Christ the Center http://reformedforum.org Reformed Theological Resources Fri, 19 Apr 2024 14:57:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.5.2 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 Ministering to Those Affected by Sexual Sin http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc851/ Fri, 19 Apr 2024 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=43613 We welcome Mark Sanders, President of Harvest USA, for an enriching dialogue on confronting and healing from sexual brokenness within the church. As our society grapples with rapidly evolving norms around gender and sexuality, the church is called to respond with both theological depth and compassionate outreach. Harvest USA stands at the forefront of this […]]]>

We welcome Mark Sanders, President of Harvest USA, for an enriching dialogue on confronting and healing from sexual brokenness within the church. As our society grapples with rapidly evolving norms around gender and sexuality, the church is called to respond with both theological depth and compassionate outreach. Harvest USA stands at the forefront of this mission, offering resources, discipleship, and education to equip believers to address these challenges through the lens of Reformed theology.

Throughout this conversation, Camden Bucey and Mark Sanders discuss the significance of understanding our identity in Christ and how it shapes our approach to sexual ethics. They discuss the “Harvest Tree” model—a comprehensive biblical framework employed by Harvest USA to aid individuals and families in navigating sexual brokenness with biblical fidelity. The episode also spotlights new initiatives from Harvest USA, including free courses designed to assist parents in raising sexually faithful children and addressing gender confusion with grace and truth.

Listeners will gain insights into the theological underpinnings that guide Harvest USA‘s ministry, emphasizing the importance of a proper ecclesiology and a biblically grounded anthropology. This episode not only addresses the pressing issues of our time but also offers hope and direction for the church to minister effectively in a culture of confusion and search for identity.

Join us for an enlightening discussion that bridges deep theological concepts with practical application, illuminating the path toward healing and wholeness in Christ amidst a world of sexual and gender confusion. Visit harvestusa.org for more resources and information on how you can engage with this important ministry.

Chapters

  • 00:07 Introduction
  • 04:06 The History and Ministry of Harvest USA
  • 10:04 Reformed Theological Anthropology
  • 25:47 Courses Available through Harvest
  • 30:37 Discipling Your Children
  • 37:35 The Tree Model
  • 44:32 Thoughts from the Front Line
  • 54:10 Additional Resources
  • 57:18 Conclusion

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Training and Equipping Missionaries http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc850/ Fri, 12 Apr 2024 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=43448 Christ the Center is on the road as Camden Bucey speaks with two guests from the Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary Conference. This episode explores Reformed theology and its profound impact on missions. Camden is joined by Chad Vegas, founding pastor of Sovereign Grace Church and founding board chairman of Radius International, along with Jonathan Master, […]]]>

Christ the Center is on the road as Camden Bucey speaks with two guests from the Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary Conference. This episode explores Reformed theology and its profound impact on missions. Camden is joined by Chad Vegas, founding pastor of Sovereign Grace Church and founding board chairman of Radius International, along with Jonathan Master, president of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, to explore the vital relationship between theological education and missionary work.

The conversation covers a broad spectrum, from the excitement surrounding the seminary’s annual spring conference to the innovative partnership between Greenville Seminary and Radius International, aimed at equipping the next generation for church planting among unreached language groups. Chad Vegas also shares his personal journey from a dispensationalist background to embracing Reformed theology and the inception of Radius International. This episode sheds light on the challenges and strategies of missionary work, emphasizing the necessity of a solid biblical foundation, cultural sensitivity, and the indispensable role of the local church in sending and supporting missionaries. Join us for an engaging discussion that reaffirms the vital role of Reformed theology in advancing the gospel to the ends of the earth.

Chapters

  • [00:00:07] Introduction
  • [00:06:35] Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and a Focus on Missions
  • [00:08:35] Radius International and Church Planting among Unreached Groups
  • [00:12:43] Missionary Training and Biblical Foundations
  • [00:18:13] Historical and Theological Foundations of Missions
  • [00:23:22] A Personal Journey to Reformed Theology
  • [00:39:13] Development of Radius International
  • [00:48:24] Missionary Work and Cultural Engagement
  • [00:58:46] Evolving Role of Reformed Theology in Modern Missions
  • [01:10:09] Future Directions for Presbyterian Missions

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Vos Group #87 — Deuteronomy and the Temptation of Jesus http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc849/ Fri, 05 Apr 2024 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=43449 In this installment of Vos Group, we turn to p. 336 of Vos’ book Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments, focusing on the temptations of Jesus Christ. This discussion ventures into the heart of Jesus’ wilderness temptations, offering a rich, theological analysis that challenges and enlightens. We consider the strategic use of Old Testament quotations […]]]>

In this installment of Vos Group, we turn to p. 336 of Vos’ book Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments, focusing on the temptations of Jesus Christ. This discussion ventures into the heart of Jesus’ wilderness temptations, offering a rich, theological analysis that challenges and enlightens. We consider the strategic use of Old Testament quotations by Jesus during his confrontation with Satan, underscoring the deep, theological significance of these moments.

This episode not only unpacks the unique messianic nature of Jesus’s temptations but also firmly opposes a moralizing interpretation, instead highlighting the redemptive work accomplished through Christ’s victory over sin. Through a careful examination of Jesus as the obedient Son and true Israel, this episode reveals the layers of meaning in these biblical narratives, connecting them to broader themes of redemption, covenant theology, and the Christian life. As we understand Jesus’ role as the mediator who binds and spoils the strong man, this episode encourages believers to find their identity in Christ, resting in his victorious work on our behalf.

Chapters

  • 00:07 Introduction
  • 04:44 Jesus’ Temptation as a Prime Example of His Earthly Ministry
  • 08:43 The Wilderness Temptation
  • 17:10 The Temple Temptation
  • 23:05 The Mountain Temptation
  • 28:44 The Emphases of Matthew and Luke
  • 38:38 Overcoming in Jesus and Entering Paradise
  • 45:01 Looking Ahead
  • 48:11 Conclusion

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The History of the PCA Standing Judicial Commission http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc848/ Fri, 29 Mar 2024 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=43447 Reformed Forum exhibited at the Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary conference in Greer, SC. This episode offers a deep dive into the Confessional Presbyterian Journal’s latest issue, with a special focus on the 50th anniversary of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and the historical development of the PCA’s Standing Judicial Commission (SJC). Camden Bucey brings […]]]>

Reformed Forum exhibited at the Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary conference in Greer, SC. This episode offers a deep dive into the Confessional Presbyterian Journal’s latest issue, with a special focus on the 50th anniversary of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and the historical development of the PCA’s Standing Judicial Commission (SJC). Camden Bucey brings together Rev. Zachary Groff, pastor of Antioch Presbyterian Church, and Dr. Scott Cook, visiting professor of apologetics at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, both of whom are deeply involved in the Confessional Presbyterian Journal.

The conversation starts with an exploration of the journal itself, highlighting its dedication to addressing pressing issues in the church through a blend of pastoral scholarship and rigorous theological analysis. The latest issue’s theme revolves around the PCA’s 50th anniversary, offering a collection of articles that reflect on the denomination’s history, mission, and theological commitments.

Zachary Groff provides an overview of the journal’s contents, emphasizing the significance of the PCA’s commitment to the Great Commission and its historical context. He mentions various contributions that examine the PCA’s foundation, its growth, and its ongoing theological debates, particularly those concerning the church’s mission and the inclusivity of nations in God’s plan through Christ.

Dr. Scott Cook focuses on the specific topic of the PCA’s Standing Judicial Commission, outlining its origin and evolution. He describes the initial challenges faced by the PCA in maintaining discipline and order within its rapidly growing community. Cook traces the SJC’s development back to the 1980s, a period marked by significant debate and eventual compromise within the denomination. He articulates the tension between the desire for a grassroots, decentralized approach to church governance and the practical need for an efficient, centralized judicial body to handle disciplinary cases. This part of the conversation sheds light on the broader issues of polity and ecclesiastical authority within the PCA and offers insights into how the denomination has navigated these challenges over the years.

Throughout the episode, the guests underscore the Confessional Presbyterian Journal’s role in fostering informed theological conversation and community engagement within the Reformed tradition. The discussion not only celebrates the PCA’s past achievements but also critically examines its struggles and future directions, particularly in the realms of theological fidelity, church discipline, and mission​​.

Chapters

  • 00:00:07 – Introduction
  • 00:03:38 – Guest Introductions: Rev. Zachary Groff and Dr. Scott Cook
  • 00:07:35 – In-depth Look at the Confessional Presbyterian Journal
  • 00:23:00 – The Formation and Significance of the PCA’s Standing Judicial Commission
  • 00:27:06 – Challenges and Future Directions for the PCA
  • 00:56:35 – The Development of the SJC: From Concept to Reality
  • 01:00:20 – The Challenges and Controversies of Implementing the SJC
  • 01:04:26 – Reflecting on Growth and the Future of the PCA
  • 01:12:23 – Reflecting on PCA’s Place in the Reformed World

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Consciences and the Reformation http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc847/ Fri, 22 Mar 2024 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=43334 In this enlightening episode, we discuss the nuances of conscience and confessional identity during the Reformation. Joined by Dr. Timothy Scheuers, we turn our attention to the transformative period of the 16th century, exploring how conscience acted not only as a catalyst for reform but also as a complex element influencing church unity, confessional standards, […]]]>

In this enlightening episode, we discuss the nuances of conscience and confessional identity during the Reformation. Joined by Dr. Timothy Scheuers, we turn our attention to the transformative period of the 16th century, exploring how conscience acted not only as a catalyst for reform but also as a complex element influencing church unity, confessional standards, and the intricate relationship between church and state.

The core of our discussion centers around Dr. Scheuer’s book, Consciences and the Reformation: Scruples over Oaths and Confessions in the Era of Calvin and His Contemporaries (Oxford University Press), providing a fresh perspective on the role of conscience in driving forward the Reformation’s agenda. We explore the pivotal moments and figures of this era, including Calvin’s return to Geneva and the establishment of the Geneva Academy, to understand how these historical milestones continue to influence contemporary Christian thought and practice.

Through a blend of historical examination and practical application, this episode not only sheds light on the foundational aspects of Reformed theology but also invites listeners to reflect on the relevance of these principles in today’s ecclesiastical landscape. Whether you’re a theologian, a pastor, or simply someone interested in Christian history and doctrine, this episode offers valuable insights into the enduring legacy of the Reformation and its significance for the contemporary church.

Rev. Scheuers is the Associate Pastor of First United Reformed Church of Chino, CA, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of History at Providence Christian College (Pasadena, CA).

Chapters

  • 00:00:07 Introduction
  • 00:05:49 Discovering the Topic
  • 00:12:57 Conscience and the Reformation
  • 00:18:59 Church-State Relations
  • 00:24:47 Dissimulation and Conscience in the Reformation
  • 00:31:57 The Role of Conscience in Calvin’s Geneva
  • 00:49:44 Calvin’s Return to Geneva and Changes in Approach
  • 00:59:58 The Effect of Sin on the Conscience
  • 01:15:27 The Geneva Academy and Confessional Subscription
  • 01:20:48 Conclusion

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A Devotional Guide to the Westminster Shorter Catechism http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc846/ Fri, 15 Mar 2024 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=43110 In this episode, we speak with William Boekestein, Jonathan Landry Cruse, and Andrew J. Miller, the authors behind a new book, Glorifying and Enjoying God: 52 Devotions through the Westminster Shorter Catechism. These three pastors and theologians share their insights and experiences from their journey through the Westminster Shorter Catechism, offering listeners a unique opportunity […]]]>

In this episode, we speak with William Boekestein, Jonathan Landry Cruse, and Andrew J. Miller, the authors behind a new book, Glorifying and Enjoying God: 52 Devotions through the Westminster Shorter Catechism. These three pastors and theologians share their insights and experiences from their journey through the Westminster Shorter Catechism, offering listeners a unique opportunity to understand the profound theological truths encapsulated in this historic summary of faith.

