Christ the Center http://reformedforum.org Reformed Theological Resources Fri, 01 Oct 2021 11:36:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.1 http://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 http://reformedforum.org 32 32 Theological Education in Foreign Missions http://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 http://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 http://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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  • 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 http://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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  • [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 http://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 http://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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Vos Group #71 — The Rupture of the Bond http://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 http://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.

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  • 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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Van Til Group #5 — The Doctrine of Salvation, the Church, and the Last Things http://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 http://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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Vos Group #70 — The Bond between Jehovah and Israel http://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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Listener Questions http://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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The Liturgy of the Apocalypse http://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 http://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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General Assembly Discussion / The Covenant of Works http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc706/ Fri, 09 Jul 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=33171 Jim Cassidy and Camden Bucey discuss the 48th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America, which recently adjourned in St. Louis, Missouri, and look forward to the 87th General Assembly of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church to be held in Sioux Center, Iowa.

They then turn their attention to the covenant of works, which is the subject of our 2021 Fall Theology Conference in Pflugerville, Texas.

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Jim Cassidy and Camden Bucey discuss the 48th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America which recently adjourned in St Louis Missouri and look forward to the 87th General ...ChurchHistory,SystematicTheologyReformed Forumnono
Van Til Group #4 — The Doctrine of Christ http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc705/ Fri, 02 Jul 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=32727 Carlton Wynne, Lane Tipton, and Camden Bucey open Cornelius Van Til’s book, The Defense of the Faith to pages 32–33 wherein Van Til discusses the doctrine of Christ. These are the fundamental building blocks of the consistent Christian apologetic.

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Carlton Wynne Lane Tipton and Camden Bucey open Cornelius Van Til s book The Defense of the Faith to pages 32 33 wherein Van Til discusses the doctrine of Christ ...Apologetics,Christology,VanTilGroupReformed Forumnono
Caring for Ministers http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc704/ Fri, 25 Jun 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=32618 Rev. John Fikkert speaks about providing specialized care for ministers. Rev. Fikkert is the director of the OPC’s Committee on Ministerial Care, which provides a range services for ministers such as counseling and diaconal aid, financial planning assistance, webinars on a range of topics, and funds for sabbaticals.

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Rev John Fikkert speaks about providing specialized care for ministers Rev Fikkert is the director of the OPC s Committee on Ministerial Care which provides a range services for ministers ...PracticalTheologyReformed Forumnono
Seeker’s Progress http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc703/ Fri, 18 Jun 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=32617

Rob McKenzie speaks about the Christian life and a variety of apologetic encounters he has woven into his book Seeker’s Progress. In this novel, McKenzie explores the world that John Bunyan created in his classic book, The Pilgrim’s Progress. There is another man from the City of Destruction who follows after Christian also seeking to find truth. With the help of Evangelist, Seeker follows the King’s road on his way to the Celestial City. Along the way, he visits many of the same places that Christian visited and meets several of the same people that Christian met all the while trying to catch up to his friends, Christian and Faithful. His experiences are very different than his predecessors. His journey takes him to some places that Christian never went, such as the towns of Morality and Fair Speech. Seeker wrestles with the questions, “Don’t all roads lead to the Celestial City?” “If the King loves everyone, wouldn’t He save everyone?”

Rob McKenzie is a ruling elder at Westminster OPC in Indian Head Park and co-host of the podcast, Theology Simply Profound. He is the author of Identifying the Seed: An Examination and Evaluation of the Differences between Dispensationalism and Covenant Theology and its corresponding study guide. You may buy both as a bundle through our online store.

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Rob McKenzie speaks about the Christian life and a variety of apologetic encounters he has woven into his book Seeker s Progress In this novel McKenzie explores the world that ...ApologeticsReformed Forumnono
The Life and Legacy of R. C. Sproul http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc702/ Fri, 11 Jun 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=32493

Dr. Stephen J. Nichols speaks about the life and legacy of Dr. R. C. Sproul. Dr. Nichols has written a biography of Dr. Sproul, which has recently been published by Crossway. This biography details R. C.’s family history and early life in Pittsburgh, through his seminary education and early ministry all the way to the end of his life, reflecting on the many institutions Dr. Sproul founded and helped to shape.

