Christ the Center https://reformedforum.org Reformed Theological Resources Fri, 01 Jul 2022 14:16:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.0 https://reformedforum.org/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2020/04/cropped-reformed-forum-logo-300dpi-side_by_side-1-32x32.png Christ the Center – Reformed Forum https://reformedforum.org 32 32 Heavenly Mindedness https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc757/ Fri, 01 Jul 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=36428 We discuss Geerhardus Vos’s sermon, “Heavenly Mindedness” from his collection Grace and Glory: Sermons Preached at Princeton Seminary. In this sermon, Vos directs the Christian to consider the heavenly realities, where Christ is, as the proper focus and posture for the Christian throughout this present earthly pilgrimage.

Chapters

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 03:45 Historical Context of the Sermon
  • 08:44 Key Passages on Faith
  • 12:54 A Biblical Theology of Faith
  • 16:11 Faith and the Foundation of the Christian Life
  • 19:58 Vos’s Exegesis and the History of Redemption
  • 22:06 Faith and the Vitality of the Christian Life
  • 23:44 Supernaturalism and History
  • 26:45 Themes Picked up by Kline
  • 30:04 Abraham’s Pilgrimage
  • 36:27 The Remedy for the Ills of the Modern Life
  • 38:40 Heavenly-Mindedness vs Mysticism
  • 48:38 The Means of Grace
  • 57:59 Conclusion

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The Perils of Naming a Denomination https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc756/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=36391 Brad Isbell (@ChortlesWeakly) briefly steps away from the General Assembly floor, Twitter, and Presbycast to jump on another podcast mic to speak with Camden Bucey about the PCA General Assembly and the storied histories of naming the OPC and the PCA.

Mr. Isbell is a ruling elder at Covenant PCA in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Along with @Wresbyterian, he hosts Presbycast. He recently wrote, “What’s in a Denominational Name?” for the Nicotine Theological Journal. The article has also been published at The Aquila Report.

Chapters

  • 00:00 General Assemblies Review
  • 09:43 More in the PCA
  • 15:18 PCA and OPC 50th Anniversaries
  • 19:36 Denominational Names
  • 32:06 Ardor and Order in the National Presbyterian Church
  • 46:14 Presbyterian Collegiality
  • 48:52 Church Planting Old School Ordinary Means of Grace Churches
  • 53:11 Conclusion

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Van Mastricht: The Works of God and the Fall of Man https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc755/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=36208 In the third volume of this new translation of Petrus Van Mastricht’s Theoretical-Practical Theology,

Mastricht begins with a discussion of the decrees of God and how they establish His eternal purpose for everything. He then shows how the decrees are carried out in creation and in God’s continual providence. The volume concludes with Mastricht’s treatment of the apostacy of Adam from his original estate and the devastating effects of sin that followed. This is an important volume for learning how God governs all things, even the rebellious actions of those good things He created.

Jeff Waddington, Dan Ragusa, and Camden Bucey speak about several of the unique positions Van Mastricht held, including his somewhat mediating view between infra- and supralapsarianism, his argument against Copernicanism, his view of the third heaven, and his view of angelic and demonic activity.

Chapters

  • 0:00:00 Introduction
  • 0:04:35 Van Mastricht’s Theoretical-Practical
  • 0:17:14 Infra- and Supralapsarianism
  • 0:26:45 Copernicanism
  • 0:36:31 The Third Heaven
  • 0:42:59 The Covenant of Nature
  • 0:54:44 Right Reason
  • 1:00:40 Conclusion

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The Ecclesiastical and Theological Contributions of Richard B. Gaffin, Jr. https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc754/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=36217 In this episode, we speak about the ecclesiastical and theological contributions of Dr. Richard B. Gaffin, Jr. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Gaffin having been elected the chairman of the OPC’s Committee on Foreign Missions. Crossway has also published his latest book, In the Fullness of Time, a revision of his lecture notes from his course, Acts and Paul.

Dr. Gaffin’s history is inextricably linked with two institutions closely identified with J. Gresham Machen: Westminster Theological Seminary and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Taking this opportunity to reflect on the life and works of Dr. Gaffin, the panel comments on his unique contributions.

Chapters

  • 00:00:00 Introduction
  • 00:08:41 Dr. Gaffin’s 50+ Years of Service to OPC Foreign Missions
  • 00:14:21 Meeting Dr. Gaffin
  • 00:27:54 Dr. Gaffin’s Bibliography
  • 00:32:13 Gaffin and Vos
  • 00:37:11 Resurrection and Eschatology: A Festschrift for Dr. Gaffin
  • 00:43:12 Gaffin’s Theological Contributions
  • 00:57:31 1 Corinthians 15:45 and 2 Corinthians 3:17–18
  • 01:00:35 Richard B. Gaffin, Jr. and Charlie Dennison
  • 01:03:09 Conclusion

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Select Bibliography

Gaffin, Jr., Richard B. By Faith Not By Sight. Bletchley, Milton Keynes, UK: Paternoster Press, 2006.

———. God’s Word in Servant-Form. Reformed Academic Press, n.d.

———. “‘Life-Giving Spirit’: Probing the Center of Paul’s Pneumatology.” JETS 41 (1998): 573–89.

———. “Old Amsterdam and Inerrancy.” Westminster Theological Journal 44, no. 2 (Fall 1982): p 250-289.

———. Perspectives on Pentecost. P & R Publishing, 1979.

———. Resurrection and Redemption: A Study in Paul’s Soteriology. 2nd ed. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1987.

———. “The Place and Importance of Introduction to the New Testament.” In Studying the New Testament Today, 143–51. Presbyterian and Reformed Pub. Co, n.d.

———. “The Redemptive-Historical View.” In Biblical Hermeneutics: Five Views, edited by Stanley E Porter and Beth M Stovell. Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic, 2012.

———. “The Usefulness of the Cross,” The Westminster Theological Journal, Vol. 41 No. 2 Spring 1979, pp. 228–246. (We discussed this article on Christ the Center, episode 585)

Tipton, Lane G., and Jeffrey C. Waddington. Resurrection and Eschatology: Theology in Service of the Church: Essays in Honor of Richard B. Gaffin, Jr. Phillipsburg  N.J.: P&R Pub., 2008.

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Vos Group #75: The Eschatological View of the Prophets https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc753/ Fri, 03 Jun 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=36207 Lane Tipton and Camden Bucey turn to pages 289–296 of Geerhardus Vos’ book, Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments. In this section, Vos introduces several significant interpretive practices which are critical for a proper understanding of the eschatology of the prophets. These are the principles of (1) finality and consummation, (2) prophetic idiom, and (3) the coming of the Messiah as the “gift of God.”

Chapters

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 02:48 Finality and Consummation
  • 13:53 The Forshortening of Prophetic Insight
  • 22:54 Prophetic Idiom and the Future Glory of Isaiah
  • 42:58 The Coming Messiah as the Gift of God
  • 51:06 Conclusion

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The Two Ages in Scripture https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc752/ Fri, 27 May 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=36165 Adam York joins Camden Bucey to speak about the two age construction found throughout Scripture and especially in the Pauline epistles. Scripture frequently speaks of “this age” and “the age to come.” These categories have a significant effect upon how Christians should understand their place in the world.

Jesus, the second Adam, has entered into “the age to come.” Through union with Christ, believers not only experience the victory in anticipation of Christ’s second coming, they also are already raised with him and seated with him in heavenly places (Eph. 2:6).