William Boekestein, serving the Immanuel Fellowship Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan, alongside his wife Amy and their four children, brings a pastoral heart to our discussion. Jonathan Landry Cruse, author of What Happens When We Worship and pastor of Community Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Kalamazoo, where he resides with his wife and three children, offers a perspective enriched by his literary and ministerial endeavors. Andrew J. Miller, the Regional Home Missionary for the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in central Pennsylvania, shares his extensive missionary experiences, living out the catechism’s teachings alongside his wife Rebekah and their five children.

Together, they speak about the motivations behind their collaborative work, the importance of the Westminster Shorter Catechism in today’s Christian walk, and how the book aims to deepen the reader’s love and knowledge of God. Join us as we explore how understanding God leads to a richer relationship with Him, and how the intertwined nature of heart and mind can bring us closer to the glory and enjoyment of God.

Chapters

  • 00:07 Introduction
  • 03:12 Ministry in Kalamazoo
  • 04:43 Church Planting in Central Pennsylvania
  • 06:18 Beginning the Book Project
  • 11:21 Reformed Ecumenism and Confessional Standards
  • 18:06 Organizing the Shorter Catechism into 52 Sections
  • 24:56 A Devotional Mindset
  • 26:47 How to Use the Book
  • 27:47 The Chief End of Man
  • 33:23 The Relationship of the Catechism to the Bible
  • 40:51 The Abiding Relevance of the Catechism’s Questions
  • 43:22 Scripture and Catechetical Memorization
  • 50:24 Lessons Learned and Pleasant Surprises
  • 53:58 Make the Catechism Great Again
  • 56:12 Conclusion

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Life in the Negative World http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc845/ Fri, 08 Mar 2024 06:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=43064 In this episode, we welcome Aaron Renn, author of Life in the Negative World: Confronting Challenges in an Anti-Christian Culture, to explore the profound shifts in cultural attitudes towards Christianity and the broader implications for faith in the modern era. Renn, with a diverse background ranging from management and technology consulting at Accenture, to urban […]]]>

In this episode, we welcome Aaron Renn, author of Life in the Negative World: Confronting Challenges in an Anti-Christian Culture, to explore the profound shifts in cultural attitudes towards Christianity and the broader implications for faith in the modern era. Renn, with a diverse background ranging from management and technology consulting at Accenture, to urban policy as a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, and now a Senior Fellow at American Reformer, brings a unique perspective to the discussion. His extensive work has been featured in globally recognized publications such as The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic.

Life in the Negative World considers the dramatic changes in societal views on Christianity, tracing the journey from the mid-twentieth century—when church attendance was at its peak—to the present day, where professing Christian beliefs often results in social demotion within elite circles. Renn examines the transition from a once Christianity-affirming society to one that is, at best, indifferent, and at worst, hostile to Christian morals and teachings. In our conversation, he articulates the lessons learned from over seven decades of Christian cultural engagement, offering insightful strategies for churches, institutions, and individuals to maintain their faithfulness in an increasingly adversarial environment.

This episode is not just a reflection on the challenges faced by modern Christians but also a guide on how to navigate these tumultuous waters with grace, resilience, and a deepened faith. Renn emphasizes the necessity for a diverse array of strategies to engage missionally with a world that often seems at odds with Christian values. Whether you’re a person of faith struggling to find your place in this “negative world,” a church leader seeking direction for your community, or simply interested in the evolving relationship between religion and society, this conversation with Aaron Renn offers valuable insights and hope for the path forward.

Join us as we discuss the implications of living out one’s faith in an era that increasingly marginalizes Christian perspectives, and discover how to embrace the challenges of the negative world with courage and conviction.

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Chapters

  • 00:07 Introduction
  • 05:28 The Story behind the Book
  • 09:08 The Three Worlds Model
  • 12:55 The Benedict Option
  • 16:53 Improvements from the Article to the Book
  • 19:55 Life Examples among the Different Worlds
  • 27:04 The Beginning of the Negative World
  • 30:16 Practical Strategies for Living in the Negative World
  • 41:53 Thoughts on Preparing for Dystopian Futures
  • 49:56 Conclusion

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Van Til Group #12 — The Christian Philosophy of Behavior http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc844/ Fri, 01 Mar 2024 06:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=43017 In this installment of Van Til Group, we turn to the section of Defense of the Faith (pp. 69–72), which begins the chapter titled “The Christian Philosophy of Behavior.” This section outlines the Christian perspective on ethics, drawing from the Reformed confessions to emphasize that human actions, or behavior, should aim to glorify God. It […]]]>

In this installment of Van Til Group, we turn to the section of Defense of the Faith (pp. 69–72), which begins the chapter titled “The Christian Philosophy of Behavior.” This section outlines the Christian perspective on ethics, drawing from the Reformed confessions to emphasize that human actions, or behavior, should aim to glorify God. It presents a confessional scheme focusing on three key aspects: the highest good (summum bonum) that humans should strive for, the criterion for achieving this good (which must be based on God’s revealed will in Scripture), and the motivation for pursuing this good, highlighting the necessity of faith and regeneration by the Holy Spirit for genuine ethical action.

The chapter then considers the relationship between ethics and the Christian philosophy of knowledge. It asserts that understanding God’s nature is fundamental to grasping the essence of Christian ethics, with God’s absolute personality serving as the ultimate interpretative category for human existence. This perspective contrasts with non-Christian views by emphasizing that the good is defined by God’s nature and will, rather than existing independently.

The section on “Man as Made in God’s Image” discusses the original moral perfection of humanity, created in the image of the Godhead, and underscores the derivative nature of human moral consciousness. Unlike non-Christian ethics, which may view moral consciousness as the ultimate arbiter of good, Christian ethics sees it as reliant on divine revelation. This foundational difference in epistemology between Christian and non-Christian thought underscores the Christian belief in a receptive rather than creative construction of moral knowledge, with humanity’s moral nature and external revelation jointly guiding ethical understanding.

Chapters

  • 00:00:07 Introduction
  • 00:04:56 The Christian View of Ethics
  • 00:21:06 Motive, Standard, and Goal
  • 00:32:02 The Summum Bonum
  • 00:39:44 The Euthyphro Dilemma
  • 00:45:13 God’s Nature and Will
  • 00:51:58 Man Made in the Image of God
  • 00:55:53 Christian Epistemology
  • 01:08:58 Conclusion

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Irony and the Presbyterian Church in America http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc843/ Fri, 23 Feb 2024 06:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=42431 In this episode, we sit down with David Hall, Senior Pastor of Midway Presbyterian Church in Powder Springs, GA, and a prolific author, to discuss his latest book, Irony and the Presbyterian Church in America: The First Fifty Years. Hall’s work, a historical and analytical exploration of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), offers a […]]]>

In this episode, we sit down with David Hall, Senior Pastor of Midway Presbyterian Church in Powder Springs, GA, and a prolific author, to discuss his latest book, Irony and the Presbyterian Church in America: The First Fifty Years. Hall’s work, a historical and analytical exploration of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), offers a unique perspective on the denomination’s fifty-year journey since its inception in 1973. Through the lens of irony, reminiscent of Greek dramas, Hall examines the PCA’s evolution within the wider context of American Presbyterianism.

David Hall is the author of more than 40 books, including influential titles like Savior or Servant? Putting Government in Its Place and The Legacy of John Calvin. As the Founder and Senior Fellow of the Kuyper Institute and a leading figure in the Calvin500 celebration, Hall’s expertise offers a profound look into the PCA’s successes, challenges, and the critical question: can it avoid the decline that other religious communions have faced?

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Chapters

  • 0:00:07 Introduction
  • 0:02:10 The Reformation Worship Conference
  • 0:15:10 A History of the PCA at 50
  • 0:19:54 This Book among Other Histories of the PCA
  • 0:23:33 Irony as a Theme for the PCA
  • 0:36:34 Looking Backward and Forward
  • 0:40:06 Perspective for the Future of the PCA
  • 0:47:57 Joining and Receiving: The RPCES and OPC
  • 1:00:58 Conclusion

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In this episode we sit down with David Hall Senior Pastor of Midway Presbyterian Church in Powder Springs GA and a prolific author to discuss his latest book Irony and ...ModernChurchReformed Forumnono
Understanding Family Worship http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc842/ Fri, 16 Feb 2024 06:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=42359 In this episode, Camden Bucey engages in a thought-provoking discussion with Terry Johnson, Senior Minister of Independent Presbyterian Church in Savannah, Georgia and the author of Understanding Family Worship: Its History, Theology, and Practice (Christian Focus). This book provides a timely perspective on family worship. Rev. Johnson reflects on his personal journey, starting with the birth of […]]]>

In this episode, Camden Bucey engages in a thought-provoking discussion with Terry Johnson, Senior Minister of Independent Presbyterian Church in Savannah, Georgia and the author of Understanding Family Worship: Its History, Theology, and Practice (Christian Focus).

This book provides a timely perspective on family worship. Rev. Johnson reflects on his personal journey, starting with the birth of his first child, which sparked a deep commitment to family worship. Johnson emphasizes the need for consistency and the avoidance of lethargy in practicing family worship. He discusses the challenges and strategies for implementing daily family worship, highlighting the importance of a godly home environment for its effectiveness. 

The conversation also covers theological arguments supporting family worship, rooted in Reformed doctrine, and practical aspects like singing, prayer, Scripture reading, and the role of catechesis in family life. The episode concludes with encouragement for families to embrace this historic Christian practice, underscoring its foundational role in imparting faith and nurturing spiritual growth within the family unit.

Terry is the author/compiler of the Trinity Psalter and Leading in Worship, and author of The Case for Traditional Protestantism (published by the Trust), Reformed Worship, and the trilogy, When Grace Comes Home, When Grace Transforms, and When Grace Comes Alive. He and his wife, Emily, have five children.

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Chapters

  • 00:07 Introduction
  • 01:24 Introducing the Historic Practice of Family Worship
  • 06:58 The Forgotten Practice of Family Worship
  • 13:10 The Setting of Family Worship: The Godly Home
  • 15:52 The Case for Family Worship
  • 22:37 The Elements of Family Worship
  • 31:57 Overcoming Barriers to Family Worship
  • 35:35 Catechesis
  • 44:33 Other Works on Family Worship
  • 48:23 Conclusion

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In this episode Camden Bucey engages in a thought provoking discussion with Terry Johnson Senior Minister of Independent Presbyterian Church in Savannah Georgia and the author of Understanding Family Worship ...FamilyWorshipReformed Forumnono
Dictionary of the New Testament Use of the Old http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc841/ Fri, 09 Feb 2024 06:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=42233 In this episode, we welcome Drs. Benjamin Gladd and G. K. Beale, co-editors of The Dictionary of the New Testament Use of the Old Testament (Baker Academic) along with D. A. Carson and Andrew Naselli. We explore various theological and biblical topics, particularly focusing on the intricate relationship between the New Testament and the Old […]]]>

In this episode, we welcome Drs. Benjamin Gladd and G. K. Beale, co-editors of The Dictionary of the New Testament Use of the Old Testament (Baker Academic) along with D. A. Carson and Andrew Naselli. We explore various theological and biblical topics, particularly focusing on the intricate relationship between the New Testament and the Old Testament. This conversation includes examining how New Testament writers drew upon and interpreted Old Testament texts, shedding light on the continuity and development of biblical themes across the testaments. The episode illuminates the complex intertextuality present in the Bible, emphasizing the importance of understanding these connections for a more comprehensive grasp of Christian theology.

Additionally, the dialogue touches upon various methods and challenges in biblical scholarship, including the interpretation of biblical allusions and the significance of these allusions in understanding the New Testament’s fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies and typologies. Drs. Gladd and Beale’s expertise provides a rich, nuanced perspective on these subjects, making the episode particularly valuable for those interested in deepening their understanding of biblical theology and the hermeneutical principles underlying the study of Scripture.

