Christ the Center https://reformedforum.org Reformed Theological Resources Fri, 21 Jan 2022 20:31:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.3 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 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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Vos Group Excursus: A 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, “A 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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

Video Chapters

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
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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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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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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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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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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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General Assembly Discussion / The Covenant of Works https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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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Redemption Accomplished and Applied https://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 https://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 https://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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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 ...Prophets,Theology(Proper),VosGroupReformed Forumnono
The Sufferings and Glory of Jesus the Messiah in Acts 2–3 https://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 https://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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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 ...ModernChurch,PracticalTheologyReformed Forumnono
Christology and Christocentrism in Herman Bavinck https://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 https://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 https://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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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 ...GeneralEpistles,OldTestament,SystematicTheologyReformed Forumnono
Vos Group #68 — The Nature and Attributes of Jehovah: Righteousness https://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 https://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 https://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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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 ...CorneliusVanTil,TrinityReformed Forumnono
Michel Foucault https://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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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 ...PhilosophyReformed Forumnono
Vos Group Excursus: Hungering and Thirsting after Righteousness https://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 https://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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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 ...BiblicalTheology,EcclesiologyReformed Forumnono
J. Gresham Machen’s Theological Method https://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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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 ...J.GreshamMachen,ScriptureandProlegomena,SystematicTheologyReformed Forumnono
What Happens When We Worship https://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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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 ...Hymnody,LiturgicalTheology,Preaching,Sacraments,WorshipReformed Forumnono
Van Til Group #3 — Anthropology and the God-man Relation https://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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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 ...Apologetics,SystematicTheology,VanTilGroupReformed Forumnono