Longtime Denver Seminary church historian Bruce Shelley passed away earlier this week at the age of 82. Christian History has published a great online tribute to Shelley written by Scott Wenig, who teaches applied theology at Denver Seminary. Shelley is probably best known for his bestselling church history textbook, Church History in Plain Language. I first read Church History in Plain Language when I was in college, shortly after I first began considering a career as a church historian. It is a book I have recommended many times since to pastors, students, and other readers interested in an excellent narrative introduction to the history of Christianity. I’m thankful for the example of this scholar-churchmen who used his giftedness to teach Christians from all walks of life about the importance of church history.