If you know what's good for you (and I know that all breakfast theologians do!), you will want to be a part of Reformation Today. It's Saturday, October 25 and Carl Trueman will be in the house. You can sign up here. Reading for Tuesday, Oct. 21 is chapter 5 on the Abrahamic Covenant.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
The Village is a tidy and well ordered community. It is also oh so very safe, safe as long as no one ventures past the boundaries where danger lurks. But as with other M. Night Shyamalan films, things are not what they seem.
I don't want to give away the movie's twist in case you have not seen the Village, but I will say that the fear tactics of the village elders remind me of those who warn about the supposed monstrosities of theological covenants.
We will be reading and discussing chapter 4 on Tuesday, October 14th. I hope to see many of you then, but beware, there may be marks on the door and the bad color will be seen so do your very best not to SCREAM!
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
“At the heart of this question of justification and imputation is the rejection of what is called the covenant of works…The covenant of works refers to the covenant that God made with Adam and Eve in their pristine purity before the fall, in which God promised them blessedness contingent upon their obedience to His command…Where Adam was the covenant breaker, Jesus is the covenant keeper. Where Adam failed to gain the blessedness of the tree of life, Christ wins that blessedness by His obedience, which blessedness He provides for those who put their trust in Him. In this work of fulfilling the covenant for us in our stead, theology speaks of the ‘active obedience’ of Christ. That is, Christ’s redeeming work includes not only His death, but His life. His life of perfect obedience becomes the sole ground of our justification. It is His perfect righteousness, gained via His perfect obedience, that is imputed to all who put their trust in Him. Therefore, Christ’s work of active obedience is absolutely essential to the justification of anyone. Without Christ’s active obedience to the covenant of works, there is no reason for imputation, there is no ground for justification. If we take away the covenant of works, we take away the active obedience of Jesus. If we take away the active obedience of Jesus, we take away the imputation of His righteousness to us. If we take away the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to us, we take away justification by faith alone. If we take away justification by faith alone, we take away the Gospel, and we are left in our sins. We are left as the miserable sons of Adam, who can only look forward to feeling the full measure of God’s curse upon us for our own disobedience. It is the obedience of Christ that is the ground of our salvation, both in His passive obedience on the cross and His active obedience in His life. All of this is inseparably related to the biblical understanding of Jesus as the new Adam (Rom. 5:12–20), who succeeded where the original Adam failed, who prevailed where the original Adam lost. There is nothing less than our salvation at stake in this issue”.
Reading for Tuesday, October 7th is chapter 3 of Sacred Bond. Enjoy!
 R.C. Sproul, “The Covenant of Works,” Tabletalk Magazine, October 1, 2006, http://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/covenant-works/ (accessed November 27, 2010).
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
“The truth of biblical language must be vigorously protected with non-biblical language. Athanasius’ experience was critically illuminating to something I have come to see over the years, especially in liberally minded baptistic and pietistic traditions, namely, that the slogan, “the Bible is our only creed” is often used as a cloak to conceal the fact that Bible language is used to affirm falsehood. This is what Athanasius encountered so insidiously at the Council of Nicaea. The Arians affirmed biblical sentences” (John Piper).
*Arius was the first patron saint of biblicism as he insisted that only biblical words be used in theology. In case you are not aware, he was a heretic.
Chapter 2 of Sacred Bond is the reading for Tuesday, September 30th. The covenant of works will be in view which is SO VERY IMPORTANT to our understanding of so many things. Enjoy!
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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 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.