Medieval Missions Explored: Boniface, Patrick, and More With Glenn Sunshine

What can Christians today learn from missions movements buried in the past?

Part one of our engaging conversation with Dr. Glenn Sunshine takes us into the heart of medieval missions, focusing on influential figures like Saint Boniface and Saint Patrick. Dr. Sunshine, with his deep knowledge of European history, paints a vivid picture of the missionary landscape during the early medieval period. This episode delves into the strategies, theological perspectives, and historical contexts that defined this era, contrasting them with later missionary movements. Discover the rich heritage and the often-overlooked depth of medieval missions, and understand the misconceptions surrounding these pivotal moments in Christian history.

Dr. Glenn Sunshine, the founder and president of Every Square Inch Ministries, is a retired professor of European history from Central Connecticut State University. As a Ministry Associate at Reflections Ministries, and a Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Dr. Sunshine is widely recognized for his expertise in integrating Christian faith with historical insights. He is an author of notable books, including the recent 32 Christians Who Changed Their World, and a cohost of The Theology Pugcast. His work spans continents, reflecting his commitment to a global Christian perspective​.

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Alex Kocman & Scott Dunford

Alex Kocman is the Director of Communications and Engagement for ABWE. He serves as general editor for Message Magazine and co-hosts The Missions Podcast. After earning his M.A. in Communication and B.S. in Biblical Studies, he served as an online apologetics instructor with Liberty University and a youth pastor in Pennsylvania, where he now resides with his wife and three children. Read his blog or follow him on X/Twitter.

Scott Dunford is the pastor of Western Hills Church in San Mateo, Calif. Previously, Scott served as Vice President of Mobilization and Communications for ABWE and as a missionary in East Asia. Scott graduated from Northland International University (B.A. in Pastoral Studies), earned his M.A. in biblical studies from Central Baptist Theological Seminary, his M.B.A. from Cornerstone University, and is currently enrolled in Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s D.Min. program with an emphasis on missions.