Thursday, August 11, 2016

Old and NOT Improved

I like new and shiny when it comes to things like cars and bikes. But when it comes to theology, give me well-worn every time. Therefore this year Theology for Breakfast will be delving into cutting edge seventeenth century stuff. We will be looking at the tried and true old paths of confessional Christianity with the help of Chad Van Dixhoorn (an able 21st century guide). The start date is Tuesday, September 13th. We will be meeting in the OBC library at 6:30 AM. No reading required for the first day, but be sure to secure your copy of Confessing the Faith by Chad Van Dixhoorn (available at OBC and online). 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Summer Break

We are now officially on summer break. Enjoy the summer!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Future Justification

No, we will not be talking about the theology of "future justification" on Tuesday, May 17. But we will be talking about justification and as I type this a week ahead of time, it is in the future. Please find the reading in the OBC bookstore and don't be fooled by the similar appearance between last week's reading and this week's. The article is a great one.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Justification Reader

Since justification is vital to the gospel, it's attackers don't seem to rest. This means we need to be aware of the issues and vigilant. May 10 and May 17 will focus on some helpful miscellaneous articles on the justifying work of Jesus. Copies are available in the OBC bookstore.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Canons of Dordt

The assignment for Tuesday, April 26th is to read the first two "Heads" of the Canons of Dordt as well as the objections. The full document can be found here. Feel free to read a little more about the history of the Synod of Dordrecht as we will discuss that also. We will also consider the importance of the event and its conclusions. See you Tuesday!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Temple Rewind?

A thorny issue in Christian theology is the matter of the temple. Is it God's intent to have the Jewish temple rebuilt and the sacrificial system restored? Some say "yes" and others "no." We will be discussing this issue on Tuesday, April 19th. Pick up the article in the bookstore, give it a read, and come ready for some good discussion.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Utility and Importance of Creeds and Confessions

Old School Princeton's Samuel Miller argues for the importance of creeds and confessions. Is his argument for sound doctrine sound? We will be discussing this and other matters relating to his work "The Utility and Importance of Creeds and Confessions" on April 5th and 12th. Please read the first half for the 5th and the second for the 12th. Hard copies are available at the OBC bookstore or you can find it online.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Potpourri

Tuesday, March 29 will be a fragrant assortment of various topics with no reading prerequisite. Just show up and engage. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Law, Legalism, and Turretin

We will be discussing Francis Turretin's treatment on the law on March 22nd. A copy of the reading is available in the OBC bookstore. Insert something creative and preferably pithy here. :).

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Friend or Foe?

The assignment for 3.15.16 is to answer the following questions in one sentence or less and in five minutes or less of research: 1) What is a covenant? 2) What is Covenant Theology? 3) When did Covenant Theology start? The important qualifier is that the answers are not to be yours, but the answers of others you came across during your five minutes of research. In other words, we are looking for what is commonly believed rather than what is necessarily true. Plan to share your answers and cite the source for each. 

Monday, March 7, 2016

Reading for March 8th

Solo Scriptura: The Difference a Vowel Makes by Keith Mathison is the reading for March 8th. It can be found here. Enjoy the thought provoking read.

Monday, February 1, 2016

No Glory February 2

There will be no theology for breakfast meeting on Tuesday, February 2nd due to the predicted blizzard and corresponding school cancelations. God, however, will nevertheless be glorified even if we are not discussing his glory together!

Lord willing, we will resume meeting Tuesday, February 9th. Discussion will be of chapter 5.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Dieting in December

We will not be meeting on the week of Christmas and New years (12.22 and 12.29), but we will be meeting on the first three weeks in December. The topic will be the Covenant of Works. If you need a copy of the reading, you can find a copy in my church mailbox. The reading is a draft and not for distribution outside of Theology for Breakfast.

Starting January 5th, we will begin discussing the soon to be released book God's Glory Alone by David VanDrunen. The release date for the book is December 1. You won't want to miss out on this one!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Crossing Dangerous Waters

Our next discussion of Luther will be regarding the sacraments. Since we are not Lutheran, there will be some big differences. Lessons to learn regardless. Chapter 6 to be discussed on Tuesday, November 3rd. God told me to tell you to read it...okay, I just made that up.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Church Should be Boring

What do you think will happen at church this Sunday? If you are less than sure, is it a good thing or not? Learn more from Luther's profound focus on the basics. Chapter 4 of Trueman on Luther will be discussed on Tuesday, October 20th. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Preaching Christ

While the Word is more powerful than a thousand pictures, this picture of Luther preaching Christ illustrates his priority in preaching.