Dr. Stephen J. Nichols is president of Reformation Bible College, chief academic officer for Ligonier Ministries, and a Ligonier Ministries teaching fellow. He holds a Ph.D. from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He is host of the podcasts 5 Minutes in Church History and Open Book. He is author of more than twenty books, including Beyond the 95 Theses, a Time for Confidence, and coeditor of Crossway’s Theologians on the Christian Life series.

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Dr Stephen J Nichols speaks about the life and legacy of Dr R C Sproul Dr Nichols has written a biography of Dr Sproul which has recently been published by ...ModernChurchReformed Forumnono
Vos Group — Seeking and Saving the Lost http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc701/ Fri, 04 Jun 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=32491 We turn to the third sermon in Grace and Glory, a collection of sermons Geerhardus Vos preached at the Miller Chapel of Princeton Theological Seminary. In “Seeking and Saving the Lost,” Vos preaches from Luke 19:10, wherein Jesus describes his ministry to redeem sinners and to bring them into communion with the one true and living God.

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We turn to the third sermon in Grace and Glory a collection of sermons Geerhardus Vos preached at the Miller Chapel of Princeton Theological Seminary In Seeking and Saving the ...ChurchHistory,GospelsReformed Forumnono
Redemption Accomplished and Applied http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc700/ Fri, 28 May 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=32469 Lane Tipton is in the studio with Camden Bucey to discuss the doctrine of salvation and union with Christ from the eschatological perspective of redemption accomplished and applied. On the heels of recording a new course on the topic with Dr. Tipton, they discuss the foundational categories of historia salutis and ordo salutis as well as how Jesus’s resurrection was simultaneously his justification, adoption, sanctification, and glorification. They then connect the death and resurrection of Christ to the Holy Spirit’s application of his work to individual believers in history.

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The Story Retold: A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the New Testament http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc699/ Fri, 21 May 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=32230

Drs. G. K. Beale and Benjamin Gladd speak about their book The Story Retold: A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the New Testament (IVP Academic) in which they seek to couch every major passage of Scripture within the broad history of redemption, making sense of the New Testament in light of the Old. New Testament introductions typically either emphasize the history behind the text through discussions of authorship, dating, and audience or explore the content of the text itself. This introduction is unique in that it considers the Old Testament background to the New Testament and the overarching narrative of redemption throughout all of redemptive-history.

Dr. G. K. Beale is Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Benjamin L. Gladd is Associate Professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi.

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Drs G K Beale and Benjamin Gladd speak about their book The Story Retold A Biblical Theological Introduction to the New Testament IVP Academic in which they seek to couch ...BiblicalTheology,NewTestament,OldTestamentReformed Forumnono
Vos Group #69 — Emotions and Affections http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc698/ Fri, 14 May 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=32224 We turn to pages 255–256 of Geerhardus Vos, Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments to consider the ways in which the Old Testament prophets use anthropomorphism to describe God. The “emotional” or “affectional” dispositions of Jehovah’s nature is the next set of attributes. He says, as a guiding principle, “we are here in a sphere full of anthropomorphism” and says that “an anthropomorphism” is never without an “inner core of important truth” that “must be translated into more theological language” where we can “enrich our knowledge of God” (255).

Vos makes an absolutely critical observation here that needs sustained attention to the theological issues he raises here. They are as important in our day as in Vos’ if not more so. Anthropomorphic language ascribes the qualities of the creature to God’s acts in time. But such language is never intended by Reformed theologians to be taken in a univocal way, as though God literally possesses creaturely qualities.

  1. God’s acts in time do not require him to be temporal.
  2. God acts in the contingent historical order of creation do not require him to be contingent and historical.
  3. God’s acts in relation to mutable and passible creatures do not require that he be mutable and passible like the creature.
  4. There is no point of univocity between the Creator and the creature—no mutual sharing in mutability and temporality.

