In this lecture Dr Bob Gonzales seeks to demonstrate that the creation accounts of Genesis 1 and 2 introduce us to the central theme(s) of the Bible, namely, God's kingdom and his special presence. This they do through several royal and cultic motifs that depict the creation as God's temple-palace into which he places his vice-regent (humanity) in order to represent and extend God's mediatorial rule and glory over the earth within the context of a divine-human covenant.
Martin Luther was willing to risk all for the doctrine of justification. "Without this article," declared Luther, "the world is utter death and darkness.... If the article of justification is lost, all Christian doctrine is lost at the same time." In recent years, however, some of the heirs of Luther and the Protestant tradition have openly challenged the Reformation understanding of justification. The most prominent challenge has come in the form of the "New Perspective on Paul" (NPP). Proponents of the NPP insist that Martin Luther and the other Reformers actually got the doctrine wrong.
The great Protestant Reformer Martin Luther is known primarily as an exegete and a preacher. He never produced a systematic theology like Aquinas' Summa or Calvin's Institutes. Nevertheless, Luther made important contributions to systematic theology. In the two lectures below, Pastor Mark Sarver, a professor of historical theology for Reformed Baptist Seminary, highlights some of the prominent characteristics of Luther's theology, which he classifies as biblical, doxological, existential, and dialectical.