We will learn about Luther and the preached Word (chapter 3) on Tuesday, October 13th. 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Only Latin You Need to Know

Read chapter two of the Luther biography for Tuesday, October 6th and plan to discuss the outlandishly wonderful reality of Simul Justus et Peccator.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Pope in America

Today we learned that we can admire people for some things and not others while avoiding attempts to reshape them into the evangelicals that they are not. Here's a timely case in point  (or not). I really like the Pope for his taste in bicycles while at the same time I adamantly disagree with his title of ultimate mediator (Pontifex Maximus). Please read chapter 1 of Trueman on Luther for Tuesday, September 29th. 

Monday, September 14, 2015

A Diet of Worms with Luther

We're back! And Martin Luther is going to inspire, entertain, and on occasion offend us. All before 7:30 in the morning! What more could one expect from Theology for Breakfast? The book is Carl Trueman's Luther on the Christian Life (a Presbyterian claiming to know something about a Lutheran, now that's odd) and it should be great mental fodder for some stirring Tuesday morning chats. Read the first 30 pages to be ready for discussion on Tuesday, September 22nd.

Since one of our "asides" on Sept. 15 brought up dispensationalism, here is an article on what it is written from a positive perspective.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Ordinary Schedule

I'm shutting down the entries here and apart from a radical April snowstorm or the like, this will be it until the Fall. The next book we will be discussing is Luther on the Christian Life by Carl Trueman. September 15 will be the Fall launch date. It'll be another dose of greatness when it comes to theological breakfasts.

April 21 - Chapters 5-6 of Ordinary
April 28 - Chapter 7 of Ordinary
May 5 - Chapter 8 of Ordinary
May 12 - Chapter 9 of Ordinary
May 19 - Chapters 10-11 of Ordinary

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Children's Church (literally)

There are great things about being young. But are there great things about being old? The answer is yes even though it seems so unnatural for me to say so given that I'm the product of my culture. We are so infatuated with youth that we easily forget that lessons are learned and wisdom can be gained with the passing of time. 

The Bible therefore values both the young as well as the old and puts significant emphasis upon the need for the mature to lead. 

So why is it then that the church's ministry models are built around a youth led paradigm?

Food for thought as we discuss chapter 3 of Ordinary on Tuesday, April 7th.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

When Extraordinary is Mediocre or Worse

Ordinary is not the same as mediocre (as we will see in chapter two of our book on 3.31.15). 

In fact, have you noticed that when the church attempts to harness the so called extraordinary in her methods, Christians look mediocre at best? After all, who other than mediocre believers would find hefty middle-aged men attempting to break bats on their heads anything remotely close to illustrating divine power? 

The extraordinary gospel appears foolish and is not. Abandoning the ordinary means of proclaiming the gospel looks foolish and in fact is. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Ordinary and Not


Now that we Know the Heretics (smirk), we are moving on to the Ordinary! Okay, it's not like it sounds, but it is time for a change. Starting Tuesday, March 24th we will begin discussing the book by Mike Horton entitled Ordinary. To listen to an interview on the book with the author, click here.


In the meantime, we will be discussing a chapter from Biblical Words and Their Meaning by Moises Silva. This is only for one week, March 17th. You can pick up the chapter from the OBC bookstore if you need it. Its not an easy read, but an important one that should create some stimulating conversation.





Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Poke Your Eyes Out



"Dwell on the past and you will lose an eye. Forget the past and you will lose both eyes" (Russian Proverb). 

Okay men, its time to wrap this book up. Please read the final two chapters and conclusion for our next meeting on Tuesday, March 10th. 

We will discuss Nestorianism, Socinianism, and the benefits of historical heresies.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Big Appetite for Heresy

Remember the best selling book Blue Like Jazz? I remember buying and reading it after a respected church leader told me how much he liked it. I don't remember much about the book other than the line where Miller says “There was something inside me that caused [Jesus] to love me” (Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz), 238. 

That was enough to make me conclude that the book was a bad book, to lose respect for the church leader, and to wonder why an evangelical publisher would promote such things. An extreme reaction? Not if Pelagianism is a heresy. 

So what's the relevance to Theology for Breakfast? The relevance is that if we knew our heresies better, we wouldn't gobble them up as if it were the gospel. 

