35 (or 33) Christian Theses (and Core Assumptions) About the Character of God, Man, Language, and Interpretation


For discussion. What would you take out? What would you add?:“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:1-4) “God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.” (I John 4:16)[i] “In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sen … [Read more...]

A Guide to the Liturgy: Procession and Invocation

Processional cross is carried out of mass on the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God with Pope Benedict XVI

On today's program, I began a series of studies on the liturgy. Throughout the series, I will explain the various elements of the liturgical life of the church piece by piece. On this first program, I discuss the procession and the invocation.Here is the program … [Read more...]

Introduction to Christian Doctrine Videos

Cooper Speaking

I have begun a series of Youtube videos aimed at a lay audience introducing various aspects of Christian theology (from a Lutheran perspective). This is intended to be at the same level as Bible studies taught to my congregation. These are the videos currently available:What is the Ordo Salutis?The Distinction Between Law and GospelElection and PredestinationThe Two Kinds of RighteousnessPlease leave your thoughts and comments. I'd like to continue to make these videos. … [Read more...]

The Biblical Foundations for Liturgical Worship


On today's program, I discussed liturgical worship in light of Scripture. Here is the program.Here is the outline that this program is based on:The Biblical Foundations for Liturgical WorshipThe Old TestamentIn the Old Testament, God gave the nation of Israel a calendar in which they celebrated God’s various acts of redemption on different days: Passover, Pentecost, Tabernacles, etc. God prescribed specific ceremonies wherein the Jews worshipped God. These included a nu … [Read more...]

How Christians Should Not Respond to the Paris Attacks


This past week has been a very difficult one for people throughout the world. Nearly 150 Christian students were killed in Kenya, and around the same number of innocent people were killed in France due to attacks from radical Muslims terrorists. Since these attacks, I have seen a number of different Christian responses. Many have been overcome with anger, and fear. I confess that I felt the same anger after these attacks. But there was one particular response that I saw shared around social … [Read more...]

The Confession of a Bad Boy Christian


Post by Nathan RinneNo, this post is not about me - I'm not what we call a "bad boy" today, though I am, like the Apostle Paul, a person who does find himself thinking, saying and doing evil things (more on that kind of thing here).  The reason for the title of this post will become clear by the end.  Stay with me.Recently, I have been studying the issue of confession and absolution in the church. One of the interesting books I have taken a look at is “Confession: Doorway to Forgiveness” … [Read more...]

What is the Ordo Salutis?

Cooper Speaking

I posted a youtube video answering the question: What is the ordo salutis?Watch it here. … [Read more...]

Gerhard Forde on the Atonement


On today's program, I devoted the hour to a discussion of the doctrine of atonement within the theology of Gerhard Forde. I looked at a variety of passages in his books Where God Meets Man and The Law-Gospel Debate.Here is the program … [Read more...]

All Saints Day

At the Just and Sinner conference, after my Glorification presentation (to be posted soon), I was asked about the practical payoff of the doctrine for preaching and the Christian life. Here's a sermonic answer, because that's what All Saints Day is all about. It is also a sermon on the first four Beatitudes, and a sermon that features the word "hard-ass." If you decide to watch it, you don't have to tell me which reason enticed you.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVi532qPf_U … [Read more...]

Lecture on the Mystical Union

Cooper Speaking

My second lecture from the 2015 Just and Sinner Conference is now available. It is on the subject of the mystical union. Listen here:The mystical union.Keep looking for further lectures, as they will be added throughout the week! … [Read more...]