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The Sufferings and Glory of Jesus the Messiah in Acts 2–3 http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc697/ Fri, 07 May 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=32194 We welcome Dr. Rita Cefalu to speak about the rich biblical-theological themes regarding Christ in Acts 2–3. Dr. Cefalu has written, “The Sufferings and Glory of Jesus the Messiah in Acts 2–3,” which appears in The Seed of Promise: The Sufferings and Glory of the Messiah: Essays in Honor of T. Desmond Alexander (Glossa House), co-edited by Dr. Cefalu and Paul R. Williamson. Dr. Cefalu is a writer and lecturer in biblical and theological studies in Florida.

This book is a festschrift presented to T. Desmond Alexander on the year of his 65th birthday. In distinction from other volumes of this type, this book is structured around the biblical theological theme of the seed promise of Genesis 3:15, with its sub-theme focused on the sufferings and glory of the Messiah. Accordingly, biblical scholars (both OT and NT), who have in some capacity benefited from Dr. Alexander’s scholarship and are known for their work in particular books of the Bible and/or the discipline of biblical theology, investigate these particular themes in light of their respective books.

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We welcome Dr Rita Cefalu to speak about the rich biblical theological themes regarding Christ in Acts 2 3 Dr Cefalu has written The Sufferings and Glory of Jesus the ...ActsandPaul,BiblicalTheology,DeuteronomicHistoryReformed Forumnono
Christian Reconstruction in the Pacific Northwest http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc696/ Fri, 30 Apr 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=32123 Dr. Crawford Gribben speaks about his book, Survival and Resistance: Christian Reconstruction in the Pacific Northwest (Oxford University Press), in which he describes the migration of conservative evangelicals to the Northwest of the United States, where they hope to resist the impact of secular modernity and to survive an anticipated breakdown of society. Discussing figures such as R. J. Rushdoony, Douglas Wilson, and John Wesley Rawles, Gribben explains their growing theological and cultural influence and impact upon local political and economic life within the larger context of national and global trends.

Dr. Gribben is professor of the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queens University, Belfast.

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Christology and Christocentrism in Herman Bavinck http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc695/ Fri, 23 Apr 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=32121 Rev. Dr. Bruce Pass discusses Herman Bavinck as a sytematic theologian and the role Christology plays within his theological system. Throughout his career, Bavinck identified different central dogma but developed his theology around Christology as a “middle point” to which all other doctrines relate.

Dr. Pass holds a doctorate in systematic theology from the University of Edinburgh. His thesis has been published as The Heart of Dogmatics: Christology and Christocentrism in Herman Bavinck (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht).

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Rev Dr Bruce Pass discusses Herman Bavinck as a sytematic theologian and the role Christology plays within his theological system Throughout his career Bavinck identified different central dogma but developed ...Christology,HermanBavinckReformed Forumnono
The Diet of Worms http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc694/ Fri, 16 Apr 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=32054 The main events of the Diet of Worms relating to Luther took place from 16 to 18 April 1521. This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Diet of Worms, and on this occasion, we welcome Dr. Herman Selderhuis to rehearse the events of the diet and share his thoughts about its enduring significance for the church.

The Diet of Worms of 1521 was a formal deliberative assembly of the Holy Roman Empire called by Emperor Charles V and conducted in the city of Worms. Martin Luther was summoned to the Diet in order to renounce or reaffirm his views in response to a Papal bull of Pope Leo X. Luther defended these views and refused to recant them. At the end of the Diet, the Emperor issued the Edict of Worms, condemning Luther and banning citizens from propagating his ideas.

Dr. Herman Selderhuis is Professor of church history and church polity at the Theological University of Apeldoorn and President of the REFORC (Reformation Research Consortium). He is the author or editor of several books:

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Typology and Covenant Membership in Hebrews http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc693/ Fri, 09 Apr 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=32022

We pick up on our conversation from episode 655 with Jeremy Boothy on covenant theology in the book of Hebrews by focusing upon Vos’s Triangle and the heavenly-centered understanding of typology expressed by the author of Hebrews. This leads us to discuss a redemptive-historical hermeneutic as well as the nature of new covenant membership in our present covenant-historical era.

Rev. Boothy is pastor of Christ Covenant OPC in Amarillo, Texas.

