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...]

Where Did the Antinomianism in Today’s Christianity Come From?

 Post by Nathan RinneWhat is an "antinomian," a term which appears to have been invented by the 16th century church reformer Martin Luther? According to Merriam-Webster, an antinomian is someone “who holds that under the gospel dispensation of grace the moral law is of no use or obligation because faith alone is necessary to salvation.”Modern Christianity is full of such antinomians. These days, for example, it is not difficult to find people who identify as evangelical or non … [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...]

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...]

Top Ten Law Sections of the New Testament Epistles That Can Encourage the Christian

Post by Nathan Rinne"And his commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world." -- I John 5:3,4"I do not say this to condemn you." -- II Cor. 7:3 Prefatory note: If you are an antinomian, I'm guessing you won't appreciate this post. That said, I encourage you to read this brand new paper from my pastor, Antinomianism as a Theological Method, and then consider giving this post a chance. +++Christian brothers and sisters who want to talk all … [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...]

Is Jesus Christ the Anti-Social Justice Warrior Social Justice Warrior?

Post by Nathan RinneIs Jesus Christ a bona fide, Progressive-approved, Social Justice Warrior (SJW)?Or, to go to the opposite extreme, does Jesus, in Matthew 15:21-28 display abject prejudice and chauvinism -- or worse! -- to the Canaanite woman?You decide.Fascinated by this account and its message for us today, I have done a good deal of digging and invite you to examine the fruit of my – and others’! – labor.To say the least, whatever one decides about Jesus’ actions in … [Read more...]