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The Baptist Broadcast

By Joshua Sommer
Particular theology for Particular Baptists... (and anyone else who can put up with us).
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Matthew Poole & Thomas Aquinas Partitively Exegete John 12:44
It is crucial that we discern between what is proper to divinity and what is proper to the creature, especially when it comes to our Christology. Our Lord necessarily implies a distinction between His divine and human natures in John 12:44. Both Poole and Aquinas pick up on the distinction in their commentary.
15:12
June 18, 2022
How Do We Know Scripture Is the Word of God? W/ John Gill
John Gill offers eight formal lines of evidence supporting the claim of Scripture's divine origin and authority.
38:43
June 18, 2022
Owen Strachan's Approach vs. What Makes for Good Scholarship
Truth is our goal. Dudes can be distractions. Doctrines are much better.   Response to James White's accusations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcqFs0_0wzc
19:28
May 11, 2022
SOUND BITE: What Is Saving Faith?
What is saving faith?
04:01
May 05, 2022
Confessionalism with Steve Meister
Why is Confessionalism important? What is it? Join Steve Meister and myself as we discuss confessionalism then and now.
01:00:49
April 29, 2022
On James White's Accusations
Brother James White has accused me of formally declaring him a heretic (I have not), and of lying about his position (I have not). If you watched the Dividing Line from April 21, 2022, please watch this.
01:16:45
April 27, 2022
SOUND BITE: Why Am I No Longer a Presuppositionalist?
There are three basic schools of apologetics: classical apologetics, evidential apologetics, and presuppositional apologetics. Why am I no longer a presuppositionalist? I hope my answer comes in useful for some.
04:50
April 20, 2022
Did Calvin Agree with Aquinas on Scripture?
Must emphasis has been placed upon the obvious discontinuities between Calvin and Aquinas. But this has largely come at the expense of transparently observing the continuities between the two thinkers.
14:44
April 07, 2022
SOUNDBITE: Why Should You Go to Church?
Often, church attendance is seen as something unnecessary to the life of the professing Christian. Yet, church is the place in which we commune with the saints and benefit from the graces and the people Christ shed His very own blood to secure.
02:24
March 25, 2022
SOUNDBITE: Does God Change In Order to Create?
Must God move in order to create? Short answer? No. Listen to see why!
02:18
March 24, 2022
How Does Philosophy Relate to Theology?
What does Athens have to do with Jerusalem? What does philosophy have to do with theology? This is an important relationship to understand. I hope I can help clarify the question and its related concepts.
55:20
March 23, 2022
James White, the Development of Doctrine, and Encouraging Brotherly Discourse
On a recent Dividing Line, James White called into question Matthew Barrett's use of "doctrinal development." I took this as an opportunity to address this very important and practical issue.
29:24
March 03, 2022
Am I Reading the Bible Like a Liberal?
Hermeneutics is the science of textual interpretation. In this case, it is the science of Biblical interpretation, specifically. How do Bible readers derive meaning from the text? Is it in virtue of understanding what the human author intended and what his historical audience would have understood?  Find out in this podcast.
20:01
February 16, 2022
Edward Feser Addresses Jeff Johnson's 'The Failure of Natural Theology'
This is a walk-through of Edward Feser's FirstThings.com article and its critical observations of Jeff Johnson's book, 'The Failure of Natural Theology'. Feser Article: https://www.firstthings.com/article/2022/03/doubting-thomas Plotinus' work 'Enneads': https://www.amazon.com/Plotinus-Enneads-Lloyd-P-Gerson-ebook-dp-B07951PN1Q/dp/B07951PN1Q/ref=mt_other?_encoding=UTF8&me=&qid=1644795281 Potential sources for Johnson's misattributed quote to T. Aquinas: -https://medium.com/atheism101/deconstructing-thomas-aquinas-five-proofs-of-a-creator-a1d7deb548e7 -https://quizlet.com/137179743/philosophy-final-flash-cards/ -https://www.sjsu.edu/people/cynthia.rostankowski/courses/HUM119BS14/s0/Aquinass-five-ways.pdf -https://books.google.com/books?id=JLouEAAAQBAJ&pg=PP1&lpg=PP1&dq=anthony+d%27augustine+%22to+know+god%22&source=bl&ots=bn_RmvmBqh&sig=ACfU3U10BEb_RXc2Kj1xw62rFGQMHiO5MQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj1_9Cv4_r1AhUBmmoFHRTlAEoQ6AF6BAhIEAM#v=onepage&q=anthony%20d'augustine%20%22to%20know%20god%22&f=false
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February 14, 2022
"Until the Fullness of the Gentiles Has Come In" ~ Romans 11:25
Some have proposed Old Covenant Israel is the "root" in Romans 11, and it is that Israel in which the Gentiles are "brought in." But in light of a broader reading, is this a tenable interpretation?