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Vos Group #68 — The Nature and Attributes of Jehovah: Righteousness http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc692/ Fri, 02 Apr 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=31955 We turn to pages 250–255 of Geerhardus Vos, Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments to consider God’s righteousness—particularly as it is revealed during the time of the Old Testament prophets.

Vos speaks of God’s righteousness as “midway between the transcendental and communicative attributes” (250). God is the righteous judge. In human terms, a judge is righteous because he adheres strictly to the standard or law over him. How does this apply to God, who has no standard or law above him? “Underlying the decisions of Jehovah lies His nature” (251). The law is righteous because it is based upon God’s nature, not the other way around.

Vos speaks of God’s forensic or judicial righteousness branching out in several directions, as a righteousness of cognizance, retribution, vindication, salvation, and benevolence.

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Trends in Christian Education http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc691/ Fri, 26 Mar 2021 04:00:00 +0000 http://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=31897 All Christian parents are called to raise their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Eph. 6:4). In Deuteronomy 6:4–9, the Lord commands his covenant people,

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

It is non-negotiable for covenant families to raise their children according to the Lord’s commands. However, this education may take different forms amidst different circumstances.

In this episode, Erica Bucey, Director of Development at Westlake Christian Academy in Grayslake, Illinois, speaks about various trends in Christian education given the COVID-19 pandemic, which has uprooted education in America. Families have been influenced to think about education in ways that they have not before.

We speak about different approaches to education, the trade-offs involved in each form, as well as current legislation in Illinois that encourages a form of progressive indoctrination in public schools. We conclude by discussing ways in which churches can support families by talking about these matters and educating them.

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New Course: Van Til’s Trinitarian Theology http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc690/ Fri, 19 Mar 2021 04:00:00 +0000 http://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=31803 Lane Tipton discusses “Van Til’s Trinitarian Theology,” the latest on-demand video course released with Reformed Academy. Designed to equip the student to engage critically central issues in trinitarian theology, this course will focus on the architectonic significance of the Trinity both in Van Til’s theology and apologetics. Special attention will be given to Van Til’s historical and theological context, his theology of triune personhood, the structure and function of the representational principle, the distinctively trinitarian character of the transcendental method, and his rejection of all species of correlativism, ranging from Karl Barth to contemporary expressions of Evangelical mutualism.

Enroll for free at https://www.reformedforum.org/courses/van-tils-trinitarian-theology

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Michel Foucault http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc689/ Fri, 12 Mar 2021 05:00:00 +0000 http://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=31475 Dr. Christopher Watkin joins us to speak about his book, Michel Foucault, published by P&R Publishing in the Great Thinkers series. Michel Foucault (1926–1984) was a French philosopher, historian of ideas, writer, political activist, and literary critic. Although he was widely influential during his lifetime, Foucault’s philosophy has come to even greater influence and applicability in recent years within the contemporary cultural and political discourse regarding sexual ethics and identity.

Dr. Watkin is a lecturer at Monash University in Melbourne. He is the author of a number of academic books in the area of modern European philosophy. Over the past few years he has written four books published by P&R Publishing, including Thinking through Creation: Genesis 1 and 2 as Tools of Cultural Critique and three books in the Great Thinkers series: Jacques Derrida (2017), Michel Foucault (2018) and Gilles Deleuze (2020).

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Vos Group Excursus: Hungering and Thirsting after Righteousness http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc688/ Fri, 05 Mar 2021 05:00:00 +0000 http://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=31270 Danny Olinger, Lane Tipton, and Camden Bucey discuss Geerhardus Vos’s sermon, “Hungering and Thirsting after Righteousness” from Matthew 5:6. This sermon is included in Grace and Glory: Sermons Preached at Princeton Theological Seminary.

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From Adam and Israel to the Church http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc687/ Fri, 26 Feb 2021 05:00:00 +0000 http://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=31204 Benjamin Gladd, associate professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi joins us to speak about his book, From Adam and Israel to the Church: A Biblical Theology of the People of God, which is in the Essential Studies in Biblical Theology series from IVP Academic. Dr. Gladd is also the editor of the series. In this particular book, Dr. Gladd examines the nature of the people of God from Genesis to Revelation through the lens of being in God’s “image.”

