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… 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… 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… Read more

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

Post by Nathan Rinne Is 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… 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

Why I Now Embrace the Two Kinds of Righteousness (a Review of Jordan Cooper’s Hands of Faith)

Post by Nathan Rinne In his book Hands of Faith, Pastor Jordan Cooper makes a convincing case that the concept of the two kinds of righteousness is not only inherent in Lutheran theology (4, 11, 31, 70, 109), but that it is an important biblical concept with much to offer “the entire Christian world.” In sum, with this distinction antinomianism can be effectively countered while the centrality of justification is highlighted: faith, “mystical union” (“Christification”), and good works can all… 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… Read more

The Mystery of Good Friday: Why is it Good that Jesus is Punished in Our Place?!

Post by Nathan Rinne Hundreds of years before Jesus lived, the prophet Isaiah said, in part (53rd chapter) …But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,… 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

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