Just and Sinner Podcast

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A weekly discussion of theology from a Lutheran perspective.

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Absolution in Luther's Theology

July 5th, 2019

52:06

Today's program is a discussion of Holy Absolution in the theology of Martin Luther. Specifically I looked at his treatise The Babylonian Captivity …

Eric Phillips on Preaching and the Third Use of the Law

June 25th, 2019

1:32:27

This is the second talk from Rev. Dr. Eric Phillips on the subject of the third use of the law. In this talk, he focuses on preaching. 

An Explanation and Defense of Holy Absolution

June 14th, 2019

50:18

On today's program, I discussed the idea of Holy Absolution. I addressed the definition of a sacrament and asked whether Absolution qualified as a …

Q&A Podcast June 2019

June 6th, 2019

1:00:56

Today's podcast was another Q&A program. I discussed a number of topics, including: the Eucharistic sacrifice, the use of the term "priest," …

Eric Phillips on the Third Use of the Law

May 31st, 2019

1:34:48

On today's podcast, I played a talk from Rev. Dr. Eric Phillips on the three uses of the law. The talk focuses on the third use and some of the contemporary debates on the subject within Lutheranism. Wherever you stand …

A Discussion About Theological Education

May 24th, 2019

48:29

On today's program, I spent time discussing the nature of theological education, and I also offered some advice for those who are seminarians or PhD …

St. Ambrose on Justification

May 1st, 2019

51:52

On this program, I discussed the writings of St. Ambrose in which he talks about justification. This is a continuation of my Sola Fide in the church …

Questions and Answers April 2019

April 24th, 2019

59:18

This podcast is a Q&A program. I answered the following questions:

Who are the Nephilim?

What is your view of Christians and secular …

The Authority and Sufficiency of Scripture

April 8th, 2019

1:07:11

This is a talk I gave on the topic of Holy Scripture at the Hold the Line Conference at Trinity Lutheran Church in West Hempstead NY. In it, I …

Sola Fide in the Church Fathers

March 27th, 2019

1:06:00

On today's program, I discuss the doctrine of justification by faith alone as taught in the Lutheran tradition and its relation to the teachings of the early church. I argue that there is some precedent for such a …

On Social Justice and the Church

March 20th, 2019

54:02

This week's program covers the controversy which has surrounded the Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel, and the recent 2019 Shepherd's …

A Defense of Sola Scriptura

March 11th, 2019

44:12

Today's program is on the doctrine of Sola Scriptura. I look at the Scriptural evidence for this teaching, and I also compare various Protestant uses …

Q&A Program February 27, 2019

February 27th, 2019

1:01:06

Today's podcast is the second Q&A program this month. Since last week's show was limited to two questions, I decided to do a second to address several other important topics. I addressed intersectionality, the loss …

Q&A February 2019

February 20th, 2019

55:55

On this program, I discussed two listener questions, though I intended to address more. The first part of the program was on the Israelite conquest of Canaan. I discussed four different interpretations of the text and …

A Walk Through Romans 9

February 8th, 2019

46:04

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 …

The Doctrine of Sanctification with Lewis Polzin

February 5th, 2019

1:06:22

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 …

A Critique of the Papacy

January 31st, 2019

50:55

On today's podcast, I discussed the office of the Papacy. I discussed Matthew 16 and the exegetical foundation for this teaching, and then subsequently looked at the earliest evidence regarding the church of Rome after …

On the Evils of Abortion and the New NY State Law

January 24th, 2019

51:20

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 …

Q&A January 2019

January 16th, 2019

59:28

Today's podcast was a listener Q&A. I covered views on ordination, apostolic succession, the use of reason in theology, and Eastern Orthodoxy. 

