Kids Talk Church History

Kids Talk Church History is a one-of-a-kind podcast where kids investigate the history of the Church. Over two thousand years ago, Jesus said: “I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” How has Jesus built and preserved His Church against all odds? Come with us on a trip through history to find the answer on Kids Talk Church History—a podcast in partnership with the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals.

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Monday Jun 03, 2024

On June 27, 1638, Cyril Lucaris was ordered to board a boat, then strangled and thrown overboard. He was one of the most important patriarchs in the Orthodox Church. Why was he murdered? Was he really a Protestant? Join Emma, Grace, and Christian as they discuss this fascinating character with Rev. Mihai Corcea, pastor of the Evangelical Reformed Church of Bucharest, Romania.
Our friends at Reformation Heritage Books have provided two copies of Simonetta Carr’s book, Church History, for our listeners. Register here for the opportunity to win a copy. 
Show Notes:
Kids Talk Church History episode about Saint Augustine:
Reverend Corcea’s favorite Romanian dish is Sarmale, or Romanian cabbage rolls. They look delicious! Check out some recipes online. 

Monday May 20, 2024

Was there a Protestant Reformation in Poland? Who was Jan Laski, the Polish Reformer, and why do so few people know about him? Why did he want a national church, and how did he influence the Reformation in other countries? Join Emma, Grace, and Christian as they discuss Laski’s fascinating story and the little-known Reformation in Poland with Dr. Dariusz Bryćko, head of the Tolle Lege Institute in Warsaw, Poland.
Our friends at Reformation Heritage Books have provided two copies of Simonetta Carr’s book, Church History, for our listeners. Register here for the opportunity to win a copy. 
Show Notes:
For more information on the Heidelberg Catechism:
Dr. Brycko said his favorite Polish dish is Zurek, a soup made with sausages, smoked meats and rye sourdough starter. There are several recipes online if you’d like to try to make it!

Monday May 06, 2024

Growing up in a small town in southeast Scotland, John Knox could never have imagined that he would play a significant role in a powerful movement that transformed his country. From tutor to bodyguard to slave on a French galley, he was involved in some of the most crucial events of Scottish history before he turned 35. After a brief time in England, where he served as a preacher and pastor and met his wife, he moved to Germany and Geneva, only to be called back to Scotland to inspire a powerful reformation. Find out more about this enthralling story as Lucas, Linus, and Emma talk to Dr. Ewen Cameron, the Sir William Fraser Professor of Scottish History and Palaeography at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Our friends at Reformation Heritage Books provided two copies of Simonetta Carr’s book about John Knox for our listeners. Congratulations to John V. from Kentwood, MI, and Pam H. from St. Paul, MN!

Monday Apr 22, 2024

In 1536, an English priest and scholar was led from his cell to a place of execution, where he was burned to death on a pile of dry wood. His crime? He translated the Bible into English. His name is William Tyndale. Why would an esteemed scholar put himself in such danger just to see the Bible placed in the hands of all English people? And why would the government hunt him down and kill him? Find out more as Lucas, Linus, and Grace chat with Emily Lucas, tutor in Church History at Union School of Theology in London.
Our friends at Reformation Heritage Books provided a copy of Simonetta Carr’s book about Lady Jane Grey. Congratulations to our winner, Christopher D. from Gulf Breeze, FL!
Show Notes:
Article by Simonetta Carr about William Tyndale:

The Reformation in Spain

Monday Apr 08, 2024

Monday Apr 08, 2024

Did the message of the Protestant Reformation reach Spain? If so, why was it completely repressed while other countries embraced it? Why don't we know more about the thousands of Spanish people who followed the Reformation? Find out all this and more as our hosts, Lucas, Linus, and Grace, interview Dr. Andrew Messmer, professor at the International Faculty of Theology in Barcelona, and hear the exciting stories of the brave men and women of the Spanish Reformation.
Our friends at Reformation Heritage Books have provided two copies of Simonetta Carr’s book about Julia Gonzaga for our listeners. Register here for the opportunity to win a copy. 
We’re also excited to offer a listener the opportunity to be a guest host on Kids Talk Church History like we did for the first time a few months ago! If you’d like to join the hosts to discuss your favorite episodes and characters from our series on the Reformation, fill out this form. 
Show Notes:
The most widely used version of the Bible in Spain today is the Reina-Valera. For more information:
Article by Simonetta Carr about Juan Pérez de Pineda and other Spanish Reformers:

Monday Mar 25, 2024

In December 1560, Jeanne d'Albret, Queen of Navarre, displayed great courage by publicly professing her Reformed faith at a time when the larger Kingdom of France, to which Navarre was strongly connected, was firmly Roman Catholic. Join Lucy, Trinity, and Christian as they discover what happened after Jeanne's profession of faith and how the Reformation in France progressed for a while and was eventually suppressed by the government. Their guest today is Christine Farenhorst, author of Wings Like a Dove: The Courage of Queen Jeanne D'albret, published by P&R Books.
Thanks to P&R Publishing, we awarded two copies of Christine Farernhorst's book to offer our listeners. Congratulations to Amanda W. from Cedar Creek, TX and Richard P. from Madera, CA!

