Just and Sinner Podcast

Just and Sinner Podcast

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A weekly discussion of theology from a Lutheran perspective.


St. Ambrose on Justification
May 1 • 51 min
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 fathers series.
Questions and Answers April 2019
Apr 24 • 59 min
This podcast is a Q&A program. I answered the following questions: Who are the Nephilim? What is your view of Christians and secular entertainment? If you weren’t Lutheran, what church would you go to? Did Jesus found the Roman Catholic Church?…
The Authority and Sufficiency of Scripture
Apr 8 • 67 min
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 discuss the authority of Scripture, as well as the nature of Scripture and the sufficiency of Scripture.
Sola Fide in the Church Fathers
Mar 27 • 66 min
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 teaching in some of the earliest…
On Social Justice and the Church
Mar 20 • 54 min
This week’s program covers the controversy which has surrounded the Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel, and the recent 2019 Shepherd’s Conference Q&A. I try to navigate these extremely difficult issues by discussing particular areas of…
A Defense of Sola Scriptura
Mar 11 • 44 min
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 of this teaching which differ from one another.
Q&A Program February 27, 2019
Feb 27 • 61 min
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 of mystical language within…
Q&A February 2019
Feb 20 • 55 min
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 the moral issues addressed. The…
A Walk Through Romans 9
Feb 8 • 46 min
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…
The Doctrine of Sanctification with Lewis Polzin
Feb 5 • 66 min
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…
A Critique of the Papacy
Jan 30 • 50 min
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 the New Testament.
On the Evils of Abortion and the New NY State Law
Jan 24 • 51 min
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…
Q&A January 2019
Jan 16 • 59 min
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
Jan 7 • 34 min
Jordan Peterson is often asked questions about both God in general and Christianity in particular. For some, he is a kind of pseudo-Christian thinker, and even a theologian of sorts. These notions are, however, thoroughly mistaken. In this podcast, I…
Arguments Against Physicalism
Dec 19, 2018 • 31 min
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 arguments for dualism and against the physicalist understanding of the human person.
On the Existence of the Soul
Dec 14, 2018 • 33 min
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 of some of the different perspectives in this debate and the absurd notion of eliminative materialism…
A Discussion on Liturgy
Nov 30, 2018 • 49 min
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 important issues. Check it out!
Critique of John Frame’s Doctrine of God
Nov 14, 2018 • 38 min
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 debates about Theistic…
Gene Veith on the Reformation
Oct 29, 2018 • 64 min
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 Lutheran Reformation, and explains…
Q&A Program October 2018
Oct 11, 2018 • 58 min
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 many other important topics.
A Defense of the Resurrection of Christ
Oct 3, 2018 • 45 min
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 Christian apologetics. Future programs will feature the rest of this series.
Response to the Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel
Sep 12, 2018 • 60 min
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 conversations are extremely…
The Reliability of Scripture
Sep 10, 2018 • 44 min
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 adults in Watseka, IL during the VBS of Faith and Calvary Lutheran Churches.
Lecture on Apologetics
Sep 7, 2018 • 45 min
On today’s program, I played a lecture I gave on the topic of apologetics.
On Law and Gospel
Aug 21, 2018 • 59 min
This program is a lecture given on the topic of Law and Gospel.
Joel Biermann on the Two Kinds of Righteousness
Jul 24, 2018 • 58 min
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
Jul 17, 2018 • 59 min
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 here. You don’t want to miss it!
Humanity after the Fall
Jul 10, 2018 • 59 min
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 to this. I also have uploaded…
Humanity in Creation by Joel Biermann
Jul 3, 2018 • 65 min
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 the AALC in Minneapolis, MN. It will be followed with three further talks to be uploaded in the future….
Marxism and Modern Gender Theory
Jun 9, 2018 • 59 min
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 existential philosophy on…
The Foundations of Modern Gender Confusion
May 26, 2018 • 58 min
On this program, I discussed the confusion surrounding gender in our culture. I address the ideological foundations of where we are today, especially through the loss of classical essentialist philosophy with the rise of existentialism, Marxism, and…
Apologetic Methods
Apr 19, 2018 • 65 min
Today’s program is an introduction to apologetics as well as a brief overview of apologetic methodologies. I discuss evidentialism, classical apologetics, presuppositionalism, as well as fideism and the importance of defending the Christian faith.
