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An Oral History of the Church

Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick

"An Oral History of the Christian Church" by Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick will deliver episodes by "volumes."
Volume 1 is an oral history of the Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary campus relocation project. Postscript: GGBTS has since been renamed "Gateway Seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention."
Volume 2 is on Historiography - the writing of history - ran November 2016 to February 2017.
Volume 3 is on the Lutheran wing of the Protestant Reformation in honor of the 500th anniversary of Luther's 95 Theses, coming July 2017.
Check out our companion podcast, "Saints Gone Before"!

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Nov 10, 2017 Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick
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“A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing; Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing: For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe; His craft and pow’r are great, and, armed with cruel hate, On earth is not his equal.”   The tenth and final episode of our volume on the Lutheran wing of the Protestant Reformation completes our study by looking at some of the enduring legacy of Martin Luther. We look at his impact on corporate worship, hymnody, Bible...
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Oct 27, 2017 Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick
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"Somebody, can you tell me just what make a man feel this way? Like river without its water, like night without a day. And it sure 'nuff got cold after the rain fell, Not from the sky but from my eye." The ninth episode in our volume on the Lutheran wing of the Reformation focuses on the dark side of Martin Luther. We discuss his character flaws, the afflictions he experienced, and tell the story of his death. In other words, what does a more complete picture of Luther look like? What...
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Oct 13, 2017 Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick
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“We don't need no education. We don't need no thought control. No dark sarcasm in the classroom. Teachers leave them kids alone.” Luther believed with urgency that every Christian should read and think about the Scriptures for oneself. When that belief grew legs, it walked him through the composition of lectures and two editions of a commentary on Saint Paul's Epistle to the Galatians. Today's episode discusses how Luther handles this Pauline letter. What did he think of it? How did he come...
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Sep 29, 2017 Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick
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"Blackbird singing in the dead of night, take those sunken eyes and learn to see. All your life, you were only waiting for this moment to be free. Blackbird, fly." Jonathan and Adam talk about several more texts by Martin Luther, the good (including one about the Freedom of a Christian), and the bad. We also answered our first reader question! Today's episode features The Schmalkald Articles, and On the Freedom of a Christian, among others. #Reformation500 An Oral History of the...
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Sep 15, 2017 Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick
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"She had taken his hand. She had become like they are. Come on, baby, don't fear the reaper..." Or, at least, that's one way of restating Luther's advice in one of the texts we discuss in today's episode describing and contextualizing four of this Reformer's works. And this is only part 1 of a two-part miniseries within this volume! Come back on Sept. 29th for more! And we encourage you to not miss our readings of Luther's "The Babylonian Captivity of the Church" on Saints...
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Sep 1, 2017 Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick
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I hear the drums echoing tonight, But she hears only whispers of some quiet conversation... oh, wait, no, that's just the quill of Martin Luther, scrawling down his 95 Theses, the subject of our latest episode on Luther and the Protestant Reformation! We dig into the document, but we especially focus on context in which it arose, what it challenges, and who it challenges! Come back in 2 weeks for another episode! Don't miss our readings of Luther's "The Babylonian Captivity of the...
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Aug 18, 2017 Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick
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He's the wolf screaming in the lonely night... Shout, shout, shout, shout at the devil! At least, that's what Martin Luther did. In his early years as a monk, Martin Luther became the best monk anyone had ever seen. But it wasn't enough. He struggled with the devil in quiet moments of torture over his sin, but eventually he truly got saved. How did that happen? What was his life like during this period? We discuss the answers to these questions and more in this fourth episode of our volume on...
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Aug 4, 2017 Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick
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Mood swings. Dramatic statements. Eating incredible volumes of food. You know, typical teenager stuff. Well, Martin Luther was no exception, as you'll hear in our new episode on this man's youth and his conversion story. We also hit you up with solid resources on the subject from primary to secondary even to tertiary sources (which you'll know how to use if you followed our previous volume on historiography)!
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Jul 21, 2017 Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick
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Ah, the lights. The music! The acting! Film connects us with its subjects in a special way. We're still celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Thus, this time around, Jonathan and Adam talk about representations of Martin Luther's story in film, especially focused on the Joseph Fiennes movie "Luther" from 2003. The guys discuss their merits and suggested audiences for any viewing you may host for them. The 3rd episode of this volume releases on August 4th. It...
An Oral History of the Church
Jul 7, 2017 Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick
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The boys are back in...recording mode as we launch volume 3 of An Oral History of the Church! If you're new to us, we have prepared a conversational church history podcast for our listeners. This time around, we're celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation with a volume devoted to a look at the Lutheran wing of the Reformation. Episode 1 features a discussion of the four major wings of the Reformation, their significant thinkers, geographical locations, and distinct...
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Feb 10, 2017 Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick
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Unkar Plutt rewards you double portions today with the final episode of our volume on historiography! We dive deep into a brief biography of Augustine (chapter 1 of Gerald Bray's Augustine on the Christian Life) as well as a paper Adam wrote 4 years ago (ah! sunrise, sunset). We also chase a rabbit trail on Gospel chronology. Plus: other things! We're excited and pleased to present to you the eighth and final episode of volume 2 of An Oral History of the Church. Questions? Comments? Drop us a...