The Reformation in Italy

Monday Mar 11, 2024

Monday Mar 11, 2024

When we think of the Protestant Reformation, we usually think of countries like Germany, Switzerland, England, and the Netherlands. We rarely think of Italy. And yet, a Reformation started there too, but was quickly crushed by the Roman Catholic Church. What most people don't know is that teachings like justification by faith were not officially condemned by the Roman Catholic Church until 1547. And yet, many people who believed in that teaching in Italy were imprisoned or killed before then. Learn more about the intriguing story of the Italian Reformation as Lucy, Trinity, and Christian talk to Rev. Michael Brown, pastor of Chiesa Riformata Filadelfia in Milan, Italy.
One of the Italian Reformers mentioned in the podcast was Peter Martyr Vermigli. Thanks to the generosity of our friends at Reformation Heritage Books, we awarded a copy of Simonetta Carr's book about Vermigli to one of our listeners. Congratulations, Kate R. from Bronx, NY!
Show Notes:
Pastor Brown's ministry in Italy:

John Calvin

Monday Feb 26, 2024

Monday Feb 26, 2024

Who was John Calvin, and why was he important in church history? Was he a killjoy, as some people say (and some portraits make him look)? What does the word predestination mean, and why is it good news? Find out all these things and more with our hosts, Trinity, Christian, and Linus, as they interview their knowledgeable and enthusiastic guest, Dr. Herman Selderhuis. As a bonus, learn how to say "good-bye" in Dutch!
Thanks to our generous friends at Reformation Heritage Books, we had two copies of Simonetta Carr’s book about John Calvin to give to our listeners. Congratulations to Chris B. from Camp Hill, PA and Christopher D. from Gulf Breeze, FL!
Show Notes:
Books by and about John Calvin:
John Calvin by Simonetta Carr:
Letters of John Calvin:

Monday Feb 12, 2024

When we talk about the Protestant Reformation, most people remember Martin Luther and John Calvin. However, a third man had a significant influence at the start of the Reformation: Ulrich Zwingli. Join Trinity, Christian, and Linus as they travel back to Reformation Switzerland with their guest, Rev. William Boekestein, to discover who Zwingli really was. Also, find out why having a sausage-fest on March 9 might be a good idea!
Thanks to our generous friends at Christian Focus Publications for providing two copies of William Boekestein's book, Ulrich Zwingli: Shepherd Warrior for a giveaway. Congratulations to our winners, Scott C. from Sandy, UT and Heather B. from Newnan, GA!
Show Notes:
Books by Reverend Boekestein:
Ulrich Zwingli: Shepherd Warrior:
The Best Day of the Week: Why We Love the Lord's Day:

Monday Jan 29, 2024

In today's podcast, Emma, Lucas, and Sophia begin their journey through the exciting time of the Protestant Reformation by discussing the life and teachings of Martin Luther with Professor Phillip Cary, author of the audio course Martin Luther, Gospel, Law, and Reformation. Was Luther really the spark for the Reformation? What made him stand out from earlier Reformers? Find out this and more on Kids Talk Church History.
Thanks to our generous friends at Reformation Heritage Books, we were given a couple copies of Simonetta Carr's book about Martin Luther for a drawing. Congratulations to Stephane S. from Lewistown, PA and Judah H. from Tazewell, VA! 
Show Notes:
Episode #11 - Augustine of Hippo:

Monday Jan 15, 2024

For the first time, the hosts of Kids Talk Church History are joined by two listeners, Priscilla and Hosea, for a fun, lively discussion of favorite episodes, characters, and guests from their survey of the Middle Ages. Learn what encouraged them and what surprised them. And stay tuned for future opportunities to join our podcast!

Monday Jan 01, 2024

Around the time that John Wycliffe and Jan Hus shook the Western church by challenging its authority and traditions, a lesser-known monk did something similar in Ethiopia. He was known as Abba Estifanos (in English, Father Stephen). How similar were his protests to the ones made by European Reformers? Why does the Ethiopian Church claim to have the true Ark of the Covenant? Join Trinity, Lucas, and Linus as they explore these questions and learn more about Estifanos's story and how he was persecuted.
Show Notes:
Eric Clausen’s Podcast:
Episode 3 of Kids Talk Church History:


Church History by Simonetta Carr

If you like the podcast, you won't want to miss this fascinating guide that shows young readers (and even not-so-young readers) how God has preserved His church from AD 30 to the beginning of the twenty-first century. Travel through time and all over the world as you meet the people, learn about the ideas, and understand the challenges that have shaped the history of the church. Maps, timelines, and colorful pictures on every page show you the important people, places, and events of church history.

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