Some object to the Covenant of Redemption because a Bible phrase search renders zero results. Not a very good way to approach systematic theology, but it is a common tactic by opponents. Nevertheless, as you read about the Covenant of Redemption (ch.1) in Sacred Bond, I am fairly certain you will find the biblical evidence in favor of a reality commonly described in theology as the Covenant of Redemption. So if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and sounds like a duck, maybe its a good idea to go ahead and call it a duck.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
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Friday, August 29, 2014
Sacred Bond will be introduced on the 9th and our "menu" will be established. So grab a friend with an appetite and show up for the feast. Irony of ironies is that no actual food will be served!
6:30 AM, Tuesday Sept. 9 in the OBC Library.
6:30 AM, Tuesday Sept. 9 in the OBC Library.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
On the menu for the fall is Sacred Bond by Brown and Keele. The book is available at OBC or here. It is a super book dealing with a super important subject--our relationship with God.
Happy summer and don't forget your sun screen.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
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Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Please read more such words in the final three chapters (24, 25, 26) for Tuesday, May 13th.
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Prepare yourself for some "serious" tongue in cheek polemics as you read the next installment of Fools Rush In. Chapters 21, 22, and 23 for Tuesday, May 6th (and yes I changed the chapters Monday as the numbering was off).
For you overachievers, here's a good video link from Carl on the confessing church.
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Here's a nice little interview with our author and with none other than my brother the high and holy reverend Mike Abendroth (smirk). Give it a listen and a) understand better why I badly want you to be a man who bravely stands for gospel fidelity and b) find Carl more readable as you read chapters 18, 19, and 20 for Tuesday, April 29th.
"This is crazy" (Mike Abendroth)
"This is crazy" (Mike Abendroth)
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Back in "the day" children were supposed to be trained in order to become adults. This philosophy assumed that mom and dad were the mature ones and that children were, well, foolish just like the Bible says. Parents may have even thought that their children were sinners who were controlled by sinful desires.
We will be discussing chapter 15, 16, and 17 on Tuesday April 22nd.
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Friday, April 11, 2014
Be sure to listen to Carl Trueman's recent podcast where the one who is "taking aim at everything" takes aim at recent out of character postings from the Gospel Coalition. The fact is that being gospel centered (which is great!) can become just another trend to be used immaturely in a way that belittles the actual gospel. Trueman and Co from The Mortification of Spin expose some of the bad form we've seen lately. Be warned though, there is plenty of tongue in cheekiness used to make the point. Take a listen here.
The reading for Tuesday, April 15 is chapters 12, 13, & 14. And we may just have to talk about culinary shenanigans.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Wow, celebrity pastors like Ed Young are so cool. We can be sure that unbelievers will now know how cool it is to be a Christian. Maybe next he can "preach" a sermon series on sex from his bed, oh, wait, he already did.
Up next in Theology for Breakfast are chapters 9, 10, & 11 from Fools Rush In Where Monkeys Fear to Tread. See you Tuesday, April 8th for more discussion on evangelical ridiculousness that is too often too close to home.
*If you endured the pain and watched the entire video (not advisable), did you notice the false teachers Young promotes for the conference? Too much time in evangelical hair and makeup and not enough time in evangelical 101.
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
A provocative sample from our reading for Tuesday, April 1. We will discuss topics covered in chapters 6-8. Easy reading so get the most of the interaction by reading ahead.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
The first two chapters of Fools Rush In are behind us and for Tuesday the 25th we will cover three more (so its 3, 4, & 5 for next time).
Mr. Trueman's insights are theologically sound, historically informed, and at times disturbingly relevant (to use a word Carl doesn't like). Hopefully some of his savvy will influence us as we read, consider, and discuss.
Here are Carl's lectures on Medieval Church History from iTunes U that were mentioned in class.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Fools Rush In by Carl Trueman. So if you are a man and have a desire to join the maturing, read chapter one and show up on Tuesday morning, March 18th at 6:30 AM.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Chapter 18 for 3.4.14
Chapter 19 for 3.11.14
The link to the Christianity Today article we discussed on 2.25.14 is here.
Miscellaneous shenanigans relevant to what happens when the church loses its way can be found here.
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Tuesday, February 18 is when we will discuss these questions and engage chapter 17 of Pilgrim Theology. Come eager and ready to dialogue.
*We will continue discussing chapter 17 and the church on Tuesday, February 25.