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Jan 27, 2017 Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick
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What is history, and what is history writing? Is there a difference? What is the best way of writing history? The entire volume has culminated to this point, folks. We've looked at the individual tasks that make up the historian's work. Now comes the discussion on the philosophy of history. We talk through different perspectives on the issue, then present our own. We have quite a list of book recommendations for you this time, as well.  In two weeks, on February 10th, we will release the FINAL...
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Jan 13, 2017 Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick
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What is the role of the social sciences as they relate to history? Aren't they just one and the same? We dig into this subject as deep as we can this week. It builds on the last several episodes - the use of primary, secondary, and even tertiary sources. Come back next week for our discussion of history writing! Questions or comments? Please contact us at churchhistorypodcast@gmail.com or on Twitter @OralHistoryPod and we might answer them on the show! We hope to hear from you. Our next volume...
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Dec 30, 2016 Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick
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The fifth episode of this volume focuses on dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases, and bibliographies. What are they, and what are their uses for research? Join us next time for a discussion of the Social Sciences and Historiography. 
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Dec 16, 2016 Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick
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What are primary sources and secondary sources? How do they fit into academic work, especially the work of the historian? And how do they fit with the Three Canons we discussed last time? We discuss these questions and more in the fourth episode of our second volume of An Oral History of the Church. Don't miss our new companion podcast, Saints Gone Before, available now! It's all primary sources all the time. *cue sunglasses* Episode 5 of this volume features a conversation about Tertiary...
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Dec 2, 2016 Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick
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Jonathan breaks down the three canons, or tools, of the historian. We also get into materialism and anti-materialism, and more! P.S., we have a new companion podcast releasing on Monday, December 5th: "Saints Gone Before"! However you get our current podcast, you can also get our new one. It is an audio book style podcast in 10-20 minute episodes where Adam or Jonathan reads a Christian text (sermon or hymn or treatise, etc). Make sure you check in on our facebook page for the...
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Nov 18, 2016 Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick
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This time around, we discuss the two schools for interpreting Biblical Historiography, as well as a comment about American Christian Historiography. This is the last one of our episodes discussing the worldview part of what supports the work of a historian. Next up, on Dec. 2nd, is our episode on The Three Canons! (Cue dramatic music!) These will be the three tools a historian uses in his or her work. Don't forget to keep an eye out for our new companion podcast, Saints Gone Before, coming on...
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Nov 5, 2016 Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick
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Welcome back to An Oral History of the Church! This episode kicks off our new 'volume' or season, in which we focus on the subject, "What is history?"  This season is a study of how history is written. How do historians decide to include this, but not that? Why isn't every history book on, say, the inception of the Anglican church ten thousand pages long? Why is it important to know Julius Caesar was stabbed 23 times, but we don't know what he had for breakfast? Episode 1 is a...
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Sep 23, 2016 Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick
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Somebody stick a fork in this oral history because it is DONE. Episode 17 features an interview with co-host Jonathan McCormick, an alumnus of GGBTS and current Regional Librarian of the San Francisco Campus of Gateway Seminary. Jonathan makes a case for viewing the relocation of the seminary as a form of gentrification for Mill Valley/Tiburon that listeners may find particularly interesting. While this episode marks the end of the GGBTS Campus Relocation Project, it does not mark the end of...
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Sep 16, 2016 Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick
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The GGBTS Campus Relocation Project finale begins! First up, we continue our methodology to interview co-host Adam Christman for his perspective on the relocation. We laughed, we cried, we lost 5 pounds. Come back next time for the second half of the GGBTS Campus Relocation Project finale! Yes, we will try to make that name longer! Oh, and it features an interview with co-host Jonathan McCormick, as well as overall reflection on the project, and the announcement of volumes 2 and 3 of An Oral...
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Sep 9, 2016 Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick
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No need to be shushed, dear listener! This episode features the coolest librarian around. Dr. Kelly Campbell contributes her perspective to our oral history this week. She is the Associate Dean of Information Services and Director of the Library at Columbia Theological Seminary, and previous Library Director for Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary's Northern California Campus, located in Mill Valley. Dr. Campbell provides yet another angle on the campus relocation, especially as regards...
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Sep 2, 2016 Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick
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The 14th episode in our GGBTS Campus Relocation project has finally arrived! This interview features Dr. Brice Butler, pastor of Tiburon Baptist Church and two-time alumnus of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. As the pastor of TBC, Dr. Butler is another Marin County local looking on as the seminary relocates. In some ways, Brice's experiences are similar to our 7th episode in this volume, in which we interviewed Kent and Katie Philpott. Brice comes at the relocation from his own angle,...