Adam York is pastor of Hope Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Grayslake, Illinois.

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Chapters

  • 00:00:00 Introduction
  • 00:03:22 Preaching from Ephesians
  • 00:05:12 Encountering the Two-Age Construction
  • 00:11:17 Jesus Speaks of the Two Ages
  • 00:19:41 The Two Ages and Christian Identity
  • 00:30:53 Living in the Overlap of the Ages
  • 00:45:18 The Coming Ages in Ephesians 2:7
  • 00:56:16 The Practicality of the Two-Age Construction
  • 01:04:17 Conclusion

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Shall the Fundamentalists Win? 100 Years Later https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc751/ Fri, 20 May 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=36123 On May 21, 1922, Harry Emerson Fosdick preached a sermon titled “Shall the Fundamentalists Win?” that helped spark the modernist-fundamentalist controversy.

Fosdick was a Baptist minister serving as an associate at First Presbyterian Church in New York and a faculty member at Union Theological Seminary. He was well-known and had published several popular religious books. Ned B. Stonehouse remarked, “the fact that a minister not even subject to the authority of Presbytery and General Assembly should have used a Presbyterian pulpit to make what was widely regarded as an attack upon the constitution disclosed a situation bordering on lawlessness” (Stonehouse, J. Gresham Machen: A Biographical Memoir, 302).

Dr. Darryl G. Hart joins Camden Bucey to speak about this infamous sermon and a new course on Machen that Dr. Hart recorded last week for Reformed Academy.

Chapters

  • 0:00:00 Introduction
  • 0:01:03 Dr. Hart’s Forthcoming Course on Machen
  • 0:09:54 Harry Emerson Fosdick in Context
  • 0:20:49 Presbyterians and Broad Ecumenism
  • 0:23:53 New York and Philadelphia in Presbyterian History
  • 0:28:25 A Baptist in a Presbyterian Pulpit
  • 0:33:19 Fosdick Preaching from Acts 5:38-39
  • 0:38:40 Fosdick and Modernity
  • 0:45:07 The Soft Middle
  • 0:50:02 Machen, Orthodoxy, and Modernity
  • 0:56:17 The Spirits of Fosdick and Machen Today
  • 1:08:06 Conclusion

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The Necessity of Christ’s Obedience for Our Salvation https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc750/ Fri, 13 May 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=36083 We welcome Dr. Brandon Crowe to the program to discuss the obedience of Christ and the salvation of his people. In his latest book, Why Did Jesus Live a Perfect Life?: The Necessity of Christ’s Obedience for Our Salvation, Dr. Crowe sets out to answer the basic but all-important question: Is perfect obedience necessary for salvation?

Listen as we explore the covenant of works, the atonement, the nature of Christ’s obedience, his resurrection, and the doctrine of justification.

Brandon D. Crowe (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is professor of New Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary and author of The Last Adam and The Hope of Israel.

Chapters

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 02:04 Thinking about Righteousness and Obedience
  • 06:47 Changes in Theological Disciplines
  • 13:21 Perfect Obedience Is Necessary for Salvation
  • 20:30 Death Reigned from Adam to Moses
  • 26:45 The New Testament and the Law of Moses
  • 34:02 Christ’s Obedience and Our Faith
  • 40:18 Christ’s Active and Passive Obedience
  • 43:53 Christ’s Obedience as High Priest
  • 47:11 Christ’s Resurrection
  • 50:58 The Author’s Hopes for Readers of the Book
  • 54:55 Conclusion

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The Practical Import of Ecclesiology https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc749/ Fri, 06 May 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=35974 Jim Cassidy and Camden Bucey discuss ecclesiology (the doctrine of the church) and the significant ways it informs our daily lives. Dr. Cassidy is studying R. B. Kuiper’s The Glorious Body of Christ with his congregation, and we take the opportunity to speak about the nature and limits of church authority, the distinction between the church as organism and the church as organization, and the church’s relation to the government and culture.

Chapters

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 05:21 R. B. Kuiper and the Doctrine of the Church
  • 10:09 Ecclesiology and Other Disciplines
  • 17:38 The Spirituality of the Church
  • 33:33 The Exercise of Church Authority
  • 39:20 Church Authority and the Regulative Principle of Worship
  • 47:53 Conclusion

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Van Til Group #7 — Creation, Sin, and its Curse https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc748/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=35972 Carlton Wynne, Lane Tipton, and Camden Bucey open Cornelius Van Til’s book, The Defense of the Faith to pages 43–47. Van Til addresses the unity and diversity within creation before covering the fall into sin and the curse.

Throughout this chapter, Van Til reminds his readers of the categorical difference between God and creation while maintaining creation’s dependence upon God for its very existence. The answers to these fundamental questions distinguish orthodox Christianity from all other philosophies and religions.

Chapters

  • 00:00:00 Introduction
  • 00:03:52 Thoughts on Learning Van Til
  • 00:12:32 Temporal Unity and Plurality
  • 00:24:30 Non-Being
  • 00:36:56 Reformed vs. Roman Catholic Conceptions of Nature and Sin
  • 00:49:58 The Mystery of the Fall into Sin
  • 00:56:49 Created Laws and Facts
  • 01:03:42 Van Til the Evangelist and Van Til the Theologian
  • 01:06:33 Conclusion

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A History of Presbyterian Publications https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc747/ Fri, 22 Apr 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=35798 Dr. Dominic Aquila joins Camden Bucey to speak about the history of Presbyterian publications. While they focus primarily on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Dr. Aquila connects this storied history to the recent past and the dramatic shifts in communication that have come about with the introduction of the Internet and technologies such as social media.

Dominic Aquila is the President of New Geneva Seminary, and editor of The Aquila Report. He has pastored churches in Virginia, California, Colorado, and Florida. Dr. Aquila has served on a number of Committees in the Presbyterian Church in America, including Mission to the World (MTW) and the Standing Judicial Commission.

Chapters

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 02:06 New Geneva Seminary in Egypt
  • 09:01 The Aquila Report
  • 14:27 Presbyterian Publications Past and Present
  • 20:06 Christianity Today and The Presbyterian Guardian
  • 25:03 The Christian Century et al
  • 31:36 Princeton Seminary’s Publications
  • 33:52 Technological and Industrial Changes
  • 39:29 Other Publications of the 19th and 20th Centuries
  • 52:35 Considering What Has Been Gained and Lost
  • 55:42 Conclusion

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Natural Theology and the Effects of Sin https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc746/ Fri, 15 Apr 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=35768 Lane Tipton, Ryan Noha, Rob McKenzie, and Camden Bucey pull up to a table for the first podcast recording at the new Reformed Forum headquarters in Libertyville, Illinois. We discuss the new facility, the new course we recording in our Fellowship in Reformed Apologetics, and the current interest in natural theology.

For those watching the video, one of the cameras ceased recording after a few minutes. This led to a lack of visual coverage for Ryan and Lane and cinematography reminiscent of that capturing Dr. Claw in Inspector Gadget.

