Want to Save Free Speech? Listen to Rod Dreher, Jordan Cooper, Issues ETC., etc…

Post by Nathan RinnePopular libertarian You Tuber Stefan Molyneux argues with all his rhetorical might that “Free Speech is All That Matters”.I balk at his insistence. I don’t like the way he puts that. While I find his supporting arguments for this persuasive and important when it comes to politics, overall I wonder about the implications of such words, such devotion. It almost sounds religious to me. Molyneux talks about the importance of humility and self-doubt, but of this he is certa … [Read more...]

Responsibilities of the Christian Prince According to Augustine, Luther, and America

This lecture was presented at the 2016 Just and Sinner Conference from Rev. Dr. Eric Phillips on the topic, "Responsibilities of the Christian Prince According to Augustine, Luther, and America."Here is the podcast.You can watch the video here. … [Read more...]

Two Cities, Two Kingdoms: Augustine and Luther on Church and State

On today's program, I played a lecture by Eric Phillips titled "Two Cities, Two Kingdoms: Augustine and Luther on Church and State" from the 2016 Just and Sinner Conference.Here is the audio.Here is the video presentation. … [Read more...]

All Conference Videos Are Now Available

All of the videos from the 2016 Just and Sinner conference on Christ, Culture, and the Two Kingdoms are now available on youtube.The Two Kingdom Paradigm and Escondido Theology: An Evaluation and CritiqueTwo Cities, Two Kingdoms: Augustine and Luther on Church and StateThe Doctrine of the Two Kingdoms as a Paradigm for CriticismThe Redemption of Creation in a Two Kingdom ContextHow God Governs EconomicsWorship as the Agent of Cultural TransformationThe … [Read more...]

The Doctrine of Two Kingdoms as a Paradigm for Criticism

Gene Veith presented two talks at our 2016 Just and Sinner Conference on Christ, Culture, and the Two Kingdoms. His first lecture is titled, "The Doctrine of the Two Kingdoms as a Paradigm for Criticism."The video can be found here. … [Read more...]

A Critique of Escondido Two Kingdom Theology

This is my opening lecture from the 2016 Just and Sinner Christ, Culture, and the Two Kingdoms conference. The lecture is titled, "Escondido Theology: An Evaluation and Critique." In this lecture, I outlined the Reformed two kingdom school of thought and compared it to Luther's two kingdom distinction. I argued that these systems of thought are not consistent with one another, but present vastly different approaches to the two kingdom paradigm. A high quality video recording of the lecture … [Read more...]

The Redemption of Creation in a Two Kingdom Context

This is a breakout session from the 2016 Just and Sinner Conference.  In this discussion, Rev. Jordan Cooper discusses the nature of creation, the effects of the fall upon creation, and how the Christian interacts with God's creation in light of the two kingdoms.Here is the video.Here is the audio. … [Read more...]

Embracing Identity Politics: Why I Am Now a Liberal Christian Nationalist

The Lord is king forever and ever; the nations perish from his land. – Psalm 10Disclaimer: while the author of this post, Nathan Rinne, always speaks only for himself on this blog, I am keen to re-iterate this when it comes to this thought-piece, which I am proposing to encourage both reflection and debate. If you can make the Just and Sinner conference, you can ask Dr. Veith for me what he thinks about some of these ideas!+++Should we be “Cultural Christians”? Even, perhaps, as I … [Read more...]

Christ, Culture, and the Two Kingdoms Conference

This October, we will be hosting our second annual Just and Sinner Conference on the topic: Christ, Culture, and the two Kingdoms. The dates are October 27-29 at Faith Lutheran Church in Watseka, IL. You can sign up at FaithLutheranWatseka.comThe speakers are: Eric Phillips, Gene Edward Veith, and Jordan Cooper.Here is the schedule and lecture topics: Thursday 6:30  Opening worship service led by Rev. Jordan Cooper and Rev. Lewis Polzin7:15 Opening lecture, “The Two Kingdom Pa … [Read more...]

No, Lutherans are not Myopically Focused on Individual Salvation

It's a criticism that I hear often, especially from Confessionally Reformed  believers: "all you Lutherans care about is individual salvation. You don't have any place for Christian worldview, political activism, etc." This caricature has spread further through NT Wright's (mis)understanding of Luther, as an individualistic guilt-obsessed reader of Paul. While it is certainly true that the doctrine of justification has a central role in Lutheran thought in a way that it doesn't elsewhere in … [Read more...]