A Critique of Jordan Peterson's View of God and Christianity

January 7th, 2019

34:23

Jordan Peterson is often asked questions about both God in general and Christianity in particular. For some, he is a kind of pseudo-Christian …

Arguments Against Physicalism

December 19th, 2018

31:26

This program is a continuation of my previous podcast which discussed the existence of the soul. On this show, I discussed some of the most common …

On the Existence of the Soul

December 14th, 2018

33:53

This is the first program in a series in which I discuss the existence of the soul from a philosophical perspective. On this show I give an overview …

A Discussion on Liturgy

November 30th, 2018

49:15

Today's program is a question and answer podcast about liturgy. I discuss Communion practices such as intinction, the difference between Lutheran and Anglican liturgies, the words of institution, and many other …

Critique of John Frame's Doctrine of God

November 14th, 2018

38:55

Today's podcast is a discussion of John Frame's recently published article titled, "Two Models of Divine Transcendence: Pure Being vs. Divine Lordship." This includes a discussion of classical philosophy, the current …

Gene Veith on the Reformation

October 29th, 2018

1:04:54

This is a talk from Gene Edward Veith on the topic of the Reformation and its meaning for today. The title of the lecture is The Reformation: Then and Now. In this talk, he discusses some of the major themes of the …

Q&A Program October 2018

October 11th, 2018

58:17

Today's podcast is a Q&A program that covered a large variety of topics. Among them were: discernment ministries, why I don't like getting into the creation debate, the differences between the AALC and the LCMS, and …

A Defense of the Resurrection of Christ

October 3rd, 2018

45:16

On this program, I played a talk I delivered on the resurrection of Christ. This is the third part in a series of studies on various aspects of …

Response to the Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel

September 12th, 2018

1:00:50

This program is a response to the recent Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel. I discuss some of the problems with the document as well as giving credit to what has been correctly identified within it. These …

The Reliability of Scripture

September 10th, 2018

44:11

On today's podcast, I played a lecture I delivered on the reliability of Scripture. This is the second part of an apologetics class I taught for …

Lecture on Apologetics

September 7th, 2018

45:22

On today's program, I played a lecture I gave on the topic of apologetics.

On Law and Gospel

August 21st, 2018

59:11

This program is a lecture given on the topic of Law and Gospel. 

Joel Biermann on the Two Kinds of Righteousness

July 24th, 2018

58:33

Today's program is the fourth lecture in Dr. Joel Biermann's series of talks given at the 2018 AALC National Convention. The topic is the two kinds of righteousness. 

Redemption and Atonement by Joel Biermann

July 17th, 2018

59:18

On today's program, I played a lecture from Joel Biermann's talks at the 2018 AALC National Convention. The subject of this third lecture in the series is on redemption and atonement. There is a lot of great content …

Humanity after the Fall

July 10th, 2018

59:11

This week's podcast contains Joel Biermann's second lecture at the AALC National Convention. This talk is on the Fall of man. If you have not yet listened to the first part, you probably want to go listen to that prior …

Humanity in Creation by Joel Biermann

July 3rd, 2018

1:05:27

Today's podcast is a lecture from Dr. Joel Biermann on the subject of humanity in creation. This is a talk given at the 2018 National Convention of …

Marxism and Modern Gender Theory

June 9th, 2018

59:59

On this program, I continued my discussion on contemporary views of gender. I spent the majority of the program discussing Marxism as well as some basics of Postmodernism. I also gave a brief overview of the impact of …

The Foundations of Modern Gender Confusion

May 26th, 2018

58:38

On this program, I discussed the confusion surrounding gender in our culture. I address the ideological foundations of where we are today, especially …

Apologetic Methods

April 19th, 2018

1:05:56

Today's program is an introduction to apologetics as well as a brief overview of apologetic methodologies. I discuss evidentialism, classical …

Question and Answer from April 8, 2018

April 8th, 2018

57:40

This podcast is a Q&A program, addressing your listener questions on a variety of topics. It's good to be back!

