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The Gospel in History series

The Gospel in History series by Christian Historian Woodrow Walton

How has God worked through his people to keep and spread the true good news about Jesus Christ despite global-scale opposition?

The Gospel in Late Antiquity

The Ghost Of Alexander Severus: Third Century Religious Pluralism as a Foretaste of Postmodernity

Has Christianity ever found itself in a world full of competing religions and cultures? What can we learn from how those followers of Jesus acted in their times? Should we hope for the same kinds of outcomes?

As appearing in the Winter 2013 issue.


A Time of Weakness, A Time of Strength: AD 315-450

Constantine’s Edict of Milan brought an end to the persecution of Christians, but that did not mean the Church was granted favor throughout the Roman Empire. What are the lessons for us today?

As appearing in the Winter 2014 issue.


New Threats to the Gospel After Suppression and Expansion

Reappraising the Christian Faith During Late Antiquity: AD 175-400. Christian historian, Woodrow Walton, invites us to take another look at the early church and the struggles it faced as it emerged from the Apostolic Age and became the state religion of the crumbling Roman Empire.

As appearing in the Fall 2016 issue.


The Gospel in the Medieval Conundrum

The Medieval Church Conundrum: How the Gospel was Preserved and Spread from the Frontiers

When the Empire made the Church into one of its institutions, how could the radical good news about Jesus the Christ continue to break out and change lives?

As appearing in the Winter 2016 issue.


Spreading from the Frontiers: Another Look at the Gospel in the Medieval Church

Wars without end, daily terror, displacement of entire populations: Can the medieval Church help us understand how to respond to our troubles today? What relationship should there be between the Church and political power? What should we make of how monks lived out their understanding of the good news of Jesus on the margins of society? How can we come to grips with how crusaders often acted nothing like Christ whom they claimed to be fighting for? Christian historian Woodrow Walton shows how the Gospel spread from the frontiers in this re-appraisal of the years A.D. 400-1452.

As appearing in the Spring 2017 issue.


The Spread of the Gospel in Hindsight: The Church’s First 1452 Years

What can Christians today learn from the successes and failures of Christians in the first fifteen centuries of the breaking out of the Good News of Jesus the Christ?

As appearing in the Fall 2017 issue.


The Resurgence of the Gospel and the Flowering of the Global Christian Message

The Medieval Prologue and the Remapping of the World

The gospel continued to spread as the Power of the Holy Spirit changed lives and changed the course of history, no matter the opposition and oppression.

As appearing in the Summer 2018 issue.


Recharting the Christian World Mission

Church councils, a changing geo-political landscape, invasion and upheavals had a radical impact on how followers of Jesus participated in the Christian mission.

As appearing in the Fall 2018 issue.


The Challenge of the Muslim Curtain

Through upheaval and suppression, being despised by civil governments and facing outright persecution, Christians survived on the other side of the Muslim Curtain. This is part of their story.

As appearing in the Winter 2019 issue.


The Reconversion of Europe

How did monasteries, hospitality, and persecution lead to the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

As appearing in the Spring 2019 issue.


Resurgence of the Gospel: Postscript and Bibliography

Historian Woodrow Walton helps us look back over the big events and movement of history to see how God was working to make the story of Jesus known throughout the world. In this postscript to the Resurgence of the Gospel series, he ties together what the challenge of the Turkic-Moslem curtain meant and how it affected the people of Europe and the global mission of Christianity.

As appearing in the Summer 2019 issue.

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About the Author: Woodrow E. Walton, D.Min. (Oral Roberts University School of Theology and Missions), B.A. (Texas Christian University), B.D. [M.Div.] (Duke Divinity School), M.A. (University of Oklahoma), is a retired Seminary Dean and Professor of biblical, theological and historical studies. An ordained Assemblies of God minister, he and his wife live in Fort Worth, Texas. Walton retains membership with the Evangelical Theological Society, American Association of Christian Counselors, American Society of Church History, American Academy of Political Science, and The International Society of Frontier Missiology.

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