*We will continue discussing chapter 17 and the church on Tuesday, February 25.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
On an entirely different note and to prove that even "Baptists" can learn a thing or two from others, I can't recommend this message on antinomianism and neonomianism with more enthusiasm. It is a "must" watch/listen.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
28. Baptism and the Lord's Supper
Baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances of positive and sovereign institution, appointed by the Lord Jesus, the only lawgiver, to be continued in His Church to the end of the world.
These holy appointments are to be administered only by those who are qualified and called to administer them, according to the commission of Christ.
Baptism is an ordinance of the New Testament, ordained by Jesus Christ, to be to the person who is baptised - a sign of his fellowship with Christ in His death and resurrection; of his being engrafted into Christ; of remission of sins; and of that person's giving up of himself to God, through Jesus Christ, to live and walk in newness of life.
Those who actually profess repentance towards God, faith in, and obedience to, our Lord Jesus Christ, are the only proper subjects for this ordinance.
The outward element to be used in this ordinance is water, in which the person is to be baptised in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Immersion - the dipping of the person in water - is necessary for the due administration of this ordinance.
30. The Lord's Supper
The Supper of the Lord Jesus was instituted by Him the same night on which He was betrayed to be observed in His churches until the end of the world for the perpetual remembrance, and showing forth of the sacrifice of Himself in His death. It was also instituted by Christ to confirm believers in all the benefits of His death; - for their spiritual nourishment and growth in Him; - for their further engagement in and commitment to all the duties which they owe to Him; - and to be a bond and pledge of their communion with Him and with their fellow believers.
In this ordinance Christ is not offered up to His Father, nor is there any real sacrifice made at all for remission of sin (of the living or the dead). There is only a memorial of that one offering up of Christ by Himself upon the cross once for all, the memorial being accompanied by a spiritual oblation of all possible praise to God for Calvary. Therefore, the popish sacrifice of the mass, as they call it, is most abominable, being injurious to Christ's own sacrifice, which is the only propitiation for all the sins of the elect.
The Lord Jesus has, in this ordinance, appointed His ministers to pray and bless the elements of bread and wine (so setting them apart from a common to a holy use) and to take and break the bread, then to take the cup, and to give both to the communicants, also communicating themselves.
The denial of the cup to the people, the practices of worshipping the elements, lifting them up or carrying them about for adoration, or reserving them for any pretended religious use, are all contrary to the nature of this ordinance, and to the institution of Christ.
The outward elements in this ordinance which are correctly set apart and used as Christ ordained, so closely portray Him as crucified, that they are sometimes truly (but figuratively) referred to in terms of the things they represent, such as the body and blood of Christ. However in substance and nature they still remain truly and only bread and wine as they were before.
The doctrine commonly called transubstantiation, which maintains that a change occurs in the substance of the bread and wine into the substance of Christ's body and blood, when consecrated by a priest or by any other way, is repugnant not only to Scripture but even to common sense and reason. It overthrows the nature of the ordinance, and both has been and is the cause of a host of superstitions and of gross idolatries.
Worthy receivers, outwardly taking the visible elements in this ordinance, also receive them inwardly and spiritually by faith, truly and in fact, but not carnally and corporally, and feed upon Christ crucified, and all the benefits of His death. The body and blood of Christ is not present corporally or carnally but it is spiritually present to the faith of believers in the ordinance, just as the elements are present to their outward senses.
All ignorant and ungodly persons who are unfit to enjoy communion with Christ are equally unworthy of the Lord's Table, and therefore cannot without great sin against Him, take a share in these holy mysteries or be admitted to the Supper while they remain in that condition. Indeed those who receive (the elements) unworthily, are guilty of the body and blood of the Lord, eating and drinking judgement to themselves.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Now that we have been glorified (already and not yet!), chapter 15 is in view. Word and Sacraments is the title and what you will want to read and be ready to discuss for Tuesday, January 21st. On a different note, here is the link for the conference on Sanctification that was mentioned 1.14.14.
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
here is an interesting audio follow up to our conversation on justification (if you are interested in something a bit more heady).
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.
For Tuesday, November 26 read Chosen and Called (ch.10), pp.245-270 of Pilgrim Theology and we will consider the scandalous realities of sovereign grace.
*Update: We will continue our discussion of chapter 10 on Tuesday, December 3rd so get your monergistic self out of bed to enjoy the conversation.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
here's a paper I wrote a while back that marks my transition to embracing an atonement that atones.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
"General atonement is like a great wide bridge with only half an arch; it does not go across the stream: it only professes to go half way; it does not secure the salvation of anybody" (Spurgeon).
