Are Good Works Necessary for Salvation? A Response to John Piper

On today’s program, I covered some of the recent controversy surrounding the role of good works in final salvation. I discussed some of the material written by John Piper on the matter, along with other contributors to this debate. I discussed the position of the Formula of Concord on the topic in relation to the Majorist controversy. Here is the program. Also, consider supporting us on Patreon. Read more

Why I Do Not Support Mark Driscoll’s Place on Patheos Evangelical

The Washington Post recently posted an article on Mark Driscoll’s place on this site, questioning why Patheos is giving a platform to someone who is a “disgraced and misogynistic pastor.” The article can be found here. This article outlines some of the problems which have been raised with regard to Driscoll, and focuses especially on his comments about women. The problems with Driscoll are numerous, including financial scandals, plagiarism, and rejection of ecclesiastical authority. These various issues have resulted in… Read more

Presuppositional Apologetics: A Response to Scott Oliphint

On today’s program, I discussed presuppositional apologetics. I responded to some recent comments from Dr. Scott Oliphint on the subject which were highly critical of the classical method. I examined the method of Lutheran dogmaticians in reaction to these models. Here is the program. Also, if you have benefited from the program, consider becoming a contributor through Patreon! Even a small amount helps. Read more

Jesus Became Sin – But Did He Also Become a Sinner According to God’s Law?

+++ Post by Nathan Rinne. Among professed confessional Lutherans, this, it appears to me, has become an issue. At the end of my controversial review of Concordia Publishing House’s “So-Called 3rd Use of the Law” book, The Necessary Distinction[i], I made the following statement: “I know the folks at CPH need to eat, but that is not best done by promoting books that say, for example, that Jesus was justly accused by God’s law (157).” Here, specifically, is what I… Read more

An Interview on Baptized Into Christ

I was invited on the podcast She Finds Truth with Angie Wagner to discuss the Christian life in light of my book Baptized Into Christ: A Guide to the Christian Life. Here is the interview. Read more

My Problem with Steven Paulson’s Theology

I have voiced several concerns with Steven Paulson’s theology, but one of the most problematic portions of his thought is in his Lutheran Theology pages 103-105. His extremely convoluted manner of speaking suggests that Jesus himself actually sinned on the cross. This is no mere imputation of sins to Christ. “[Jesus] wants to take your sins and leave it to no one else; so he sins against the Golden Rule.” (Lutheran Theology, 103). “When Christ took sin by association, he… Read more

No, David Bentley Hart, Wealth is Not Inherently Evil

A new English translation of the New Testament seems to say that wealth is inherently evil. Here’s why that’s wrong. Read more

Karl Barth Is Overrated

I have read a lot of Karl Barth. And I think he is overrated. Read more

Perseverance and Apostasy

Today, I addressed the issue of perseverance and apostasy. I discussed the various Reformed perspectives on the issue, and then began an examination of the Scriptural texts in defense of the notion that it is possible for true believers to fall away from the faith. Here is the program. Read more

Dissecting the Readily Hijack-able “Radical Lutheranism” with Todd Wilken

  Post by Nathan Rinne. Please note: Pastor Wilken’s comments are in blue alone. The rest is my voice. First of all, if you need a primer on Radical Lutheranism – the term first coined by the late Lutheran theologian Gerhard Forde – you can see this piece that I wrote, explaining why every Christian should be tempted by it! Nevertheless, don’t be too tempted! — it has its problems. For instance, you can get a taste of them in this… Read more

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