Curt Leins on the Sacraments

March 6th, 2018

29:01

Due to flooding in our church, I have not been able to record in my office. Today, therefore, I put up a lecture from Dr. Curt Leins on the …

Response to Jordan Peterson and Ben Shapiro on Religion (On the Rubin Report)

February 16th, 2018

1:00:52

I have been repeatedly asked by listeners to interact with both Jordan Peterson and Ben Shapiro. The recent discussion on the Rubin Report between both of them presented a great opportunity to do so, as they addressed …

A Critique of Biblical Patriarchy Part 2

February 3rd, 2018

1:05:25

On this program, I continued my critique of the so-called "Biblical Patriarchy" movement. I talked about the role of women in society, along with the …

A Critique of Biblical Patriarchy

January 20th, 2018

1:02:09

On this program I began a discussion of the Biblical Patriarchy movement, and some of the concerns I have with it. This is going to be the first part in a future series which examines the tenets of Christian Patriarchy, …

A Discussion on Church Polity

January 6th, 2018

54:09

After asking listeners what they wanted to hear about this week, several people asked about the structure of the church in Lutheranism. I decided to …

Perseverance and Apostasy Part 2

December 19th, 2017

54:39

On this program, I continued the previous discussion over the questions of perseverance and apostasy. I interact here with the common objections to the notion that true believers can fall from the faith.

Sin and the Image of God

December 8th, 2017

1:31:51

On today's program, I played a lecture from Rev. Dr. Eric Phillips from the Imago Dei Conference from 2015. The topic is sin and its relationship to the image of God, answering the question as to whether the image of …

Live Question and Answer Podcast November 2017

November 30th, 2017

59:57

This podcast was recorded on Youtube in interaction with listeners. We covered a bunch of topics.

Pastor as Teacher of the Liturgy

November 23rd, 2017

1:13:49

On today's podcast, I played a lecture from Rev. Dr. Curtis Leins on the pastor as teacher of the liturgy. This should serve as a helpful …

Good Works in the Christian Life

November 10th, 2017

47:02

On this program, I play a lecture I gave at the 2017 AALC Reformation Conference on the subject of Good Works and the Christian Life as taught in the Augsburg Confession Article VI. 

The Theology of Holy Baptism

November 3rd, 2017

43:11

On this program, I play a lecture from the Rev. Dr. Curtis E Leins who is the presiding pastor of the AALC. This lecture was given at the celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in October of 2017. A …

Are Good Works Necessary for Salvation? A Response to John Piper

October 20th, 2017

55:02

On today's program, I covered some of the recent controversy surrounding the role of good works in final salvation. I discussed some of the material …

Thoughts on Presuppositional Apologetics

October 14th, 2017

59:13

On today's program, I discussed presuppositional apologetics. I responded to some recent comments from Dr. Scott Oliphant on the subject which were …

Perseverance and Apostasy

September 28th, 2017

59:28

Today, I addressed the issue of perseverance and apostasy. I discussed the various Reformed perspectives on the issue, and then began an examination of the Scriptural texts in defense of the notion that it is possible …

An Introduction to Philosophy

September 23rd, 2017

56:16

On today's program, I introduced some of the basic concepts of philosophy. This included a discussion of the ideas proposed by the Pre-Socratic philosophers, as well as the metaphysics of Plato. I gave some biographical …

Q&A September 2017

September 12th, 2017

56:13

On today's program, I answered listener questions. Some of the topics were: beneficial theologians from other Christian traditions, premilennialism, …

Martin Luther on the Christian in Society

August 26th, 2017

1:31:46

This is the final section of my lecture series on the history and theology of the Reformation. In this talk, I discuss Luther's approach to the two …

Martin Luther's Theology

August 15th, 2017

1:25:44

This is the third in a series of lectures I delivered on the topic The History and Theology of the Reformation. Following up on the previous talk on …

Martin Luther's Life and Legacy

July 29th, 2017

1:22:04

On today's podcast, I played a lecture that I gave on the life and legacy of Martin Luther.

Historical and Theological Background to the Reformation

July 15th, 2017

1:30:49

On today's program, I played the first of a series of four lectures I gave on the history and the theology of the Reformation.

