Monday, July 31, 2017

More interviews with contributors to The 5 Solas series

Dave Jenkins, host of the Equipping You in Grace podcast, has been interviewing each of the contributors to The 5 Solas Series (Zondervan), edited by Matthew Barrett. Here are the interviews below with a breakdown of the questions asked. You can subscribe to Equipping You in Grace via iTunes, Google Play, or your favorite podcast catcher.

In last week’s post we highlighted interviews with Barrett, Trueman, and Wellum. Today the final interviews are up with Thomas Schreiner, author of Faith Alone– The Doctrine of Justification, and David VanDrunen, author of God’s Glory Alone the Majestic Heart of Christian Faith and Life.

Faith Alone: Thomas Schreiner

Today I interview Dr. Schreiner about his new book, Faith Alone– The Doctrine of Justification: What the Reformers Taught.. and Why It Still Matters (Zondervan Academic, 2015).

Topics from today’s episode include:

His life ministry, marriage, and upcoming writing projects.

What is justification?

Why is justification so significant to the Christian faith?

How Christians should respond to N.T. Wright and the New Perspective on Paul.

Why the doctrine of justification resonated in Europe during the Reformation.

How the doctrine of justification is under attack today.

Advice for Bible college and seminary students entering into ministry.

Why Christians should study church history.

Challenges and Opportunities in Biblical Theology.

Biblical Theology and Systematic Theology.

Recommended books and resources for studying the doctrine of justification and biblical theology.

About the Book:

51Kyd08qdZL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Historians and theologians have long recognized that at the heart of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation were five declarations, often referred to as the ‘solas’: sola scriptura, solus Christus, sola gratia, sola fide, and soli Deo gloria. These five statements summarize much of what the Reformation was about, and they distinguish Protestantism from other expressions of the Christian faith. Protestants place ultimate and final authority in the Scriptures, acknowledge the work of Christ alone as sufficient for redemption, recognize that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone, and seek to do all things for God’s glory.

In Faith Alone—The Doctrine of Justification renowned biblical scholar Thomas Schreiner looks at the historical and biblical roots of the doctrine of justification. He summarizes the history of the doctrine, looking at the early church and the writings of several of the Reformers. Then, he turns his attention to the Scriptures and walks readers through an examination of the key texts in the Old and New Testament. He discusses whether justification is transformative or forensic and introduces readers to some of the contemporary challenges to the Reformation teaching of sola fide, with particular attention to the new perspective on Paul.

Five hundred years after the Reformation, the doctrine of justification by faith alone still needs to be understood and proclaimed. In Faith Alone you will learn how the rallying cry of “sola fide” is rooted in the Scriptures and how to apply this sola in a fresh way in light of many contemporary challenges.

About the Author:

Thomas R. Schreiner (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament and associate dean of Scripture and interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. The author of numerous books, he is the preaching pastor of Clifton Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky.

God’s Glory Alone: David VanDrunen

Welcome to the 107th episode of Equipping You in Grace. On today’s episode, Dave Jenkins interviews David Vandrunen about his book God’s Glory Alone the Majestic Heart of Christian Faith and Life: What the Reformers Taught… and Why It Still Matters (Zondervan, 2015).

What you’ll hear in this episode:

David’s life, marriage, ministry, and current ministry

The Reformers teaching in the glory of God.

The glory of God in the storyline of Scripture.

Dealing with distraction.

Spiritual disciplines and the glory of God.

The fear of the Lord.

His upcoming writing projects.

Advice for Bible College and Seminary students looking to get into pastoral ministry.

Why Christians should study church history

About the Guest:

 David VanDrunen (JD, Northwestern University School of Law; Ph.D. Loyola University Chicago) is Robert B. Strimple Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics at Westminster Seminary California.  He is the author of Living in God’s Two Kingdoms: A Biblical Vision for Christianity and Culture and Divine Covenants and Moral Order: A Biblical Theology of Natural Law.

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