Augsburg Confession Article III On the Son of God

On today's program, I continued my discussion of the Augsburg Confession with Articles III, "Of the Son of God." I discussed Christological heresies, the two natures of Christ, the catholicity of the Lutheran reformation, and the connection between Christology and soteriology.Here is the program … [Read more...]

Free Will Before the Fall and After Conversion

On today's program I discussed the nature of human free will in its fourfold state. I spent the majority of the program discussing the nature of free will prior to the fall, and the various definitions of free will that have been explained by different theologians. I also talked about the difference between the regenerate and unregenerate will, and the question of the impeccability of Christ.Here is the program. … [Read more...]

This New Year’s, Consider Becoming Perfect in Jesus Christ

Post by Nathan Rinne“Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well-pleased” (Luke 3:22).Actually, this post should be titled "How Could Jesus Christ, Being Sinless Man, Increase in Favor with God?", but we do get to New Year's resolutions at the end....In Luke 2:52, it says “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man” (NIV). The ESV, however, has “And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.”The word translated either “grew” or … [Read more...]

The Threefold Office of Christ

On today's program, I was joined again by Rev. Lewis Polzin to continue our discussion of Henry Eyster Jacobs' book A Summary of the Christian Faith. We discussed three chapters about the threefold office of Christ: prophet, priest, and king. Unfortunately, my audio file got messed up, so the sound quality is not great.Here is the program … [Read more...]

The States of Christ

On today's program, I was joined by Rev. Lewis Polzin from Boars in the Vineyard to continue our discussion of Henry Eyster Jacobs' A Summary of the Christian Faith. On this week's program, we discussed chapter 12 on the States of Christ. We discussed the incarnation, Christ's death, the resurrection, and many other important topics.Here is the program … [Read more...]

A Review of Paulson’s “Lutheran Theology”

On today's program I was joined by Rev. Dr. Eric Phillips to discuss his review article of Steven Paulson's book Lutheran Theology. The discussion covered a lot of ground, including: the law, existentialism, the atonement, and Christology.Here is the program. The article can be found here: ALTJ 1.2 … [Read more...]

The Communication of Attributes

On today's program I was joined again by Rev. Lewis Polzin to continue our discussion of Henry Eyster Jacob's book A Summary of the Christian Faith. We finished our discussion on Christology by discussing the communication of attributes from Christ's divine to his human nature.Here is the program … [Read more...]

Christological Heresies

On today's program I was joined by Rev. Lewis Polzin to continue discussing Henry Eyster Jacobs book A Summary of the Christian Faith. We began talking about Christology, and spent the entire program discussing early Christological heresies.Here is the program … [Read more...]

The Omnipresence of Christ's Human Nature

One of the main bones of contention between the Lutheran and Reformed Churches has been the doctrine of the omnipresence of the human nature of Christ. This doctrine is not isolated for Lutherans and is not merely promoted to support our view of the Lord's Supper as is often claimed. We come to this position because of an overall conception of the incarnation itself which differs from that of the Reformed.When Christ became incarnate, the human and divine natures were united in one person. These … [Read more...]