Misconceptions about Lutheranism

July 7th, 2017

56:00

On today's program, I responded to comments from Dr. James White about Lutheranism. I discussed several misconceptions about what Lutherans believe, and addressed the relationship between the Lutheran Confessions and …

Faith and Reason in Luther, Zwingli, and Lutheranism

June 24th, 2017

56:59

On today's program, I dealt with the relationship between faith and reason. I began with a discussion of Luther's own thought on the topic, while addressing criticisms that he is an irrationalist. I then discussed this …

The Doctrine of Objective Justification

June 17th, 2017

59:56

On today's program, I addressed the teaching of objective justification. I responded to some false understandings of this idea, and also responded to some criticisms. I overviewed some of the basic arguments for the …

Questions and Answers June 2017

June 9th, 2017

54:45

On today's program, I addressed listener questions on a variety of topics. I discussed the recent debate on the Marian dogmas, and then discussed the high priestly prayer in John 17 as well as the connection between …

Debrief of the Limited Atonement Debate

May 26th, 2017

1:00:45

On today's program, I discussed the debate which happened yesterday on the subject of limited atonement, in which I debated Rev. Dr. Theodore Zachariades on the question: Did Jesus Die for All? On today's program, I put …

The Authority of the Lutheran Confessions

May 19th, 2017

59:58

This was supposed to be a Q&A program, but I ended up answering only one listener question related to the authority of the Lutheran Confessions. I discussed the importance of Confessions, their nature, and the …

Mystical Union with Lewis Polzin

May 6th, 2017

1:00:05

On today's program, we continued our study of Henry Eyster Jacobs' book A Summary of the Christian Faith, and I was joined by Rev. Lewis Polzin.

Problems with the Book of Mormon

April 1st, 2017

1:01:05

On today's program, I spoke about problems with the Book of Mormon. I addressed the lack of historical evidence of any of its events, and discussed the fact that the Mormon texts do not speak like ancient documents, but …

Levitical Sacrifices

March 29th, 2017

50:31

On this program, I played two sermons that I preached on the Levitical sacrifices. They were on the burnt and grain offerings.

The Biblical Theme of Water

March 17th, 2017

59:00

On today's program, I discussed water as a Biblical theme. I began with the Spirit hovering over the water in Genesis 1, and then discussed the flood, the crossing of the Red Sea, and Levitical washings. I demonstrated …

Q&A March 2017

March 3rd, 2017

54:29

On today's program, I addressed a bunch of listener questions on a multitude of topics. Among these were: the theology of St. Augustine, the …

The Two Natures of Christ (AC Article III)

February 25th, 2017

54:08

On today's program, I continued my discussion of the Augsburg Confession with Articles III, "Of the Son of God." I discussed Christological heresies, …

Original Sin and Free Will (AC II)

February 17th, 2017

55:30

On today's program, I continued our discussion of the Augsburg Confession with Article II on the topic of original sin. I also discussed the nature of free will in connection to original sin.

Doctrine of God (Augsburg Confession Article I)

February 10th, 2017

59:11

On today's program, I began my exposition of the Augsburg Confession with Article I on the doctrine of God. Along with this, I discussed some of the most valuable resources in studying the Lutheran confessions.

The Formula of Concord

February 4th, 2017

57:03

On today's program, I continued my discussion of the Lutheran Confessions with the Formula of Concord.

The Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Smalcald Articles, and Luther's Catechisms

January 27th, 2017

57:09

On today's program, I continued looking at the Lutheran Confessions with an overview of the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Smalcald Articles, …

The Ecumenical Creeds and the Augsburg Confession

January 20th, 2017

57:59

On today's program, I continued my introduction to the Lutheran Confessions. I discussed the history and theology of the three ecumenical creeds, and …

An Introduction to Confessional Christianity

January 14th, 2017

56:44

On today's program, I began a new series on the Lutheran Confessions. In this first episode, I discussed the importance of confessions of faith, and the history of their use in the Christian church. I then briefly …

Q & A December 2016

December 29th, 2016

1:01:18

On today's program, I spent time answering listener questions on a variety of topics. This included: the third use of the law in the Lutheran and Reformed traditions, Luther's opinion of the book of James, my favorite …

Roundtable Discussion (2016 Conference)

December 28th, 2016

59:08

This is the roundtable discussion from the 2016 Just and Sinner Conference. 

