Just and Sinner Podcast

On today's program, I was joined by my wife, Lisa Cooper, to discuss birth control. We laid out a number of different perspectives on this issue from a variety of Christians, and gave reasons why each view is supported.

Direct download: BirthControl.mp3
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Don't worry, I have not suddenly abandoned sola fide, but on today's program I discussed some problems with James White's recent comments on the doctrine of justification in Genesis 12-15. White purports that Abraham was not justified until the covenant cutting ceremony of Genesis 15 in light of his interpretation of Romans 4. I take him to task on several of these points, and demonstrate that justification does not have to be spoken of as only a past-tense reality. This outlines one of the differences between a Lutheran view and many Reformed perspectives on justification.

Direct download: WhiteJustification.mp3
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On today's program, I discussed the recent joint statement of the ACNA, LCMS, and LCC which resulted from five years of ongoing theological dialogue. I discussed the similarities between Lutheranism and Anglicanism as well as the various ways in which these two traditions differ. 

Direct download: ACNALCMS.mp3
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On today's program, I went back to an old series of podcasts I was doing on the ordo salutis, and discussed the doctrine of illumination. The topics and content were different than those of the recent Jacobs's study podcast on the same topic.

Direct download: Illumination_Ordo_Salutis.mp3
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On today's program I discussed the doctrine of divine simplicity and the attributes of God. This led to a number of topics surrounding the doctrine of God, including the eternal generation of Christ, contemporary challenges to classical Theism, and many other important issues. 

Direct download: Divine_Simplicity.mp3
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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.

Direct download: Free_Will.mp3
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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 continued our overview of the ordo salutis as we discussed Jacobs' chapter on illumination. This led to a number of different topics including: apologetics, the relationship between faith and reason, and the knowledge of the unbeliever. 

Direct download: DoctrineofIllumination.mp3
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On today's podcast, I discuss the two kingdoms, and ways in which Christians can initiate cultural change. I discuss the common confusion of the kingdom of the right and left, why liturgy is essential, and involvement in politics, along with several other related topics. 

Direct download: HowtoChangetheCulture.mp3
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On today's program, I discussed a number of issues surrounding my book The Great Divide: A Lutheran Evaluation of Reformed Theology. I talked about the variety of perspectives within the Reformed tradition, and the impossibility of explaining the Reformed tradition through one particular school of thought. 

Direct download: TheGreatDivide.mp3
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On today's program, I answered a variety of listener questions on a large number of topics. I discussed liturgy, original sin, my favorite theologians, and much more.

Direct download: Q_A_December_2015.mp3
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