Gladd addresses biblical-theological themes such as Eden as a mountain-temple, Israel as a corporate image of God, Christ as the perfect image of God and firstborn over all creation, and the Church as the renewed image of God oriented toward the new heavens and new earth.

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J. Gresham Machen’s Theological Method http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc686/ Fri, 19 Feb 2021 05:00:00 +0000 http://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=31108 Dr. William Dennison, pastor of Emmanuel OPC in Kent, Washington, speaks about J. Gresham Machen’s theological method as disclosed through his radio addresses just a few years prior to his death. Machen understood that the modern world and the church were in a state of emergency. While many of Machen’s listeners would have thought about the economic volatility of the depression or perhaps the political unrest of fascism and communism. Moreover, many of these listeners would have expected Machen to discuss solutions to these ailments along the lines of those advocated by progressive modernists. Yet, Machen called his listeners to Christ and his kingdom, which transcends this visible world.

Machen speaks often about the benefits of reason, experience, and common sense. In these radio addresses, however, he states clearly that all these elements are to be viewed in subordination to the truth of God’s Word. Specifically, they function in the manner that God, the Creator and Ruler over all things has created them to function. We know this from the Bible.

Dennison, “J. Gresham Machen’s Theological Method

Machen rejected a general appeal to categories such as reason, experience, empirical facts, common sense, and rhetoric as a means of establishing common ground because of his deep understanding of the effects of sin upon all of man’s faculties. Dennison connects this aspect of Machen’s theology to that of his colleague at Westminster Seminary, Cornelius Van Til.

As a man whose theology appears to still be under development, Machen was neither blindly following the evidentialist tradition of Old Princeton leaning upon Thomas Reid and Scottish Common Sense Realism nor that later mature apologetic system of Van Til.

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What Happens When We Worship http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc685/ Fri, 12 Feb 2021 05:00:00 +0000 http://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=31072 Jonathan Landry Cruse speaks about worship. Cruse has written What Happens When We Worship (Reformation Heritage Books). Many churchgoers assume that worship is inherently boring, something we need to make exciting. But Cruse seeks to demonstrate that churchgoing only seems monotonous and mundane because our eyes are blinded to the supernatural wonder that is taking place all around us. In this conversation, we discuss the significance of worship and the elements that comprise it.

Rev. Cruse is pastor of Community Presbyterian Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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Van Til Group #3 — Anthropology and the God-man Relation http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc684/ Fri, 05 Feb 2021 05:00:00 +0000 http://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=31133 On pages 29–34 of The Defense of the Faith, Cornelius Van Til continues to describe the basic Reformed doctrines that lay the foundation for his apologetic. It is evident even in this introductory material how he considers his project. He is neither seeking to be idiosyncratic nor original (in the sense of developing something foreign or external to confessional Reformed theology). Rather, he is developing a method of apologetics that is thoroughly consistent with the Reformed creeds and confessions.

Having addressed the doctrine of God, and particularly the doctrine of the Trinity, Van Til continues to the doctrine of man before moving to Christology and the rest of the traditional theological loci. In his introductory treatment of anthropology, Van Til focuses on the God-man relation, man’s creatureliness, the aspects of the image of God, the doctrine of sin, and how each of these relate to Roman Catholic, Arminian, and Lutheran theology, and the discipline of apologetics.

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God or Baal: Calvin’s Letters on Worship http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc683/ Fri, 29 Jan 2021 05:00:00 +0000 http://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=31059 Rev. Dr. David Noe joins us to speak about John Calvin, God or Baal: Two Letters on the Reformation of Worship and Pastoral Service (Reformation Heritage Books), which includes translations of two letters:

  • We Must Flee the Forbidden Rites of the Wicked and Maintain the Purity of the Christian Faith
  • The Christian Man’s Obligation to Fulfill or Renounce the Priestly Offices of the Papal Church

Calvin most likely wrote these letters in the fall of 1536. Both have a polemical tone and touch upon the subject of worship. These letters are Calvin’s first strong rebuke of two friends, men whom he had known for some time and had clearly expressed evangelical convictions and yet wanted to remain in the positions of privilege and power that they enjoyed within French Catholicism.

