Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Don't Like the Covenant of Works?

“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”.[1]


Reading for Tuesday, October 7th is chapter 3 of Sacred Bond. Enjoy!


[1] 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

First Patron Saint of Biblicism


“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

Duck Test

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

What is Covenant Theology, and Why Should I Care?

Whether you consider covenant theology a friend or foe of Christianity, reading Sacred Bond is a worthy endeavor. At the very least it can inform your understanding of what proponents actually teach and it may also display the value of the perspective as it relates to the work of God in the world. The reading assignment for Tuesday, September 16th is the Introduction (pp.1-22).

Friday, August 29, 2014

Hope You Are Hungry!

I hope you have enjoyed your Summer break and are now extra hungry for Theology for Breakfast! Tuesday, September 9th will be our first meeting for the Fall. The book 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.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Summer Break

We are off for the summer gentlemen! Lord willing, we will push "PLAY" once again on Tuesday, September 9th, 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

Evangelical Gnosticism?

"What in the world is gnosticism? I don't have time for such theological and historical philosophies as I am too busy telling people about my unique personal experiences with God and hearing others do the same. Whatever gnosticism is, I am sure it isn't something I'd be interested in or that would be relevant to me." OK, no one actually said that, but surely it captures the ironic sentiment of many. So let's read about the second century movement and see that what evangelicals are lapping up is what used to be called heresy. If you did not get the handout on Gnosticism, pick it up in the bookstore at OBC or email me. It will be discussed on Tuesday, May 20th. This will be our final meeting before a summer break.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Power of Words

"You may call me a liar, and you speak truth, for I have lied; but if God declares me righteous, then my lies and your insult are not the final word, nor the most powerful word. I have peace in my soul because God’s Word is real reality. That’s why I need to read the Bible each day, to hear the Word preached each week, to come to God in prayer, and to hear words of grace from other brothers and sisters as I seek to speak the same to them." Carl Trueman, Fools Rush In Where Monkeys Fear to Tread.

Please read more such words in the final three chapters (24, 25, 26) for Tuesday, May 13th.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Theological Funnies

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.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Shut Up Carl Trueman!

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)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Are You KIDding?

Since we were not able to discuss Trueman's comments regarding idolatry and children as planned, I have to share at least one rhetorical question that someone planned to ask: "If foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child, what might one conclude about the heart of parents who church hop based upon the appetite of their children?"

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.


Friday, April 11, 2014

Gospel Cupcakes?

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

I'm Cool

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.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Why So Serious?

"Serious things demand serious idioms. I heard recently of a church service involving dressing up in costume and music taken from a Tom Cruise movie. Now, if I go for my annual prostate examination, and the doctor comes into the consulting room dressed as Coco the Clown, with “Take My Breath Away” from Top Gun playing in the background, guess what? I’m going to take the doctor out with a left hook, flee the procedure, and probably file a complaint with the appropriate professional body. This is serious business; and if he looks like a twit and acts like a twit, then I can only conclude that he is a twit" (Trueman), 57.

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

He Can Dish it Out

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

Diapers Be Gone!

While it is true that everyone is a theologian, not everyone is a credible theologian. So here is your chance to graduate to big boy pants as is said in the world of parenting. A new installment of Theology for Breakfast is your opportunity to connect with some other maturing men and discuss matters that will matter not just today, but forever. Discussion will be built around the book 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

Doomsday Prep

To prepare for the end (of our book that is!), its time to read up on "the end." Here's the schedule:

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

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Church

You have probably heard or maybe even recited the words "one holy catholic and apostolic church." But what does that statement from the Nicene Creed mean and is it true? What does the Bible teach about the church? Is it any place where multiple Christians are assembled or is there more to it?

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.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Many Decisions Made

We did it! After two weeks of discussing baptism, we had an altar call and everyone present is now a Baptist, well, sort of and sort of not. Seriously though, we are moving on and will be discussing the second part of chapter 16 in Pilgrim Theology which deals with the Lord's Supper. So come ready to discuss pp.374-386 on Tuesday, February 11th.

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

Ana the Baptism Chapter

With so much good conversation about baptism on 1.28, we will continue with the topic on 2.4.14. So it will be a re-read Pilgrim Theology, chapter 16. If this doesn't wet your thirst enough, may I suggest some good theology from Baptist John Bunyan. Some of that can be found here.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

London Calling

What's the Clash got to do with theology for breakfast? Besides London Calling being the leader's most memorable concert, the LONDON Baptist Confession of 1689 points us to a helpful contrast to Mike Horton's instruction on baptism and communion. Thus the "baptizing" of 80s alternative rock for your edification. Below are the entries of the confession that reflect a baptistic counterpoint to what we read in Pilgrim Theology. For Tuesday, January 28 we will discuss chapter 16.

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.

29. Baptism
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.
http://www.spurgeon.org/~phil/creeds/bcof.htm#part28

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Already and Not Yet



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. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Give Me a Break!

We are taking two weeks off, not meeting 12.24 and 12.31. For 1.7.14 be ready to discuss chapter 13 entitled "Sanctification and Perseverance." In the meantime, 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

Justification

If it is the doctrine upon which the church stands or falls, justification by faith alone in the completed work of Christ alone will be front and center of battle after battle as the church earnestly contends for the faith. So let's read ch.12 like it really matters because in fact it does.  Pages 279-301 of Pilgrim Theology for 12.17.13.


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Union


The vital Christian reality of union with Christ will be on our "plates" for Tuesday, December 10th. Read chapter 11 of Pilgrim Theology and bring your appetite!


Sunday, November 24, 2013

2 Pelagius 3:16

Does faith bring about regeneration?

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

Atoning Atonement

"The Spirit and the Kingdom" (ch.9) is up next and will be discussed 11.19. If you are itching for some follow up on today's extent of the atonement conversation, here's a paper I wrote a while back that marks my transition to embracing an atonement that atones. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Did He or Didn't He?

Did Jesus make propitiation possible or did he actually make propitiation? That's a big question with big implications and we will be discussing it as we talk about the extent of the atonement on Tuesday, November 12. Read pp.208-228 of Horton's Pilgrim Theology where the topic of ascension will also be covered.

"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

The Work of Christ

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

Reading Change

We will only be reading the first half of chapter 7 for Tuesday, Oct. 22. That's pp.159-174. If you already read the whole thing, congratulations. Now you can feel like an overachiever. As a follow up to last week's discussion on depravity, Mike H. reminded me of this clip from Piper. Enjoy.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Unthinkable Revolt

The fall will be our topic on Tuesday, October 15th (pp.131-157). It is just SLIGHTLY IMPORTANT (read sarcasm). So get through the chapter, ponder, and come ready for engagement and edification among spiritual brothers. And remember that one's view of the first Adam will have an important relationship to one's view of the last Adam, Jesus. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

If it looks like a duck...

Given our discussion of the Trinity, does this sound orthodox or heterodox?

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

The Living Word of God

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

Educational Humor

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

Everyone's a Theologian!!!


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

Jesus Wants You to Attend


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.