Here's the Al Mohler address delivered at BYU that I referenced Nov. 5. It is a great example of tactful truth telling that does not compromise. HT to Chad Hansen for sending the link.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
And now for the crux of the matter which is the work of Christ! Both the active and passive obedience of Christ are in view in the first half or so of ch.8 (pp.191-208). We will cover this on Tuesday, November 5th. We will NOT be discussing the whole chapter. Such grand themes considering the grandeur of the grand one, Jesus Christ, the righteous!
Monday, October 21, 2013
this clip from Piper. Enjoy.
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013
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Tuesday, October 1, 2013
There is one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in three manifestations: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
If you said "heterodox," you chose right as such a statement is modalistic and therefore at odds with the Christian religion. Odd then that some evangelicals dote on T.D. Jakes where the confession comes from.
Chapter 5 of Pilgrim Theology is on tap for next Tuesday. See you then!
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Here's a good follow up to our discussion of Scripture and inspiration by our beloved author. Read chapter 3 of Pilgrim Theology for Tuesday, September 24th (pp.73-88).
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
We are off and running with week two under our belts. So glad we can stir one another up with discussion of God's gracious revelation of Himself. Next week it is chapter two of Pilgrim Theology: God's Written Word (pp.51-77). Already looking forward to it! If you can handle some satire that makes a great point, watch the video. If you are easily offended, watch it, get offended, and then forgive me for recommending something that offended you.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
In light of our discussions Tuesday, we know that even fundamentalist atheist Richard Dawkins is a theologian. After all, everyone has beliefs about God regardless of how out of touch such beliefs are with reality. With an aim toward aligning our understanding with reality, our discussion Tuesday, Sept. 10 will be "Knowing God" (chapter one of Horton's Pilgrim Theology). Read the chapter and engage in the discussion.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
The next installment of Theology for Breakfast is about to break. So why miss some precious sleep to talk theology with other guys on Tuesday mornings at 6:30? One of the countless reasons to join Theology for Breakfast is because Jesus wants you to attend. OK, not exactly, but in a roundabout way. According to our Lord, each of us is to love God with all of our faculties, including our minds. This is worship. This is avoiding idolatry. This is right thinking paving the way for right acting. This is a good idea! So secure a copy of Pilgrim Theology by Mike Horton, read the opening section (pp.14-23), anticipate the superb aroma of Peet’s coffee, and show up at Omaha Bible Church Tuesday morning, September 3rd to engage.
Monday, May 20, 2013
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013
This article is a helpful critique of Keswick theology oft associated with "let go and let God" philosophy. Props to Jeremy Brick for pointing it out to me. You may recognize names like Ryrie, Walvoord, Wesley, Griffith Thomas, etc.
Discussing chapter 7 of Holiness by Grace on Tuesday, May 30th. Hope to see you then.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
here is the discussion of Lent by Ligon Duncan. This is yet another case of needing to know something about history and historical theology before jumping on the "trendianity" bandwagon. The liturgical calendar may be older than so much of what pop culture offers, but it isn't old enough to be biblical not to mention Protestant. Adding extra requirements, holidays or anything else, are not aids in our spiritual growth. Chapter 6 of Holiness by Grace is on tap for 4.23. See you then!
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Tuesday, April 9, 2013
“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”― C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory, and Other Addresses.
We are moving right along in Holiness by Grace on Tuesday mornings. Discussion is better than ever. Ch.5 is up for Tues, April 16.
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Spiritual growth that is authentic cannot be contrived, conjured, or bought. But we need it! So where does it come from and how can we get our hands on it? Our Tuesday morning quest is for growth in godliness and Brian Chapell is giving us some help. Secure a copy of Holiness by Grace at the OBC bookstore or the Kindle version here and have chapter one read for Tuesday, March 19th. Newcomer's welcome to this men's group.
Friday, March 1, 2013
"God has not been so sparing to men to make them barely two-legged creatures, and left it to Aristotle to make them rational" (John Locke). Oh, wait, the dude from Lost didn't say that, it was the guy from the 17th century. Silly me. But you will find that quote in the reading for next time and it will deal with loss of reason. Instead of reading from Pushing the Antithesis for Tuesday, March 5, please read Tools for Apologetics by Bahnsen (parts one and two). These also appear in his book Always Ready which I have found to be a much more readable book than the one we have been working through. As always, come ready for some edifying discussion.