Dr. Noe is Professor of Classics at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has also published a translation of Franciscus Junius’ (1545–1602) De Theologia Vera (Reformation Heritage Books) and a translation of Theodore Beza’s (1519–1605) Plana et Perspicua Tractatio De Coena Domini (Reformation Heritage Books).

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David Dickson’s Sermons on Lamentations http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc682/ Fri, 22 Jan 2021 05:00:00 +0000 http://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=31041 Matthew Vogan speaks about David Dickson’s Sermons on Jeremiah’s Lamentations (Naphtali Press Special Editions & Reformation Heritage Books). Mr. Vogan is General Manager of Reformation Scotland, a charitable trust whose aim is to promote the restoration of the Christian Church in Scotland by informing, educating and promoting understanding of our Reformed heritage through film, print and other media.

If you are interested in connecting extracts from David Dickson’s writings with contemporary concerns, visit the David Dickson blog, which Reformation Scotland have constructed.

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Vos Group #67: The Holiness of God in the Prophets http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc681/ Fri, 15 Jan 2021 05:00:00 +0000 http://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=31062 We turn to pages 245–250 of Geerhardus Vos’s book Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments to discuss the prophet’s view of God’s holiness. Vos contrasts the concept of holiness found in pagan religions with that of the biblical prophets. The concept of holiness in Scripture is God-centered. It begins with the Lord, his transcendence, and then radiates outward to creation as he is revealed. This is how we must consider holiness when it is applied to creation—whether to man made in his image, to places, or to consecrated objects used in worship.

The liberal theologians Vos often addresses have no issue acknowledging the “holiness” of man understood as moral goodness. But for Vos, ethical goodness requires the comparison and relation to a holy God. In this sense, it is not possible to de-spiritualize Scripture and retain the Bible’s concept of holiness.

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The Spirituality of the Church http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc680/ Fri, 08 Jan 2021 05:00:00 +0000 http://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=31020 C. N. Willborn speaks about the spirituality of the church, the doctrine which affirms that the Church is a spiritual institution with spiritual aims. It is not administered according to the kingdom of this world. This has a direct bearing upon the work of the church, which is explicitly described and defined by Christ himself in the Great Commission of Matthew 28.

Rev. Dr. Willborn is pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and adjunct professor of Historical Theology at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He is the author of many works on history and theology, including the focus of this conversation, “The Soul of the Church: The Church’s Spiritual Mission” in The Confessional Presbyterian, volume 16 (2020): 201–209.

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  • Cunningham, William. Discussions on Church Principles. Reprint, Edmonton, AB Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 1991: 196–210.
  • Farmer, James O. Jr. The Metaphysical Confederacy: James Henley Thornwell and the Synthesis of Southern Values. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 1986.
  • Graham, Preston A. Jr. A Kingdom Not of this World. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2002.
  • Peck, Thomas. Notes on Ecclesiology. Reprint, Taylors, SC: Presbyterian Press, 2005.
  • Robinson, Stuart. The Church of God. Reprint, Willow Volume 16 (2020) Grove, PA: The Committee on Christian Education of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, 2009.
  • Strange, Alan D. The Doctrine of the Spirituality of the Church in the Ecclesiology of Charles Hodge Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing Company, 2017.
  • Thornwell, James H. The Collected Writings of James H. Thornwell, 4 vols. Reprint, Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1974. See especially volume 4.
  • Webb, Robert A. “The Modern Mind and Christian Service,” in Elements of Truth, vol. 2. Jackson, MS: Tucker Printing House, 1915. “The Modern Mind” was a series of addresses delivered at Belhaven College for the Synod’s [Mississippi] Training School between June 22–July 2, 1915 and published by the Committee of Synod.
  • Willborn, C. N. “The Gospel Work of the Diaconate: ‘A Ministry Proportioned in Number,’” in The Confessional Presbyterian, vol. 11 (2014): 13–23.

