An Oral History of the Church

"An Oral History of the Christian Church," by Adam Christman and Jonathan McCormick, is a conversational history podcast organized by "volume" (season). Check out our companion podcast, "Saints Gone Before"!
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Jul 21, 2017

Ah, the lights. The music! The acting! Film connects us with its subjects in a special way. We're still celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Thus, this time around, Jonathan and Adam talk about representations of Martin Luther's story in film, especially focused on the Joseph Fiennes movie "Luther" from 2003. The guys discuss their merits and suggested audiences for any viewing you may host for them.

The 3rd episode of this volume releases on August 4th. It will feature a conversation about the origin story of Martin Luther... Luther Begins! ("DO I LOOK LIKE A COP?!?") Look for episode 3, "Martin Luther's Youth and Conversion," in 2 weeks.

And because we just enjoy it so much, I'll mention it again: we produce a podcast that serves as a companion to this one called "Saints Gone Before." As of the release of this episode of An Oral History of the Church, we've already begun our latest text, Martin Luther's On the Babylonian Captivity of the Church. It's an exciting text filled with accusations, biblical arguments, insults, biblical arguments, sarcasm, and more biblical arguments! We're having a good time, and hope you join us over there for Lutheran texts and many others with new episodes every Monday morning.

An Oral History of the Church is co-hosted by Jonathan McCormick and Adam Christman. It is edited and produced by Adam Christman.

Jul 7, 2017

The boys are back in...recording mode as we launch volume 3 of An Oral History of the Church! If you're new to us, we have prepared a conversational church history podcast for our listeners. This time around, we're celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation with a volume devoted to a look at the Lutheran wing of the Reformation.

Episode 1 features a discussion of the four major wings of the Reformation, their significant thinkers, geographical locations, and distinct contributions to the period. In this way, we hope to paint a background in which we can set the Lutheran Reformation for the rest of this volume.On July 21st, episode 2 features a discussion of the Lutheran Reformation in film. That conversation is primarily centered around the 2003 film Luther, which we mistakenly attributed to actor Ralph Fiennes when we recorded episode 1. It actually stars his brother Joseph Fiennes. It was very late at night when we recorded this! Insert other excuses here.

We're still producing and promoting our companion podcast "Saints Gone Before"! With new episodes every Monday morning, you get a commute-length episode of one of us reading a text from Christian history past. We're finishing up a lengthy essay by BB Warfield this Monday, but the following week begins a distinctly Lutheran series in which we read The Babylonian Captivity of the Church. That, and many more texts, are already available wherever you download An Oral History of the Church if you search for "Saints Gone Before."

An Oral History of the Church is co-hosted by Jonathan McCormick and Adam Christman. It is edited and produced by Adam Christman.

Aug 13, 2016

We're back with a brand new addition, an interview with GGBTS alumnus Marc Jantomaso! Marc is a church planter whose story demonstrates the kind of grounded, hard-working ministry you can see exhibited in seminary student after seminary student. We think you'll enjoy his story.

The audio on this episode is a bit different. We recorded Marc by phone, and we also recorded our bookend commentary by phone, so you'll notice a difference this time around.

The next episode is with Dr. Brice Butler, two-time alumnus of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and senior pastor of Tiburon Baptist Church, a congregation local to the Mill Valley campus recently sold by the seminary. You'll want to subscribe to us so you don't miss that interview coming in two weeks!

Jul 29, 2016

Miguel Rodriguez is an alumnus and prior staff member of Gateway Seminary (nee Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary), as well as a pastor local to Marin County, where the Northern California campus of GGBTS was located for decades up until recently. Miguel gives us a wealth of insight on the seminary in recent years, stretching as far back as the 1980s, when as a child he accompanied his mother to GGBTS classes.

If you would like to hear more from Miguel Rodriguez, you can visit Lincoln Hill Community Church in San Rafael, CA, and their website ( to learn more about them and hear his sermons.

Our next episode arrives in two weeks! We are returning to a bi-monthly format for the near term and possibly the long term as Jonathan and Adam sort out their new schedules. Episode 13 features GGBTS alumn Marc Jantomaso, church planter and minister currently based in Virginia. You can expect that episode on August 12th.

Jul 15, 2016

The tenth episode in this volume is an interview with Gateway Seminary (nee Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary) alumnus Anne Marie. She spoke with us about her experiences as a student and staff with the Kim School of Missions at GGBTS. Jonathan and Adam appreciate her addition to this project that provides an expanding perspective on what GGBTS was like in this moment in its history.


Next week is another interview with a married couple! This interview is with Steven and Grace Howell. As with several others interviewed in this project, they have both studied at GGBTS, and they have both worked there, AND they are local ministers who will see GGBTS leave Marin County. But it is how each of these elements played out that delivers a unique story that weaves into the overall story of who GGBTS was during this period. Download it on July 22nd!

Apr 29, 2016

Jonathan and Adam sit down with Dr. Rick Melick, Distinguished Professor of New Testament and now Affiliated Faculty with Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary's Academic Graduate Studies Program. He lets us in on what it was like to restart a Ph.D. program, view the historic campus sale from a perspective both inside and outside of the situation, and his hopes for GGBTS' future academic successes. This interview is another great contribution to the history of this school.

Mar 17, 2016

An introduction to the podcast and to the first project.