Michael Reynolds

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The History of Christianity in 25 Objects: Calvin's Chair

St. Pierre Cathedral in Geneva, Switzerland was the work of Arducius de Faucigny, the prince-bishop of the Diocese of Geneva. The building’s earliest …

Hymn Stories: Jesus, Lover of My Soul

I have written previously about Charles Wesley and his talented and prolific hymn writing. I also mentioned earlier in this series his involvement in …

The History of Christianity in 25 Objects: The Indulgence Box

The <i>Lutherhaus</i> in Wittenberg, Germany, is located in the Augustinian monastery where Martin Luther lived much of his life, first as a monk and later …

Hymn Stories: Take My Life and Let It Be

Frances Ridley Havergal (1836-1879) was an unusually gifted and passionate saint. The daughter of a church rector, she was raised in Worcester, …

The History of Christianity in 25 Objects: Novum Instrumentum Omne

The American Bible Society has a superb collection of old and rare Bibles. The Society began this collection in 1818, just one year after its …

Hymn Stories: Just As I Am

Just As I Am” is one of the few hymns for which we know not only the author’s story but also the exact circumstances in which it was written. …

Ordinary: Christian Living for the Rest of Us

Not every idea becomes a book. Not even every <i>good</i> idea becomes a book. Between the author and the bookstore stand agents, editors and publication …

Hymn Stories: Abide With Me

Abide with Me” is one of the best-loved English hymns of the past 150 years. We see this both in its enduring usage in churches today and in its …

Hymn Stories: How Firm a Foundation (+ Free Download)

In 1787 Dr. John Rippon published <i>A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors</i> as a supplement to Isaac Watts’ classic <i>Psalms and Hymns.</i> The book was an …

Hymn Stories: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (+ Free Download)

It was a daring move when, in 1707, Isaac Watts published his first book of hymns. At that time it was the practice of almost every congregation of …

Hymn Stories: All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name

Edward Perronet was born in England in 1726, the grandson of a French immigrant. His father, Vincent, was a clergyman in the Church of England and a …

Hymn Stories: Rock of Ages

Augustus Toplady was born in England in 1740. His father was a Royal Marine and died on duty soon after his son’s birth, leaving the boy to be raised …

Hymn Stories: God Moves in a Mysterious Way

William Cowper was keenly aware of the truth that God moves in mysterious ways. His life, as John Piper describes it in his biography of Cowper, …

Hymn Stories: The Church's One Foundation (+ Free Download)

Songs are a powerful means of teaching. The melodies, rhythms, and rhymes that characterize songs make the words easier to remember. The best and …

The History of Christianity in 25 Objects: Augustus of Prima Porta

On the outskirts of ancient Rome stands what remains of the villa owned by Livia Drusilla, wife to Caesar Augustus, Rome’s first and greatest …

The History of Christianity in 25 Objects: Rylands Library Papyrus P52

In this series we are tracing the history of Christianity in 25 objects, 25 relics of the past that survive today. Having visited the Vatican Museum …

The History of Christianity in 25 Objects: Alexamenos Graffito

In this ongoing series of articles we are tracing the history of the Christian faith by pausing to look at 25 objects, 25 historical relics that …

The History of Christianity in 25 Objects: Dogmatic Sarcophagus

The Vatican Museum houses a vast collection of ancient objects related to the early history of the Christian church. Within that collection, on …

The History of Christianity in 25 Objects: Codex Amiatinus

The Bibliotheca Laurentiana at Florence is a repository for ancient writing. It contains a vast collection of more than 11,000 manuscripts and 4,500 …

The History of Christianity in 25 Objects: The Book of Kells

Except for a brief foray to Manchester, our quest to trace the history of the Christian faith in twenty-five objects, twenty-five historical relics …

The History of Christianity in 25 Objects: Wycliffe's Pulpit

John Wycliffe’s body had been buried outside St. Mary’s Church for more than forty years when his grave was disturbed. Upon the orders of Pope Martin …

The History of Christianity in 25 Objects: The Gutenberg Bible

The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas in Austin contains a copy of what many people consider the most valuable book in the world. The …