The Doctrine of the Two Kingdoms as a Paradigm for Criticism

December 14th, 2016

1:17:38

This lecture was presented by Gene Edward Veith at the 2016 Just and Sinner Conference.

How God Governs Economics

December 14th, 2016

1:03:26

This lecture was given by Dr. Gene Edward Veith at the 2016 Just and Sinner Conference on the topic of economics. 

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

November 30th, 2016

1:31:14

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."

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

November 16th, 2016

1:12:44

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.

Worship as the Agent of Cultural Transformation

November 12th, 2016

1:18:28

On today's program, I played my final lecture from the 2016 Just and Sinner Conference on the topic, "Worship as the Agent of Cultural …

A Critique of Escondido Two Kingdom Theology

November 1st, 2016

57:38

On today's program, I played my first lecture from the 2016 Just and Sinner conference on Escondido theology.

The Redemption of Creation in a Two Kingdom Context

October 29th, 2016

59:34

This is my breakout session from 2016 Just and Sinner conference on the topic of the redemption of creation in a two kingdom context.

Response to Moral Arguments Against the Bible

October 5th, 2016

54:31

On today's program, I responded to moral arguments against the Bible as made by popular YouTuber AaronRa. I dealt with the issues of slavery, rape, …

Response to Rev. Schwertley on Baptismal Regeneration Part 3

October 5th, 2016

51:58

On this program, I continued responding to Rev. Brian Schwertley on the topic of Baptismal Regeneration.

Second Response to Rev. Schwertley on Baptismal Regeneration

September 20th, 2016

57:53

On today's program, I continued my response to Rev. Brian Schwertley on the topic of baptismal regeneration. I discussed the relationship between faith and baptism, monergism and baptism, and other important issues.

Does the Bible promote abortion?

September 6th, 2016

57:24

On today's program, I responded to atheist youtuber AronRa on the subject of abortion. He argues that the Bible does not prohibit abortion, and that Numbers 5 actually teaches that the Israelites were called to perform …

A Defense of Baptismal Regeneration in Response to Brian Schwertley

August 30th, 2016

58:23

On today's program, I responded to a sermon preached by Brian Schwertley on the subject of baptism. I defended the Lutheran view of baptismal regeneration. 

Thomas Aquinas and Thirteenth Century Scholasticism

August 23rd, 2016

1:11:03

On today's program, I continued my discussion of scholasticism through giving a historical overview of the thirteenth century, and Thomas Aquinas in …

Live Q&A Podcast

August 19th, 2016

59:11

On today's program, I recorded a question and answer podcast live on facebook. I interacted with listener questions on a number of topics including baptism, the two natures of Christ, the episcopacy, and the the nature …

Scholastic Theology Through Peter Lombard

August 12th, 2016

59:39

On today's program, I discussed scholastic theology. For the first half, I gave an introduction to some of the issues raised in scholasticism, and …

Hands of Faith: A Historical and Theological Study on the Two Kinds of Righteousness in Lutheran Thought

August 5th, 2016

1:14:13

On today's program, I was joined by my wife who interviewed me about my new book Hands of Faith. I discussed several aspects of the Lutheran distinction between the two kinds of righteousness. 

Christian Liberty, 2KR, and Infant Baptism

July 27th, 2016

57:50

On today's program, I addressed a number of listener questions. I discussed Christian liberty and the use/non-use of alcohol, some thoughts on the …

Lutheranism and Roman Catholicism

June 14th, 2016

1:29:56

On today's program, I played a lecture that I gave on the differences between Lutheranism and Roman Catholicism, with regard to both doctrine and …

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