Issues ETC.’s Todd Wilken on “Once Saved, Always Saved” via Hebrews 6: 4-8

Post by Nathan RinneOne of my favorite internet talk radio shows – which I absolutely recommend to everyone along with Pastor Cooper’s Just and Sinner podcast – is Issues ETC.“Issues” has been running for over twenty years now, and its current host, LC-MS (Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod) Pastor Todd Wilken has been at the helm for about the last fifteen. It’s a smart, guest-driven show that covers issues like church history, Christian doctrine, current social and political events, Scrip … [Read more...]

Responsibilities of the Christian Prince According to Augustine, Luther, and America

This lecture was presented at the 2016 Just and Sinner Conference from Rev. Dr. Eric Phillips on the topic, "Responsibilities of the Christian Prince According to Augustine, Luther, and America."Here is the podcast.You can watch the video here. … [Read more...]

Satan’s Marketing of Disorder: Why Christians Must Shout “No!” to the Transgender Revolution

Post by Nathan RinneA few days ago, the “dating service” Tinder unveiled that their app would no longer allow users to only identify as male or female but now had transgender options. As Albert Mohler put it, tongue firmly in-cheek, “Tinder was a part of the problem until November 15, 2016. It was a part of the oppressive patriarchal regime. But all that changed with just one announcement on one day and now Tinder according to the New York Times and others is joining the right side of histo … [Read more...]

Two Cities, Two Kingdoms: Augustine and Luther on Church and State

On today's program, I played a lecture by Eric Phillips titled "Two Cities, Two Kingdoms: Augustine and Luther on Church and State" from the 2016 Just and Sinner Conference.Here is the audio.Here is the video presentation. … [Read more...]

Individualism in the Age of Trump: the Unbridled Sophistry Behind Sexuality, Gender… and the Theory of Evolution

Post by Nathan RinneIn the Western world, today’s “conservatives” are increasingly libertarian when it comes to matters of sexual morality. Whatever good might come out of a Trump Presidency (full disclosure: I voted for the man), it seems unlikely that the nation’s appreciation for the importance of sexual morality will deepen.Increasingly in our society, the expectation for any romantic relationship is that it must be sexual or get sexual without much delay - married or not. Going hand … [Read more...]

All Conference Videos Are Now Available

All of the videos from the 2016 Just and Sinner conference on Christ, Culture, and the Two Kingdoms are now available on youtube.The Two Kingdom Paradigm and Escondido Theology: An Evaluation and CritiqueTwo Cities, Two Kingdoms: Augustine and Luther on Church and StateThe Doctrine of the Two Kingdoms as a Paradigm for CriticismThe Redemption of Creation in a Two Kingdom ContextHow God Governs EconomicsWorship as the Agent of Cultural TransformationThe … [Read more...]

The Doctrine of Two Kingdoms as a Paradigm for Criticism

Gene Veith presented two talks at our 2016 Just and Sinner Conference on Christ, Culture, and the Two Kingdoms. His first lecture is titled, "The Doctrine of the Two Kingdoms as a Paradigm for Criticism."The video can be found here. … [Read more...]

A Critique of Escondido Two Kingdom Theology

This is my opening lecture from the 2016 Just and Sinner Christ, Culture, and the Two Kingdoms conference. The lecture is titled, "Escondido Theology: An Evaluation and Critique." In this lecture, I outlined the Reformed two kingdom school of thought and compared it to Luther's two kingdom distinction. I argued that these systems of thought are not consistent with one another, but present vastly different approaches to the two kingdom paradigm. A high quality video recording of the lecture … [Read more...]

The Connection Between the Bondage of the Will and the Two Kinds of Righteousness (Justification and Sanctification)

Post by Nathan RinneFirst of all, happy day after Reformation Day. Semper reformanda!Not too long ago, my eleven-year-old son and I were attending a different LC-MS (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod) congregation than the one that we are members of. After the confession and absolution, I looked at my son, who was already looking at me in great seriousness, repeating as a question the first words the pastor had said in his unique absolution: “God always looks for the best in his c … [Read more...]

The Redemption of Creation in a Two Kingdom Context

This is a breakout session from the 2016 Just and Sinner Conference.  In this discussion, Rev. Jordan Cooper discusses the nature of creation, the effects of the fall upon creation, and how the Christian interacts with God's creation in light of the two kingdoms.Here is the video.Here is the audio. … [Read more...]