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Highlights from 2020 http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc679/ Fri, 01 Jan 2021 05:00:00 +0000 http://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=30928 Since Christ the Center began nearly thirteen years ago, we have taken time to look back on the highlights of the year. Continuing the update to our tradition from last year, here this year’s top ten clips from Christ the Center as determined by YouTube views.

  1. Ep. 633What Is Christendom? with David VanDrunen
  2. Ep. 6551689 Federalism and Reformed Covenant Theology with Jeremy Boothby
  3. Ep. 638John Frame and Two Divine Existences with James Dolezal
  4. Ep. 659Why Study Karl Barth? with Jim Cassidy
  5. Ep. 633The Noahic Covenant with David VanDrunen
  6. Ep. 630The Importance of Discourse Analysis with Matthew Patton
  7. Ep. 641The Ancient Understanding of Baptism as Washing and Regeneration with Glen Clary
  8. Ep. 629Abridged Bavinck with Carlton Wynne and Charles Williams
  9. Ep. 666John Nelson Darby and Dispensationalism with Michael Glodo
  10. Ep. 631What Is Public Theology? with Jordan Ballor

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The Nativity Hymns in the Gospel of Luke http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc678/ Fri, 25 Dec 2020 05:00:00 +0000 http://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=30936 One of the highlights of the Christmas season is singing the Christmas hymns. Singing songs about the nativity of Jesus is one of the oldest traditions in the Christian church, and dates to the beginning of the New Testament church—even to the birth of Christ himself. Luke includes four such songs: Mary’s (1:46–55), Zechariah’s (1:68–79), Simeon’s (2:29–32), and the Angels’ (2:14).

In this episode, Glen Clary seeks to explain the redemptive-historical significance of the songs with reference to the temple cultus. These nativity canticles register a transition in the temple cultus from shadow to reality (type to antitype) in that they proclaim the arrival of the high priest of the heaven, who will bring the earthly temple cultus to its consummate fulfillment. They serve as a liturgical bridge between the old covenant and the new covenant and set the stage for the message of Luke, introducing significant theological themes developed in Luke-Acts.

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James Ussher and the Covenant of Works http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc677/ Fri, 18 Dec 2020 05:00:00 +0000 http://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=30675 Harrison Perkins discusses the theology and historical context of James Ussher with particular attention to the development of the confessional understanding of the covenant of works. Ussher was the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland between 1625 and 1656. He was a prolific scholar and significant church leader.

Perkins is the author of Catholicity and the Covenant of Works: James Ussher and the Reformed Tradition (Oxford University Press). In this book, he demonstrates how Ussher used the covenant of works to inform many of the most important features of his theology. While the covenant of works is most closely identified with the Reformed tradition, Perkins makes the case that when the interconnectedness of the various doctrines is explained, there is a deep catholicity undergirding it. Ussher constructed his understanding of the covenant from traditional teachings that he appropriated from the ancient and medieval church.

Perkins is pastor of London City Presbyterian Church in London and lecturer at Edinburgh Seminary in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Herman Bavinck’s Use of Friedrich Schleiermacher http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc676/ Fri, 11 Dec 2020 05:00:00 +0000 http://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=30669 Cory Brock describes how Herman Bavinck interacted with and appropriated the theology of Friedrich Schleiermacher throughout his academic career. There is a significant shift toward a more pronounced and direct use of Schleiermacher later in his life. But any appropriation of Schleiermacher by Bavinck may surprise people.

Schleiermacher (1768–1834) is recognized as the father of modern liberal theology. It would appear that any incorporation of Schleiermacher’s theology or philosophy would compromise Bavinck’s Calvinist orthodoxy. Indeed, this manner of reading Bavinck gave rise to a so-called “two Bavincks hypothesis.” Brock builds a case for the relation of these two aspects in Bavinck in his book, Orthodox yet Modern: Herman Bavinck’s Use of Friedrich Schleiermacher (Lexham Press). Cory Brock serves as pastor of college and career at First Presbyterian Church (PCA), Jackson, Mississippi.

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The Use of Irony in Redemptive-History http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc675/ Fri, 04 Dec 2020 05:00:28 +0000 http://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=30550 Dr. G. K. Beale speaks about the use of irony in redemptive-history, which is the subject of his book Redemptive Reversals and the Ironic Overturning of Human Wisdom (Crossway).

