C.F.W. Walther on the Mystical Union and Pentecost

The time of Pentecost is one in which the church has the opportunity to speak of certain truths which might, at times, be somewhat neglected in Lutheran preaching. Due to the centrality of the second article of the Creed, sometimes, the third can be forgotten. As I have been preparing for my sermon on Pentecost, I have been looking over some of the comments from C.F.W. Walther made in his own preaching during this season. He defines the celebration of Pentecost with the following words: “For w … [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 Henry Eyster Jacobs' book A Summary of the Christian Faith. We have … [Read more...]

What is the Ordo Salutis?

I posted a youtube video answering the question: What is the ordo salutis?Watch it here. … [Read more...]

Lecture on the Mystical Union

My second lecture from the 2015 Just and Sinner Conference is now available. It is on the subject of the mystical union. Listen here:The mystical union.Keep looking for further lectures, as they will be added throughout the week! … [Read more...]

Kretzmann on the Mystical Union

These comments come from Paul E. Kretzmann's commentary on Ephesians 3:14-19. The commentaries can be found on KretzmannProject.org. "This idea is developed still further: That Christ may dwell through faith in your hearts. Not only the gifts and virtues of Christ, but the exalted Christ personally lives in the hearts of His believers, Gal. 2, 20. There is the most intimate, the most happy communion between Christ and the Christians, begun in conversion, but in need of daily growth and … [Read more...]

Reframe?!: Is Kim Davis Actually Proclaiming Christ’s Free Forgiveness of Sins?

Post by Nathan RinneRod Dreher is saying that the Kim Davis case is a religious liberty loser - and he's got the stats to back him up.I think he is dead right.That said, is it possible for us to think long-term, seeing it as a Gospel winner?What?  Yes I am serious - just like I was about this when the Indiana thing blew up.  And if this is not Kim Davis' view, so what?  Let's help her see that this is what it is all about. Let's frame this for the sake of Christ and His Ch … [Read more...]

Justification and Christification Lectures from the Imago Dei Conference

These are my two lectures from the Imago Dei conference held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbia, SC.Sola Fide: Justification by FaithChristification: A Lutheran Approach to Theosis … [Read more...]

Moral Formation in Christian Worship

One of the contemporary Lutheran theologians that I have been very impressed by is Gifford Grobien, who teaches Systematic Theology at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN. He is also the current editor of the Confessional Lutheran Dogmatics series put out by Luther Academy Press. I recently stumbled across an article of his online on ethical formation in Christian worship. This article is essentially a summary of his doctoral dissertation which addresses ethical formation from a … [Read more...]

A Brief Response to Kolb and Arand on Theosis

An excerpt from a book I'm currently writing:In the context of active righteousness, Kolb and Arand place a creational view of Christian living over and against theosis, arguing: “Luther opposed both the view of psychological transformation and the view of salvation by ontological transformation (both of which make sense only in a Platonic, spiritualizing frame of reference.”[1] Instead, “Luther rejoiced in his creatureliness. It is a great honor to be called a creature.”[2] The theme of deif … [Read more...]

"God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who is the eternal and essential righteousness, dwells by faith in the elect…"

The following quote is taken from a comment by Rev. Dr. Holger Sonntag from an ongoing conversation over at Brothers of John the Steadfast.For a sneak-peek of Dr. Sonntag's English translation of The Apology of the Book of Concord, coming Summer 2015, click here!+          +          +We believe based on the Bible that Christ's gifts are not separated from Christ, the Giver of those gifts. Accordingly, our confessions reject as false the teaching "that not God himself but only divine gift … [Read more...]