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Saints Gone Before

An audio-book podcast in 10-20 minute episodes. Readings will come from Christian texts across the history of the church, from sermons to treatises to hymns to letters and more. Unless otherwise noted, readings are performed by Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick. All readings are public domain documents. The theme song is "37 Echoes" by Dan-o of Danosongs.com. This is a companion podcast to our show on church history called "An Oral History of the Church"!
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Oct 30, 2017

With a clanging hammer, Saints Gone Before is pleased to present The Ninety-Five Theses of Martin Luther. We’re reading the full text today, including the introductory letter, the theses themselves, and a closing protestation by Luther. The text comes from Henry Wace and C. A. Buchheim, First Principles of the Reformation, London: John Murray, 1883. Historians largely believe he nailed the theses to the door of the church in Wittenburg on October 31st, 1517, unknowingly initiating Reformation Day 500 years ago this month. Others argue it happened in the first two weeks of November. Whenever that event happened, the world is better for this document.

Come back next week when we continue our reading of Martin Luther's "On the Babylonian Captivity of the Church" with part 16, where we pick up Luther's thoughts on the sacrament of Orders.

Requests for readings: churchhistorypodcast@gmail.com, or @OralHistoryPod on Twitter, or "An Oral History of the Church" on Facebook.

Reader: Adam Christman

Saints Gone Before created by Jonathan McCormick and Adam Christman

Produced and edited by Adam Christman

Oct 23, 2017

With an increasingly-loud tummy rumble, Saints Gone Before presents Martin Luther’s “The Babylonian Captivity of the Church,” part 15. The text comes from Henry Wace and C. A. Buchheim, First Principles of the Reformation, London: John Murray, 1883. “Babylonian Captivity” is a text in which Luther re-examines the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church in light of his readings of Scripture. Today’s reading concludes his look at the sacrament of matrimony.

Next week, on Monday, October 30th, we’ll pause our series of readings from Luther’s Babylonian Captivity in order to present a reading of the full text of Luther’s 95 Theses in honor of the 500th anniversary of their nailing to the door of the church in Wittenburg.

Requests for readings: churchhistorypodcast@gmail.com, or @OralHistoryPod on Twitter, or "An Oral History of the Church" on Facebook.

Reader: Adam Christman

Saints Gone Before created by Jonathan McCormick and Adam Christman

Produced and edited by Adam Christman

Oct 16, 2017

With an unflappable owlet-nightjar, Saints Gone Before presents Martin Luther’s “The Babylonian Captivity of the Church,” part 14. The text comes from Henry Wace and C. A. Buchheim, First Principles of the Reformation, London: John Murray, 1883. “Babylonian Captivity” is a text in which Luther re-examines the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church in light of his readings of Scripture. We continue our readings in his section on matrimony.

On Monday, October 30th, we’ll pause our series of readings from Luther’s Babylonian Captivity in order to present a reading of the full text of Luther’s 95 Theses in honor of the 500th anniversary of their nailing to the door of the church in Wittenburg.

Reader: Adam Christman

Saints Gone Before created by Jonathan McCormick and Adam Christman

Produced and edited by Adam Christman

Oct 9, 2017

With an inimitable flugelhorn, we present to you Martin Luther’s “The Babylonian Captivity of the Church,” part 13. The text comes from Henry Wace and C. A. Buchheim, First Principles of the Reformation, London: John Murray, 1883. “Babylonian Captivity” is a text in which Luther re-examines the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church in light of his readings of Scripture. Today we read his section on the sacrament of confirmation and begin his section on the sacrament of matrimony.

Reader: Adam Christman

Saints Gone Before created by Jonathan McCormick and Adam Christman

Produced and edited by Adam Christman

Oct 2, 2017

With a sparkling howler monkey, we present to you Martin Luther’s “The Babylonian Captivity of the Church,” part 12. The text comes from Henry Wace and C. A. Buchheim, First Principles of the Reformation, London: John Murray, 1883. “Babylonian Captivity” is a text in which Luther re-examines the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church in light of his readings of Scripture. Today is the last reading in the section on the sacrament of penance! Next week is the first reading of Luther's take on the sacrament of confirmation. 

Would you like to request a specific book, sermon, or other Christian text? E-mail us at churchhistorypodcast@gmail.com or tweet us @OralHistoryPod.

Reader: Adam Christman

Created by: Jonathan McCormick and Adam Christman

Produced & Edited by: Adam Christman

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