Ep. #29 The Trinitarian Nature of Christianity

Dale and Drew discuss the Trinitarian nature of the Christian faith and life.  They look at a definition of the Trinity, explain the progressive revelation of this doctrine, and look at several key Scriptures in both Old and New Testaments. Show Notes: "The Trinitarian Nature of the Christian Faith and Life" (post by Drew)  ... Continue Reading →

Gospel Pillars: God, Man, Christ, Response

The gospel is the good news about what God has done in and through Jesus Christ to reconcile sinners to himself.  The following framework, what I like to call “gospel pillars,” presents doctrinal truths by which we may rightly understand and receive the promises and blessings of the gospel.  While the section on Christ consists... Continue Reading →

The Meaning and Goal of God’s Sovereignty

What do we mean when we say that God is sovereign?  It is true that God’s sovereignty speaks to God’s kingship over creation.  However, some would attempt to define God’s kingship by first defining the kingship of men.  They use the pattern of an earthly king to influence and inform their understanding of God’s kingship,... Continue Reading →

Ep. #11 The Church Bound Together in Love

We discuss the various virtues Paul exhorts Christians to "put on" in Colossians 3:12-14, of which love serves as the binding principle.  We also discuss the importance of rooting these exhortations in the gospel, as Paul is careful to do. Show Notes: "Bound Together in Love" (post by Dale)   Subscribe to our podcast!

Ep. #10 God-Centered vs. Man-Centered Evangelism

We progress through a two-column table in Will Metzger's book, Tell the Truth, where he contrasts a man-centered and a God-centered approach to evangelism under four categories: view of God, view of humanity, view of Christ, and view of response to Christ. Show Notes: Tell the Truth (book by Will Metzger) Approaches to Evangelism (pdf... Continue Reading →

Ep. #9 What Is Biblical Theology? with Chris Centola

Chris Centola, from Confessional Collective, joins us to discuss the nature and importance of biblical theology. Show Notes: "Book Review: What Is Biblical Theology? (by James M. Hamilton, Jr.)" (review by Drew) The Temple and the Church's Mission (book by G.K. Beale) According to Plan (book by Graeme Goldsworthy) God's Glory in Salvation through Judgment... Continue Reading →

God’s “Three Greats”

In the Bible, God has provided for us what I like to call his "three greats".  An understanding of these "greats" helps us to think through the relationship between the law, the gospel, and the Church's mission.  So, let us look briefly at these "greats".   1. The Great Commandment We find this "great" in... Continue Reading →

Christ for Us (Pt. 3): Jesus as Priest

Series Links: Christ for Us: Prophet, Priest, and King Jesus as Prophet We come now to the priestly office of Jesus.  Being that we have already considered his prophetic office, let us briefly note the distinctions between the two.  Again, I quote Berkhof: The Bible makes a broad but important distinction between a prophet and... Continue Reading →

Christ’s Active and Passive Obedience

"[Christ] perfectly met both the penal and the preceptive requirements of God's law.  The passive obedience refers to the former and the active obedience to the latter.  Christ's obedience was vicarious in the bearing of the full judgment of God upon sin, and it was vicarious in the full discharge of the demands of righteousness.  His obedience becomes the... Continue Reading →

Selfies and Selflessies

The word "selfie" was declared popular enough to grab a slot in the Oxford Dictionary in 2013. In a sense, the addition of this word was very appropriate given the nature of the generation who made it popular. That is to say that the Millennial generation has become one that is, among other things, defined... Continue Reading →

Ep. #5 Sean Cole Discusses Traditional Soteriology in the SBC

We have pastor Sean Cole on to discuss the theological emphases and historical roots of Traditional Soteriology in the Southern Baptist Convention. Show Notes: Traditional Theology & the SBC (e-book by Tom Ascol) "The SBC 'Traditionalist' Stream" (article by Sean Cole) Understanding Christianity (Sean Cole's podcast) Emmanuel Baptist Church Colorado Christian University   Subscribe to... Continue Reading →

Ep. #4 Church Life – Ordinary Means of Grace

Dale and Drew discuss the concept of church life as consisting of the ordinary means of grace (word, ordinances, prayer) and fellowship as based on Acts 2:41-42.  They also interact with Q/A's from the Baptist Catechism on the means of grace. [Note: There's an instance where Drew refers to the Lord's Prayer but he meant to... Continue Reading →

Prophet, Priest, King

"First [Christ] appeared as Prophet, teaching and preaching, then at the end of His life He offered His sacrifice as Priest in order after the resurrection to receive His reward and to reign as King." - Geeerhardus Vos (Reformed Dogmatics, vol. 3, 91.)

Christ for Us (Pt. 2): Jesus as Prophet

Series Links: Christ for Us: Prophet, Priest, and King. Jesus as Priest In considering the biblical evidence and theological significance of the Messianic offices of Jesus, we begin with his prophetic role, proceed to his priestly role, and conclude with his kingly role.  This order is not arbitrary but reflects the exercise of Jesus’ earthly... Continue Reading →

Christ for Us: Prophet, Priest, and King

When we think of Christ, we should think of him as the Anointed One, as that is what "Christ" means; it is the Greek equivalent of Messiah.  As the Anointed One, we should think of him as Prophet, Priest, and King.  It was, after all, these three offices in the Old Testament that received anointing... Continue Reading →

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