The next two doses of heresy for breakfast are Apollinarianism (2.17) and Pelagianism (2.24). 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Arianism Smackdown


Is Jesus like God or is he himself God? The question means we are talking about Arianism. Read chapter 7 of Know the Heretics in preparation for our next T4B men's meeting on Tuesday, February 10th.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Sabellianism

Which best describes God: an egg, water, or a pie? Does God manifest Himself in three forms? Who comes up with these bad questions anyway? Okay, enough already. Tuesday, February 3rd will be our discussion of Sabellianism (ch.6 of Know the Heretics). In case you are more of a visual learner, pictured here are some naive trinitarians enamored by a best-selling disciple of Sabellius.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Manichaeanism

When Christianity is mixed with Zoroastrianism (or any other religion for that matter), bad things happen. Tuesday, January 27 will have us discussing Manichaeanism as it relates to this problem (ch. 5). Hopefully the outcome will be a greater appreciation of the sufficiency of Christ.



Monday, January 19, 2015

DOCETICISM

Chapter 4 on Doceticism is up for discussion on Tuesday, January 20th. Sorry, nothing edgy or witty this week for the blog. Let's talk Doceticism in the morning!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

"The God of the Old Testament"

We've all heard God described as different in the Old and New Testaments. You know, upset in the Old and loving in the New! But did you know that the historic heresy (yes, I said heresy!) associated with this philosophy is Marcionism? Plan to learn more about this ancient/contemporary heresy on Tuesday, January 15th as we discuss chapter 3 of Know the Heretics. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

No Heresy for 2 Weeks

To honor good old Saint Nic, we are going to take two weeks off from Knowing the Heretics. Therefore we will NOT be having theology for breakfast for two weeks (no mtg. 12.23 or 12.30).

Enjoy the break. Resuming on Tuesday, January 6th.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Know the Heretics

Chapter one is up for discussion for Tuesday, December 16th. The Judaizers will be the culprits in view. An easy read regarding an immensely important issue.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Have You Seen This Man?

Know the Heretics is our next read. Why this book? First, because there isn't anything new under the sun when it comes to false teaching. Second, because Christians are called to embrace the truth and avoid falsity. Third, because knowing some of the key historical players and their errors can serve us well in our ongoing pursuit of wisdom. 

Read pp.1-22 for discussion on Tuesday, December 9th. 

*While you have not seen this man, you have surely seen Pelagius' fingerprints all over the American church.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

No "MEATING" Thanksgiving Week

We will NOT be meeting on the week of Thanksgiving. To reiterate, we will NOT MEET on Tuesday, November 25th.

Theology for Breakfast will resume on December 2nd when we will discuss The State of Theology published by Ligonier and Lifeway.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

GoLAWspel

Some things just aren't right. Mixing the Law with the gospel is one of those things. Yes, they are both important and yes the gospel only makes sense in light of the Law, but collapsing them into one another is hugely problematic. For Tuesday, November 18th we will see the problem illustrated in Kline's helpful article entitled Covenant Theology Under Attack. You can find it here

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The New Covenant

We are wrapping up Sacred Bond with a discussion of the New Covenant (chapter 8) on Tuesday, November 11.

The next book will be Know the Heretics by Justin Holcomb, but before starting that book, we will look at an article by Kline and one by Mike Horton.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The God Who Swears

One of the most important things about God from where I sit is that he is a covenant keeping God. In other words, he vows and in Christ His "vowing" is for our sure good. We will see this vowing for us in Christ as we discuss the Davidic Covenant (chapter 7 of Sacred Bond) on Tuesday, November 5th. 

*The empty picture frame comes in lieu of a picture of God taking an oath which would go best not pictured for reasons I hope are obvious.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What's Wrong with this Statement?

"...Israelites were appointed to live and serve under a meritorious, legal system, while Christians live and serve under a gracious system..."

Is this true? Hopefully what you have been learning in Theology for Breakfast helps you to more confidently say "No!" Hopefully it also helps you to see why it is important to think through issues of continuity and discontinuity in the Scriptures.

Both the New and Old Testaments teach that grace is the one and only way that sinners have rightly related to God as Abraham was justified by faith and is therefore the spiritual father of faith transtestamentally (Romans 4; Galatians 3; Genesis 15).

Reading for Tuesday, October 28 will be chapter 6 of Sacred Bond. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Be Still My Heart!

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 Forbidden Woods!

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!

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.