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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The Travels of Egeria

Monday Mar 27, 2023

Monday Mar 27, 2023

One day in the fourth century, Egeria, a woman with enough time and means, left for a three-year tour of Biblical places. Join Lucy, Lucas, and Linus as they follow Egeria's travels and discover some early church practices, thanks to their guest, Dr. Stefana Laing of Beeson Divinity School. Dr. Laing shares her invaluable knowledge, including a detailed explanation of how Christmas and Easter celebrations started.
Show Notes
Books recommendations for kids studying church history:
The Holy Land Illustrated Bible:
Holman Illustrated Guide to Biblical Geography:
Photos provided by Dr. Stefana Lang:
My sterling silver ring features Hebrew script with a verse from Song of Songs 6:3, "I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine." The early church interpreted this love poem in terms of Christ and the soul. 
The two small communion cups are made of olive wood, and I used one to take Communion in the Garden of Gethsemane in 2019 when I was traveling in Israel with a group of other women academics.
The sprig of dried rosemary is from a bush in the Garden of Gethsemane. We spent some devotional time there, individually praying and meditating on Jesus's Passion.

Patrick of Ireland

Monday Mar 13, 2023

Monday Mar 13, 2023

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Join Trinity, Emma, and Christian as they look beyond the popular stories of three-leaf clovers and snakes to discover the real Saint Patrick. When did he live? Why did he return to the people who had enslaved him? And why is he so important in church history? Listen to their engaging interview with Dr. Phillip Freeman, author of St. Patrick of Ireland, and find out more about this man of faith whom people celebrate every March 17th.
Show Notes:
St. Patrick of Ireland by Philip Freeman
Patrick's confession
Patrick's letter to the soldiers of Coroticus
Lutheran Satire "St. Patrick's Bad Analogies" YouTube video:


Monday Feb 27, 2023

Monday Feb 27, 2023

HeresiesWhat are heresies and why are they so dangerous? Join Trinity, Emma, and Christian as they discuss this important topic with Dr. Justin Holcomb, a bishop-elect in the Episcopal Church and a co-host of the White Horse Inn podcast. Discover what heresies are still common today, how we can recognize them, and why we should use the word "heresies" carefully.
Show Notes:
Previous episodes dealing with specific heresies:Gnosticism: Pelagianism:
Books by Justin Holcomb:
Lutheran Heresies Video:

Monday Feb 13, 2023

With Valentine’s Day coming up, it seems like the perfect time for Emma, Trinity, and Linus to discuss friendships in the early church with historian Dr. Michael Haykin, professor of church history and biblical spirituality at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. How did Christians in the early centuries maintain their friendships? How long did it take for a letter to travel from one friend to another? And most importantly, what is a true friend, and why is friendship so precious, both in the past and today?

Augustine of Hippo

Monday Jan 30, 2023

Monday Jan 30, 2023

“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.” This famous quote by church father, Augustine of Hippo, is one of many you may have heard. But who was Saint Augustine, and why is he still important today? Why did he cry when he was appointed bishop? And how do we still have so many of his writings? Join Emma, Trinity, and Linus as they discuss all this and more with Dr. Phillip Cary, professor of philosophy at Eastern University and author of many books and a video course on Augustine.
We have a few copies of Simonetta Carr's book, Augustine of Hippo, that we'd like to give away. Enter here for an opportunity to win one. 

Monday Jan 16, 2023

How did the early Christians live? Was it the same everywhere? And how is the early church similar to the church today? When did some people start praying to saints? Our hosts, Lucy, Emma, Trinity, and Christian, have many questions for our guest, Dr. Stephen Presley, professor of church history at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and he has some fascinating answers.

Monday Jan 02, 2023

Join Lucy, Trinity, Christian, and Emma as they talk to Colorado Christian University Professor Megan Devore about one family's huge influence during the fourth century. Meet Macrina, who convinced her mother to free all their slaves and build a community where everyone helped each other and those around them. Meet her brother Basil, who started the first hospital, their brother Gregory of Nyssa, who gave the first known sermon against slavery, and their friend Gregory of Nazianzus, who wrote important works about the Trinity. Discover why some Christians chose to live apart from others and why one spent 40 years of his life on a pillar that became taller than a giraffe. Discover all this and more in this episode of Kids Talk Church History!
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Monday Dec 19, 2022

