About Jordan Cooper

Jordan Cooper is the pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Watseka, Illinois. He is the host of the Just and Sinner podcast, and author of the books "Christification: A Lutheran Approach to Theosis," and "The Righteousness of One: An Evaluation of Early Patristic Soteriology in Light of the New Perspective on Paul." He runs Just and Sinner Publications with his wife Lisa, and has two children: Jacen and Ben.

Misconceptions about Lutheranism: A Response to James White

On today's program, I responded to comments from Dr. James White about Lutheranism. I discussed several misconceptions about what Lutherans believe, and addressed the relationship between the Lutheran Confessions and Philip Melanchthon.Here is the program … [Read more...]

Faith and Reason in Luther, Zwingli, and Lutheranism

On today's program, I dealt with the relationship between faith and reason. I began with a discussion of Luther's own thought on the topic, while addressing criticisms that he is an irrationalist. I then discussed this in relation to Luther's distinction between the two kingdoms. I then discussed the idea of paradox and contrasted this approach with that of Zwingli and later Calvinism.Here is the program. … [Read more...]

The Doctrine of Objective Justification

On today's program, I addressed the teaching of objective justification. I responded to some false understandings of this idea, and also responded to some criticisms. I overviewed some of the basic arguments for the teaching, and read citations from Lutheran theologians in the past on the issue.Here is the programThis is the critique of objective justification which I cited on the program: ATP Objective Justification.Also, this is the collection of citations put together by Rev. … [Read more...]

Thoughts on The Southern Baptist Convention and the Alt-Right

I am not one to generally pay much attention to the goings-on of the Southern Baptist Convention, as I have never been involved in the Baptist world. However, as the largest conservative Protestant denomination in the U.S., decisions which arise out of the denomination are significant for the broader face of evangelicalism in the United States. I am, however, particularly interested in the ongoing discussion surrounding the alt-right and its relationship to evangelicalism.I, personally, have … [Read more...]

Questions and Answers June 2017

On today's program, I addressed listener questions on a variety of topics. I discussed the recent debate on the Marian dogmas, and then discussed the high priestly prayer in John 17 as well as the connection between election and perseverance in Romans 8. Finally, I addressed my recent blog post on circumcision and baptism.Here is the program. … [Read more...]

A New Book on Church and Ministry

It has been a long time since Just and Sinner Publications has released any new books, but one has just arrived, with two more to come in the near future. This book is titled, The True Church and the Holy Ministry: Two Treatises on Ecclesiology by E. Greenwald and Henry Eyster Jacobs. The description is as follows:This volume contains two separate treatises on the subjects of church and ministry. These essays contain doctrines and arguments that remain relevant to the contemporary church, … [Read more...]

Baptism is not the Replacement of Circumcision

It is a common aspect of Reformed sacramental theology that a parallel is made between the Old Testament rite of circumcision, and the New Testament sacrament of baptism. This connection is foundational for the baptismal theology of Ulrich Zwingli and the consequent reformed tradition. It is noteworthy, however, that such a strong connection does not appear in any significant sense in the church fathers. One might wonder then exactly why such a parallel became so prominent. It appears that the … [Read more...]

C.F.W. Walther on the Mystical Union and Pentecost

The time of Pentecost is one in which the church has the opportunity to speak of certain truths which might, at times, be somewhat neglected in Lutheran preaching. Due to the centrality of the second article of the Creed, sometimes, the third can be forgotten. As I have been preparing for my sermon on Pentecost, I have been looking over some of the comments from C.F.W. Walther made in his own preaching during this season. He defines the celebration of Pentecost with the following words: “For w … [Read more...]

Raising PhD Funds

As my readers and listeners know, I am currently working on my PhD. At the moment, the majority of the necessary research for my dissertation is done, and a large portion of it is written. However, I have had some trouble with funding for the program. If anyone would like to help with my expenses (even just a small amount!), I set up a GoFundMe page for the remaining cost.You can find it here.Thank you! … [Read more...]

Debrief of the Limited Atonement Debate

On today's program, I discussed the debate which happened yesterday on the subject of limited atonement, in which I debated Rev. Dr. Theodore Zachariades on the question: Did Jesus Die for All? On today's program, I put together some of my thoughts on the conversation, and I also expanded upon the points which I was only able to present in a cursory fashion during the debate.Here is the program. … [Read more...]