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  • 0:00 – Introduction and Guest Welcome
  • 0:57 – New Testament Use of the Old Testament
  • 2:17 – Current Projects and Articles
  • 4:38 – The Study Bible Project
  • 13:54 – Dictionary of the New Testament Use of the Old Testament
  • 18:00 – Evangelical Perspective and Competing Works
  • 20:00 – Biblical Intertextuality and Hermeneutics
  • 43:04 – Practical Applications for Pastors and Students
  • 51:11 – Future of Biblical Theology and Studies
  • 1:03:33 – Conclusion and Resources

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In the Beginning: Considering the Historicity of Genesis 1 and 2 http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc840/ Fri, 02 Feb 2024 06:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=42232 Dr. Cornelis Van Dam joins us to speak about his book In the Beginning: Listening to Genesis 1 and 2, in which he argues that reading Genesis 1 and 2 as history is not only justified but necessary. Van Dam clarifies the different roles that ancient Near Eastern literature and scientific theories should play in […]]]>

Dr. Cornelis Van Dam joins us to speak about his book In the Beginning: Listening to Genesis 1 and 2, in which he argues that reading Genesis 1 and 2 as history is not only justified but necessary. Van Dam clarifies the different roles that ancient Near Eastern literature and scientific theories should play in our understanding of the Bible as he carefully deals with the exegetical details of the first two chapters of the Bible. He writes:

The focus of this work is therefore not to give an all-around commentary and explanation of every verse in Genesis 1 and 2, but to listen to Scripture in order to find out what God is revealing to us about the historicity of the beginning chapters of Genesis. Concentrating on listening to what Scripture actually says brings with it the realization that the reader of the Word has a relatively modest place. The one who listens to Scripture acknowledges that the Word, not the reader, determines the meaning of the text (p. 9).

Dr. Van Dam is an Old Testament scholar, who has served with distinction as a professor of Old Testament at the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary from 1981 to 2011. He holds degrees from Wilfrid Laurier University, Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary, Knox College at the University of Toronto, and the Theological University of Kampen. Over his career, he has made significant contributions to Old Testament scholarship, with a special focus on the Pentateuch. He is the author of notable works including In the Beginning: Listening to Genesis 1 and 2, The Elder, and The Deacon. These publications reflect his commitment to exploring not merely themes in biblical studies but also their implications for Christian doctrine and practice.

Dr. Van Dam was honored in 2011 with a Festschrift titled Living Waters from Ancient Springs: Essays in Honor of Cornelis Van Dam. This volume, featuring contributions from notable scholars such as Hans Boersma and Al Wolters, is a testament to his significant impact on theological scholarship and his enduring legacy in biblical studies.

Chapters

  • 00:07 Introduction
  • 06:10 The Impetus for this Book
  • 09:36 The Impact of the Enlightenment
  • 12:34 Christian Presuppositions about Science and the Bible
  • 17:47 The Purpose of Scripture and Nature of Its Language
  • 23:10 The Length of Days at Creation
  • 30:00 The Role of Extra-biblical Evidence
  • 35:20 Cosmology and Phenomenology
  • 39:35 The Framework View
  • 45:08 The Seventh Day
  • 47:09 What Does It Matter?
  • 52:07 Conclusion

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Vos Group #86 — The Lord’s Temptation and Our Own http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc839/ Fri, 26 Jan 2024 06:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=42234 In this installment of our Vos Group, we turn to pp. 335–336 of Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments to explore the uniquely messianic nature of these temptations, examining how Christ’s experiences differ significantly from human temptations. A key theme of this passage is the comparison of Christ’s temptation with Adam’s, emphasizing Christ’s role as […]]]>

In this installment of our Vos Group, we turn to pp. 335–336 of Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments to explore the uniquely messianic nature of these temptations, examining how Christ’s experiences differ significantly from human temptations. A key theme of this passage is the comparison of Christ’s temptation with Adam’s, emphasizing Christ’s role as the second Adam and the federal head encountering temptation.

Vos warns against a moralizing interpretation of the temptations, instead focusing on their theocentric character and their relation to true religion. The episode further explores the role of the Holy Spirit in these temptations, particularly in empowering Christ and highlighting the inauguration of the kingdom of God.

The discussion is rich in its exploration of redemptive history, connecting Christ’s wilderness temptations to the broader biblical narrative, from Adam’s failure to Israel’s typological sonship, leading to Christ’s successful fulfillment of God’s commands as the obedient Son of God. This comprehensive analysis aims to deepen understanding of Christ’s work and encourages listeners to appreciate the significance of these biblical events in the context of the entire history of salvation​​.

Chapters

  • 00:07 Introduction
  • 04:32 The Religious Character of Jesus’ Temptations
  • 09:39 Jesus’ Temptation Compared and Contrasted with Adam’s
  • 16:40 Encouragement for Sinners
  • 19:54 The Nature of the Temptations and Jesus’ Use of the Law
  • 25:25 Satan’s Strategy in Tempting Jesus
  • 32:33 Israel’s Temptation and Christ as the Obedient Son of God
  • 40:21 The Work of the Spirit in Jesus’ Temptation
  • 53:08 Conclusion

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Church Order and Parliamentary Procedure http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc838/ Fri, 19 Jan 2024 06:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=42218 Join us on this week’s episode as we speak with Fred Greco, pastor of Christ Church in Katy, Texas. He is a trusted authority on parliamentary procedure and church polity and moderator of the PCA’s 50th General Assembly. Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, alongside his wife, Deb, Fred’s academic journey in Classics and […]]]>

Join us on this week’s episode as we speak with Fred Greco, pastor of Christ Church in Katy, Texas. He is a trusted authority on parliamentary procedure and church polity and moderator of the PCA’s 50th General Assembly. Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, alongside his wife, Deb, Fred’s academic journey in Classics and History from the University of Buffalo paved the way to a career in law after acquiring his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

As a corporate attorney specializing in commercial finance and real estate law in Cleveland, Ohio, Fred’s life took an interesting turn when he was ordained as a ruling elder in the PCA, sparking his transition from business to the pulpit. The call to ministry led him and his family to the heart of Texas, where he now serves as the Senior Pastor of Christ Church. In this episode, we’ll explore Rev. Greco’s rich life experiences, from his expertise in law to his heart for ministry. We’ll explore the relationship between his legal training and his ecclesiastical service, and how this unique background informs his understanding of governance within the church.

Chapters

  • 00:07 Introduction
  • 04:02 Fred’s Journey from Buffalo to Houston
  • 17:07 Being Introduced to Church Governance
  • 22:59 Biblical Principles and Parliamentary Procedure
  • 30:30 Implementing Rules for Assemblies
  • 36:59 Teaching Church Members about Polity
  • 42:38 The PCA at 50
  • 52:13 Witnesses in Church Courts and a Binding BCO
  • 56:18 Additional Resources
  • 58:18 Conclusion

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The Royal Priesthood and the Glory of God http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc837/ Fri, 12 Jan 2024 06:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=42138 We welcome David Schrock to discuss his book The Royal Priesthood and the Glory of God in which he presents a biblical theology that explores the theme of priesthood throughout the Bible. The book demonstrates that the concept of priesthood, starting with Adam in the Garden of Eden, is central to understanding God’s plan for […]]]>

We welcome David Schrock to discuss his book The Royal Priesthood and the Glory of God in which he presents a biblical theology that explores the theme of priesthood throughout the Bible. The book demonstrates that the concept of priesthood, starting with Adam in the Garden of Eden, is central to understanding God’s plan for humanity and the overarching narrative of Scripture. Schrock argues that Adam, as the first priest in the biblical narrative, sets a pattern for priesthood that echoes through the patriarchs and is ultimately fulfilled in Jesus Christ. This priesthood is not limited to a specific lineage or tribe but is a calling for all of God’s people.

The book traces the development of this theme from the Levitical priesthood of the Old Testament to the royal priesthood in Christ in the New Testament, fulfilling God’s purpose for humanity to serve as mediators of his presence and ministers of his covenant. Schrock’s work invites readers to see themselves as part of this royal priesthood, called to serve God and reflect his glory.

David S. Schrock is pastor for preaching and theology at Occoquan Bible Church in Woodbridge, Virginia. He is a founding faculty member at Indianapolis Theological Seminary, where he teaches theology.

Chapters

  • 00:07 Introduction
  • 03:03 David Schrock’s Background and Activities
  • 12:20 Definition of a Priest
  • 16:18 The Threefold Office of Christ
  • 20:58 Six Stages of Development in the Priesthood
  • 26:35 Priests from Noah to Abraham and Melchizedek
  • 30:24 The Priesthoods of Melchizedek and Christ
  • 40:59 The Priesthood of All Believers
  • 48:28 Conclusion

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The Servant of the Lord and His Servant People http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc836/ Fri, 05 Jan 2024 06:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=42080 Join us for a compelling conversation with Dr. Matthew S. Harmon, Professor of New Testament studies at Grace College and Theological Seminary. Camden Bucey engages Dr. Harmon in an exploration of his book, The Servant of the Lord and His Servant People, which explores the theme of servanthood across the biblical canon, offering insightful perspectives […]]]>

Join us for a compelling conversation with Dr. Matthew S. Harmon, Professor of New Testament studies at Grace College and Theological Seminary. Camden Bucey engages Dr. Harmon in an exploration of his book, The Servant of the Lord and His Servant People, which explores the theme of servanthood across the biblical canon, offering insightful perspectives on this pervasive and significant motif​​.

During the episode, Dr. Harmon surveys several key biblical figures identified as servants of the Lord, including Adam, Moses, Joshua, David, and Jesus. The conversation also touches upon the New Testament, specifically Paul’s self-identification with the servant of the Lord described in Isaiah. Dr. Harmon elucidates how Paul, and by extension, the Christian church, embody this servant role through Christ’s indwelling, thereby continuing the mission of revealing God’s glory to the ends of the earth​​.

This episode promises to offer listeners profound insights into the biblical concept of servanthood and its implications for understanding both the Old and New Testaments, as well as its relevance for the Christian life today.

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Chapters

  • 00:00:07 Introduction
  • 00:03:08 Grace College and Theological Seminary in Winona Lake
  • 00:05:25 New Testament Studies and Biblical Theology
  • 00:13:23 The Story Behind the Book
  • 00:18:47 Ancient and Contemporary Conceptions of Servants and Slaves
  • 00:23:49 The Tendency to Reject Servitude
  • 00:27:41 Adam as Servant of the Lord
  • 00:32:21 Moses as Servant of the Lord
  • 00:36:22 Joshua as Servant of the Lord
  • 00:42:34 David as Servant of the Lord
  • 00:45:50 Isaiah as Servant of the Lord
  • 00:49:58 The Apostles and the Contemporary Church as Servants
  • 00:53:53 Serving the Lord in Our Daily Lives
  • 01:02:30 Conclusion

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Highlights from 2023 http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc835/ Fri, 29 Dec 2023 06:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=42079 Since 2008, we have been taking time around New Year’s Day to bring you some of the top moments from the preceding year. We have several great clips lined up for you today. The Top Episodes of 2023 (by YouTube views) Chapters Participants: Camden Bucey, Carlton Wynne, Cory Brock, Dan Ragusa, Danny Olinger, Greg Beale, […]]]>

Since 2008, we have been taking time around New Year’s Day to bring you some of the top moments from the preceding year. We have several great clips lined up for you today.

