Annotations on the Gospel According to St. Matthew Volume 2


The second volume of Charles F. Schaeffer's Annotations on the Gospel According to St. Matthew is now available from Just and Sinner Publications. You can purchase it here. This is the description:The Lutheran Commentary Series is the first series of Lutheran commentaries written in English. These volumes were compiled by Henry Eyster Jacobs, who called upon the greatest Lutheran exegetes in America to write a series of commentaries on the New Testament. The first commentary was published in … [Read more...]

The Doctrine of Justification by Matthias Loy

Doctrine of Justification

A new book by Just and Sinner Publications is now available: The Doctrine of Justification by Matthias Loy. Here is the description:The doctrine of justification, the "chief article of the Christian faith," is of paramount importance in the Christian life. This teaching was at the heart of the sixteenth century Reformation, and remains so in the contemporary church of the Augsburg Confession. When many today are seeking to downplay the importance of this teaching in the Pauline corpus and … [Read more...]

We are Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: Why All of Us Need the “Good” Death Penalty


Post by Nathan Rinne “This passage [Gen. 9:6], therefore, solves the problem that engaged the attention of Plato and all the sages. They come to the conclusion that it is impossible to carry on government without injustice… For if [the emperor] is like other men, it is the height of wrong and injustice for him not to want to be like others but to place himself at the head of others through despotism. —Martin Luther (AE 2:142)This past weekend, the Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev w … [Read more...]

New Website for Just and Sinner Publications!


We have finished our new website for the Just and Sinner publishing division. Check it out here, and look forward to many great books coming in the future! … [Read more...]

Assurance is Found in Jesus, Not in Me

Think - Desiring God Annual Conference

Kevin DeYoung recently posted an article on the Gospel Coalition titled "How Do I Know I'm a Christian?" In this article, DeYoung argues that the book of 1 John lays out a series of tests by which one determines his or her own salvation. These tests are threefold: theological, moral, and social. You must pass each of these "tests" if you want to answer the question about the veracity of your faith.First, you must have correct doctrine about Jesus. Without that, your profession is … [Read more...]

A Review of Paulson’s “Lutheran Theology”


On today's program I was joined by Rev. Dr. Eric Phillips to discuss his review article of Steven Paulson's book Lutheran Theology. The discussion covered a lot of ground, including: the law, existentialism, the atonement, and Christology.Here is the program. The article can be found here: ALTJ 1.2 … [Read more...]

Justification and Christification Lectures from the Imago Dei Conference


These are my two lectures from the Imago Dei conference held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbia, SC.Sola Fide: Justification by FaithChristification: A Lutheran Approach to Theosis … [Read more...]

Charles Taylor’s “Social Imaginary” and the Bible’s “Social Illusionary”, circa 2015


Post by Nathan Rinne“Progress.” “The right side of history.” ....and, as obliquely addressed in my previous post, the ubiquity of thinking of reality merely in terms of social construction – with concerns regarding “limits” and “barriers” being put to rest at an ever faster pace.Oh, the utter certainty and confidence of so many of our contemporaries!  It puts so many of us Christians to shame!St. Augustine and the churches of the 16th century Reformation talk much about the inborn nat … [Read more...]

VanDrunen is Wrong About the Cultural Mandate


It has been my contention for some time that the so-called "Escondido theology" is not reflective of two-kingdom theology generally. One of the areas in particular which, in my view, differentiates the approach of VanDrunen, Horton, et. al. from a Lutheran perspective is in regards to the continuing validity of the cultural mandate of Gen. 1:28.“Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over e … [Read more...]

Eric Phillips’ Lectures from the Imago Dei Conference


Last month, I spoke at the Imago Dei conference with Rev. Eric Phillips at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbia, SC. His two lectures have been uploaded. I highly recommend watching:Sin and the Image of God: What Did we Lose in the Fall?Scylla & Charybdis: Steering a Course Between Mani and PelagiusI also recommend checking out Dr. Phillips' sermons and theology studies on his church's youtube page. … [Read more...]