14:49
February 08, 2022
The Covenant of Redemption & the Doctrine of the Trinity
How are we to understand an eternal covenant of redemption in God in light of a single essence in three relations—Father, Son, and Spirit? In other words, if there is but a single will of God (will is a property of essence, not person), how are we to understand the Father sending the Son, the Son being sent, etc.?
59:50
January 26, 2022
Divine Simplicity in the General Baptists (1678)
Westminster, Particular Baptist, and General Baptist Christians universally affirmed what is not termed "hyper-simplicity" in the 17th century as is further demonstrated by the General Baptist publication, 'An Orthodox Creed' in 1678/79.
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January 19, 2022
Is Classical Divine Simplicity an Overly-Philosophical Doctrine?
Is the classical or confessional doctrine of divine simplicity and extended version of what everyone used to confess? Is it just philosophically bloated speculation? Some of our brothers have made this claim. But is it true?
34:52
January 11, 2022
John Calvin's Use of Natural Theology
Some have recently utilized both Dr. Richard Muller and John Calvin to downplay any place for natural theology. What we will see is that neither Muller nor Calvin remove natural theology altogether from Reformed thought.
35:17
December 30, 2021
Gregory of Nyssa Responds to Eternal Subordination of the Son
How would a 4th century Cappadocian inform today's controversy over ERAS? Let's take a look...
47:54
December 29, 2021
ANALYSIS: James White, Basil, Medieval & Puritan Theology
In this video I perform some analysis of Dr. White's use of Basil, Basil's intended meaning through some exegesis of his letters 234 & 235. And then I move to show the profound and surprising agreement Thomas Aquinas and Peter van Mastricht have with Basil, contra Dr. White's point.
43:24
December 24, 2021
Grandma's Doctrine of Divine Simplicity
The majority of Christians have not articulated divine simplicity and other scholastic doctrines in terms found in historical systematic theologies. But does this mean the majority of Christians have not believed it?
14:26
December 16, 2021
What Hath Philosophy to do with Theology?
Are philosophy and theology opposed? Are the the same thing? What is the relationship between these two very important themes?
36:51
December 15, 2021
A Grab Bag of Simplicity, Incarnation, & Trinitarianism
In this episode I discuss several distinct points of confusion when it comes to the doctrine of God, from the identification of divine attributes to the three persons in which the divine essence exists.
29:18
December 14, 2021
How the Church Should Fight the Culture War
The church must take a proactive posture rather than a reactionary posture.
21:38
November 24, 2021
The Place of Creeds in Determining Heresy
Why are opinions contrary to the Nicene Creed or the Apostles' Creed deemed to be heretical? Is it because the creeds are autonomous authorities in addition to Scripture? Is it because church councils bear equal weight to that of God's own Word? In this podcast I try to wrestle with these questions in a meaningful way.
32:40
November 20, 2021
All About Heresy
Another discussion is currently rising out from under the already tumultuous waters of current discussion concerning what heresy is. The term "heresy" has been employed to describe ESS and other errors having to do with the doctrine of God. But the use of that term is being contested. This shows there is disagreement as regards heresy itself. What is it?
29:08
November 15, 2021
Owen Strachan, Subordination, God and His Works
In a recent podcast, Dr. Owen Strachan unloaded a volley of texts in favor of eternal subordination of the Son (to the Father). Using John 3:16 as an example, I want to show Strachan's use of it subtly identifies God with God's works.
22:35
November 14, 2021
Bible & Beer
What does the Bible say about consuming alcohol?
28:17
November 10, 2021
Responding to Traditionalism
Traditionalism is today's fad. It should be subjected to careful scrutiny. A final analysis will reveal that traditionalism is nothing but the same zeal without knowledge with which Paul charges the Jews in Romans 10.
20:41
November 02, 2021
Philosophy, Theology, & Colossians 2
How does Scripture itself think of philosophy and its relationship to our theology?
11:54
October 25, 2021
Aquinas Believes God Moves!?
There is a very qualified way in which theologians have used the term "motion" in relation to God we should all be aware of.
