Harvard historian Dr. James Hankins commented, “History is a road to sanity.”

In an era like ours, an era of apparent insanity, nothing calms the nerves and stiffens the spine than history–especially for Christians who believe that God reveals Himself in history: the history of the people of Israel, the history of incarnation, life, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the history of His Church.

The late eighteenth century and the nineteenth century were dark times for the Church, particularly the Church in Europe. And yet God, as is His habit, worked in unexpected and seemingly small ways to accomplish great things.

In this, the first lecture in the College’s newest Distance Learning course, “Points of Light in the Darkness: The Church in the Nineteenth Century,” Dr. James Tonkowich sets the stage for God’s unlikely heroes and heroines.

For those who would prefer an audio version of this lecture, an mp3 file is available HERE.