Theosis

Pastor Sonntag’s Extremely Helpful Comments on the Brothers of John the Steadfast Blog

[Note: this post was accidently published earlier today under Trent Demarest’s name by me, Nathan Rinne.] Again, not long ago at the Brothers of John the Steadfast blog, a discussion was started which came largely to focus on Pastor Jordan Cooper’s writing a book about theosis.  One of the more helpful, clarifying, and enlightening comments […]

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Defining Christification

There has been some extensive discussion surrounding my book on Brothers of John the Steadfast due to my utilization of theosis terminology. Understandably, the language of theosis is misunderstood by many to mean that man somehow becomes, in essence, God, or that this somehow downplays forensic justification. I have done several pieces of writing on […]

“The Restoration of the Divine Image Through Christ” ~ A Sermon by C. F. W. Walther on Mark 7:31-37

The Restoration of the Divine Image Through Christ Mark 7:31-37 Twelfth Sunday after Trinity, 1846 C. F. W. Walther (Translated by E. Myers) Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. In this same Savior, dearly beloved hearers. “Let us make man in our […]

The Place of Union with Christ in the Ordo Salutis

There has been some recent discussion on the “What Would Pless Read?” group on facebook regarding the priority of union with Christ in the ordo salutis in a discussion of my theology of Christification. Dr. Jack Kilcrease has been an adamant critic of the position taken by myself, as well as that of Rev. Dr. […]

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Christification: A Lutheran Approach to Theosis, now available!

My new book Christification: A Lutheran Approach to Theosis is now available from Wipf & Stock! Here is the description: The doctrine of theosis has enjoyed a recent resurgence among varied theological traditions across the realms of historical, dogmatic, and exegetical theology. In Christification: A Lutheran Approach to Theosis, Jordan Cooper evaluates this teaching from […]

Distinguo brevis – Mannermaa, Osiander, and Eastern Orthodoxy

…starting in medias res. The reason why Tuomo Mannermaa’s article is controversial is less theological than political and cultural, though there may be a theological component to it. Part of Mannermaa’s thesis is that Luther’s very realistic understanding of the atonement was forgotten and therefore not present in the Formula of Concord, and that therefore […]