along the way. This video was made possible with special thanks to Sam Chan and his new book Evangelism in a Skeptical World.  

Jerusalem – EPIC Vlog 01

I recently spent a few days in Jerusalem, looking through museums, churches, and other sites for objects related to the history of the Christian faith. This was, of course, all part of my EPIC church history project which will be continuing all through 2018 (Ireland, I’ll see you in January!). This time around I’ve got something neat to share with you at the end of it all: a vlog that relates some of my experiences. I hope you enjoy it! …

Heroes, Hagiography, and Villainy

There was a time, and it was not so very long ago, that we wanted heroes who were flawless. We would look to the past to find people who had an outsized impact on our world and prepare biographies tipped well in the direction of hagiography. We might read a thousand or two thousand pages on a great statesman or theologian and never encounter more than a cursory examination of their shortcomings. Even if we did, those flaws might be …

EPIC: Switzerland (Day 0)

A little while ago I announced a new project I’ve titled EPIC. In a series of journeys unfolding over the next 12 or 18 months, I’ll be traveling all over the globe searching for church history. I’ll be looking especially for key historical objects through which I’ll be able to tell the story of the Christian church (in a forthcoming book). After spending a week in Germany last month, I’m traveling this month to Switzerland. As with my last trip, …