The next book will be Holiness by Grace by Brian Chapell. It is a helpful and hopeful change from a "just do more" and "just try harder" approach to spiritual growth. One line from the intro will give you a good taste--"True grace produces joy and promotes godliness" (13). Looking forward to learning more together about such grace!
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
No reading for Tuesday, February 26th. What, no reading?!?! That's right, theology for breakfast can be productive, though slightly less, without bound paper and ink. We will watch the second half of Collision: Is Christianity Good for the World? and discuss apologetic methodology.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Excellent exchange of thoughts regarding world views, apologetics, and Acts 17 this morning (2.5.13). If you missed it, you can get a taste on pp.85-92 of Pushing the Antithesis. A great follow up resource is this audio from D.A. Carson (talks he gave at OBC in 2002). Next week we will look at chapter 6, Worldviews in Collision where antithesis is highlighted. We will also discuss responses to the objection "But I do not believe the world was created." Give it some thought.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Given my inability to elaborate upon 2 Corinthians 10 "on the spot," I have included a sample of a technical commentary on the passage. It is more than most of you will want to know, but nevertheless I thought you might benefit from it and perhaps enjoy a taste of a resource dealing with the Greek text.
"Paul’s second example of his “demolition of strongholds” is his overthrow of “every proud obstacle that sets itself up against the knowledge of God.” In an abstract sense ὕψωμα means “height” (Rom. 8:39) or “exaltation” (Job 24:24; Jdt. 10:8). Applied to physical military defenses, it refers to “what is lofty,” a “fortress with high towers” (G. Bertram, TDNT 8.614), or a “rampart” (Moffatt). Related to such usage is the metaphorical sense of “arrogant attitude” (Thrall 597), “towering conceit” (Isaacs), “presumptuous notion” (NJB), “proud obstacle” (RSV, NRSV). Reinforcing the notion of literal or figurative “elevation” that is intrinsic to ὕψωμα is the present participle ἐπαιρόμενον (from ἐπαίρω, “raise up”), which is not middle but passive, whether it means “ (that is) raised up”/“erected” or “that rises up/raises itself up.” This ὕψωμα is no neutral “lofty thing”; it is set up or sets itself up “against” or “in defiance of” (κατά) the authentic knowledge of God. Standing between λογισμούς and γνώσεως, the expression πᾶν ὕψωμα is likely to refer to every type (πᾶν) of idea or argument that is capable of preventing people from arriving at true and emancipating knowledge, the knowledge of God (τοῦ θεοῦ, objective genitive) through the gospel of Christ. There is a contrast between certain λογισμοί which must be overthrown and ἡ γνῶσις τοῦ θεοῦ which must be promoted, between impersonal argumentation and personal knowledge, and between false and true knowledge. Paul’s campaign strategy was not to ignore, dismiss, or ridicule his opponents’ ideas and arguments, but to “demolish” (καθαιρέω) them by exposing their fallacies. For him such demolition was indistinguishable from God’s “thwarting” of “the cleverness of the clever” (1 Cor. 1:19, citing Isa. 29:14). In speaking of his καθαίρεσις of λογισμοί and πᾶν ὕψωμα, Paul is certainly not denigrating rational thought and logical argumentation. His own letters are replete with careful and convincing argument. It is not “reasoning” as such that is attacked here but fallacious reasoning and conceited argument" (Murray J. Harris, 2 Corinthians).
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
here to what's called The Great Debate. Read chapter one for January 8th.
And here is the paper on imputation I mentioned.
And here is the paper on imputation I mentioned.
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
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For Tuesday, December 18 we have an article that you will likely find difficult. But given that it is about the important matter of Christ's righteousness being credited to the believer so that we might be justified, it is well worth the effort! The essay is Do This and Live by R. Scott Clark. Pick up your copy at the OBC bookstore if you have not already and make the investment in learning. Do it for your edification, for the love of your neighbor, and for the glory of Christ.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: How Charles Finney's Theology Ravaged the Evangelical Movement. The next full text we will dive into will be Pushing the Antithesis by Greg Bahnsen. The publisher cut us a great deal so I would suggest picking it up at OBC for $17. We will start the Bahnsen book 1.8.13.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Total Inability." I commend the entire book as a great resource.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
here, 99 cents on Kindle, or available at the OBC bookstore.