The Bible is full of ironic situations in which God overturns the world’s wisdom by doing the opposite of what is expected―people are punished by their own sin, the persecution of the church is the catalyst for its growth, Paul claims to have strength through weakness, and more. In this book, Beale explores God’s pattern of divine irony in both judgment and salvation, finding its greatest expression in Jesus’s triumph over death through death on a cross. Unpacking this pattern throughout redemptive history, Beale shows us how God often uses what is seemingly weak and foolish to underscore his own strength and power in the lives of his people today.

Dr. Beale holds the J. Gresham Machen chair of New Testament and is research professor of New Testament and biblical interpretation at Westminster Theological Seminary.

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Covenant Theology in Hebrews http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc674/ Fri, 27 Nov 2020 05:00:41 +0000 http://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=30437 Dr. Robert Cara, Provost and Chief Academic Officer of Reformed Theological Seminary and Hugh and Sallie Reaves Professor of New Testament at RTS Charlotte, discusses the covenant theology evident in the letter to the Hebrews. God has one plan and purpose for his people throughout history, and he mediates this relationship through successive covenants, ultimately finding eschatological fulfillment in the New Covenant instituted by Jesus Christ.

Dr. Cara’s chapter, “Covenant in Hebrews” is available in Covenant Theology: Biblical, Theological, and Historical Perspectives (Crossway), edited by Guy Prentiss Waters, J. Nicholas Reid, and John R. Muether.

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Vos Group Excursus: The Wonderful Tree http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc673/ Fri, 20 Nov 2020 05:00:16 +0000 http://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=30545 In this episode of Vos Group, we turn to Vos’s sermon, “The Wonderful Tree,” in the collection of his sermons, Grace and Glory: Sermons Preached at Princeton Seminary. Preaching on Hosea 14:8, Vos describes the nature of religion as consisting of what God is for man and of what man is for God. Hosea features what God is for man in the metaphor of an evergreen cypress, offering life-giving sustenance and shade in all seasons. This sermon is the longest of Vos’s that we possess, and it demonstrates several surprising features, which Danny Olinger, Lane Tipton, and Camden Bucey discuss.

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Constitution and Covenant in 1 Corinthians 1–4 http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc672/ Fri, 13 Nov 2020 05:00:49 +0000 http://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=30436 Dr. Bradley J. Bitner, associate professor of New Testament at Westminster Seminary California, speaks about constitution and covenant in ancient Corinth and how these inform Paul’s argument to the Corinthians. Dr. Bitner has written a thorough study of the subject titled, Paul’s Political Strategy in 1 Corinthians 1–4: Constitution and Covenant (Cambridge University Press).

In 1 Corinthians 1:1–4:6, we witness a collision of constitutions. This clash is the result of Paul contending for a specifically ecclesial politeia with reference to the larger colonial politeia. Birthed from Caesar’s unsystematic and privately composed memoranda, the lex coloniae provides an indispensable frame of reference for understanding life in early Roman Corinth, the colony named in his honor. For this reason, it is also crucial for the interpretation of the Pauline epistle known as 1 Corinthians.

Dr. Bitner served as a pastor for three years before pursuing doctoral studies. He completed his Ph.D. in New Testament and Early Christianity in 2013 at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. He has two other book projects in progress on the biblical theology of Geerhardus Vos and Paul’s paradigm for building up the church in 1 Corinthians.

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Van Til Group #2 — The Doctrine of God http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc671/ Fri, 06 Nov 2020 05:00:00 +0000 http://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=30439 Lane Tipton, Carlton Wynne, and Camden Bucey discuss pages 25–29 of Cornelius Van Til’s book, The Defense of the Faith. In this section, Van Til details the doctrine of God that structures his apologetic thought. A Reformed apologetic seeks first to understand the nature of the God it seeks to set forth and defend. In Van Til’s estimate, we must ask “what kind” of a God we believe in before we can proceed in any meaningful way to set for the arguments for the existence and revelation of this God.

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