Chapters

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 02:39 The New Reformed Forum HQ
  • 13:46 Van Til’s Doctrine of Natural Theology
  • 24:22 The Current Interest in Natural Theology
  • 31:53 Natural Arguments in the Public Square
  • 36:55 Natural Theology and the Doctrine of Sin
  • 41:41 The Need for a Renewed Calvinist Militancy
  • 48:31 Conclusion

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Van Til, Aquinas, and the Natural Knowledge of God https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc745/ Fri, 08 Apr 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=35576 Lane Tipton speaks about his new course on Van Til’s doctrine of revelation, which is the third course in our Fellowship in Reformed Apologetics. In this course, Dr. Tipton covers:

  1. The implications of the self-contained and immutable Trinity for a doctrine of revelation in the work of creation and in the special act of providence in covenantal condescension
  2. The distinctive character of natural revelation and the natural knowledge of God in Reformed theology, set in comparison and contrast to the views of Thomas Aquinas and Karl Barth
  3. The relation between natural and supernatural, or general and special revelation, giving special attention to Van Til’s key essay, “Nature and Scripture”
  4. The Vosian doctrine of eschatology as it bears upon the distinction and the relation of God’s revelation in nature and God’s revelation in covenant (and in Scripture).

The course gives sustained attention to a close reading of central primary sources in Van Til’s corpus that bear on his doctrine of the revelation of the self-contained Trinity in nature and in covenant.

Before sharing one of the lectures from the course, Lane and Camden compare and contrast Cornelius Van Til’s theology with that of Thomas Aquinas on the natural knowledge of God as well as man’s religious fellowship with God.

Chapters

  • 00:00:00 Introduction
  • 00:01:23 The Fellowship in Reformed Apologetics
  • 00:17:51 Van Til and Thomas Aquinas on the Natural Knowledge of God
  • 00:23:33 Differences between Roman Catholic and Reformed Natural Theology
  • 00:31:15 Thomas Aquinas on the Natural Knowledge of God
  • 00:38:10 Aquinas on Ontological Re-Proportioning to Participate in the Essence of God
  • 00:44:35 Preview Lecture on Thomas Aquinas and the Natural Knowledge of God
  • 01:11:24 Conclusion

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The Text of Kuyper’s Stone Lectures on Calvinism https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc744/ Fri, 01 Apr 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=35561 At the invitation of B. B. Warfield (and the suggestion of Geerhardus Vos), Abraham Kuyper delivered the Stone Lectures at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1898. In these lectures, he presented his vision for an international Calvinism. And while many people may be familiar with Kuyper’s famous work, few may know the complicated history of these lectures being written, translated into English, delivered in Princeton, and eventually published.

In this episode, Dr. George Harinck shares with us his thorough research as he speaks about the history of the text of Kuyper’s lectures. Dr. Harinck is the author of numerous books and articles, including the focus of this conversation, “Lost in Translation: The First Text of the Stone Lectures” in Calvinism for a Secular Age: A Twenty-First-Century Reading of Abraham Kuyper’s Stone Lectures edited by Jessica R. Joustra and Robert J. Joustra and published by IVP Academic.

Dr. Harinck is the Director of The Neo-Calvinism Research Institute and Professor of History at the Free University in Amsterdam.

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Chapters

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 04:28 Being Introduced to Kuyper and His Stone Lectures
  • 07:17 Kuyper’s Legacy in the Netherlands
  • 09:19 The Stone Lectures
  • 14:42 Kuyper and Geerhardus Vos
  • 17:48 Kuyper and the English Language
  • 29:51 The Modern Text of the Stone Lectures
  • 39:44 Calvinism for a Secular Age
  • 47:26 Conclusion

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Questions and Answers https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc743/ Fri, 25 Mar 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=35460 We turn to the mailbag today to answer questions from listeners. We discuss the “organic” unity of the Scriptures, Van Til’s understanding of the phenomenal world, why the covenant of works and the covenant of grace point to something better than Eden, and vital and formal aspects of covenant membership.

Chapters

  • 00:00:00 Introduction
  • 00:04:57 Update on Reformed Academy
  • 00:15:38 The “Organic” Unity of the Scriptures
  • 00:25:04 Van Til and the Phenomenal World
  • 00:41:18 Covenant Advancement in the Garden
  • 00:48:16 Vital and Formal Aspects of the Covenant
  • 01:08:42 Conclusion

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We turn to the mailbag today to answer questions from listeners We discuss the organic unity of the Scriptures Van Til s understanding of the phenomenal world why the covenant ...BiblicalTheology,CovenantTheology,ScriptureandProlegomenaReformed Forumnono
Ruling Elders and General Assembly https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc742/ Fri, 18 Mar 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=35457 Podcast worlds collide! Jim and Camden welcome Brad Isbell, perhaps even better known as @ChortlesWeakly, to the program to discuss ruling elders and general assemblies within Presbyterianism.

Along with @wresbyterian, Mr. Isbell hosts Presbycast, a delightful mix of high Presbyterian polity and low brow culture. Listen as we discuss the organization and operation of the PCA General Assembly, comparisons with other Presbyterian and Reformed bodies—most specifically the OPC, and what it means to take seriously the office of ruling elder.

Chapters

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 05:18 Ruling Elders at the PCA General Assembly
  • 11:09 The Presbyterian Constitutional Covenant Union
  • 23:09 Denominational Differences
  • 35:56 Why Ruling Elders Tend to Be More Conservative
  • 38:10 Taking Seriously the Office of Ruling Elder
  • 48:09 The 2022 PCA General Assembly in Birmingham
  • 54:06 Being a Presbyterian
  • 57:34 Conclusion

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Machen and the Era of Tragedy https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc741/ Fri, 11 Mar 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=35356 In 1992, Charles G. Dennison published three articles in the Mid-America Journal of Theology. These were based upon a series he delivered at Mid-America Reformed Seminary. Dennison identifies three eras between 1936 and 1962—tragedy, hope, and ambivalence. The era of tragedy is focused on the figure of J. Gresham Machen. Cornelius Van Til and Ned B. Stonehouse represent the eras of hope and ambivalence, respectively.

In this episode, Danny Olinger and Camden Bucey discuss this first article in the series while considering broader questions about the identity of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and its relation to other Reformed and Presbyterian churches and evangelicalism. Rev. Olinger serves as General Secretary of the Committee on Christian Education for the OPC.

Chapters

  • 0:00 Introduction
  • 5:40 Ned Stonehouse
  • 11:37 Machen and the Church’s Identity
  • 30:16 The OPC and the CRC
  • 37:51 Divisions among Fundamentalists
  • 45:01 Ecumenical Relations with the CRC
  • 56:25 The Church as a Pilgrim People
  • 1:00:40 Machen, Culture, and the Church
  • 1:15:52 Conclusion

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Vos Group #74 — Social Sin https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc740/ Fri, 04 Mar 2022 13:48:20 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=35340 Lane Tipton and Camden Bucey turn to pages 269–286 of Geerhardus Vos’ book, Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments, to consider social sin in the time of the prophets.

Chapters

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 05:41 Join Our Private Chat Server
  • 10:07 The Corruption of Ritual Worship
  • 11:53 Social Sin
  • 20:34 The Problem of the City
  • 25:54 Social Justice and Humanitarianism
  • 33:48 Social Sin and Theonomy
  • 41:47 Transformation through the New Covenant
  • 50:27 The Old and New Covenants
  • 55:48 Conclusion

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Catechesis, Education, and the Church https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc739/ Fri, 25 Feb 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=35298 Jim Cassidy and Camden Bucey speak about Jim’s latest course, The Westminster Shorter Catechism (Questions 39–107), which is available for free through Reformed Academy.

In speaking about the new series, Jim and Camden also share several encouraging updates about Reformed Forum as well as their thoughts about parachurch ministries, denominational seminaries, and the future of ministerial training.