08:06
October 21, 2021
Do Father, Son, and Spirit Have Their Own Distinct "Self-Awareness"?
From James White to Jeff Johnson, the assertion that each Person of the Trinity possess their own distinct self-consciousness, or self-awareness, is being taken for granted. We should deny this with all vehemence.
14:20
October 20, 2021
Natural Revelation vs(?) Natural Theology
Hopefully, I can make some clarifications here and help my interlocutors understand where the classical theists are coming from.
25:40
October 19, 2021
The Importance of Interpreting Scripture Theologically
There are some theological assumptions we must make and readily accept in the biblical interpretational enterprise, e.g. a doctrine of God.
27:11
October 18, 2021
Response to James White (Part IV)
The fourth (and final) part of my YouTube response to James White.
11:22
October 15, 2021
Response to James White (Part III)
The third part of my YouTube response to James White.
30:43
October 15, 2021
Response to James White (Part II)
The second part of my YouTube response to James White.
29:21
October 15, 2021
Response to James White (Part I)
Part one of my YouTube response to James White's comments on my Facebook post.
29:50
October 15, 2021
God's Word Denies Motion in God
Exegeting James 1:17, contra process theists.
16:58
October 15, 2021
Rejecting Augustinian Theology Proper?
Lately, it has been the fad to out Thomism as another step toward Romanism. But such a fad is leading many not to differ with Thomas so much as it's leading them to deny Augustinian theology proper, which has always been understood to be nothing short of apostolic doctrine.
15:34
October 11, 2021
How Denying Pure Actuality in God Kicks Open the Door for CRT
Why must we maintain strong theology proper in terms of immutability and simplicity? Because the rejection of it is also the rejection of all objective meaning.
17:52
October 07, 2021
Aristotle & the Infallibility of Scripture
Jettisoning truth because of its association with a person is a fatal mistake for any theologian to make, as is hopefully made obvious here.
14:14
October 06, 2021
Should We Compromise on the Doctrine of God for the Sake of a Conference?
Why does it seem like the doctrine of God is being relegated to a secondary or even tertiary issue?
25:19
October 05, 2021
William Lane Craig on the Historical Adam
William Lane Craig's article on the historical Adam is set to make a splash, even before his book on the matter publishes. While he affirms a historical Adam, he gets there through the natural sciences rather than the text of Holy Writ—choosing instead to mythologize most of Genesis 1-11.
32:44
September 27, 2021
Francis Turretin on the Relation of Natural Theology to Supernatural Theology
Lots has been said about what the historically Reformed believed concerning man's reason and its use of natural theology. Hear from Francis Turretin how the Reformed of his day viewed natural theology and its relationship to supernatural theology. Also, Turretin gives (5) present uses for natural theology in this life.
10:25
September 16, 2021
Does Jeffrey Johnson Deny Divine Immutability?
An article by Dr. Jeffrey Johnson denies the doctrine of immutability.
25:05
September 15, 2021
Junius, Witsius, Van Mastrict, Edwards, & Thomistic Natural Theology
Dr. Owen Strachan has shot more than one canon ball over the bow of those who have departed from theistic personalism and presuppositionalism. These shots over the bow have been quite embarrassing from a scholarly perspective, to say the least. In this video, I will once more labor to demonstrate the natural theology of the Reformers and the post-Reformed, much of which is in continuity with Thomas and other medieval thinkers.
32:58
September 01, 2021
The Orthodoxy of Natural Theology: Savoy Independents & Particular Baptists
In this last part of my two-part mini series on natural theology, I will look at natural theology as it appears in the Savoy Declaration, the 2nd London Baptist Confession & Keach's Catechism.
13:42
September 01, 2021
The Orthodoxy of Natural Theology: The Reformed
In this first installment of a two-part special, I will look at natural theology as it appears in confessional Reformed orthodoxy. In the next part, I will look at the natural theology of Particular Baptist confessional orthodoxy.
22:55
September 01, 2021
A Brief Biblical Theology of New Birth
The new birth is obviously redemptively significant, but it is also thematically significant tying, as it were, all of Scripture together. How can we begin to think of the new birth along these lines? Website: joshsommer.org Affiliate: reformedpodcasts.com
17:08
August 30, 2021
Applying the Notion of "Motive" to Government
Why do we not ask, "Why is the government behaving the way it currently behaves? What is its motive?" We ask this question in everyday scenarios, but why leave the greatest earthly institution untouched by the question of motive?
