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.
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.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
"I don’t think the church has any different responsibilities in an election year from what it has at any other time. The church should proclaim the whole counsel of God in Scripture (which includes, of course, teaching about the state, the value of human life, marriage, treatment of the poor, etc.). But Scripture does not set forth a political policy agenda or embrace a particular political party, and so the church ought to be silent here where it has no authorization from Christ to speak. When it comes to supporting a particular party, or candidate, or platform, or strategy—individual believers have the liberty to utilize the wisdom God gives them to make decisions they believe will be of most good to society at large. Politics constantly demands compromise, choosing between the lesser of evils, and refusing to let the better be the enemy of the good. Christians will make different judgments about these things, and the church shouldn’t try to step in and bind believers’ consciences on matters of prudence. It might be helpful to think of it this way: during times when Christians are bombarded with political advertisements, slogans, and billboards, how refreshing it should be, on the Lord’s Day, to step out of that obsession with politics and gather with God’s redeemed people to celebrate their heavenly citizenship and their bond in Christ that transcends all national, ethnic, and political divisions."
Discussion of issues related to the last chapter of Living in God's Two Kingdoms is on the agenda for Tuesday, October 30th. Hope to see you then.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Should the church engage in politics? In light of our conversations this morning, here’s a statement that I find exceptional:
“The story of Christendom reminds us that the attempt to Christianize the empires of this age is as easily described as the secularization of the church” (Mike Horton, The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way).
For next week, be WARNED. Education, Vocation, and Politics are in view and VanDrunen just may rock your boat at times. Given the stirring nature of the topics, we will take two weeks to cover the chapter. So read chapter 7 (pp.161-205) and come ready. If you are just joining us, know that you are welcome and that we are glad you are with us. Also know that it would be very beneficial if you quickly reviewed the first six chapters of Living in God’s Two Kingdoms. Apart from grasping the superstructure of VanDrunen’s argument, we most likely will not be on the same page for discussion.
*The statue is of Constantine as head of the church and emperor bearing the sword giving us Christendom and resultant confusion.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Here's a helpful clip from our author regarding natural law for your edification. Following another great morning, we need to gear up for Tuesday, Oct. 16 where we will discuss "Christian Life in the Two Kingdoms." Read and come ready to interact regarding pp.129-160.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Here's a mp3 download of an Omaha Bible Church sermon dealing with the church and politics if you are interested.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Abbreviations are great and awful all at the same time. Maybe that is what you are thinking of our Theology for Breakfast (T4B) discussions of Two-Kingdoms (2K) and the importance of Two-Adam-Theology (2AT). But for me the times together are so fruitful that the great overshadows the awful. If you are just joining the conversation or feeling a bit lost in the reading, be sure to digest pp.14-15 including the footnotes on p.14. Additionally, focus on the summarization on pp.33-34. For Tuesday, Sept. 25 have chapter 3 completed. Here is an audio link of Mike Horton discussing the Ten Commandments issue we talked about (start at 11 minutes in).
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Sunday, September 16, 2012
We are off to a great start with week one under our belts. Nothing like a packed room indulging in some good theology for breakfast.
Read chapter two for Tuesday (pp.33-47). With chapter one's preview behind us, VanDrunen will now establish the crucial theological structure for moving forward. First on the list is a biblical "Adam theology."
Here's a foretaste: “If we do not understand the biblical theme of the two Adams and its corresponding doctrine of justification then it is impossible to hold a biblical view of Christianity and culture” (Living in God’s Two Kingdoms), 34.