Chapters

  • 00:00:00 Introduction
  • 00:01:50 New Course on the Westminster Shorter Catechism
  • 00:09:15 Updates about Reformed Forum
  • 00:16:36 Parachurch Ministries and Presbyterian History
  • 00:29:59 Denominational Seminaries
  • 00:40:24 Ministerial Training Models
  • 00:54:55 Catechism Lesson: The Seventh Commandment
  • 01:05:01 Conclusion

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Jim Cassidy and Camden Bucey speak about Jim s latest course The Westminster Shorter Catechism Questions 39 107 which is available for free through Reformed Academy Register for Free In ...Catechesis,EducationReformed Forumnono
The Value of Studying B. B. Warfield https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc738/ Fri, 18 Feb 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=35181 Jeff Waddington and Camden Bucey discuss the value of reading and studying the works of B. B. Warfield. Jeff has written an article in our forthcoming newsletter wherein he identifies Warfield as a theological “renaissance man.” With significant works covering topics from New Testament textual criticism to apologetics and the doctrine of salvation, the “lion of Princeton” remains a towering figure in the Reformed and Presbyterian tradition.

  • 00:00:00 Introduction
  • 00:03:06 Warfield the Renaissance Man
  • 00:07:58 Warfield’s Biography
  • 00:28:19 Measuring Theological Influence
  • 00:35:03 Researching Warfield
  • 00:39:01 The Influence of Old Princeton
  • 00:48:25 Charles Briggs and the Presbyterian Milieu
  • 00:56:23 Warfield’s Interests
  • 01:03:31 Where to Begin in Studying Warfield
  • 01:06:29 Conclusion

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Jeff Waddington and Camden Bucey discuss the value of reading and studying the works of B B Warfield Jeff has written an article in our forthcoming newsletter wherein he identifies ...B.B.Warfield,NewTestament,SystematicTheologyReformed Forumnono
Reformed Ministry in Bogotá, Colombia https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc737/ Fri, 11 Feb 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=35078 Rodrigo Andrés Espinoza and Douglas Clawson speak about Reformed and Presbyterian ministry in the nation of Colombia and specifically, its capital, Bogotá. Rev. Clawson has been visiting and serving in Colombia for more than a decade through OPC foreign missions. Rev. Espinoza serves as pastor of Raah Iglesia Cristiana Biblical in Bogotá. The church is a member of the Iglesia Presbiteriana de la Reforma de Colombia.

This is a unique episode. Not only are we recording from the church in Bogotá, but with the assistance of Cristian Castro, we are also presenting our first entirely bilingual episode.

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Chapters

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 11:04 Reformed Ministry in Bogotá
  • 16:18 An Approach to Foreign Missions
  • 24:43 An Interest and Hunger for Reformed and Presbyterian Confessional Theology
  • 36:03 Finances and Foreign Missions
  • 45:19 Present Needs in Bogotá and Colombia
  • 49:27 Conclusion

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Rodrigo Andr s Espinoza and Douglas Clawson speak about Reformed and Presbyterian ministry in the nation of Colombia and specifically its capital Bogot Rev Clawson has been visiting and serving ...MissionsReformed Forumnono
John Owen, Jeremiah 31, and the Relationship between the Old and New Covenants https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc736/ Fri, 04 Feb 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=34968 Dr. R. Carlton Wynne leads us in a study of Jeremiah 31 and the relationship between the Old and New Covenants. In discussing typology and symbolism, Wynne describes the views of John Owen with a view toward understanding better several contemporary views..

Dr. Wynne is Associate Pastor of Westminster PCA in Atlanta and Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary (Atlanta).

Chapters

  • 00:00:00 Introduction
  • 00:06:35 Jeremiah 31 and the New Covenant
  • 00:11:09 What Is Not New in the New Covenant
  • 00:18:28 Old Testament Types and Symbols
  • 00:26:32 The Prospective Typological Aspect of OT Forms
  • 00:34:03 The Connection between Type and Antitype
  • 00:37:44 A Subservient View of the Mosaic Covenant
  • 00:45:18 Types are More than Pedagogical Tools
  • 00:51:52 OT Types Are Meaningless without Christ
  • 00:54:07 Views on Obedience to the Law
  • 01:00:33 John Owen on the Old and New Covenants
  • 01:13:31 Christ’s Presence in Both the Old and the New
  • 01:18:39 The Old Covenant Not Only Illustrates but Communicates Christ
  • 01:24:11 Conclusion

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Dr R Carlton Wynne leads us in a study of Jeremiah 31 and the relationship between the Old and New Covenants In discussing typology and symbolism Wynne describes the views ...ModernChurch,Prophets,SystematicTheologyReformed Forumnono
The Exile of Adam in Romans https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc735/ Fri, 28 Jan 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=34967 Dr. David Barry joins us to speak about his book, The Exile of Adam in Romans: The Reversal of the Curse against Adam and Israel in the Substructure of Romans 5 and 8 (Fortress Academic, 2021)

In this book, Barry investigates the “divine son” motif in Romans 5 and 8 through the lens of exile and restoration. Both Adam’s exclusion from Eden and Israel’s exile from Palestine are, for Paul, a divine son falling short of God’s holiness and forfeiting the divine inheritance and presence. The themes of Adam and Israel are complementary examples of sin and separation from God, which Paul argues are reversed in Christ and for believers in union with him. This theme of “divine sons” provides a framework for interpreting Paul’s use of restoration prophecies in Romans 5 and 8.

Dr. Barry is pastor at Midway Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Powder Springs, Georgia and Visiting Lecturer in New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta. He received his Ph.D. in New Testament from Westminster Theological Seminary (2018). Prior to his doctoral work, he studied at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS, (M.Div, 2013), and Clemson University (BS, 2009).

Chapters

  • 00:00:00 Introduction
  • 00:02:51 Background and Biography
  • 00:07:25 Coming to Redemptive-Historical Hermeneutics
  • 00:09:35 Paul’s Theology of Exile
  • 00:11:37 First Century Jewish Views on the Exile
  • 00:17:22 A Canonical Perspective of the Exile
  • 00:27:12 The Deeper Protestant Conception
  • 00:29:36 The Original Context of Romans
  • 00:33:49 Shared Themes in Romans 5 and 8
  • 00:37:25 Romans 7 in Context
  • 00:43:52 The Connection between Romans 7 and 8
  • 00:50:15 The Holy Spirit in Romans 8
  • 00:54:22 Biblical Chapter and Verse Markers
  • 00:56:15 Exile and Restoration in the Gospels
  • 00:59:46 The Church in the Wilderness
  • 01:06:16 Conclusion

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Dr David Barry joins us to speak about his book The Exile of Adam in Romans The Reversal of the Curse against Adam and Israel in the Substructure of Romans ...ActsandPaul,NewTestamentReformed Forumnono
Persistent Prayer https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc734/ Fri, 21 Jan 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=34962 We take the podcast on the road for three episodes to visit Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia. In our first episode of the road trip, we speak with Dr. Guy Richard about his book Persistent Prayer (P&R, 2021). This book is in P&R’s Blessings of the Faith series. This book will prove useful to pastors, elders, and study groups as it provides encouragement and instruction regarding prayer and its blessings.

Dr. Guy M. Richard is President and Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta.