Question and Answer from April 8, 2018
Apr 8, 2018 • 57 min
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
Mar 6, 2018 • 29 min
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 Sacraments which was delivered at the Hold the Line Conference in West Virginia. The audio is not the best, but…
Response to Jordan Peterson and Ben Shapiro on Religion (On the Rubin Report)
Feb 16, 2018 • 60 min
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 the topic of religion. In this…
A Critique of Biblical Patriarchy Part 2
Feb 3, 2018 • 65 min
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 necessity of women to—at times—correct men. This is a corrective to the overreaction of some…
A Critique of Biblical Patriarchy
Jan 20, 2018 • 62 min
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, and interacts with some of its…
A Discussion on Church Polity
Jan 6, 2018 • 54 min
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 focus on this as I spoke about church polity in Lutheranism and the New Testament. I also spent a…
Perseverance and Apostasy Part 2
Dec 19, 2017 • 54 min
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
Dec 8, 2017 • 91 min
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 God was completely destroyed by…
Live Question and Answer Podcast November 2017
Nov 30, 2017 • 59 min
This podcast was recorded on Youtube in interaction with listeners. We covered a bunch of topics.
Pastor as Teacher of the Liturgy
Nov 22, 2017 • 73 min
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 introduction to liturgical worship for those who might be unfamiliar with it.
Good Works in the Christian Life
Nov 10, 2017 • 47 min
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
Nov 3, 2017 • 43 min
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 video is also going to be available…
Are Good Works Necessary for Salvation? A Response to John Piper
Oct 20, 2017 • 55 min
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 written by John Piper on the matter, along with other contributors to this debate. I discussed the…
Thoughts on Presuppositional Apologetics
Oct 14, 2017 • 59 min
On today’s program, I discussed presuppositional apologetics. I responded to some recent comments from Dr. Scott Oliphant on the subject which were highly critical of the classical method. I examined the method of Lutheran dogmaticians in reaction to…
Perseverance and Apostasy
Sep 28, 2017 • 59 min
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 for true believers to fall away…
An Introduction to Philosophy
Sep 23, 2017 • 56 min
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 information about why I began…
Q&A September 2017
Sep 12, 2017 • 56 min
On today’s program, I answered listener questions. Some of the topics were: beneficial theologians from other Christian traditions, premilennialism, the church fathers, and my favorite bands (yeah…unrelated, but someone asked). Check out the discussion!
Martin Luther on the Christian in Society
Aug 25, 2017 • 91 min
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 kinds of righteousness, the two kingdoms, and other aspects of the Christian life.
Martin Luther’s Theology
Aug 15, 2017 • 85 min
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 the life of Martin Luther, in this class I discuss the major theological themes in Luther’s writings….
Martin Luther’s Life and Legacy
Jul 29, 2017 • 82 min
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
Jul 15, 2017 • 90 min
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
Jul 7, 2017 • 56 min
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 Philip Melanchthon.
Faith and Reason in Luther, Zwingli, and Lutheranism
Jun 24, 2017 • 56 min
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 in relation to Luther’s…
The Doctrine of Objective Justification
Jun 17, 2017 • 59 min
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 teaching, and read citations from…
Questions and Answers June 2017
Jun 9, 2017 • 54 min
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 election and perseverance in Romans…
Debrief of the Limited Atonement Debate
May 26, 2017 • 60 min
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 together some of my thoughts on…
The Authority of the Lutheran Confessions
May 19, 2017 • 59 min
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 relationship between Confessions and…
Mystical Union with Lewis Polzin
May 6, 2017 • 60 min
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
Apr 1, 2017 • 61 min
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 as products of the nineteenth…
Levitical Sacrifices
Mar 28, 2017 • 50 min
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
Mar 17, 2017 • 59 min
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 that all of these ideas are…
Q&A March 2017
Mar 3, 2017 • 54 min
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 distinction between law and gospel, fellowship between Lutherans and Anglicans, and a rant about how obnoxious…
The Two Natures of Christ (AC Article III)
Feb 25, 2017 • 54 min
On today’s program, I continued my discussion of the Augsburg Confession with Articles III, “Of the Son of God.” I discussed Christological heresies, the two natures of Christ, the catholicity of the Lutheran reformation, and the connection between…
Original Sin and Free Will (AC II)
Feb 17, 2017 • 55 min
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)
Feb 10, 2017 • 59 min
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
Feb 4, 2017 • 57 min
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
Jan 27, 2017 • 57 min
On today’s program, I continued looking at the Lutheran Confessions with an overview of the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Smalcald Articles, and Luther’s Small and Large Catechisms.
