Justification and the Christian Life: A Response to Steve Lawson

On today’s program I responded to a recent lecture by Calvinistic Baptist pastor, Steve Lawson from the 2014 Shepherd’s Conference. The lecture was on sanctification in the Christian life, and I showed why his approach is mistaken. This led into a discussion of justification and its centrality in the Christian life. Here is the program. Read more

Two Kinds of Election

On today’s program I answered listener questions about the Lutheran doctrine of election as a follow up to the discussion about Arminianism last week. I spent time looking the Formula of Concord’s discussion of the topic, the relevant Scripture texts, and Pieper’s Christian Dogmatics. Here is the program. Read more

Conditional Election and Prevenient Grace

On today’s program I answered two listener questions. The first had to do with the idea of prevenient grace in Arminianism and Lutheranism. This led into a discussion of the intuitu fidei approach to election that developed in the scholastic period. I then dealt with some common proof texts for Arminianism. Here is the program. Read more

The Importance of Liturgy

On today’s program I was joined by Dr. Curtis Leins, the assistant presiding pastor of the AALC, and professor of Church History and Liturgics at the American Lutheran Theological Seminary. He discussed his studies in liturgics, why churches should not abandon the liturgy, and various other topics. Here is the program. Read more

An Introduction to Eastern Orthodoxy

I began a discussion on Eastern Orthodoxy, giving some of the history and basic differences between the Eastern and Western church. This is the first part in a series of shows that will deal with the unique teachings of the Eastern Church. Here is the program Read more

Two Kinds of Righteousness with Dr. Joel Biermann

On today’s program I was joined by Dr. Joel Biermann, associateprofessor of systematic theology at Concordia Theological Seminary inSt. Louis. We discussed the controversy surrounding “two kinds ofrighteousness” and its place in Lutheran theology. Here is the program Read more

Limited Atonement in the History of the Church

On today’s program I answered a listener question about limited atonement in the history of the church. I discussed the early church, the middle ages, and the Reformation. I made the argument that limited atonement is absent from the early and medieval church with the exception of Thomas Gottschalk. Here is the program Read more

An Overview of the New Perspective on Paul

On today’s program I addressed the movement known as the “New Perspective on Paul.” I gave an overview of the movement, detailing the views of the four major figures: Krister Stendahl, E.P. Sanders, James Dunn, and N.T. Wright.  I gave a brief critique of the major ideas involved in the movement, and pointed to helpful resources. Here is the program. Read more

Response to J.D. Hall on Infant Baptism

I was joined by Daniel Price of Boars in the Vineyard to discuss a recent argument against a Lutheran view of baptism by Pr. JD Hall on his program Pulpit and Pen. Here is the program. The article Hall critiqued is found here Andrew Taylor has written a helpful three part response: Part 1                Part 2                Part 3 Read more

St. Francis of Assisi

I was joined by Fr. David Graves of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wartburg, Tennessee to discuss St. Francis of Assisi. We discussed Francis’ life, misconceptions about him, and how he is important for the contemporary church. Here is the program. Read more

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