The Top Episodes of 2023 (by YouTube views)

  1. Dan Ragusa — Preterism and 2 Peter 3 (YouTube)
  2. Gray Sutanto and Cory Brock — A Theological Introduction to Neo-Calvinism (YouTube)
  3. Greg Beale — The New Testament Use of the Old Testament (YouTube)
  4. Carlton Wynne — Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion (YouTube)
  5. Camden Bucey — The Importance of Cornelius Van Til for Today (YouTube)
  6. Jim Cassidy — Introducing and Interpreting Karl Barth (YouTube)
  7. Danny Olinger — Christianity and Liberalism: Introduction (YouTube)
  8. Lane Tipton — Exitus and Reditus in the Theology of Thomas Aquinas (YouTube)
  9. Jonathan Master — Reformed Theology (YouTube)
  10. Michael Beck — Covenant Theology and Cultural Engagement in the Thought of Meredith G. Kline (YouTube)

Chapters

  • 00:00:07 Introduction
  • 00:03:26 The Top 10 Episodes of 2023
  • 00:15:13 [Dan Ragusa] Preterism and 2 Peter 3
  • 00:24:22 [Gray Sutanto and Cory Brock] A Theological Introduction to Neo-Calvinism
  • 00:30:14 [Greg Beale] The New Testament Use of the Old Testament
  • 00:39:28 [Carlton Wynne] Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion
  • 00:46:58 [Camden Bucey] The Importance of Cornelius Van Til for Today
  • 01:00:24 [Jim Cassidy] Introducing and Interpreting Karl Barth
  • 01:12:16 [Danny Olinger] Christianity and Liberalism: Introduction
  • 01:16:59 [Lane Tipton] Exitus and Reditus in the Theology of Thomas Aquinas
  • 01:25:09 [Jonathan Master] Reformed Theology
  • 01:34:52 [Michael Beck] Covenant Theology and Cultural Engagement in the Thought of Meredith G. Kline
  • 01:40:52 Conclusion

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Natural Revelation, Religious Liberty, and the First Amendment http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc834/ Fri, 22 Dec 2023 06:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=42078 Join us in this episode of Christ the Center, where host Camden Bucey engages in a free-flowing yet thoughtful discussion with Dr. Owen Anderson, philosopher and professor of religious studies at Arizona State University and pastor of Historic Christian Church in Phoenix. The conversation centers around the nuanced relationship between philosophy, religion, and the concept […]]]>

Join us in this episode of Christ the Center, where host Camden Bucey engages in a free-flowing yet thoughtful discussion with Dr. Owen Anderson, philosopher and professor of religious studies at Arizona State University and pastor of Historic Christian Church in Phoenix. The conversation centers around the nuanced relationship between philosophy, religion, and the concept of free speech within academia and broader American culture.

The episode explores the current state of freedom of speech in higher education, highlighting its importance and the obstacles it faces today. Dr. Anderson shares his views on the roles of natural and revealed religion in American philosophical and legal traditions, and how these ideas have influenced the country’s development. Listeners will also appreciate the exploration of Common Sense Realism and its impact on the ideological framework of the American Founding Fathers. This episode provides a reflective look into the challenges of articulating and understanding truth in an increasingly complex age.

Listen in for a conversation that offers insightful perspectives on the intersections of philosophy, religion, and free speech in the modern era.

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Chapters

  • 00:00:07 Introduction
  • 00:02:19 Freedom of Speech in Academia and Current Events
  • 00:07:07 Philosophical and Theological Considerations in Modern Culture
  • 00:15:23 Natural Religion and Revealed Religion
  • 00:22:35 The Role and Challenges of Free Speech in Universities
  • 00:35:45 Interplay of Philosophy, Religion, and American Constitutional Principles
  • 00:38:52 The Evolution of the Concept of God in American Thought and Law
  • 00:44:19 Common Sense Realism and Its Impact on American Founding Fathers
  • 00:52:29 Challenges of Communicating Truth in the Contemporary World
  • 01:00:44 Conclusion

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Introduction to the Pentateuch / Year-End Update http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc833/ Fri, 15 Dec 2023 06:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=42028 In this episode, we’re excited to unveil the inaugural lesson of our new series, exploring the profound depths of the Pentateuch—the first five books of the Bible. Under the able guidance of Dr. Mark Winder, we’re providing a new course of study through six comprehensive, yet accessible, biblical-theological lessons, offering fresh insights into this foundational […]]]>

In this episode, we’re excited to unveil the inaugural lesson of our new series, exploring the profound depths of the Pentateuch—the first five books of the Bible. Under the able guidance of Dr. Mark Winder, we’re providing a new course of study through six comprehensive, yet accessible, biblical-theological lessons, offering fresh insights into this foundational portion of Scripture.

Watch the course on YouTube

As we introduce this captivating course, join Ryan Noha and Camden Bucey for a reflective update on our year-end projects. We also extend a heartfelt invitation to support our mission through the Planting for the Future campaign. Your generous contributions are pivotal in helping Reformed Forum continue to offer an array of free, high-quality Reformed theological resources to a global audience. Discover more and contribute today.

Chapters

  • 00:00:07 Introduction
  • 00:02:31 Reformed Forum at 2023 Year End
  • 00:29:46 Introducing a Course on the Pentateuch
  • 00:34:01 Mark Winder’s introductory lesson on the Pentateuch
  • 01:24:06 Conclusion

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In this episode we re excited to unveil the inaugural lesson of our new series exploring the profound depths of the Pentateuch the first five books of the Bible Under ...PentateuchReformed Forumnono
Vos Group #85 — The Temptation in the Wilderness http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc832/ Fri, 08 Dec 2023 06:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=41978 In this installment of Vos Group, Lane Tipton and Camden Bucey discuss pp. 330–333 of Geerhardus Vos’ book, Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments. In this section, Vos focuses on the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness, a pivotal event in the Gospels. Vos examines various interpretations and challenges to the historicity and objectivity of this […]]]>

In this installment of Vos Group, Lane Tipton and Camden Bucey discuss pp. 330–333 of Geerhardus Vos’ book, Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments. In this section, Vos focuses on the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness, a pivotal event in the Gospels. Vos examines various interpretations and challenges to the historicity and objectivity of this event, discussing theories that view it as mythological or parabolic. He argues for its historical and objective reality, using scriptural references such as Matthew 12:29 to support his view. Vos emphasizes the dual nature of the event as both a temptation by Satan and a probation by God, underscoring its importance in the Messianic mission of Jesus. He contrasts this with the temptation of Adam in Genesis, noting differences in their respective contexts and purposes. Vos also explores the implications of the event on the understanding of Jesus’ sinlessness and His role in atonement. Throughout, he maintains a theological perspective that situates the temptation within the broader narrative of redemption and Christ’s mission.

Chapters

  • 00:00:07 Introduction
  • 00:06:31 Jesus’ Temptation in the Wilderness
  • 00:10:46 Myth and the Liberal Interpretation of Scripture
  • 00:19:08 Matthew 12 and the Binding of the Strong Man
  • 00:27:16 Eschatology and the Kingdom of God
  • 00:30:28 The Impeccability of Jesus
  • 00:51:34 Jesus Historically Casts Out Demons
  • 00:53:28 The Holy Spirit, Messianic Sonship, and the Kingdom of God
  • 00:59:00 Practical Applications of Jesus’ Temptation
  • 01:05:34 Conclusion

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Discussing Jesus’ Mediation, the Lord’s Supper, and Flags in Worship http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc831/ Fri, 01 Dec 2023 06:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=41936 In this episode, Camden Bucey and Jim Cassidy dive into a variety of topics answering questions submitted by listeners and viewers of the program. Topics covered range from theological discussions, such as the role of Jesus’ intercession for the elect and non-elect within the visible church​​, to historical and exegetical considerations, like the understanding of […]]]>

In this episode, Camden Bucey and Jim Cassidy dive into a variety of topics answering questions submitted by listeners and viewers of the program. Topics covered range from theological discussions, such as the role of Jesus’ intercession for the elect and non-elect within the visible church​​, to historical and exegetical considerations, like the understanding of the Old Covenant as the Mosaic administration of the covenant of grace​​.

Chapters

  • 00:00:07 Introduction
  • 00:05:12 What We’re Reading
  • 00:14:42 Merit and the Covenant of Works
  • 00:20:38 Jesus’ Intercession
  • 00:29:38 Street Preaching and the Local Church
  • 00:37:12 Old Testament Saints and the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit
  • 00:47:20 Is the Old Covenant the Same as the Mosaic Covenant?
  • 00:50:12 Flags in the Worship Service
  • 00:58:13 Grape Juice in the Lord’s Supper
  • 01:13:08 Conclusion

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Covenant Theology and Cultural Engagement in the Thought of Meredith G. Kline http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc830/ Fri, 24 Nov 2023 06:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=41868 Dr. Michael Beck joins us to speak about his book, Covenant Lord and Cultic Boundary: A Dialectic Inquiry Concerning Meredith Kline and the Reformed Two-Kingdom Project (Wipf and Stock), which is a theological exploration of the ideas of Meredith Kline and their impact on the Reformed Two-Kingdom Project. The book provides a literature review of […]]]>

Dr. Michael Beck joins us to speak about his book, Covenant Lord and Cultic Boundary: A Dialectic Inquiry Concerning Meredith Kline and the Reformed Two-Kingdom Project (Wipf and Stock), which is a theological exploration of the ideas of Meredith Kline and their impact on the Reformed Two-Kingdom Project.

The book provides a literature review of relevant works on the topic and highlights the broader universe of discourse in which this study exists. In the book and in this conversation, Dr. Beck offers a unique analysis of Kline’s theology and its practical implications for contemporary Christian life and practice.

Michael Beck is a pastor at Gracenet Community Church as well as a lecturer of Old Testament and biblical theology at Grace Theological College (New Zealand). Dr. Beck earned his PhD from the South African Theological Seminary Michael also co-hosts the Two-Age Sojourner podcast.

Chapters

  • 00:00:07 Introduction
  • 00:02:56 Dr. Beck’s Ministry in New Zealand
  • 00:10:48 Introduction to Kline
  • 00:17:24 The Point of the Book: Kline and Cultural Engagement
  • 00:30:21 Theonomy, Perspectivalism, and Neo-Calvinism
  • 00:36:31 The Noahic Covenant
  • 00:47:09 The Cultural Mandate
  • 00:54:39 Considering Theological Differences
  • 01:01:50 Conclusion

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Vos Group #84 — John the Baptist’s Testimony of Jesus http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc829/ Fri, 17 Nov 2023 18:00:11 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=41782 In this installment of Vos Group, Lane Tipton and Camden Bucey discuss pp. 322–329 of Geerhardus Vos’ book, Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments. In this section, Vos discusses John’s testimony of Jesus after his baptism. The testimony of John the Baptist as depicted in the Gospel of John emphasizes Jesus’ unique divine nature and […]]]>

In this installment of Vos Group, Lane Tipton and Camden Bucey discuss pp. 322–329 of Geerhardus Vos’ book, Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments. In this section, Vos discusses John’s testimony of Jesus after his baptism.

The testimony of John the Baptist as depicted in the Gospel of John emphasizes Jesus’ unique divine nature and eternal preexistence, distinguishing him from all others in redemptive history. This underlines John’s role as the one preparing the way for Jesus, who fulfills Old Testament prophecies as the sacrificial Lamb of God. It also highlights the immutable deity of Christ, who, despite his incarnation, remains unchanged in his divine person and essence. The narrative showcases Jesus’ baptism as an act of vicarious repentance and affirms his authority to bestow the Spirit, underscoring the theological depth of his identity and mission as witnessed by John the Baptist.

Chapters

  • 00:07 Introduction
  • 07:00 The Pre-Existence of Christ Revealed at His Baptism
  • 12:10 Christ before and after John
  • 15:36 John 1:15, 30
  • 26:12 Malachi 3 and the Trinity
  • 30:43 The Ecumenical Tradition and Scripture
  • 33:42 Divine Relationality
  • 39:32 The Immutability of the Person of the Son
  • 44:16 The Religious Significance of Christ’s Divinity
  • 49:34 Conclusion

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Robert Boyle, Christianity, and Science http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc828/ Fri, 10 Nov 2023 06:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=41722 In the latest episode of Christ the Center, we explore the fascinating intersection of science, faith, and philosophy through the life and contributions of Robert Boyle, the seventeenth-century chemist often dubbed the father of modern chemistry. Our guest, Dr. Edward B. Davis, Professor Emeritus of the History of Science at Messiah University, shares his extensive […]]]>

In the latest episode of Christ the Center, we explore the fascinating intersection of science, faith, and philosophy through the life and contributions of Robert Boyle, the seventeenth-century chemist often dubbed the father of modern chemistry. Our guest, Dr. Edward B. Davis, Professor Emeritus of the History of Science at Messiah University, shares his extensive knowledge on Boyle’s experiments, the development of Boyle’s Law, and the broader implications of Boyle’s work on the relationship between emerging scientific disciplines and religious thought. We also delve into the historical context of Boyle’s era, his influence on the mechanical philosophy, and how his devout Anglican faith shaped his understanding of the natural world. Listen as we explore the complex relationship of how scientific inquiry and religious belief have related throughout history.