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Chapters

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 02:10 About RTS Atlanta
  • 07:01 An Update on Samuel Rutherford Scholarship
  • 08:21 The Importance of Persistent Prayer
  • 11:02 Prayer and Pastoral Ministry
  • 14:59 A Definition of Prayer
  • 20:43 The Psalter and Prayer
  • 26:39 The Grace and Intimacy of Prayer
  • 32:18 Prayer and Fasting
  • 38:01 Prayer and the Armor of God
  • 41:24 Encouraging the Prayerless
  • 48:02 Conclusion

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We take the podcast on the road for three episodes to visit Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta Georgia In our first episode of the road trip we speak with Dr ...PrayerReformed Forumnono
Vos Group Excursus: The More Excellent Ministry https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc733/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=34908 Danny Olinger, Lane Tipton, and Camden Bucey discuss Geerhardus Vos’s sermon, “The More Excellent Ministry” from 2 Corinthians 3:18. This sermon is included in Grace and Glory: Sermons Preached at Princeton Theological Seminary. In this sermon, Vos proclaims the good news of the consummate and unfading glory of Christ’s new covenant ministry and its implications for the church this side of Christ’s death and resurrection.

Chapters

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 04:21 The Polemical Context of 2 Corinthians 3
  • 10:59 The New Covenant Ministry
  • 17:08 2 Corinthians 2:14–17 and Christ’s Triumph
  • 28:06 Transitory vs. Eternal
  • 31:32 Covered vs. Uncovered
  • 34:54 The Function of Moses’ Veil
  • 40:13 New Covenant Ministry Is Bound Up with Christ
  • 42:28 A Ministry of Abundant Forgiveness and Righteousness
  • 50:08 The Transforming Power of the New Covenant
  • 53:39 Conclusion

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Danny Olinger Lane Tipton and Camden Bucey discuss Geerhardus Vos s sermon The More Excellent Ministry from 2 Corinthians 3 18 This sermon is included in Grace and Glory Sermons ...NewTestament,VosGroupReformed Forumnono
Reformed Missions and Evangelism https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc732/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=34878 Dr. Eric Watkins joins us to speak about missions and evangelism from a Reformed perspective. Dr. Watkins is senior pastor of Harvest Presbyterian Church (OPC) in San Marcos, California as well as Director of the Center for Missions and Evangelism at Mid-America Reformed Seminary.

The Center for Missions and Evangelism is a new initiative at Mid-America Reformed Seminary designed to enhance the current M.Div. program with a great emphasis upon the Great Commission, as well as developing a new set of classes, conferences, cohorts, and internships focused on areas of evangelism, church planting, discipleship, and foreign missions.

The CME is hosting a conference in just a few weeks. There is still time to register:

More Salt, More Light: Church in an Age of Opportunity
January 28–29, 2022
Anastasia Church
St. Augustine, Florida

Chapters

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 03:48 Background to the Center for Missions and Evangelism
  • 11:29 Focusing on Missions and Evangelism
  • 20:17 The More Salt, More Light Conference
  • 30:54 Additional Benefits of the Conference
  • 39:44 Conclusion

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Dr Eric Watkins joins us to speak about missions and evangelism from a Reformed perspective Dr Watkins is senior pastor of Harvest Presbyterian Church OPC in San Marcos California as ...Evangelism,MissionsReformed Forumnono
Highlights from 2021 https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc731/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=34846 It’s that time of year again. Since 2008, we have been taking a beat around New Year’s Day to bring you some of the top moments from the preceding year. We have a bunch of great clips lined up for you today.

Throughout 2021 we continued to develop Reformed Academy, our online learning platform. We doubled our student base from last year to more than 3,800 people in 73 countries. These brothers and sisters are taking our on-demand courses in Reformed theology, and many of their churches are using these resources in study groups and Sunday school courses.

We are committed to having each of our courses translated and subtitled in languages where we have established relationships with Reformed missionaries and indigenous churches.

Over the last two years, we have had many wonderful opportunities but not enough people and time in the day to complete many of these projects. We have grown significantly in terms of our reach, but we need to mature in terms of our ministry’s staff and infrastructure.

Please consider supporting us prayerfully and financially in these efforts. Visit https://www.reformedforum.org/donate

Top Clips from 2021

  1. Episode 689 with Christopher Watkin — Foucault on Sexuality and Identity
  2. Episode 689 with Christopher Watkin — Foucault on Power
  3. Episode 695 with Bruce Pass — Bavinck and Supralapsarianism
  4. Episode 706 with Jim Cassidy — Comparing PCA and OPC General Assemblies
  5. Episode 687 with Benjamin Gladd — Israel and Dispensationalism
  6. Episode 712 — Van Til Group #5 with Lane Tipton and Carlton Wynne — Natural Theology, Experience, and Reason
  7. Episode 699 with G.K. Beale and Benjamin Gladd — Inaugurated Eschatology
  8. Episode 713 with Danny Olinger and John Muether — Premillennialism among Presbyterian Fundamentalists
  9. Episode 709 — Listener Questions with Ryan Noha and Jeff Waddington — Thomas, Van Til, and Classical Theism
  10. Episode 696 with Crawford Gribben — Christian Reconstruction and the Religious Right
  11. Reformed Forum Hot Ones

Episode Chapters

  • 00:00:00 Introduction
  • 00:01:13 2021 in Review
  • 00:10:19 Foucault on Sexuality and Identity
  • 00:16:18 Foucault on Power
  • 00:20:32 Bavinck and Supralapsarianism
  • 00:23:55 Comparing PCA and OPC General Assemblies
  • 00:28:45 Israel and Dispensationalism
  • 00:31:35 Natural Theology, Experience, and Reason
  • 00:36:16 Inaugurated Eschatology
  • 00:44:14 Premillennialism among Presbyterian Fundamentalists
  • 00:49:54 Thomas, Van Til, and Classical Theism
  • 00:55:09 Christian Reconstruction and the Religious Right
  • 00:59:56 Reformed Theology Meets Spicy Wings
  • 01:06:14 Looking Ahead to 2022

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Karl Barth: A Life in Conflict https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc730/ Fri, 24 Dec 2021 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=34821 Dr. Christiane Tietz speaks about her tremendous biography, Karl Barth: A Life in Conflict (Oxford University Press, 2021).

Dr. Tietz is Professor for Systematic Theology at the Institute of Hermeneutics and Philosophy of Religion at the University of Zurich. From 2008 until 2013 she was Professor for Systematic Theology and Social Ethics at the University of Mainz. She was visiting lecturer or research scholar in Cambridge, Chicago, Heidelberg, Jerusalem, New York, and Princeton. Dr. Tietz is a judge for the Karl Barth-Prize and a member of the Advisory Board of the Karl Barth-Foundation, Basel.

