An Interview with Stephen J. Nichols

This week on Theology Simply Profound, Rob sits down with Dr. Stephen J. Nichols to discuss Reformation Bible College, some recent writing projects including a recent book for children, Reformation ABCs: The People, Places, and Things of the Reformation—from A to Z, books he’s reading, as well as the Young, Restless, and Reformed. After the conversation, Rob and Bob discuss Dr. Nichols thoughts on the YRR.

Dr. Stephen J. Nichols is President and Professor of Apologetics at Reformation Bible College, chief academic officer for Ligonier Ministries, and a Ligonier Ministries teaching fellow. He has authored or edited over twenty books, and hosts the podcasts 5 Minutes in Church History and Open Book.

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Country and Gospel Music

Reformed Media Review had the privilege of interviewing Don Reid, former lead singer of the award winning country music group the Statler Brothers, about his involvement in that group and his more recent work as an author. Especially of interest was Don’s insights into the relationship of country and gospel music. Our listeners will be especially interested to learn that Don Reid is also a long standing ruling elder and Sunday School teacher in his home church in Staunton, VA. Jeff Waddington was more than ably assisted by Michael Dewalt, Dr. Stephen Nichols of Lancaster Bible College and Graduate School and Dr. Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.

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Made in the USA

The Christ the Center panel once again had the privilege of meeting with Dr. Stephen Nichols, Research Professor of Christianity and Culture at Lancaster Bible College and Graduate School, this time discussing his book Jesus: Made in America. Dr. Nichols gave us a summary of the book and the panelists interacted with him about the prevalent American Evangelical temptation to make Jesus over in our own image or into the image of some ideal far removed from his Biblical context. The group looked at how Jesus was understood by the Puritans in New England as well as the manly Jesus of Jacksonian America and the gentle Jesus meek and mild of the Victorian era. Closer to the present time the panelists discussed Fosdick and Van Dyke and their views of Jesus in contradistinction to the orthodoxy of J. Gresham Machen. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the American made Jesus was the consideration of the roots of contemporary Christian music (CCM). The group enjoyed the discussion and you will too. (more…)

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Getting the Blues

Dr. Stephen Nichols, research professor of Christianity and culture at Lancaster Bible College, joins the Christ the Center panel for an interesting discussion about his new book, Getting the Blues. Nichols discusses his interest in blues music and shows how the blues touch upon biblical themes. This is an utterly fascinating discussion, even for those who are not otherwise drawn to blues music. Listeners will come away wanting to crack the covers of this unusual book. (more…)

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