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Chapters

  • 00:00:07 Introduction
  • 00:02:00 Christianity and History of Science
  • 00:12:45 The Philosophical and Methodological Awareness of Scientists
  • 00:18:52 Gaining Humility through Historical Perspective
  • 00:25:02 Robert Boyle in Historical Context
  • 00:37:28 Boyle’s Scientific Pursuits
  • 00:41:57 Robert Boyle and James Ussher
  • 00:44:03 Natural Philosophy
  • 00:51:33 Boyle’s Views Contrasted with Deism
  • 00:54:24 Boyle’s Contributions
  • 00:59:13 Dr. Davis’ Scholarship on Boyle
  • 01:03:41 Researching Boyle
  • 01:08:13 Reading Dr. Davis’ articles
  • 01:10:21 Conclusion

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Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc827/ Fri, 03 Nov 2023 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=41697 After recording a course on the subject for Reformed Academy, Dr. Carlton Wynne comes to the podcast studio to discuss John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion. Topics covered include Calvin’s theology, the right ordering of knowledge, general and special revelation, the effects of the fall on human reasoning, natural theology, and comparisons to the […]]]>

After recording a course on the subject for Reformed Academy, Dr. Carlton Wynne comes to the podcast studio to discuss John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion. Topics covered include Calvin’s theology, the right ordering of knowledge, general and special revelation, the effects of the fall on human reasoning, natural theology, and comparisons to the thought of Thomas Aquinas and Cornelius Van Til. Carlton also shares about his experience as a pastor-theologian and his talk on maintaining true religion in a modernist world at the recent Reformation Worship Conference. The conversation touches on the legacy of J. Gresham Machen and the need for the church to guard the good deposit of faith.

Chapters

  • 00:00:07 Introduction
  • 00:05:41 Introduction to Carlton’s Course on Calvin’s Institutes
  • 00:13:56 The Church and the Academy
  • 00:20:58 Approaching a Course on the Institutes
  • 00:30:30 The Natural Knowledge of God
  • 00:37:52 Natural Theology, Ethics, and “Formal” Truth
  • 00:49:48 The Reformation Worship Conference
  • 00:57:28 Machen 2.0
  • 01:10:39 Calvin and the Threefold Office of Mediator
  • 01:12:52 Conclusion

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Elect Exiles in 1 Peter 1:1–2 | Reformed Forum Update http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc826/ Fri, 27 Oct 2023 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=41664 Ryan Noha and Camden Bucey offer an update regarding several projects and initiatives at Reformed Forum including the launch of Kevin Chiarot’s course on 1 Peter. We include the first lesson of the course, which is available for free on reformedforum.org and on YouTube. In the first lesson, Dr. Chiarot teaches on the elect exiles […]]]>

Ryan Noha and Camden Bucey offer an update regarding several projects and initiatives at Reformed Forum including the launch of Kevin Chiarot’s course on 1 Peter. We include the first lesson of the course, which is available for free on reformedforum.org and on YouTube.

In the first lesson, Dr. Chiarot teaches on the elect exiles Peter addresses in 1 Peter 1:1–2. Rev. Dr. Kevin Chiarot is pastor of Westminster PCA in Rock Tavern, New York.

Chapters

  • 00:07 Introduction
  • 02:50 Carlton Wynne on Calvin’s Institutes
  • 04:50 Reformed Academy
  • 07:43 Update on Publishing and Other Work
  • 13:42 Course Translations
  • 16:46 Debrief on the Annual Conference
  • 19:51 Continuing Education Certification
  • 22:26 Looking Ahead
  • 28:13 Kevin Chiarot’s New Course on 1 Peter
  • 30:51 Elect Exiles in 1 Peter
  • 52:29 Final Thoughts
  • 54:22 Conclusion

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Machen’s Enduring Significance | Unfolding Redemption http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc825/ Fri, 20 Oct 2023 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=41571 Lane Tipton and Camden Bucey reflect on the recent Reformed Forum Theology Conference on J. Gresham Machen’s Christianity and Liberalism before turning to a discussion of their new booklet, Unfolding Redemption: Exploring the History and Order of Salvation. Chapters Participants: Camden Bucey, Lane G. Tipton]]>

Lane Tipton and Camden Bucey reflect on the recent Reformed Forum Theology Conference on J. Gresham Machen’s Christianity and Liberalism before turning to a discussion of their new booklet, Unfolding Redemption: Exploring the History and Order of Salvation.

Chapters

  • 00:00:07 Introduction
  • 00:03:35 Reflecting on the 2023 Reformed Forum Conference
  • 00:08:27 Machen and Denominational History
  • 00:17:02 The Church and Culture
  • 00:28:09 The History and Order of Salvation
  • 00:35:41 The Unchanging Person of the Son
  • 00:42:29 Jesus Declared to Be the Son of God in Power
  • 00:55:05 The Benefits of Adoption
  • 01:07:44 Conclusion

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William Jennings Bryan, the Round Table Club, and Religious Freedom http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc824/ Fri, 13 Oct 2023 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=41460 Richard Gamble and Jeff McDonald join us again. On this episode, McDonald introduces several significant points about William Jennings Bryan, including his early life and upbringing in a strong evangelical tradition, his belief that schools and universities posed a problem to religious freedom, and his concern that students could be led away from faith into […]]]>

Richard Gamble and Jeff McDonald join us again. On this episode, McDonald introduces several significant points about William Jennings Bryan, including his early life and upbringing in a strong evangelical tradition, his belief that schools and universities posed a problem to religious freedom, and his concern that students could be led away from faith into unbelief if they fell under the influence of mind worshipers. He also notes Bryan’s political career and his advocacy for economic and religious freedom, as well as his influence on the Democratic party and his ongoing relevance to current political issues.

Jeffrey McDonald is a Presbyterian minister, historian, and author of John Gerstner and the Renewal of Presbyterian and Reformed Evangelicalism in Modern America (Wipf & Stock, 2017).

Richard M. Gamble is Professor of History and holds the Anna Margaret Ross Alexander Chair in History and Politics at Hillsdale College.

Chapters

  • 00:07 Introduction
  • 02:40 The Presbyterian Scholars Conference
  • 10:27 William Jennings Bryan
  • 18:48 Misconceptions about Bryan
  • 22:05 Bryan’s Background
  • 26:49 The Round Table Club
  • 32:30 Concerns Regarding Religious Freedom and Education
  • 37:11 Responding to Secularism
  • 39:04 Machen and Libertarianism
  • 41:11 Surprising Findings about Bryan
  • 50:17 Bryan as a Nebraskan
  • 53:26 Learning from Bryan
  • 58:17 Conclusion

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The Importance of Cornelius Van Til for Today http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc823/ Fri, 06 Oct 2023 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=41459 Camden Bucey recently lectured on “The Importance of Van Til for Today” for the OPC’s Presbytery of Michigan and Ontario at Harvest OPC in Wyoming, MI. Jim Cassidy and Camden discuss the main points of the lecture before we turn to a recording of the lecture and its accompanying Q&A session. Cornelius Van Til (1895–1987) has shaped the […]]]>

Camden Bucey recently lectured on “The Importance of Van Til for Today” for the OPC’s Presbytery of Michigan and Ontario at Harvest OPC in Wyoming, MI. Jim Cassidy and Camden discuss the main points of the lecture before we turn to a recording of the lecture and its accompanying Q&A session.

Cornelius Van Til (1895–1987) has shaped the field of Reformed apologetics, drawing upon the strengths of Old Amsterdam and Old Princeton. But his impact extends beyond apologetics, affecting broader theological discussions and the identity of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. In this lecture, we explore the enduring relevance of Van Til’s work and thought, analyzing his theological contributions against the backdrop of his historical context while tracing their resonance in our own.

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Chapters

  • 00:00:07 Introduction
  • 00:03:13 The Importance of Van Til for Today
  • 00:09:20 Previewing the Main Points of the Lecture
  • 00:24:50 Darryl G. Hart Introduction
  • 00:26:47 Camden Bucey Introduction
  • 00:31:20 Confessional Faithfulness
  • 00:50:28 A Distinctly Reformed Witness
  • 01:02:47 Doctrine of God
  • 01:29:09 Questions and Answers
  • 01:47:13 Conclusion

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Camden Bucey recently lectured on The Importance of Van Til for Today for the OPC s Presbytery of Michigan and Ontario at Harvest OPC in Wyoming MI Jim Cassidy and ...Apologetics,ModernChurch,SystematicTheologyReformed Forumnono
The Roots of Reformed Moral Theology http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc822/ Fri, 29 Sep 2023 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=41281 We are pleased to welcome Dr. Bruce Baugus to our program to discuss his book, The Roots of Reformed Moral Theology, published by Reformation Heritage Books. In this comprehensive work, Dr. Baugus delves into the foundational elements that have shaped moral theology within the Reformed tradition. He provides both historical and theological contexts, covering a […]]]>

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Bruce Baugus to our program to discuss his book, The Roots of Reformed Moral Theology, published by Reformation Heritage Books. In this comprehensive work, Dr. Baugus delves into the foundational elements that have shaped moral theology within the Reformed tradition. He provides both historical and theological contexts, covering a range of topics including the Old Testament’s influence on Reformed moral thought, the significance of the Ten Commandments, the Reformation’s impact on moral theology, and its evolution in the modern era. Additionally, Dr. Baugus explores the practical applications of Reformed moral theology for contemporary Christian living.

This conversation serves as a continuation of a dialogue that began during our online Symposium on Reformed Moral Theology, held in August 2023. In the symposium’s concluding session, Dr. Baugus and Dr. David VanDrunen each presented their perspectives on the role of law in the Gospels, with a particular focus on the Sermon on the Mount as recorded in the Book of Matthew. The session also featured an interactive discussion between the two scholars and T. David Gordon.

Dr. Bruce P. Baugus is Professor of Systematic Theology & Apologetics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He earned a PhD in Philosophical Theology from Calvin Theological Seminary (2009) and served on the faculty of Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi, for fourteen years (2008–2022) prior to joining Puritan Reformed. He is also the editor of China’s Reforming Churches (RHB, 2014) and has contributed numerous chapters, articles, and papers.

Dr. David VanDrunen is Robert B. Strimple Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics at Westminster Seminary California.

Chapters

  • 00:00:07 Introduction
  • 00:07:33 Moral Theology and Christian Ethics
  • 00:12:49 Understanding the Roots of Moral Theology
  • 00:15:10 Historical Developments in Reformed Moral Theology
  • 00:18:38 A Distinctly Reformed Moral Theology
  • 00:21:47 Moral Theology and Aquinas
  • 00:23:51 The Law of Moses in the Reformed Tradition
  • 00:33:53 Jesus and the Law
  • 00:37:21 Jesus Showing the Climactic Character of His Coming
  • 00:44:25 An Enduring Moral Law
  • 00:51:51 The Redemptive-Historical Significance of Jesus’ Coming
  • 00:54:46 The Law and the New Covenant People
  • 01:03:01 The Natural Order and the New Creation
  • 01:07:44 Conclusion

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The Aaronic Blessing of Numbers 6 http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc821/ Fri, 22 Sep 2023 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=41263 In this episode, we welcome back Michael Glodo, Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. Rev. Glodo has written The Lord Bless You and Keep You (Crossway), a new book on the Aaronic blessing of Numbers 6:24–26. We discuss several biblical-theological and practical implications for contemporary faith and practice including […]]]>

In this episode, we welcome back Michael Glodo, Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. Rev. Glodo has written The Lord Bless You and Keep You (Crossway), a new book on the Aaronic blessing of Numbers 6:24–26. We discuss several biblical-theological and practical implications for contemporary faith and practice including what it means to behold the face of God. We also explore how the person and work of Jesus secures the blessing on our behalf.