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Dr Christiane Tietz speaks about her tremendous biography Karl Barth A Life in Conflict Oxford University Press 2021 Dr Tietz is Professor for Systematic Theology at the Institute of Hermeneutics ...KarlBarthReformed Forumnono
Perichoresis, Endoxation, and the Glory-Spirit https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc729/ Fri, 17 Dec 2021 17:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=34507 Lane Tipton delivers a plenary address from the annual Reformed Forum Theology Conference, which was hosted October 8–9 at Providence OPC in Pflugerville, Texas. Dr. Tipton’s address is titled, “Perichoresis, Endoxation, and the Glory-Spirit: Foundations for Image-Endowment and Covenant Theology in the Work of Meredith G. Kline

Chapters

  • 00:00:00 Introduction
  • 00:02:36 Perichoresis, Endoxation, and the Glory-Spirit
  • 00:18:22 Endoxation and Incarnation
  • 00:32:50 Endoxation as the Initial Creational Replication of Trinitarian Perichoresis
  • 00:46:42 The Glory-Spirit and the Image of God
  • 01:01:21 Special Revelation and Covenantal Advancement
  • 01:09:16 Conclusion

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Lane Tipton delivers a plenary address from the annual Reformed Forum Theology Conference which was hosted October 8 9 at Providence OPC in Pflugerville Texas Dr Tipton s address is ...2021TheologyConference,BiblicalTheology,TrinityReformed Forumnono
Van Til Group #6 — The Christian Philosophy of Reality https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc727/ Fri, 03 Dec 2021 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=34504 Carlton Wynne, Lane Tipton, and Camden Bucey open Cornelius Van Til’s book, The Defense of the Faith to pages 40–43, in which Van Til describes the Christian philosophy of reality. While to some degree it is necessary to use categories of God, man, and universe common to unbelievers in order to engage them apologetically and to evangelize, Christians must clearly set forth the distinctly Christian philosophy of reality. Van Til commences that work in chapter two and promptly addresses eternal unity and plurality with regard to the problem of the one and many.

Chapters

  • 00:00:00 Introduction
  • 00:03:39 The Christian Philosophy of Reality
  • 00:09:36 The Infection and Rejection Theses
  • 00:14:49 The Belief that God Is Identical with Reality
  • 00:28:25 The Reality of God as Self-Sufficient
  • 00:31:42 Applying the Philosophy
  • 00:34:01 The Problem of the One and the Many
  • 00:40:19 Practical Considerations of Particularity
  • 00:45:15 The Self-Contained God and the One and Many Problem
  • 00:52:32 Equal Ultimacy Precludes an Abstract Essence
  • 00:59:41 Bavinck on Diversity and Unity
  • 01:02:20 Perichoresis
  • 01:05:50 Conclusion

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Carlton Wynne Lane Tipton and Camden Bucey open Cornelius Van Til s book The Defense of the Faith to pages 40 43 in which Van Til describes the Christian philosophy ...Philosophy,Trinity,VanTilGroupReformed Forumnono
Girolamo Zanchi and Spiritual Marriage https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc726/ Fri, 26 Nov 2021 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=34447 Patrick O’Banion joins us to speak about Girolamo Zanchi and his book, The Spiritual Marriage between Christ and His Church and Every One of the Faithful. O’Banion translated and introduced a new edition of the book published by Reformation Heritage Books. Zanchi was an Italian Reformer, with close ties to Peter Martyr Vermigli.

Developing from Girolamo Zanchi’s exegetical labors through Ephesians, Spiritual Marriage draws readers into the rich theological of doctrine of union with Christ. Following the lead of the apostle Paul, Zanchi demonstrates how our earthly marriages fulfill their truest purpose by drawing our attention toward the spiritual marriage between Christ and His Church. By paying attention to the Genesis account of Adam’s marriage to Eve, to pertinent Old Testament laws, and to the teachings of Jesus and His apostles, we begin to understand something of that higher and heavenly union. This new translation helps us better understand the great mystery of Christ and His bride.

Patrick O’Banion is International Trainer at Training Leaders International.

Chapters

  • 00:00:00 Introduction
  • 00:05:05 Biographical Introduction to Zanchi
  • 00:09:14 Zanchi’s Works
  • 00:19:08 Relationship with Peter Martyr Vermigli
  • 00:21:39 Zanchi’s Marriage
  • 00:24:07 Zanchi’s Acquaintance with Grief
  • 00:29:43 Conflict in Chiavenna
  • 00:32:53 Conflict in Strasbourg over the Lord’s Supper
  • 00:40:35 Thoughts on Zanchi and Conflict
  • 00:47:51 Zanchi’s Work, Spiritual Marriage
  • 00:52:39 Zanchi and the Typology of Marriage
  • 00:54:43 Hermeneutics and Theological Method
  • 01:05:53 Conclusion

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Patrick O Banion joins us to speak about Girolamo Zanchi and his book The Spiritual Marriage between Christ and His Church and Every One of the Faithful O Banion translated ...ReformersReformed Forumnono
“This is a Myth”: Barth’s Rejection of the Covenant of Works https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc725/ Fri, 19 Nov 2021 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=34498 Jim Cassidy delivers a plenary address from the annual Reformed Forum Theology Conference, which was hosted October 8–9 at Providence OPC in Pflugerville, Texas.

Cassidy investigates the ontological assumptions which led Karl Barth to reject the doctrine of the covenant of works. He considers how Barth’s doctrine of God, with its actualistic ontology, is the ground for his rejection of the historic doctrine of classical federal theology. In the process of showing how his novel construction of the doctrine of God leads to his critique, Barth sets up—albeit unwittingly—how own kind of covenant of works whereby man today can ascend into “God’s time for us” to gain the knowledge of God.

Chapters

00:00:00 Introduction
00:03:28 “This Is a Myth”: Barth’s Rejection of the Covenant of Works
01:00:41 Conclusion

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Jim Cassidy delivers a plenary address from the annual Reformed Forum Theology Conference which was hosted October 8 9 at Providence OPC in Pflugerville Texas Cassidy investigates the ontological assumptions ...2021TheologyConference,KarlBarthReformed Forumnono
Vos Group #73 — The Corruption of Ritual Worship (continued) https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc724/ Fri, 12 Nov 2021 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=34495 Lane Tipton and Camden Bucey turn to pages 267–269 of Geerhardus Vos’ book, Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments, to consider the collective sin of the nation during the time of the prophets. Vos addresses several passages in this section, including Amos 5:25, Isaiah 1:10–17, and Hosea 6:6.

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Chapters

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 05:13 Critics, the Prophets, and the Old Covenant
  • 12:28 The Passover and Redemptive-History
  • 19:32 Amos 5:25
  • 28:33 Isaiah 1:10–17
  • 36:17 Hosea 6:4–10
  • 40:47 Israel’s National Sin
  • 49:06 Conclusion

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Lane Tipton and Camden Bucey turn to pages 267 269 of Geerhardus Vos book Biblical Theology Old and New Testaments to consider the collective sin of the nation during the ...GeerhardusVos,VosGroupReformed Forumnono
Roman Catholicism and American Politics during the Cold War https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc723/ Fri, 05 Nov 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=34432 Roman Catholicism entered the mainstream of American national life the morning following the November 8, 1960 election when John F. Kennedy won and became the president. While it may seem strange to people who did not grow up in the era, Protestant voters were wary of a Roman Catholic potentially serving as president of the United States. Yet the Vatican may have been even more wary of “Americanism.” While it did not necessarily inhibit Catholics from being Catholic it also was a form of exceptionalism that potentially risked the expansion of Christendom as understood by Catholics.

In this episode, D. G. Hart revisits the arguments of his book, American Catholic: The Politics of Faith during the Cold War, explaining the historical reasons why the relationship between Roman Catholicism and Americanism changed in the 1960s and how it continued to develop in subsequent decades.

Darryl G. Hart is Distinguished Associate Professor of History at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan. He is a host of the Paleo Protestant Pudcast with Korey Maas and Miles Smith as well as the Religious Nationalism podcast with Crawford Gribben.

