February 8, 2019

On today’s program, I discussed Romans 9 and double predestination. I looked at the entire argument at work in the text, and showed why the subject of double predestination is not Paul’s intent. Instead, Paul demonstrates the nature of true Israel as those who are chosen by grace and saved through faith. Here is the program. Here is the video! Read more

February 8, 2019

+++ Post by Nathan Rinne First question: “Can unbelievers seek God?” Udo Middlemann, in his book The Innocence of God, says that many Christians give this impression to unbelievers: “their search [for God] is hopeless, they are unable even to seek; it is all a matter of predestination from God alone.” (63). Is Middlemann correct? After all, the Lord’s Apostles do say: For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing (I Cor. 1:18). The person… Read more

February 5, 2019

After over a year of not doing any recordings together, Rev. Lewis Polzin came back on the program to continue our long-running series of discussions about Henry Eyster Jacobs’ book A Summary of the Christian Faith. On this show, we discussed the meaning of sanctification and its importance in the Christian life, and also addressed controversies in the Lutheran church dealing with the topic. Here is the show! Read more

January 31, 2019

On today’s podcast, I discussed the office of the Papacy. I talked through Matthew 16 and the exegetical foundation for this teaching, and then subsequently looked at the earliest evidence regarding the church of Rome after the New Testament. Here is the video Here is the audio Read more

January 24, 2019

On today’s program I discussed the passing of a recent law in NY state which allows for abortions after the period of 24 weeks. This led to a discussion of abortion in general, as well as the reason why we should put aside political differences as Christians in order to fight together against this evil. Here is the program Read more

January 24, 2019

+++ Post by Nathan Rinne Have you seen the video below or heard about it? Is it an overreaction? Grossly unfair? Or, maybe, just maybe, is there something important to it? (O’Sullivan’s First Law?) This post is nothing other than a reflection not on that video per se, but rather on the title of this post, primarily with the help of a couple acquaintances from a Facebook group. It, I think, is very meaty but also very digestible (understandable). I… Read more

January 16, 2019

Today’s podcast was a listener Q&A. I covered views on ordination, apostolic succession, the use of reason in theology, and Eastern Orthodoxy. Here is the audio. Here is a video. Also, please do check out the Patreon. Read more

January 15, 2019

In this video, I answer the question: “Is beauty objective or subjective?” I conclude that there has to be some kind of objectivity in our understanding of beauty and the arts against various forms of aesthetic relativism. This is the beginning of a series of videos on the topic of beauty, in which I explore both theological and philosophical notions connected to it. Here is the video. Read more

January 11, 2019

In this recent video titled Dualism and Descartes and Classical Philosophy, I give a brief explanation of the problem in Descartes understanding of both the natural world and of the human person. He leads to the later materialism which gained prominence in the enlightenment and still haunts the academic world today. Here is the video. Read more

January 9, 2019

+++ Post by Nathan Rinne There is probably no heresy as dangerous in the church today as that of Radical Lutheranism. The reason is that Radical Lutheranism, like no other heresy, seems to get so very close to the heart of the Gospel message of Jesus’ free forgiveness, life and salvation for sinners. It is, however, all a lie. A horrible, insidious lie which has captured even many a good theologian (very painful detail — start with part 1). And… Read more

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