Chapters

  • 00:00:07 Introduction
  • 00:00:42 Revisiting A History of Dispensationalism
  • 00:06:25 The Aaronic Blessing in Numbers 6
  • 00:16:43 Beholding the Face of God
  • 00:24:41 Faces in Scripture
  • 00:30:55 The Context of Numbers 6
  • 00:44:13 Jesus’ Priesthood and the Aaronic Blessing
  • 00:50:33 The Aaronic Blessing in Worship and Pastoral Care
  • 01:00:29 The Priesthood of All Believers
  • 01:11:18 Conclusion

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In this episode we welcome back Michael Glodo Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando Florida Rev Glodo has written The Lord Bless You and Keep ...Pentateuch,WorshipReformed Forumnono
Vos Group #83 — John’s Baptism of Jesus http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc820/ Fri, 15 Sep 2023 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=41052 Today, we turn to pages 318–322 of Vos’ Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments to explore the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist. Our goal is to offer a nuanced understanding by identifying both the similarities and differences between John’s baptism of Jesus and the baptisms John performed upon the people. Vos aims to […]]]>

Today, we turn to pages 318–322 of Vos’ Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments to explore the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist. Our goal is to offer a nuanced understanding by identifying both the similarities and differences between John’s baptism of Jesus and the baptisms John performed upon the people.

Vos aims to steer clear of two misconceptions: the first being that Jesus’ baptism and the people’s baptisms were entirely distinct events, and the second that they were essentially the same.

The baptism of Jesus holds dual significance. Firstly, it serves as a public and objective revelation of the Holy Spirit’s glory, manifested as the Spirit descended from heaven onto Jesus. Secondly, it has a sacramental meaning for Jesus himself, as he received something from the Spirit that furthered his earthly mission, which was a journey of suffering leading to glory.

In addition, we’ll examine the connection between Jesus’s baptism and his role as the Messiah, offering insights into both pneumatology—the study of the Holy Spirit—and eschatology—the study of end times.

Chapters

  • 00:07 Introduction
  • 00:37 Discussing the Recent Course on Aquinas’ Trinitarian Theology
  • 09:49 John’s Baptism of Jesus
  • 23:22 The Redemptive-Historical Roles of Jesus and John
  • 27:05 Jesus Identifies with His People
  • 29:55 The Objective Office of Messiah
  • 41:42 The Descent of the Spirit upon Jesus
  • 46:54 The Sacramental Significance of Jesus Baptism
  • 50:31 The Beginning of the New Creation
  • 58:49 Conclusion

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Christianity and Liberalism: The Church http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc819/ Fri, 08 Sep 2023 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=41050 We welcome John Muether and Danny Olinger to discuss the seventh and final chapter of Machen’s classic book, Christianity and Liberalism. The chapter highlights the importance of the church as the most important social institution in Christianity. Machen argues that the church is not only concerned with saving individual souls but also with education and […]]]>

We welcome John Muether and Danny Olinger to discuss the seventh and final chapter of Machen’s classic book, Christianity and Liberalism. The chapter highlights the importance of the church as the most important social institution in Christianity. Machen argues that the church is not only concerned with saving individual souls but also with education and the maintenance of social life in this world. He critiques the liberal view of the church as a mere human institution and emphasizes the importance of the church as the body of Christ.

The chapter concludes by emphasizing the need for Christians to be united in the Church and the incompatibility of liberalism and Christianity on this question. Overall, the chapter provides a detailed and insightful analysis of the theological and biblical foundations of the church.

Chapters

  • 00:00:07 Introduction
  • 00:02:24 Upcoming Projects on Meredith G. Kline
  • 00:06:36 Christianity and Liberalism: The Church
  • 00:12:46 Ecclesiology and Unbelief in the Church
  • 00:16:52 Is Machen Representative of Other Presbyterians?
  • 00:23:20 The PCUSA Losing Its Presbyterian Identity
  • 00:29:10 The Source of the “Nones”
  • 00:40:08 The True Presbyterian Church of the World
  • 00:47:57 Hymns in the Back of the Hymnal
  • 01:07:04 Rest from Strife
  • 01:09:37 Conclusion

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Exitus and Reditus in the Theology of Thomas Aquinas http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc818/ Fri, 01 Sep 2023 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=41216 We welcome Dr. Lane Tipton back to the studio on the heels of teaching a new course on the theology of Thomas Aquinas. In this course, Dr. Tipton aims to provide an in-depth understanding of Thomas Aquinas’s trinitarian theology, emphasizing that his entire body of work is governed by the concept of exitus (departure) and […]]]>

We welcome Dr. Lane Tipton back to the studio on the heels of teaching a new course on the theology of Thomas Aquinas. In this course, Dr. Tipton aims to provide an in-depth understanding of Thomas Aquinas’s trinitarian theology, emphasizing that his entire body of work is governed by the concept of exitus (departure) and reditus (return) in the context of divine and human processions. 

In the course, Dr. Tipton analyzes primary texts such as the Summa Theologiae and the Summa Contra Gentiles, as well as works by notable Thomistic scholars such as Gilles Emery and Dominic Legge as he dives into the trinitarian structure of Aquinas’s theology, focusing on the eternal and temporal processions of the Son and the Holy Spirit, and their implications on topics like Christology and sacramentology. This trinitarian framework forms the backbone of Aquinas’s theological system, affecting every doctrinal topic it touches, from the nature of God to the ultimate end of human beings. Tipton contends that understanding Aquinas’s Trinitarian framework is key to grasping his theological system as a whole. The course aims not only to provide a nuanced understanding of Aquinas’s theology but also to offer a Reformed critique and alternative.

The Exitus-Reditus Structure

The exitus-reditus structure serves as the central framework for understanding the theology of Thomas Aquinas. In this structure, “exitus” refers to the process of departure or emanation, while “reditus” signifies return. This dyad is a governing principle not only in Aquinas’s understanding of the Trinity but also in his complete theological system.

In terms of the Trinity, the Son and the Holy Spirit emanate from the Father in “exitus,” and then return to the Father in “reditus.” This trinitarian procession is considered the foundational cause for the existence and return of all creatures. The divine persons’ internal processions serve as the model and cause for the external processions of rational creatures.

In relation to rational creatures, “exitus” refers to their creation and departure from God. God is seen as the efficient cause from whom all things emanate. “Reditus,” on the other hand, signifies the creatures’ return to God, drawn towards their ultimate end—participation in divine beatitude or happiness. This return can be understood at two levels: natural and supernatural. On the natural level, creatures return to God according to their inherent abilities. On the supernatural level, they are elevated through grace to participate in the divine essence itself, surpassing their natural capacities.

The exitus-reditus structure thus provides a coherent, systematic framework that integrates every aspect of Aquinas’s theology, from the doctrine of God to the doctrines of creation, grace, and eschatology.

Chapters

  • 00:00:07 Introduction
  • 00:01:40 General Thoughts about the Course
  • 00:08:01 The Primacy of the Father in Thomas
  • 00:14:57 Calvin on the Son at Autotheos
  • 00:24:44 Modes of Subsistence and Absolute Personality
  • 00:32:37 Rock, Paper, Scissors, and Absolute Personality
  • 00:40:35 The Eucharist and the Beatific Vision
  • 00:47:29 Contemporary Evangelical Retrievals of Thomas
  • 01:02:08 Interpreters of Thomas
  • 01:03:48 Conclusion

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The Communion of the Saints http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc817/ Fri, 25 Aug 2023 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=41053 In this episode, we sit down with Dr. A. Craig Troxel, Robert G. den Dulk Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Seminary California. Dr. Troxel delves into his thought-provoking chapter on the communion of the saints from Theology for Ministry, a festschrift for Dr. Sinclair Ferguson. What does it mean to build a spiritual community […]]]>

In this episode, we sit down with Dr. A. Craig Troxel, Robert G. den Dulk Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Seminary California. Dr. Troxel delves into his thought-provoking chapter on the communion of the saints from Theology for Ministry, a festschrift for Dr. Sinclair Ferguson.

What does it mean to build a spiritual community within the church? How can pastors cultivate a culture of love, service, and mutual respect, reflecting the Spirit-endowed riches of Christ’s gifts and graces? Dr. Troxel explores these profound questions, emphasizing the “one another” commands, the forms of mutual service, and the essential role of love in the life of the church.

Dr. Troxel also sheds light on the transformative power of worship and the vital role of the Spirit of God in animating the hearts of God’s people. He concludes with a compelling vision of the communion of the saints as more than just a gathering of individuals—it’s a sacred communion of those set apart for divine privileges and consecrated purposes.

Whether you’re a pastor, theologian, or simply someone seeking to deepen your understanding of community within the Christian faith, this episode offers rich insights and practical wisdom. Join us for a conversation that touches the very heart of what it means to be part of the body of Christ.

Dr. Troxel is the author of With All Your Heart: Orienting Your Mind, Desires, and Will Toward Christ (Crossway). His research interests include pastoral theology, Reformed spirituality, the doctrine of the church, and biblical teaching on the heart.

Chapters

  • 0:07 Introduction
  • 4:53 Preaching Courses at Westminster Seminary California
  • 8:57 A Festschrift for Sinclair Ferguson
  • 13:06 Studying the Doctrine of the Church
  • 16:42 Building Community
  • 25:41 Communion of the Saints
  • 30:05 The Health of Our Ecclesiology
  • 34:02 WCF Chapter 26 Of the Communion of the Saints
  • 37:40 The Uniqueness of the Church
  • 53:45 Encouraging Spiritual Vitality in the Church
  • 57:34 Suggested Reading
  • 1:06:03 Final Remarks
  • 1:08:48 Conclusion

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Christianity and Liberalism: Salvation http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc816/ Fri, 18 Aug 2023 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=41051 Danny Olinger and Camden Bucey discuss the sixth chapter of Machen’s classic book, Christianity and Liberalism. In this chapter, J. Gresham Machen explores the differences between the liberal and Christian views of salvation. He argues that liberalism finds salvation in man, while Christianity finds it in an act of God. Machen critiques the moral influence […]]]>

Danny Olinger and Camden Bucey discuss the sixth chapter of Machen’s classic book, Christianity and Liberalism. In this chapter, J. Gresham Machen explores the differences between the liberal and Christian views of salvation. He argues that liberalism finds salvation in man, while Christianity finds it in an act of God. Machen critiques the moral influence theory of the atonement, which denies the substitutionary character of Christ’s death and the wrath of God. In contrast, he emphasizes the need for a propitiation for sin and the centrality of the cross of Christ in the Christian view of salvation.

Machen concludes that the doctrine of salvation is essential to the Christian faith and that liberalism and Christianity are fundamentally incompatible on this question. The chapter provides a clear and detailed analysis of the theological and biblical foundations of the Christian view of salvation, and highlights the importance of this doctrine for the Christian life.

Chapters

  • 00:00:07 Introduction
  • 00:05:40 Review of Christianity and Liberalism
  • 00:09:28 The Liberal View of Salvation
  • 00:16:14 Liberalism, Roman Catholicism, and the Atonement
  • 00:26:24 The Significance of What Christ Did
  • 00:31:47 Fundamentalism and Social Progress
  • 00:34:30 Theological Categories
  • 00:40:08 The Goal and Fruit of Liberalism
  • 00:44:45 Machen and Hymns
  • 00:54:09 Heavenly-Mindedness
  • 01:02:11 Conclusion

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The Upside-Down Kingdom http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc815/ Fri, 11 Aug 2023 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=40598 We welcome Chris Castaldo to the program to explore the Beatitudes. In his book, The Upside-Down Kingdom, Castaldo offers a fresh perspective on these familiar teachings of Jesus, showing how they reveal God’s heart for the poor, the meek, and the persecuted. He also provides practical guidance for how we can live out these values […]]]>

We welcome Chris Castaldo to the program to explore the Beatitudes. In his book, The Upside-Down Kingdom, Castaldo offers a fresh perspective on these familiar teachings of Jesus, showing how they reveal God’s heart for the poor, the meek, and the persecuted. He also provides practical guidance for how we can live out these values in our daily lives, both as individuals and as a community of believers. The book is recommended for anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of the gospel and its implications for our lives today.