As we prepare for Christmas, let's see why it's important to say that Jesus is fully God and fully man. How is that even possible? Wouldn't it be easier to say that Jesus was just similar to God? Does that make much of a difference? These questions divided the Christian world when Athanasius became the bishop of Alexandria, Egypt, in 328. Join our hosts, Lucas, Christian, Linus, and Emma, as they talk about the adventurous life of Athanasius. He faced many dangers for insisting that Jesus is equal to the Father when many Roman emperors found other explanations more convenient. Dr. Carl Trueman, Professor of Biblical & Religious Studies at Grove City College, joins the discussion to help our hosts with listener questions and a few more of their own Discover what a creed is, why creeds are important, and whether Dr. Trueman has a favorite Christmas song.
You can enter a drawing for an opportunity to win a copy of Simonetta Carr’s book, Athanasius: Christian Biographies for Young Readers. They are provided courtesy of our friends at Reformation Heritage Books.
It is also available for sale at
You can watch a video on Athanasius that previews the book above.
Dr. Trueman's Reading Suggestions
Simonetta Carr's Church History Books
Christian Focus Trail Blazers Series 
2,000 Years of Christ’s Power by Nick Needham
Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther By Roland H. Bainton 
image: Ikone Athanasius von Alexandria, public domain

Monday Dec 05, 2022

Have you ever heard of a poet named Ephrem? Few people have. He lived during the fourth century in the region we now call Turkey and used his songs to help people understand the true meaning of the Scriptures. Join Lucas, Linus, Christian, and Emma as they wonder at the beauty of Ephrem's songs, especially those describing Christ's birth and what it means for us. To help them in their discoveries is Dr. Jeff Wickes, associate professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Notre Dame. Find out what was the greatest challenge for Christians who wanted to take the Gospel to people who had never heard it and hear our hosts' lively discussion of Christmas songs.
Be sure to enter for the opportunity to win a copy of The Priest with Dirty Clothes by R.C. Sproul, available courtesy of Reformation Trust Publishing. Click here or submit a question to to enter.
This month, Simonetta Carr's Christian Biographies For Young Readers are on sale at for $14.00.

Irenaeus and the Gnostics

Monday Nov 21, 2022

Monday Nov 21, 2022

Join Lucy, Lucas, and Linus as they continue to explore the fascinating history of the early church. In this new episode of Kids Talk Church History, they interview Fr. John Behr, an Eastern Orthodox priest and theologian and one of the foremost experts on the early church, about the subject of one of his books, Irenaeus of Lyons. Find out about the people we now call Gnostics, what were some of their strange ideas and why they thought they were not strange at all, why trying to know God outside of the Scriptures is never a good idea, who was the first bishop of Rome, and much more. Also, sign up to possibly win a copy of Simonetta Carr's Irenaeus of Lyons! We'll be giving away the book thanks to the generosity of Reformation Heritage Books.
Show Notes
You can purchase Simonetta's book Irenaeus - Christian Biographies For Young Readers on sale at Reformed Resources.
Read more from Simonetta in her column Cloud of Witnesses over at Place for Truth:"Irenaeus – Loved by the Reformers, Still Refreshing Today"

Monday Nov 07, 2022

It's almost Thanksgiving. As our hosts start planning their family gatherings, they begin to review the history of this yearly holiday and decide to learn more about why the group of settlers known as Pilgrim Fathers chose to come to America. They were not the first to arrive on this continent and definitely not the first to leave England for religious reasons. What exactly were those reasons? When did these so-called Nonconformists start disagreeing with the Church of England? And what happened to those who stayed there? Join Lucy, Lucas, and Linus as they ask these and many other questions to Rev. Gary Brady, pastor of Child's Hill Baptist Church in North West London and author of the book, The Great Ejection, 1662.
We are giving away a copy of Simonetta Carr’s book, John Owen - Christian Biographies for Young Readers, courtesy of Reformation Heritage Books. Enter here for an opportunity to win.
Show Notes
The Great Ejection – Nonconformists and 1662, Gary Brady
To find out more about the non-conformists, we recommend you read Simonetta's books on John Owen and John Bunyan.
Read more from Simonetta in her column Cloud of Witnesses over at Place for Truth:John Bunyan and the Women Who Shaped His Life 
Edmund Grindal and His Letter to the Queen

Monday Oct 24, 2022

On October 31, 1517, a German friar named Martin Luther nailed 95 propositions to the door of the local church. Some were questions he had been considering for a while. For example, why did some bishops sell pieces of paper that granted forgiveness of sins? He didn't mean to rebel against his authorities. He just wanted to have a discussion. But the bishops, and even the pope, refused to take him seriously. Soon, his propositions were published in many languages—today, we would say they went viral! Many people believe that was the start of the Protestant Reformation. 
As you remember that day, listen to Lucy, Mina, and Trinity talk to Dr. Robert Kolb, professor emeritus of Systematic Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, about a part of Luther's life few people mention: his love for children.
We are giving away a copy of Simonetta's book Martin Luther - Christian Biographies For Young Readers, courtesy of Reformation Heritage Books. Enter here for an opportunity to win a copy.
Show Notes
Read Luther's Small Catechism
You can purchase Simonetta's book on Martin Luther at
Read Simonetta's article From Gardens to Shoes – Being a Father During the Reformation
Read Martin Luther's Letter to his Son Johannes
You can still be entered to win a copy of Simonetta's new book, Church History. Simply subscribe to the Kids Talk Church History email!


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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