Covenant Theology and Romans 9

On today's program, I answered a couple of listener questions. First I talked about the use of the term "consubstantiation" and why Lutherans don't use it, and then I answered a question about covenant theology and the Lutheran law/gospel hermeneutic. I then continued our discussion of predestination, looking at Romans 8 and 9. Listen here. … [Read more...]

NPP and Unconditional Election

On the third episode of the Just and Sinner podcast, I discussed the content of my upcoming book, answered a couple of listener questions, and then continued the discussion of Calvinism with the doctrine of unconditional election. Listen here. … [Read more...]

Depravity and the Sacraments

Episode 2 of the Podcast is out! I took the first half of the program to answer a listener question on the number of sacraments, and then continued the discussion on predestination, defending Luther's view of the bondage of the will. JustandSinner Podcast: Episode 2Don't forget to subscribe on itunes. … [Read more...]

Different Perspectives on Predestination and Free Will

I have been thinking for a while about doing a podcast. I finally decided to do it, so I bought a microphone and began recording. Here is my first episode: Episode 1I asked what topic should be discussed on my first program, and the overwhelming response I received was for the doctrine of predestination; thus I did my first podcast on the topic. I hope to have a show out once a week. The second program is recorded and will be up next Wednesday. I want this to be primarily based on listener … [Read more...]

Why Did God Give the Law?

The word “Law” is used often in Scripture. God gave it to Moses on Mt. Sinai on tablets of stone; we are all familiar with the Ten Commandments. Many people call for the Commandments to be placed in government institutions and schools. But what exactly is the Law all about? Why did God give it to us? We are saved by God’s grace alone, not by following the Law. In light of that truth, some might ask what the Law was given for in the first place. Does it have anything to say today? To Christians? O … [Read more...]

An Introduction to Dogmatic Theology

Revere Franklin Weidner authored a number of books on dogmatic theology, which together comprise an almost complete treatment of the various loci of systematic theology. This first volume is Weidner's theological prolegomena. This work covers a variety of topics such as: the definition of theology, the purpose of theology, and the relationship between theology and other academic disciplines. The second half of the work gives a detailed overview of theological methodologies from the early church … [Read more...]

The Way of Salvation in the Lutheran Church G.H. Gerberding American Lutheran Classics Volume 1

In this classic work, George Henry Gerberding puts forth an explanation of the Lutheran view of salvation in light of American revivalism. He talks about such issues as Baptism, Sunday School, Christian parenting, Justification, and the difference between true and false revivals. This work is written to a lay audience and is a helpful introduction to Lutheran theology and practice. This edition has been updated with contemporary language.Price: $12.00 | Kindle: $9.00 … [Read more...]

Where is the Lutheran View of Communion Taught in Scripture?

The Roman Catholic view and Lutheran view are similar in some ways, and not in others. The Roman Catholics believe in transubstantiation, which is the teaching that the bread and wine are transformed into Christ's body and blood. Though the appearance and taste of bread and wine are there, they are no longer present. This is done using the philosophy of Aristotle. Aristotle made a distinction between substance and accidents. A "substance" is what a thing is. The "accidents" are the outward … [Read more...]

Is the Lutheran View of Holy Communion the Same as the Roman Catholic One?

The Roman Catholic view and Lutheran view are similar in some ways, and not in others. The Roman Catholics believe in transubstantiation, which is the teaching that the bread and wine are transformed into Christ's body and blood. Though the appearance and taste of bread and wine are there, they are no longer present. This is done using the philosophy of Aristotle. Aristotle made a distinction between substance and accidents. A "substance" is what a thing is. The "accidents" are the outward … [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. … [Read more...]