Castaldo argues that the Beatitudes challenge our cultural assumptions about power, success, and happiness, and call us to embrace a different way of living that is grounded in humility, compassion, and justice. Castaldo also draws on his own experiences as a pastor and theologian to provide practical guidance for how we can live out these values in our daily lives. Overall, The Upside Down Kingdom offers a fresh perspective on the Beatitudes that is both challenging and inspiring.

Chris Castaldo (PhD, London School of Theology) is the lead pastor at New Covenant Church in Naperville, Illinois. Follow him on Twitter at @chriscastaldo.

Books by Chris Castaldo

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Chapters

  • 00:07 Introduction
  • 03:12 Introducing The Upside-Down Kingdom
  • 04:11 Catholicism and Evangelicalism
  • 08:03 Studying the Reformation in Italy
  • 11:11 Chris’ Family History and the Beatitudes
  • 12:49 Worldly vs. Biblical Measures of Success
  • 17:58 The Beginnings of The Upside-Down Kingdom
  • 19:14 Inaugurated Eschatology and the Kingdom
  • 23:23 Addressing Cultural Assumptions
  • 30:38 Meekness
  • 36:32 Societal and Political Implications of Jesus’ Teaching
  • 39:51 Liberal Christian Ethics
  • 42:26 The Beatitudes and Catholicism
  • 48:57 Hopes and Aspirations for Readers of the Book
  • 52:40 Upcoming Projects
  • 54:34 Integrating Our Studies
  • 56:10 Lessons from Italian Christians
  • 58:35 Conclusion

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Vos Group #82 — More on John the Baptist http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc814/ Fri, 04 Aug 2023 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=40596 We turn to pp. 315–318 of Geerhardus Vos’s book, Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments to discuss revelation connected with John the Baptist. Our discussion examines the complexities of John’s role in the grand scheme of Biblical theology, unearthing profound insights about revelation and prophecy. We explore John’s unique connection with Elijah, and the significance […]]]>

We turn to pp. 315–318 of Geerhardus Vos’s book, Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments to discuss revelation connected with John the Baptist. Our discussion examines the complexities of John’s role in the grand scheme of Biblical theology, unearthing profound insights about revelation and prophecy. We explore John’s unique connection with Elijah, and the significance of his testimony to Jesus and baptism.

Join us as we ponder Vos’s interpretation of Biblical revelation, shedding light on how it relates to the shadowy figure of John the Baptist. We navigate the delicate interplay between Old Testament prophecy and New Testament fulfillment, guided by the astute scholarship of Vos.

Chapters

  • 00:00:00 Introduction
  • 00:02:49 Thoughts on Studying Vos
  • 00:14:10 John the Baptist and Elijah
  • 00:21:50 Dispensational Interpretations of OT Prophecy
  • 00:30:11 Repent in Preparation of the Coming of Christ
  • 00:34:37 John’s Baptism
  • 00:43:47 The OT Background to the Baptism of John
  • 00:51:27 Considering John’s Baptism Redemptive-Historically
  • 01:01:50 Conclusion

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The Living Hope Revealed in 1 Peter http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc813/ Fri, 28 Jul 2023 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=40553 Explore the profound wisdom of 1 Peter in this episode of the Christ the Center podcast. Camden Bucey is joined by Ryan Noha, Reformed Forum’s Director of Education and Advancement, and Rev. Dr. Kevin Chiarot, pastor of Westminster PCA in Rock Tavern, New York. Together, they discuss the teachings of 1 Peter, unraveling its rich […]]]>

Explore the profound wisdom of 1 Peter in this episode of the Christ the Center podcast. Camden Bucey is joined by Ryan Noha, Reformed Forum’s Director of Education and Advancement, and Rev. Dr. Kevin Chiarot, pastor of Westminster PCA in Rock Tavern, New York. Together, they discuss the teachings of 1 Peter, unraveling its rich eschatological themes of exile, suffering, our heavenly inheritance, hope, and resurrection.

Don’t miss this episode if you’re interested in the rich redemptive-historical themes of 1 Peter, or if you’re simply looking for an enriching and thought-provoking conversation on Reformed theology.

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Chapters

  • 00:06 Introduction
  • 05:50 1 Peter and the Series of Courses at Reformed Academy
  • 10:57 Elect Exiles and the Audience of 1 Peter
  • 15:37 Eschatology and Ethics in 1 Peter
  • 23:15 A Living Hope through the Power of the Resurrection
  • 29:45 1 Peter 3:15—Defense, Hope, and Reverence
  • 40:48 Eschatological Elders
  • 43:58 Difficult Exegetical Issues in 1 Peter
  • 50:38 Conclusion

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New Courses and Upcoming Events http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc812/ Fri, 21 Jul 2023 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=40539 Ryan Noha and Camden Bucey discuss two new courses from Reformed Academy as well as the new online community and several upcoming events. Camden, Jim Cassidy, and Lane Tipton will be attending a meetup in Dallas on August 1, 2023 while Camden and Carlton Wynne will be present for a meetup in Atlanta on August […]]]>

Ryan Noha and Camden Bucey discuss two new courses from Reformed Academy as well as the new online community and several upcoming events. Camden, Jim Cassidy, and Lane Tipton will be attending a meetup in Dallas on August 1, 2023 while Camden and Carlton Wynne will be present for a meetup in Atlanta on August 11. Reformed Forum will also be hosting an online symposium on Reformed Moral Theology on August 24, 2023. Information is available on our calendar.

After discussing all these matters, we include Jim Cassidy’s first lecture from a new course on Barth as well as a recording of a live Q&A session with Jim on the lecture.

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Chapters

  • 00:00:07 Introduction
  • 00:03:02 Course on 1 Peter with Kevin Chiarot
  • 00:06:14 John 1–10: A Study in the Truth
  • 00:10:02 Van Til and Barth: A Confessionally Reformed Critique
  • 00:16:25 Our Online Community
  • 00:18:02 Local Meetups in Dallas and Atlanta
  • 00:21:37 Symposium on Reformed Moral Theology
  • 00:31:12 Online Study Groups
  • 00:35:09 Jim Cassidy, Karl Barth Lecture 1
  • 01:19:15 Live Q&A with Jim Cassidy
  • 02:05:02 Conclusion

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The Character of Christ http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc811/ Fri, 14 Jul 2023 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=40466 In this episode, we speak with Jonathan Landry Cruse, author of The Character of Christ, a thought-provoking book that explores the character of Christ and the fruit of the Spirit. Join us as we consider the profound concepts of love, joy, and peace, and discover how Jesus embodies these virtues and offers them to us. […]]]>

In this episode, we speak with Jonathan Landry Cruse, author of The Character of Christ, a thought-provoking book that explores the character of Christ and the fruit of the Spirit. Join us as we consider the profound concepts of love, joy, and peace, and discover how Jesus embodies these virtues and offers them to us. Cruse shares insights into the true source of joy, practical strategies for cultivating the fruit of the Spirit, and a deeper understanding of the transformative power of Christ’s love. Don’t miss this engaging conversation that will inspire and encourage you in your walk with Christ.

Rev. Cruse is Pastor of Community Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Other Books by Jonathan Landry Cruse

Chapters

  • 00:00:07 Introduction
  • 00:02:14 Background on Jonathan Landry Cruse
  • 00:09:35 Books and Hymns by the Author
  • 00:12:28 The Beginnings of This Book
  • 00:15:29 This Is Not a How-To Book but a “He-Did” Book
  • 00:22:48 Godly Characteristics as Facets of a Diamond
  • 00:34:25 The Role of the Affections
  • 00:38:03 The Source of True Joy
  • 00:43:35 Peace as Reconciliation
  • 00:50:37 Cultivating Fruitfulness in the Christian Life
  • 00:53:59 The Fruit of Self-Control
  • 00:59:59 How to Approach This Book
  • 01:03:50 Conclusion

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Vos Group #81 — Revelation Connected with John the Baptist http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc810/ Fri, 07 Jul 2023 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=40432 We turn to pp. 311–314 of Geerhardus Vos’s book, Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments to discuss revelation connected with John the Baptist. In this section, we are reminded of the importance of being methodologically self-conscious in our biblical theology. Vos provides valuable insights into John the Baptist’s mission and his place in the unfolding of God’s plan […]]]>

We turn to pp. 311–314 of Geerhardus Vos’s book, Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments to discuss revelation connected with John the Baptist. In this section, we are reminded of the importance of being methodologically self-conscious in our biblical theology. Vos provides valuable insights into John the Baptist’s mission and his place in the unfolding of God’s plan of salvation.

Through an exposition of Matthew 11:2-15, we explore Jesus’ correction of mistaken views and his explanation of John’s significance as “more than a prophet” as well as Vos’ biblical theology, emphasizing the redemptive event as preceding the interpretive word. Whether you’re a biblical scholar or simply interested in the history of special revelation, this episode is sure to provide you with valuable insights and a deeper understanding of John the Baptist’s role in the unfolding of God’s plan of salvation.

Chapters

  • 00:00:07 Introduction
  • 00:01:32 Join Our New Online Community
  • 00:07:37 New Course Available on Van Til and Barth
  • 00:16:10 Vos, John the Baptist, and Methodological Considerations
  • 00:23:32 Baldensperger and the History of Religions School
  • 00:29:04 John the Baptist in Luke 1
  • 00:36:54 Baldensperger’s View of Luke 1–3
  • 00:44:45 The Christian Philosophy of History
  • 00:50:14 John the Baptist in Matthew 11:2–15
  • 00:57:46 John and Impending Judgment
  • 01:01:45 John Living under the Old Covenant
  • 01:05:46 Rejoicing in Suffering for Christ
  • 01:18:16 Conclusion

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John Knox and Pastoral Theology http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc809/ Fri, 30 Jun 2023 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=40330 Sean Morris joins us to speak about the pastoral theology of John Knox. Known as the thunderous voice of the Scottish Reformation, Knox is a towering figure whose impact still reverberates within the walls of churches around the globe. This episode focuses on Knox’s profound commitment to conforming worship to Scripture, a principle that shaped […]]]>

Sean Morris joins us to speak about the pastoral theology of John Knox. Known as the thunderous voice of the Scottish Reformation, Knox is a towering figure whose impact still reverberates within the walls of churches around the globe. This episode focuses on Knox’s profound commitment to conforming worship to Scripture, a principle that shaped not only the religious landscape of his own time but also the worship practices of numerous Protestant traditions today.

Knox’s time in Geneva led to a transformative moment in the history of the Scottish Reformation. He didn’t just carry back Calvin’s teachings to Scotland, he translated them into a national scale, bringing about the establishment of a new Protestant and Reformed Church of Scotland. Today, Knox is known as the “Father of Presbyterianism,” a title acknowledging his impact despite the strong influences he drew from Calvin.

However, this journey was not without its obstacles and disappointments, notably with the Scottish First Book of Discipline. Mr. Morris elaborates on several of Knox’s frustrations, particularly with the position of superintendents, and the eventual triumphs and compromises he had to navigate while reforming the Scottish Church.

We also consider Knox’s experience with the “worship wars” in Frankfurt, and how his commitment to the regulative principle of worship evolved. At its core, this principle is an application of sola scriptura to worship, seeking only to require in worship that which is commanded in Scripture. Knox’s conviction here, despite the challenges, deeply influenced the trajectory of Presbyterianism.

Mr. Morris sheds light on Knox’s pastoral theology, opening our eyes to the complexities of historical and current worship practices. Tune in as we navigate this exciting journey into the past, appreciating the influences that continue to shape the contemporary Christian landscape.

Sean Morris is Associate Minister of Covenant PCA in Oak Ridge, TN and
Academic Dean of BRITE (Blue Ridge Institute for Theological Education) in Roanoke, VA.