Chapters

  • 00:00:00 Introduction
  • 00:04:47 Roman Catholicism and Politics in 2021
  • 00:07:34 Religion in the Public Square
  • 00:11:14 The Literature on American Politics and Catholicism
  • 00:16:07 Writing on Roman Catholicism as a Protestant
  • 00:20:55 Catholicism and the Conservative Movement
  • 00:27:19 Protestant Fears about a Catholic President in 1960
  • 00:33:02 Catholic Antipathy toward Americanism
  • 00:45:49 John Courtney Murray and Catholic Thinking on Church and State
  • 00:56:29 Catholic American Public Intellectuals
  • 01:01:56 The Limits of Americanism
  • 01:08:56 Neo-Americanists and a Modern Faith
  • 01:18:21 Conclusion

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Geerhardus Vos and the Covenant of Works https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc722/ Fri, 29 Oct 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=34395 Danny Olinger delivers an address at the 2021 Reformed Forum Theology Conference. The event was held October 8–9, 2021 at Providence OPC in Pflugerville, Texas.

The conference theme was, “The Promise of Life: God’s Plan for His People in the Covenant of Works.” In contrast to Roman Catholic, modernist, and evangelical approaches, we explored a thoroughly Reformed understanding of God’s relationship to Adam as he was created. We learned how Jesus Christ ultimately brings us to the glorious future which God originally offered to Adam in the garden of Eden.

Danny Olinger is General Secretary for the Committee on Christian Education of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. He is the author of Geerhardus Vos: Reformed Biblical Theologian, Confessional Presbyterian and the editor of A Geerhardus Vos Anthology: Biblical and Theological Insights Alphabetically Arranged.

Chapters

00:00:00 Introduction
00:04:46 Geerhardus Vos and the Covenant of Works
00:10:49 Summary in The Eschatology of the Psalter
00:16:20 Adam and Christ in Romans 5 and 1 Corinthians 15
00:26:06 The Promise of Life in the Covenant of Works
00:41:28 The Nature and Destiny of Man
00:48:43 Reformed and Roman Catholic Theology
00:59:15 Theology from Genesis 2:16–17
01:02:22 The Sabbath Day
01:12:25 Conclusion

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Nature, Grace, and Covenant: The Deeper Protestant Conception and Twentieth-Century Roman Catholicism https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc721/ Fri, 22 Oct 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=34344 The beatific vision (1 John 3:2) is the consummation of God’s relationship with his people. While Christians of all traditions acknowledge this blessed future to some degree, there are significant differences as to how it all works out. The Reformed tradition has understood this future and its genesis in terms of a covenantal relationship between God and Adam.

If you have listened much to our podcasts or courses at Reformed Forum, you likely have heard us discuss “the deeper Protestant conception.” This is a phrase first used by Geerhardus Vos in his Reformed Dogmatics. It involves the notion that man originally was created good yet with an eschatological purpose. Even before the fall into sin, Adam was intended to advance to a higher, more glorious, eschatological life with God in heavenly places. Elsewhere, this is captured in the phrase, “eschatology precedes soteriology.”

Yet developments in Roman Catholic theology throughout the end of the nineteenth century and into the twentieth century gave rise to a movement that also advocates for eschatology preceding soteriology and a dismantling of the traditional dualistic separation of nature and grace.

In this address, Camden Bucey traces the historical developments of Roman Catholic theology in the twentieth century. In so doing, we may deepen our understanding of the already deeper Protestant conception while improving our ability to represent the diversity of Catholic thought leading up to and following the Second Vatican Council.

This address was delivered at our 2021 Theology Conference held at Providence OPC in Pflugerville, Texas.

Chapter Markers

00:00:00 Introduction
00:05:22 Nature, Grace, and Covenant
00:11:01 Basic Features of the Covenant of Works
00:18:42 The Deeper Protestant Conception
00:31:43 Twentieth-Century Developments in Catholicism
00:40:03 Henri de Lubac’s Proposal
00:45:57 Karl Rahner’s Response
00:50:22 Understanding Merit in Relation to Nature, Grace, and Covenant
00:57:40 Twentieth-Century Catholicism and the Reformed Tradition
01:10:55 Conclusion

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Theological Education in Foreign Missions https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc720/ Fri, 15 Oct 2021 16:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=34196 In this episode, several OPC missionaries discuss theological education in foreign mission fields. Douglas Clawson is associate general secretary for the OPC’s Committee on Foreign Missions. Charles Jackson serves as a missionary in Uganda, and Mike serves in East Asia. Each of these ministers speaks about their experience in training officers for the building up of indigenous churches, sharing the joys, struggles, and present needs in various fields.

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In this episode several OPC missionaries discuss theological education in foreign mission fields Douglas Clawson is associate general secretary for the OPC s Committee on Foreign Missions Charles Jackson serves ...Education,MissionsReformed Forumnono
Handbook on the Gospels https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc719/ Fri, 08 Oct 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=34179 Dr. Benjamin L. Gladd, Associate Professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi, speaks about his new Handbook on the Gospels. This book is part of a series edited by Dr. Gladd and published by Baker Academic, which covers the entirety of the New Testament in three volumes. Neither becoming preoccupied with the minutiae of the text nor losing sight of the big picture, Gladd’s handbook address the content of the gospels thoroughly yet in an accessible and compelling manner.

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Dr Benjamin L Gladd Associate Professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson Mississippi speaks about his new Handbook on the Gospels This book is part of a ...GospelsReformed Forumnono
Vos Group #72 — Collective National Sin and the Corruption of Ritual Worship https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc718/ Fri, 01 Oct 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=34210 Lane Tipton and Camden Bucey turn to pages 264–266 of Geerhardus Vos’ book, Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments, to consider the collective sin of the nation during the time of the prophets. Vos speaks particularly of the prophet Amos, and his indictment of false worship practices among the people.

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Chapters

  • 00:00:00 Introduction
  • 00:09:14 Collective National Sin
  • 00:17:33 Oppression of the Poor and Sexual Immorality
  • 00:24:40 Licentious Idolatry
  • 00:28:24 The Covenant-Historical Context
  • 00:35:26 The Motivation of the Apostates (Amos 8:1–6)
  • 00:42:04 A Critical Interpretation of the Prophets’ View of Sacrifices
  • 00:45:57 Manners of False Worship
  • 00:55:17 Cultural Forces and the Church
  • 01:00:33 Conclusion

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Lane Tipton and Camden Bucey turn to pages 264 266 of Geerhardus Vos book Biblical Theology Old and New Testaments to consider the collective sin of the nation during the ...GeerhardusVos,Prophets,VosGroupReformed Forumnono
Supporting Diaconal Ministry https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc717/ Fri, 24 Sep 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=34189 David Nakhla speaks about the work of deacons and how the Orthodox Presbyterian Church is working to assist the diaconate in its labors for Christ’s church. Mr. Nakhla is the administrator for the OPC’s Committee on Diaconal Ministries and the Short-Term Missions and Disaster Response Coordinator.

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Chapters

  • [00:00] Introduction
  • [04:46] Overview of the work of the Committee on Diaconal Ministry
  • [16:15] An Expanding View of the Church through Short-Term Missions
  • [27:31] The Challenges of COVID
  • [30:22] Encouraging Diaconal Ministry at Home
  • [36:25] Diaconal Ministry, Insurance, and the Government
  • [48:10] Podcast and Case Studies
  • [53:56] Resources for Diaconal Training
  • [58:31] Conclusion

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David Nakhla speaks about the work of deacons and how the Orthodox Presbyterian Church is working to assist the diaconate in its labors for Christ s church Mr Nakhla is ...DiaconalMinistry,MissionsReformed Forumnono
Reformed Academy Update / Union with Christ and Sanctification https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc716/ Fri, 17 Sep 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=34093 Ryan Noha and Camden Bucey discuss Reformed Academy and the newest course to launch on the platform, titled Union with Christ: The Benefits of His Suffering and Glory. This latest course is taught by Lane Tipton, and we include the tenth and final lecture toward the end of this episode.

