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.
19 – Nicholas
While Rudolph may be the most famous reindeer of all, Nicholas very well might be the most famous saint of all. Except while he's very famous, you probably don't know much about him. While he is not all holly and jolly, he certainly was a man who cared deeply for families, and who should be remembered for his humble generosity.
18- Brigid, Columcille, and Columbanus
We continue our time in Ireland. Once Patrick was gone, the next generations would carry on his work. And before long, Ireland would be a powerhouse of Christian learning. Soon they would not be receiving missionaries, but sending them out to Scotland, England and the world beyond.
Episode 17 – Patrick of Ireland
Everybody knows the name St. Patrick, but few people know about the actual man. While there are many legends around Patrick, he was a historical person, and a fascinating one at that. His life is an adventure story. He didn't drive out any snakes, and there are no mentions of clovers, but he worked tirelessly to bring Christianity to the pagan Irish people.
Episode 16- Jean Gerson
You have probably never heard of Jean Gerson, and that is a shame. Most students of Church History do not even know him. But you certainly should know about Jean Gerson. Gerson is a towering figure in the 1400s, and in the history of the whole Church. In great part, he was the one able to heal the Western Schism. But because he occupies a space in between modern Protestants and Catholics, he often gets forgotten by both.
Episode 15 – Jan Hus
The fate of Jan Hus is a great tragedy in the history of the Church. He was an ardent follower of our friend John Wycliffe from last episode, although the two never met. He was opposed to the corruption he saw in the church, and he believed that all people should hear the Bible in their own language. But the church authorities were not willing to listen to the reforms and ideas of Hus or Wycliffe. Sadly at the Council of Constance in 1415, he would be executed for his beliefs. His bravery and his commitment to the truth is an inspiration for many even today.
Episode 14 – John Wycliffe
John is known to some as the "Morning Star of the Reformation," and to others, as the "Master of Error". In a lot of ways, he is the forerunner of Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli and John Calvin: the more famous reformers of the 1500s. He believed that the Papacy had become corrupt, and the only pure standard for the church was the Bible. This inspired him to start the first ever full translation of the Bible into English. He certainly caused quite a stir in England and across Europe, and continued to do so even after his death.
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Pastor Eric give wonderfully fantastic vignettes of our faithful forebears throughout history. He is a great storyteller, this podcast is quite riveting in fact, and I look forward to each blessed opportunity to listen to another one.
Keep up the good work!
Pastor Eric Clausen is an excellent pastor and a great historian. The podcasts are interesting and engaging. Being a future history major, I am interested in US history but find the history of our Christian forbearers fascinating as well how the geographical landscape in Europe has changed over the years. Pastor Eric certainly does an excellent job going through both. Keep up the good work Pastor Eric!
Learning About Our Forefather In The Faith
Eric Clauson a "Student of History" gives us very insightful looks into the saints who have gone before us. The podcasts have been easy to listen to and I have enjoyed them. I look foward to more.