Chapters

  • 00:00:07 Introduction
  • 00:03:07 PCA General Assembly Highlights
  • 00:12:57 John Knox and Presbyterianism
  • 00:21:26 Exclusive Psalmody and Psalm Tunes
  • 00:25:06 John Knox’s Biography and Church Context
  • 00:32:19 Knox and Calvin
  • 00:36:40 Toward a Regulative Principle of Worship
  • 00:46:25 Knox and the Lord’s Supper
  • 00:52:26 The Pastoral Work of the Session
  • 00:59:24 Suggested Reading
  • 01:05:21 Presbygirl Paparazzi
  • 01:10:15 Conclusion

Suggested Reading

  • Jane Dawson, John Knox
  • Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology
  • Knox Film Documentary
  • Donald MacLeod, Therefore the Truth I Speak: Scottish Theology 1500–1700
  • The Works of John Knox, Banner of Truth
  • The First Book of Discipline
  • The Second Book of Discipline

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Reformed Theology http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc808/ Fri, 23 Jun 2023 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=40319 Dr. Jonathan Master speaks about his book, Reformed Theology (P&R Publishing), which is part of the Blessings of the Faith series edited by Jason Helopoulos. Master provides a concise and accessible introduction to the historic and orthodox Christian tradition of Reformed theology. In this book, he emphasizes the sovereignty of God, the authority of Scripture, […]]]>

Dr. Jonathan Master speaks about his book, Reformed Theology (P&R Publishing), which is part of the Blessings of the Faith series edited by Jason Helopoulos. Master provides a concise and accessible introduction to the historic and orthodox Christian tradition of Reformed theology. In this book, he emphasizes the sovereignty of God, the authority of Scripture, and the grace of salvation, while also demonstrating its biblical coherence and pastoral warmth. This resource is ideal for church leaders, study groups, and individuals who want a well-rounded overview of Reformed theology.

Jonathan Master is President of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary near Greenville, South Carolina.

Chapters

  • 00:07 Introduction
  • 04:14 Update on Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
  • 11:57 Reformed Theology
  • 14:48 What Does It Mean to be Reformed?
  • 24:52 Dr. Master’s Path to Becoming Reformed
  • 28:49 The Intended Audience of the Book
  • 32:48 The Role of Covenant Theology
  • 41:01 Creeds and Confessions
  • 45:13 Reformed Theology and the Ministry of the Holy Spirit
  • 49:54 The Reformed Motivation for Missions and Evangelism
  • 54:03 Conclusion

Links

Select Publications by Jonathan Master

  • A Question of Consensus: The Doctrine of Assurance After the Westminster Confession (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015)
  • The God We Worship, ed. (P&R Publications, 2016)
  • On Reforming Worship, ed. with David Hall (Covenant Publications, 2018)
  • Growing in Grace (Banner of Truth, 2020)

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Standing against Tyranny: The Life and Legacy of Arthur Perkins http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc807/ Fri, 16 Jun 2023 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=40279 Brian DeJong speaks about his biography of Arthur Franklin Perkins, a Presbyterian minister serving in Merrill, Wisconsin in the 1920s and 1930s. For his bold stand for truth, and against error and unbelief, Perkins was persecuted and prosecuted by his own Presbytery. Leaving the PCUSA in 1936, he became a constituting member of the Orthodox […]]]>

Brian DeJong speaks about his biography of Arthur Franklin Perkins, a Presbyterian minister serving in Merrill, Wisconsin in the 1920s and 1930s. For his bold stand for truth, and against error and unbelief, Perkins was persecuted and prosecuted by his own Presbytery. Leaving the PCUSA in 1936, he became a constituting member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and the convener and first moderator of its Presbytery of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. After suffering a nervous breakdown, he died on December 29, 1936. This is his tragic and triumphant story about standing against tyranny in his day and age.

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Chapters

  • 00:07 Introduction
  • 03:08 Resources on Machen
  • 06:24 Presbyterians in Wisconsin
  • 13:00 Introduction to Arthur Perkins
  • 19:00 Crescent Lake Bible Camp
  • 24:35 The Nature of Church Power
  • 30:02 Correspondence with Machen
  • 33:52 Community Presbyterian Church in Merrill, Wisconsin
  • 37:16 Perkins’ Health and Eventual Death
  • 43:09 How to Get a Copy
  • 47:50 Conclusion

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Christianity and Liberalism: Christ http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc806/ Fri, 09 Jun 2023 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=40207 On the 100th anniversary of the publication of Christianity and Liberalism, we consider J. Gresham Machen’s critique of the liberal theological perspective on Jesus Christ, contrasting it with the traditional, orthodox Christian view. Machen argues that liberal theology often misrepresents Christ as a mere teacher of righteousness and neglects his divine aspects and teachings. He […]]]>

On the 100th anniversary of the publication of Christianity and Liberalism, we consider J. Gresham Machen’s critique of the liberal theological perspective on Jesus Christ, contrasting it with the traditional, orthodox Christian view. Machen argues that liberal theology often misrepresents Christ as a mere teacher of righteousness and neglects his divine aspects and teachings. He counters that Christ is not merely an example, but the very object of Christian faith. He also challenges liberal theologians’ struggle to reconcile Jesus’s sinlessness with their evolutionary worldview and argues against a deistic view of God, advocating instead for theism which allows for both God’s works of creation and providence. Machen discusses the issue of miracles in relation to Christian faith, asserting that one cannot selectively believe in parts of Christ’s life, such as dismissing the virgin birth. Ultimately, Machen invites the reader to believe upon Christ as portrayed in Scripture.

Chapters

  • 00:07 Introduction
  • 04:15 Reflecting on Machen and the Doctrine of Christ
  • 10:47 Machen’s Writing Style
  • 19:02 The Messianic Self-Consciousness
  • 24:07 Modern Christologoy
  • 32:16 Jesus Is Not a Mere Example but the Object of Faith
  • 38:23 Miracles and the Supernatural Kingdom
  • 44:41 Addressing Perennial Errors
  • 48:40 Pastoral Considerations
  • 56:34 Conclusion

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Artificial Intelligence in Scholarship and Pastoral Ministry: An Exploration of Possibilities and Perils http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc805/ Fri, 02 Jun 2023 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=40208 Join us as we explore the increasingly overlapping spheres of artificial intelligence (AI) and pastoral ministry. Our discussion uncovers both the promising opportunities and the intricate challenges presented by this cross-disciplinary synthesis, offering listeners a space for thoughtful reflection and critical analysis. We begin by considering the ways in which AI could influence scholarly and […]]]>

Join us as we explore the increasingly overlapping spheres of artificial intelligence (AI) and pastoral ministry. Our discussion uncovers both the promising opportunities and the intricate challenges presented by this cross-disciplinary synthesis, offering listeners a space for thoughtful reflection and critical analysis.

We begin by considering the ways in which AI could influence scholarly and pastoral work, discussing its potential to revolutionize sermon preparation, theological interpretation, and pastoral responsibilities. From enhancing exegesis through computational analysis to automated pastoral care systems, the conversation paints a picture of a possible future in which technology and theology are closely entwined.

However, the integration of AI into such deeply human and nuanced fields raises a multitude of ethical and philosophical concerns. Can an artificial system genuinely contribute to a process so rooted in personal insight and spirituality? Would reliance on AI for intellectual tasks promote laziness or engender a culture of plagiarism within the realm of theological scholarship? Furthermore, we ponder the risk of losing the essence of pastoral care—the human touch—in the wake of automated systems.

We invite you to join a thoughtful, in-depth exploration of the role AI could play in scholarship and pastoral ministry. For those curious about the intersection of technology, faith, and ethics, this discussion offers a chance to engage with a deeply fascinating and increasingly relevant topic.

Chapters

  • 00:07 Thinking about Artificial Intelligence
  • 01:17 Jim’s Course on John 1–10
  • 07:17 Thinking about Artificial Intelligence
  • 13:58 A Laymen’s Understanding of How Large Language Models Work
  • 20:55 Ethical Issues with the Use of AI in Scholarship and Ministry
  • 27:15 How AI Relates to Current Publishing Practices
  • 32:11 The Use of Research Assistants in Scholarship
  • 35:25 Situating AI amongst Other Tools
  • 41:45 AI in Ministry
  • 46:59 AI and Psychology
  • 54:57 Conclusion

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Van Til Group #11 — Sin and Its Curse http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc804/ Fri, 26 May 2023 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=39696 Carlton Wynne, Lane Tipton, and Camden Bucey turn to pp. 63–67 of Cornelius Van Til’s The Defense of the Faith to discuss the Christian theory of knowledge. In this section, Van Til speaks of the effects of sin and its curse upon human knowledge. Chapters Participants: Camden Bucey, Carlton Wynne, Lane G. Tipton]]>

Carlton Wynne, Lane Tipton, and Camden Bucey turn to pp. 63–67 of Cornelius Van Til’s The Defense of the Faith to discuss the Christian theory of knowledge. In this section, Van Til speaks of the effects of sin and its curse upon human knowledge.

Chapters

  • 00:00:07 Introduction
  • 00:05:07 The Effects of Sin
  • 00:21:08 God Is Self-Sufficient and Self-Complete
  • 00:37:24 Aspects of Non-Christian Thought
  • 00:48:40 The Contradiction of a Developing Absolute
  • 00:56:57 Three Types of Consciousness
  • 00:58:49 Kuyper and Common Grace
  • 01:03:23 Conclusion

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Presbyterians, Assemblies, and Semicolons http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc803/ Fri, 19 May 2023 11:59:35 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=40129 Brad Isbell joins Jim Cassidy, Ryan Noha, and Camden Bucey to preview the PCA General Assembly and its 50th Anniversary Celebration. After speaking about ecumenical relations and several overtures, the group gets into a “riveting” discussion regarding a semicolon in Westminster Confession of Faith 31.4. Mr. Isbell is a ruling elder at Covenant PCA in Oak Ridge, […]]]>

Brad Isbell joins Jim Cassidy, Ryan Noha, and Camden Bucey to preview the PCA General Assembly and its 50th Anniversary Celebration. After speaking about ecumenical relations and several overtures, the group gets into a “riveting” discussion regarding a semicolon in Westminster Confession of Faith 31.4.

Mr. Isbell is a ruling elder at Covenant PCA in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Along with @Wresbyterian, he hosts Presbycast.

Chapters

  • 00:00:07 Introduction
  • 00:08:53 Reformed Forum 2023 Conference
  • 00:09:52 PCA General Assembly
  • 00:13:12 Ecumenical Relationships
  • 00:18:10 More in the PCA
  • 00:27:31 Overtures and Humble Petitions to the Civil Magistrate
  • 00:43:05 Westminster Confession of Faith 31.4
  • 00:51:52 Analyzing the Semicolon in WCF 31.4
  • 00:58:36 Events at the PCA General Assembly
  • 01:02:21 Conclusion

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Paul the Disciple in Acts http://reformedforum.org/podcasts/ctc802/ Fri, 12 May 2023 05:00:00 +0000 https://reformedforum.org/?post_type=podcast&p=39697 Adam York speaks about discipleship in the book of Acts. As the church “beholds” the resurrected–ascended Christ by the proclamation of the apostolic word, it is empowered to bear witness to Christ even unto death, placing the world on trial while the church itself is tried by this world. Rev. York is pastor of Hope […]]]>

Adam York speaks about discipleship in the book of Acts. As the church “beholds” the resurrected–ascended Christ by the proclamation of the apostolic word, it is empowered to bear witness to Christ even unto death, placing the world on trial while the church itself is tried by this world.

Rev. York is pastor of Hope OPC in Grayslake, Illinois.

Chapters

  • 00:07 Introduction
  • 09:21 Discipleship in Acts
  • 25:04 Stephen as Model Disciple
  • 32:22 Paul as Model Disciple
  • 39:45 Did Luke Get the Ending of Acts Wrong?
  • 50:48 Conclusion

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