The Ecumenical Creeds and the Augsburg Confession
Jan 20, 2017 • 57 min
On today’s program, I continued my introduction to the Lutheran Confessions. I discussed the history and theology of the three ecumenical creeds, and spoke about the importance of the Augsburg Confession for the Lutheran tradition.
An Introduction to Confessional Christianity
Jan 14, 2017 • 56 min
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 introduced the Lutheran Confessional…
Q & A December 2016
Dec 29, 2016 • 61 min
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 Psalter, my opinion of Rogue One,…
Roundtable Discussion (2016 Conference)
Dec 28, 2016 • 59 min
This is the roundtable discussion from the 2016 Just and Sinner Conference.
The Doctrine of the Two Kingdoms as a Paradigm for Criticism
Dec 14, 2016 • 77 min
This lecture was presented by Gene Edward Veith at the 2016 Just and Sinner Conference.
How God Governs Economics
Dec 14, 2016 • 63 min
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
Nov 30, 2016 • 91 min
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
Nov 16, 2016 • 72 min
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
Nov 12, 2016 • 78 min
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 Transformation.”
A Critique of Escondido Two Kingdom Theology
Nov 1, 2016 • 57 min
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
Oct 29, 2016 • 59 min
This is my breakout session from 2016 Just and Sinner conference on the topic of the redemption of creation in a two kingdom context.
Biblical Themes: Clothing
Oct 20, 2016 • 56 min
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Response to Moral Arguments Against the Bible
Oct 5, 2016 • 54 min
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, the foundation of moral judgments, and other important moral questions.
Response to Rev. Schwertley on Baptismal Regeneration Part 3
Oct 5, 2016 • 51 min
On this program, I continued responding to Rev. Brian Schwertley on the topic of Baptismal Regeneration.
Second Response to Rev. Schwertley on Baptismal Regeneration
Sep 20, 2016 • 57 min
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?
Sep 6, 2016 • 57 min
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 abortions. These assertions were…
A Defense of Baptismal Regeneration in Response to Brian Schwertley
Aug 30, 2016 • 58 min
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
Aug 23, 2016 • 71 min
On today’s program, I continued my discussion of scholasticism through giving a historical overview of the thirteenth century, and Thomas Aquinas in particular. I discussed his most important writings and contributions to both theology and…
Live Q&A Podcast
Aug 19, 2016 • 59 min
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 of the ministry.
Scholastic Theology Through Peter Lombard
Aug 12, 2016 • 59 min
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 common contemporary criticisms of the scholastic method. For the final half hour, I gave a brief history…
Hands of Faith: A Historical and Theological Study on the Two Kinds of Righteousness in Lutheran Thought
Aug 5, 2016 • 74 min
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
Jul 27, 2016 • 57 min
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 two kinds of righteousness in relation to my most recent book, as well as the efficacy of regeneration…
Q&A July 2016
Jul 6, 2016 • 62 min
Pentecostalism and Lutheranism
Jun 30, 2016 • 93 min
Lutheranism and Roman Catholicism
Jun 14, 2016 • 89 min
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 practice.
Lutheranism and Presbyterianism
Jun 8, 2016 • 93 min
On today’s program, I played another lecture in a series I have been teaching on the differences between Lutheranism and other branches of the Christian faith. In this talk, I discussed the differences between Lutheranism and Presbyterianism. I gave a…
Lutherans and Baptists
Jun 7, 2016 • 86 min
On today’s programmed, I played a talk I gave about the differences between Lutherans and Baptists. This is part of a series of talks about the differences between Lutherans and other Christian groups. In this talk, I discussed the history of the…
The Gospel Reading (A Guide to the Liturgy)
May 27, 2016 • 59 min
On today’s program, I continued our discussion of the Lutheran liturgy. On this episode, we talked about the Gospel reading, Gospel books, processionals, and debates about who should read Scripture in a church service and present children’s sermons.
Baptized into Christ: A Guide to the Christian Life
May 19, 2016 • 68 min
On today’s program, Lisa Cooper was a guest host, as she interviewed Jordan about his new book Baptized into Christ: A Guide to the Christian Life.
The Mormon Doctrine of God
May 10, 2016 • 63 min
On today’s program, I discussed the Mormon doctrine of God, and its differences with Christian orthodox Trinitarianism. I talked about monotheism vs. polytheism, exhaltation to Godhood, theosis, Brigham Young’s Adam-God theory, and many other…
The Use of the Lectionary
May 5, 2016 • 61 min
On today’s program, I continued our discussion of the liturgy as we began talking about the Scripture readings. I spent the majority of the program discussing the nature and importance of using a lectionary in worship.