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.

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...]

A Debate on the Extent of the Atonement

I was recently involved in a debate on the Sin Boldly program on the topic of the atonement. The specific thesis under debate was, "Jesus died for all." I took the affirmative position, and Dr. Theodore Zachariades argued for a limited atonement. I will be recording a program later today giving a debrief of the discussion.If you would like to check out the debate, you can listen here. … [Read more...]

The Ritschlian Captivity of the Church

It's been my contention throughout my various writings that contemporary Lutheran theology is in a crisis. The theologies which are being touted as that of Martin Luther, and have been at least for the last hundred years, are basically unrecognizable in relation to that of the Lutheran scholastics. A read of Gerhard Forde next to Johann Gerhard will point the reader to two divergent systems of thought and piety which might cause one to wonder how these two figures can both claim to be … [Read more...]

The Authority of the Lutheran Confessions

This was supposed to be a Q&A program, but I ended up answering only one listener question related to the authority of the Lutheran Confessions. I discussed the importance of Confessions, their nature, and the relationship between Confessions and Scripture. I also asked the question as to whether it might be necessary to add to our Confessions of faith in the future.Here is the program. … [Read more...]

The Podcast is Back

This past month, the podcast has been unexpectedly on hiatus. The reason for this is multifaceted, including my computer breaking, the busyness of Holy Week, and a death in the family. After some time of trying to get files off of my broken computer, I was able to salvage a program recorded a few weeks ago with Rev. Lewis Polzin. For those who are new to the program, Lewis and I had been doing programs together once a month on Henry Eyster Jacobs' book A Summary of the Christian Faith. We have … [Read more...]

An Excerpt from my New Book

For those interested in reading my new book, Lex Aeterna: A Defense of the Orthodox Lutheran Doctrine of God's Law and Critique of Gerhard Forde, I have been provided a sample of the text from Wipf & Stock for public viewing. This includes parts of the introduction and first chapter.Cooper_16358_Excerpt … [Read more...]

Five Problems with Limited Atonement

As I have been continuing my "5" series on Youtube, I recorded a video on the extent of the atonement. In it, I discuss five problems with the L in TULIP, also known as particular redemption. This is a subject I had done a lot of study on in the past, and I've recorded a number of podcasts on the subject. Also, it is a chapter in my book The Great Divide. Understand, when watching the video, that this is an overview of the subject rather than an extensive in-depth analysis of the various nuances … [Read more...]

Five Lutheran Books that Every Christian Should Read

This is my most recent Youtube video.I am often asked about books that one should read in order to gain a better understanding of the Christian faith from a Lutheran perspective. In this video, I discuss five books that I frequently recommend. Along with these, I also recommend reading the Lutheran Confessions, which is the official doctrinal statement of the Lutheran church. These can be found on BookofConcord.org.Here is the video. … [Read more...]

No, the Earth is Not Flat

I really don't understand why the flat earth conspiracy theory has recently become so popular, but it has gotten more and more attention over the past year, especially as various B-list celebrities have come out in support of this idea. One of the most bizarre aspects of this movement is that there are┬ásome Christians (that tend to be of the Baptist dispensational variety) who argue that the idea of a flat earth is necessitated by the Biblical text. I have had a few people ask me how to respond … [Read more...]

Five Scriptural Proofs that Baptism Saves

One of the uniquenesses of Lutheran theology in the broader world of Protestantism is the conviction that Baptism is not a mere sign, but an instrument of salvation. I have recently recorded a video on this subject, which serves as a basic introduction to the Biblical teaching on baptism.Here is the video … [Read more...]