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Aug 13, 2016 Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick
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We're back with a brand new addition, an interview with GGBTS alumnus Marc Jantomaso! Marc is a church planter whose story demonstrates the kind of grounded, hard-working ministry you can see exhibited in seminary student after seminary student. We think you'll enjoy his story. The audio on this episode is a bit different. We recorded Marc by phone, and we also recorded our bookend commentary by phone, so you'll notice a difference this time around. The next episode is with Dr. Brice Butler,...
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Jul 29, 2016 Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick
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Miguel Rodriguez is an alumnus and prior staff member of Gateway Seminary (nee Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary), as well as a pastor local to Marin County, where the Northern California campus of GGBTS was located for decades up until recently. Miguel gives us a wealth of insight on the seminary in recent years, stretching as far back as the 1980s, when as a child he accompanied his mother to GGBTS classes. If you would like to hear more from Miguel Rodriguez, you can visit Lincoln...
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Jul 22, 2016 Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick
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Steve and Grace Howell sat down with Jonathan and Adam for a rich discussion of GGBTS' now-closed music department, more about the preschool, and their return to GGBTS for Steve's second degree before they came on staff at a church near the seminary's Mill Valley campus. There's one more Friday left in July, our month for a flood of weekly episodes. Episode 12 features pastor Miguel Rodriguez, set to release on July 29th. Miguel is an alumnus of GGBTS, a previous staff member of GGBTS in a...
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Jul 15, 2016 Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick
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The tenth episode in this volume is an interview with Gateway Seminary (nee Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary) alumnus Anne Marie. She spoke with us about her experiences as a student and staff with the Kim School of Missions at GGBTS. Jonathan and Adam appreciate her addition to this project that provides an expanding perspective on what GGBTS was like in this moment in its history.       Next week is another interview with a married couple! This interview is with Steven and Grace...
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Jul 8, 2016 Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick
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Dr. Gary Arbino has been on faculty with Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary for over 20 years, specializing in Old Testament studies. Prior to that time, he was on staff with GGBTS, and he was a student with the seminary, as well. He gives us a significant insider's look at how the relocation of GGBTS' main campus will affect those left behind or those who personally wish it had remained in Mill Valley. July is a big month for An Oral History of the Church. We're releasing episodes every...
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Jul 1, 2016 Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick
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Adam and Jonathan talk with Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary Ph.D. student Jared Jenkins, who is also a pastor, blogger, podcaster, and not least, husband and father. Jared tells us about his experiences with GGBTS through their Missions Conference over many visits and how he came to be a student with this seminary and what his experience of it has been. Next time around, Adam and Jonathan interview Dr. Gary Arbino, a member of the GGBTS faculty since the mid-1990's. ANNOUNCEMENT:...
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Jun 24, 2016 Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick
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Adam and Jonathan had a good, long chat with Katie and Dr. Kent Philpott from Miller Avenue Baptist Church in Mill Valley, CA about their experiences with Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and their perspectives on the relationship between the seminary and its neighbors in Marin County. This episode marks our first with a pair of interviewees; in this case, they are a married couple. There are a few hiccups in the audio of this interview, and for that, we apologize. Please bear with us,...
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Jun 10, 2016 Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick
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Jonathan and Adam discuss the history of the field education vital to the masters degrees that GGBTS confers with the current Director of Theological Field Education, Dr. Glenn Prescott. He shares with us insights about the "godfather of TFE," as well as some of the land development challenges the seminary faced as it considered whether to stay in Mill Valley or sell and move somewhere else.
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May 27, 2016 Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick
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Jonathan and Adam sit down with previous director of the Golden Gate Academy preschool owned and operated by Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Christi Zerbst. She shares with us her experiences coming at the seminary with fresh eyes, being unaware of it until she learned about a job opportunity there.   The current administration of GGA is planning to reincorporate as a new Christian preschool in South Marin, and could use your help. Visit GoFundMe.com and search "GGA Kids...
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May 13, 2016 Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick
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Jonathan and Adam sit down with Dr. Lisa Hoff, Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. In this episode, Dr. Hoff shares what it was like to come to GGBTS three times, as a student, as a staff member, and then as faculty. Dr. Hoff shares with us a unique perspective as someone who inherited an institutional culture that cares about its students, and which she models today.
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Apr 29, 2016 Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick
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Jonathan and Adam sit down with Dr. Rick Melick, Distinguished Professor of New Testament and now Affiliated Faculty with Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary's Academic Graduate Studies Program. He lets us in on what it was like to restart a Ph.D. program, view the historic campus sale from a perspective both inside and outside of the situation, and his hopes for GGBTS' future academic successes. This interview is another great contribution to the history of this school.
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Apr 15, 2016 Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick
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Interview with current GGBTS student Daniel Choi who tells us about coming to America to study and how the campus relocation figured into his decision to study at that institution. It was a great conversation, and a great addition to the oral history of this moment in the life of GGBTS.
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Apr 1, 2016 Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick
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In order to achieve a kind of symmetry with the announcement of the campus sale on April 1, 2014, our first official episode of the #GGBTSrelocation launches on April 1, 2016. This time, we interview Dr. Jeff Iorg, current president of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary about the campus relocation.
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Mar 17, 2016 Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick
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An introduction to the podcast and to the first project.