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

Post by Nathan RinneIn 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...]

A Review of Confessing the Impassible God

Despite the numerous debates between Lutheran, Reformed, and Roman Catholic theologians in the Post-Reformation scholastic era, there was a broad agreement, among all of these theologians, on the doctrine of God. With the rise of liberalism in the nineteenth century, this doctrinal consensus began to deteriorate. Liberal theologians argued against the supposed Hellenist imposition of static ontological concepts which helped formulate the traditional doctrine of God, often referred to as … [Read more...]

All Things Dying: Why Even Grace-Promoting Pagan Elites are Ridden by the Devil

Post by Nathan Rinne Note: I am republishing this [slightly revised] book review I did in 2013 of Dreyfus and Kelly's All Things Shining (2011). I was interested to see the book mentioned often (not favorably) in James K.A. Smith's book How (Not) to be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor (2014), which deals in particular with Taylor's magnum opus A Secular Age. Re: the title, the answer is this: because only the risen Christ is Lord of all and the giver of all good gifts. That’s it.But the w … [Read more...]

A Review of Luther on the Christian Life: Cross and Freedom by Carl Trueman

I am always a little wary of books written on Luther from those who are not part of the Lutheran tradition. Like Bonhoeffer and C.S. Lewis, every tradition wants to claim Luther as their own, and thus books on Luther often emphasize the particular aspects of his theology that are consistent with the author's views. Though I have appreciated the work of Carl Trueman in the past, I will admit that I was somewhat cautious when approaching this volume, wondering if there would be an inordinate … [Read more...]

Book Review of Reclaiming Pietism: Retrieving an Evangelical Tradition

Reclaiming Pietism: Retrieving an Evangelical Tradition by Roger E. Olson and Christian T. Collins Winn is a brief introduction and defense of Christian pietism. Throughout this work, Olson and Winn seek to dispel common misconceptions about the pietist movement, such as the common contention that pietism is staunchly legalistic, opposed to social action, and intent on achieving Christian perfection. Olson and Winn argue that pietism is an essential forerunner of the contemporary evangelical … [Read more...]

Book Review of Reclaiming Pietism: Retrieving an Evangelical Tradition

Reclaiming Pietism: Retrieving an Evangelical Tradition by Roger E. Olson and Christian T. Collins Winn is a brief introduction and defense of Christian pietism. Throughout this work, Olson and Winn seek to dispel common misconceptions about the pietist movement, such as the common contention that pietism is staunchly legalistic, opposed to social action, and intent on achieving Christian perfection. Olson and Winn argue that pietism is an essential forerunner of the contemporary evangelical … [Read more...]

Book Review: Psalms Vol. 2

Review by Rev. Richard Shields. Seminary President ALTS and Pastor of Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Frazier Park, CAA Commentary on Psalms: Volume 2 (42-89) by Allen P. RossContent: 5 star, but…Kregel provides a valuable resource in this commentary. The commentary follows the typical pattern that Kregel has used on the Old Testament Commentaries (see Judges and Ruth). The sections for analyzing each Psalm are:Introduction (Text and Textual Variants; Composition and … [Read more...]