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00:00:00 Introduction
00:04:13 The Courses at Reformed Academy
00:11:49 Future Course Availability
00:14:15 Podcasts, Videos, and Chapter Markers
00:16:06 The Process of Producing a Course
00:22:53 Translating the Course Videos
00:29:26 The Global Reach of Reformed Academy
00:38:06 How to Help
00:45:05 Union with Christ and Sanctification
01:37:42 Conclusion

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Ryan Noha and Camden Bucey discuss Reformed Academy and the newest course to launch on the platform titled Union with Christ The Benefits of His Suffering and Glory This latest ...Education,SanctificationReformed Forumnono
The Influence of Modernism on Catholicism and Presbyterianism https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc715/ Fri, 10 Sep 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=34020 After discussing their trips to Colombia with OPC foreign missions, Jim Cassidy and Camden Bucey explore the influence of modernism upon Roman Catholicism and American Presbyterianism. Modernism led to many changes in American Presbyterianism, including the reorganization of Princeton Seminary and the founding of Westminster Seminary and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. The mainline church eventually adopted the Confession of 1967, which many have understood as a doctrinal shift toward Barthianism. These large-scale movements roughly parallel the developments in Roman Catholicism, which moved from the anti-modernist oath of 1910 to the sweeping changes of the Second Vatican Council (1962–1965).

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After discussing their trips to Colombia with OPC foreign missions Jim Cassidy and Camden Bucey explore the influence of modernism upon Roman Catholicism and American Presbyterianism Modernism led to many ...ModernChurchReformed Forumnono
Vos Group #71 — The Rupture of the Bond https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc714/ Fri, 03 Sep 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=33570 We turn to pages 263–264 of Geerhardus Vos’ book, Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments, to consider the sin of Israel and the resulting rupture of their covenant bond with the Lord.

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We turn to pages 263 264 of Geerhardus Vos book Biblical Theology Old and New Testaments to consider the sin of Israel and the resulting rupture of their covenant bond ...Prophets,VosGroupReformed Forumnono
The Committee of Nine and Evangelicalism https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc713/ Fri, 27 Aug 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=33653 Danny Olinger and John Muether join Camden Bucey to speak about the early history of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and the forces within the young ecclesiastical body desiring broader influence throughout the culture.

J. Gresham Machen gathered a broad coalition of “fundamentalists” in leading a charge against modernism at Princeton Theological Seminary and then throughout the Presbyterian Church (USA). After many within this coalition were pushed out or left to form what would become the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, different agendas arose. A significant event—involving what would come to be known as the Committee of Nine—at the 1941 and 1942 General Assemblies would set the tone for the future of the young church.

For further study:

  • Hakkenberg, Michael A. “The Battle over the Ordination of Gordon H. Clark.” In Pressing toward the Mark: Essays Commemorating Fifty Years of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, edited by Charles G. Dennison and Richard C. Gamble, 329–50. Philadelphia: Committee for the Historian of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, 1986.
  • Woolley, Paul. “Discontent!” The Presbyterian Guardian 13, no. 14 (July 25, 1944): 213–14.

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Danny Olinger and John Muether join Camden Bucey to speak about the early history of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and the forces within the young ecclesiastical body desiring broader influence ...CorneliusVanTil,J.GreshamMachen,ModernChurchReformed Forumnono
Van Til Group #5 — The Doctrine of Salvation, the Church, and the Last Things https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc712/ Fri, 20 Aug 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=33557 Carlton Wynne, Lane Tipton, and Camden Bucey open Cornelius Van Til’s book, The Defense of the Faith to pages 33–39 wherein Van Til discusses the doctrine of salvation. Van Til is insistent to maintain the incommunicable attributes of God in all aspects of theology, even here in soteriology. Throughout this section, Van Til refuses to admit any form of mutualism or correlativism in the God-man relation. He writes, “If we refuse to mix the eternal and the temporal at the point of creation and at the point of the incarnation we must also refuse to mix them at the point of salvation.”

If God is omnipotent, for example, and he desires to save, it is not possible for man to frustrate that plan. This carries through in the doctrine of church as well as the doctrine of last things, wherein the absolute sovereignty of God is maintained at every point throughout history.

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Carlton Wynne Lane Tipton and Camden Bucey open Cornelius Van Til s book The Defense of the Faith to pages 33 39 wherein Van Til discusses the doctrine of salvation ...Apologetics,CorneliusVanTil,Soteriology,VanTilGroupReformed Forumnono
Encountering the Westminster Shorter Catechism https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc711/ Fri, 13 Aug 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=33514 Jim Cassidy and Camden Bucey discuss their experiences with catechisms among Roman Catholicism, Lutheranism , and evangelicalism and then their introduction to the Westminster Shorter Catechism.

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Jim Cassidy and Camden Bucey discuss their experiences with catechisms among Roman Catholicism Lutheranism and evangelicalism and then their introduction to the Westminster Shorter CatechismCatechesis,SystematicTheologyReformed Forumnono
Vos Group #70 — The Bond between Jehovah and Israel https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc710/ Fri, 06 Aug 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=33459 We turn to pages 256–263 of Geerhardus Vos’ book, Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments, to discuss the bond between the Lord and Israel. In this chapter, Vos considers revelation during the period of the prophets, but in this section, he specifically considers the unique perspective on covenant (berith) offered by Isaiah and Hosea.

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We turn to pages 256 263 of Geerhardus Vos book Biblical Theology Old and New Testaments to discuss the bond between the Lord and Israel In this chapter Vos considers ...Prophets,VosGroupReformed Forumnono
Listener Questions https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc709/ Fri, 30 Jul 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=33461 Ryan Noha poses several questions submitted by our listeners and views. Along with Jeff Waddington and Camden Bucey, the panel discusses Thomas and Van Til on the doctrine of God, how the eternal decree relates to the well-meant offer of eschatological life in the covenant of works, aspects of our union with Christ, and several matters of eschatology.

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Ryan Noha poses several questions submitted by our listeners and views Along with Jeff Waddington and Camden Bucey the panel discusses Thomas and Van Til on the doctrine of God ...Eschatology,Soteriology,SystematicTheology,Theology(Proper)Reformed Forumnono
The Liturgy of the Apocalypse https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc708/ Fri, 23 Jul 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=33431 Glen Clary discusses the worship setting of Revelation 4–5 and its significance for the church’s present and future worship. While on the isle of Patmos, John was given a vision of the highest heavens. While we may consider these visions as symbols conveying cryptic messages for the church, they are a picture of the worship that occurs among the heavenly host in the highest heavens. Our worship on earth is intended to serve as a replica of this worship. And as we gather to worship in Spirit and truth, our worship is enjoined to the worship in God’s throne room.

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Glen Clary discusses the worship setting of Revelation 4 5 and its significance for the church s present and future worship While on the isle of Patmos John was given ...WorshipReformed Forumnono
The Work of Christ https://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc707/ Fri, 16 Jul 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=33260 We preview a forthcoming course on Union with Christ and the Doctrine of Salvation, taught by Lane Tipton.

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We preview a forthcoming course on Union with Christ and the Doctrine of Salvation taught by Lane Tipton https vimeo com 571867812Christology,UnionwithChristReformed Forumnono