The Faithful Forebearers is a podcast about faithful men and women in the church. Each episode focuses on one or several of these forefathers and foremothers.
2.7 Ethiopia – The African Bonhoeffer, Gudina Tumsa
As Ethiopia entered the 20th Century, there was trouble and hope. After a brutal invasion of the Italians just before World War 2, and after Italy's defeat in the war, Ethiopia recovered and modernized. But in the late 1970s, a political stagnation led to Communist Revolution. It was then that one of Ethiopia's great theologians took a stand. Gudina Tumsa, after a short but brilliant career as a church leader, would give his life as a witness of Jesus Christ. Learn how his life and death shaped the Ethiopian Lutheran Church, and gives inspiration to Christians everywhere.
2.6 Ethiopia – Lutheranism, Onesimus Nesib
Today the Lutheran Church in Ethiopia is the largest Lutheran Church body in the World. That is thanks to the service of Onesimus Nesib, and many other faithful missionaries like him. Onesimus was born in 1856 in a remote part of Ethiopia. At 4 years old he was captured and enslaved. He was then bought, sold, escaped and recaptured multiple times. After being freed by a Swedish missionary, Onesimus would become a Christian at 16 years old. For the rest of his life he would work to return to his home region of Ethiopia to bring the Gospel to his homeland.
2.5 Ethiopia – The Fight for Identity, Walatta Petros
After Ethiopia survived near destruction at the hands of Gragn, a different battle began. Instead of a military battle, it was a battle of ideas for Ethiopia's identity. Catholic missionaries began to arrive in Ethiopia in the late 1500s. And while some, like a man Petro Paez, legitimately hoped to find unity between Roman Catholics and Ethiopian Orthodox, others simply wanted Ethiopia become European. Walatta Petros was a brave and sometimes impetuous Ethiopian nun who resisted these attempts and helped preserve Ethiopia's heritage.
2.4 Ethiopia – Ethiopia’s Darkest Hour, Dawit II and Gelawdewos
While Ethiopia had thrived under Zara Yaqob, it had dark days ahead. Ethiopia, always surrounded by hostile nations, would have to fight for its life as their neighbors grew stronger. Its very existence hung in the balance. But thanks to some new allies, and two kings who would spend their lives defending their nation and the church, Ethiopia, and the Ethiopian church, were saved from total annihilation.
2.3 Ethiopia – Estifanos
Estifanos (1380-1454) is sometimes known as Africa's first protestant, even though he lived 70 years before the Reformation. He believed that the Bible should be the measure of all else in the Church, and that salvation was already won fully by Jesus. His radical commitment to the authority of Scripture would cause a serious conflict with Zara Yaqob, the King of Ethiopia from last episode.
2.2 Ethiopia – Zara Yaqob
With Frumentius and Ezana, the Ethiopian church got off to a great start, but things did not stay that way. After 1,000 years, and centuries of setbacks, the nation and the church made a great comeback. It culminated in the reign of King Zara Yaqob in the mid 1400s. While his legacy is still felt in both the church and the nation, he is remembered both as a reformer and as a despot.
Great stories by a great storyteller
I’ve listened to nearly every episode, and have to say that I’ve really enjoyed them. The stories are well researched, and well told. There’s good background, and you feel like you get to know the main characters. The only episode I did not like was the one that was more interview style. The content was good, but the delivery was awful. Please know more interviews. You are a great storyteller, stick to telling stories.
Very well researched, great cadence! It would have been wonderful if there were more episodes.
A Five Star pod
Well-researched people of church history + Eric Clausen = some good pod.