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Just and Sinner Podcast

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A weekly discussion of theology from a Lutheran perspective.

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Of the Ministry of the Church (Augsburg Confession Article V)

June 26th, 2020


This program is a continuation of our study of the Augsburg Confession. In this podcast, I discuss Article V On the Ministry of the Church.

Questions and Answers from June 2020

June 8th, 2020


This was a livestream in which I addressed listener questions on a variety of topics including: Augustine, regeneration, Sola Scriptura, monergism, …

The Word of God as a Means of Grace (Jacobs Study)

May 28th, 2020


This program is a continuation of our study of Henry Eyster Jacobs' book A Summary of the Christian Faith. We discuss his chapter titled The Word of God as a Means of Grace.

Defining Pelagianism and Semipelagianism

May 22nd, 2020


On this program I continued my response to Dr. Leighton Flowers as I discussed the historical definitions of both Pelagianism and Semipelagianism.

A Critique of Leighton Flowers on Total Inability

May 13th, 2020


This program is a critique of recent comments from Dr. Leighton Flowers on the subject of total inability, or the bondage of the will.

The Relationship Between Baptism and Faith

May 8th, 2020


On this program, I responded to an article titled, "Sola Fide Compromised? Martin Luther and the Doctrine of Baptism," in which the author argues for …

On the Doctrine of Justification (Part 2)

April 26th, 2020


Today's program is a continued discussion of the doctrine of justification as explained in the Augsburg Confession Article IV. I spent a large portion of the time discussing Romans 2 and final judgment in relation to …

On Prayers to the Saints

April 19th, 2020


This is a discussion of the practice of praying to the saints, and a critique of Rome on the topic. There will be other programs following this on …

The Doctrine of Justification (AC Article IV)

April 10th, 2020


Today's podcast is a discussion of the doctrine of justification according to Article IV of the Augsburg Confession. I interact with listener comments on the topic throughout.

A Response to Matt Slick on Baptismal Regeneration

March 24th, 2020


On today's podcast, I respond to Matt Slick of CARM on the issue of baptism. I defend baptismal regeneration in response to some common critiques.

Q&A March 2020

March 18th, 2020


While we are all stuck at home due to the coronavirus epidemic, I decided to do a live Q&A YouTube stream. I covered several topics as people …

Theonomy and the Two Kingdoms

March 7th, 2020


In this program, I discussed a recent article from Toby Sumpter in which he claims that everyone is a Theonomist. I discussed the relationship between the Christian and the Mosaic civil law as well as the Lutheran …

Debrief on the Limited Atonement Debate with Chris Date

February 24th, 2020


On this program I discuss my recent debate with Chris Date on the subject of limited atonement.

A Discussion with FLAME on Calvinism and Lutheranism

February 13th, 2020


This podcast is the audio from a video I recorded with rapper FLAME who recently released an EP in which he discussed his conversion from Calvinism to Lutheranism.

A Discussion with Rev. Dr. Curtis Leins About the AALC

February 7th, 2020


On today's program, I was joined by Dr. Curtis E. Leins, the presiding pastor of the AALC, to talk about the American Association of Lutheran Churches. We discussed the history and some of the things happening right now …

Reformed and Lutheran Views of Assurance and Justification

January 29th, 2020


I did a Q&A program today, where I answered questions mostly related to the recent FLAME EP Extra Nos where he discusses differences between Reformed and Lutheran thought on justification and sanctification. I …

The Future of Just and Sinner

January 22nd, 2020


Today's podcast is a discussion of the future of Just and Sinner as an organization and what some of our goals are as we move ahead.

Divine Simplicity with Dr. Nathan Greeley

January 15th, 2020


On the program today, I was joined by Dr. Nathan Greeley to discuss the doctrine of divine simplicity in light of his recent publication on the subject in the book The Lord is One

On the Loss of the Authority of Scripture in the Lutheran Church

December 30th, 2019


Today's program is a talk I gave at a recent conference on the loss of the authority of Scripture in the church. I discuss the background and impacts today.

A Response to Doug Wilson and James White on Federal Vision with Rev. Matthew Fenn

December 18th, 2019


I was joined by Rev. Matthew Fenn to discuss a recent dialogue which occurred between Doug Wilson and James White in which they talked about Federal Vision. We showed what some of the primary differences between the …

The Redemption of the Cosmos

November 22nd, 2019


Today's program is a lecture I delivered at to students at Cornell University on the cosmic nature of redemption. I speak about common misconceptions about salvation, such as the idea that the telos is the departure of …

R Scott Clark, Baptismal Regeneration, and Republication

November 13th, 2019


Today's podcast is a Q&A program, following up on the questions I addressed two programs prior. I discussed recent comments from R. Scott Clark …

On Lutheran Piety

November 1st, 2019


Today's podcast is a lecture a delivered at a Reformation Celebration in NY on a topic the local LCMS pastors requested that I speak on: Lutheran Piety. I discuss the meaning of the term "piety," the distinctive aspects …

David Bentley Hart, Consubstantiation, and Zwingli (Q&A)

October 21st, 2019


On today's podcast, I answered three listener questions. 

1. Is David Bentley Hart a Marcionite?

2. Do Lutherans believe in consubstantiation?

3. Is there really a difference between Calvin and Zwingli on the Lord's …

A Lecture on the Reformed Tradition

October 4th, 2019


Today's program is a lecture I gave at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ithaca, NY on the Reformed tradition. I discussed both Zwingli and Calvin, and then …

An Overview of American Lutheran Theologians

September 18th, 2019


Today's program follows up on the previous discussion of Lutheranism in America with an overview of some significant thinkers in the Lutheran world. …

Early Lutheranism in America

August 20th, 2019


This program is a discussion of the beginnings of Lutheranism in America, and the splits which occurred in the nineteenth century. 

Joshua Harris and "Purity Culture"

August 6th, 2019


On today's podcast, I addressed the recent public apostasy of Joshua Harris and the ramifications of it. This led to a discussion of the critiques of …

Q&A July 2019

July 18th, 2019


This month's Q&A podcast addressed these questions:

Did Christ assume a fallen human nature?

Should preaching always follow a law/gospel …

Absolution in Luther's Theology

July 5th, 2019


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

On Law and Gospel

August 21st, 2018


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

Joel Biermann on the Two Kinds of Righteousness

July 24th, 2018


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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