29:26
August 24, 2021
Liberty, Slavery, & America
Slavery is not an intrinsically sinful concept, but how it has appeared throughout history at various times has indeed been sinful.
15:58
August 20, 2021
Covenantal Calvinism
Defending limited atonement from the New Covenant (covenant of grace).
14:18
August 09, 2021
Gnosticism, Earth, & Heaven
In what sense(s) is earth and heaven distinguished in Scripture? Is it always a material separation?
14:36
August 05, 2021
Our Duty to Make the Gospel Look Beautiful
Is it right to say we should make the gospel look good? Isn't the gospel good in itself? Isn't this seeker-sensitive, Arminian language?
18:50
August 04, 2021
If They've Been Sprinkled, Do They Need Baptism?
This episode is in response to a great question from Jacob on YouTube. What do we do if a "recovering" Lutheran wants to join a Baptist church? Do they need to be baptized if they've been sprinkled?
19:20
June 25, 2021
New Covenant Theology
Three years ago, Dustin Segers and I discussed New Covenant Theology and the law. This is a clarifying monologue of my own position in light of that conversation. I hope you enjoy.
26:55
June 23, 2021
A Charitable Assessment of Landmarkism
Landmarkism began in the 19th century. It proclaims the Baptist church as the only true church, and it unqualifiedly denies the universal church. Is it correct to do so? Did Christians, including Baptists prior to the 19th century, really miss this doctrine for almost 2,000 years?
45:42
June 18, 2021
Gavin Ortlund, Jordan Cooper, & Baptism in the Early Church
Dr. Cooper brought some valid criticisms to Dr. Ortlund's argument for credobaptism from the earliest years of post-canonical church history. I want to weigh in to this conversation, not predominantly for criticism's sake, but by way of developing the discussion from a Baptist perspective.
32:37
June 16, 2021
The Particular Baptists & Covenant Children
It is often supposed by our paedobaptist friends that Baptists outrightly reject the notion of covenant-holiness with regard to children of believing parents.
11:38
June 08, 2021
The Grace Behind the Sacraments
We often view baptism and the Lord's Supper as footnotes to the Christian life, or as unexplained appendages in our walk with Christ.
15:43
May 31, 2021
Racialism, Europa Invicta, & the Substance/Accidents Distinction
A dangerous trend newly emerges in response to CRT. Let's see if it's tenable in light of orthodox theology.
27:09
May 25, 2021
The Heresy of Critical Race Theory & Its Implications
Critical Race Theory devastates the biblical gospel, and is never available to the Christian for appropriation into orthodox theology.
20:01
April 23, 2021
More on Ezekiel 40ff
In this episode, in addition to the sin offering in Ezekiel 40, I present six more reasons why interpreting Ezekiel 40ff as a literal brick and mortar temple puts one at odds with the New Covenant.
25:30
April 08, 2021
The Problem with Interpreting Ezekiel 40ff Literally
There is a big temple described in Ezekiel 40ff. But is it merely describing a bigger version of the first and second temple, or something other and greater?
12:49
April 01, 2021
How Did the 1689 Baptists Deal with Internal Church Conflict?
This is a very practical issue that demands our love, loyalty, and patience.
18:42
March 25, 2021
The Amalgamated Man
What if we understood each an every person to be, first and foremostly, a creation of God which bears God's image. And then, what if we defined God's image according to what God actually says it is? If we did that, I think we would have another Renaissance.
10:11
March 17, 2021
Why I Think Empathy Is BAD News
The Bible urges us to accommodate ourselves to the suffering of others. Empathy, on the other hand, forces an artificial imitation of another person's emotions and experiences.
21:45
March 13, 2021
The Metaphysics of Evil
What is evil? I would like to share a few thoughts that may be helpful in thinking about the problem of evil.
18:30
March 13, 2021
Can There Be Two Self-Existences?
Why should we think God is one? Could there not be multiple gods?
13:34
March 09, 2021
How Do the Scriptures Talk to Us?
How does the Bible speak to us? What is the intent of the author(s)? Which intent matters most? God's, or the human's? Who is the primary audience? Does the Bible go further than the literal sense?
24:30
March 04, 2021
The Main Reason I'm Not SBC
Recent events aside, I want to talk a little about why I'm not part of the SBC.
18:08
March 02, 2021
Distinguishing Theology
Welcome to the pilot episode of the Baptist Broadcast! Today, we'll be asking, Why is it important to make careful distinctions between biblical theology, systematic theology, etc.?
13:22
March 02, 2021