We sat down to chat with Dr. Rosenbladt about his article in this month’s issue of Modern Reformation, ‘What Drove Luther’s Hammer’, and learned about sleeping on concrete floors, a ruined gastrointestinal tract, and the stupidest decision ever made in Western Christianity. If you know of anyone who thinks they can earn their way to heaven with good behavior, share the video.
Once again we are featuring a treat for Christmas from Dr. Rosenbladt. Listen to Dr. Rosenbladt preach a Christmas sermon borne of Martin Luther’s writings, constructed by Dr. Roland Bainton, who taught history at Yale University from 1936 to 1961. Though Luther never wrote nor preached this sermon, it is assembled from his writings as a series of parts, as Dr. Bainton envisioned Luther could have written a Christmas sermon. This audio was dug up from the archives and has been converted from audio tape.
Once again, enjoy, and Merry Christmas!
This week for (a belated) Dad Rod Thursday we offer a simple treat for advent season. In years past, Dr. Rosenbladt would be asked periodically to perform a solo of the Christmas hymn, O Holy Night. One season he even did it at a prison!
Well, we’ve dug up one of his performances and offer it here for your edification. Feel free to download a copy for yourself if you wish.
Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!
How do we come to faith in Christ? How is that faith sustained and grown? How are we able to have a desire for Christ and to worship and glorify Him?
They’re relatively simple questions, but the correct answer is a tough one for sinners. It is tough because we sinners get no credit whatsoever. We receive our faith and its benefits—including the maintenance of our faith and any outward signs—purely as God’s gracious gift.
But we sinners don’t like that. The old Adam in us wants credit for something in regards to his faith and works. We much prefer to think that even if God comes most of the way to help us, that we are still “keeping our end of the bargain” in some way, as though we could in any way do even one single instance of it without God’s gifts.
The truth is that we don’t get credit for any part of our faith and Christian lives; just as the bones spoken to in the valley get no credit for rising up and getting flesh back on their skeletons; just as Lazarus got no credit for rising from the dead. That’s tough for sinners to swallow. So the old Adam in us works like crazy to find something… anything for which he can get some kind of credit.
We only bring one thing to the bargaining table in the courtroom of judgment: sin. The trouble is Christ Himself makes clear that the law demands that we “be perfect, as our heavenly Father is perfect”. Sin once and it’s over. You can’t be “even-more-than-perfect” to erase the sin and then go back to being plain ol’ perfect again.
Dr. Rosenbladt tackles some of this in a sermon he once gave for Reformation Day, entitled, “Gift?”. It is a simple discussion between a sinner and God. But he minces no words when it comes to revealing exactly how much desire for God there is in the sinner’s heart. That is: none.
Dr. Rosenbladt offers this caveat regarding this sermon: “Don’t let anybody tell you I don’t hold to Sola Scriptura. This is strictly a literary device, no more!” Below is an excerpt. You can read the entire sermon at New Reformation Press.
|God:||I told you. I hate religion. Religion was your idea – not Mine. You have forgotten what Anselm said: “You have not yet considered the depth of your sin.”|
|Sinner:||But I want to show you I have. I really have. I know it is really deep. Talk to me. Teach me sanctification.|
|God:||I told you. You aren’t ready for sanctification yet. You just imagine that you are ready. You are arrogant and you don’t know it.|
|Sinner:||What do you mean? I am ready.|
|God:||You are not. If you were, you wouldn’t be talking like you are talking.|
|Sinner:||Well, what then?|
|God:||Just sit there. Sit there for a long while.|
|Sinner:||And do what?|
|God:||Consider the shed blood. Consider that the blood was enough. Think about the fact that it isn’t your repenting that has saved you. Think about the fact that it isn’t your faith that is saving you.|
|Sinner:||Can’t I just, as you said, just think about my sin and the depth of it?|
|God:||That is a start. But you like doing that. You like it too much.|
|Sinner:||This makes no sense. What are you saying?|
|God:||I am saying that you like atoning for yourself by feeling guilty. And you like atoning for yourself by thinking about your faith.|
|Sinner:||Well, what else is there?|
|God:||There is Jesus Christ – but you don’t consider Him. You are not used to gifts. You don’t think much about them. Gifts make you nervous and tense. You don’t know what to do, so you jump to trying to impress Me. I am not impressible.|
We are proud to announce that the video re-recording of Dr. Rosenbladt presenting his seminal work, The Gospel For Those Broken By The Church, has now been made available by Faith Lutheran Church in Capistrano Beach, California.
As usual, please enjoy and feel free to pass along to friends or embed in your blog or Facebook. This is a different recording than the MP3 currently available for free on New Reformation Press, but he uses the same exact text that is also available there in PDF (both regular full-sheet and booklet).
In 2009 Dr. Rosenbladt and Craig Parton, Esq. visited a church in Tomball, Texas to deliver a series of presentations focusing on subjects of Christian apologetics. If you’re at all interested in learning more about how one approaches a reasoned defense of the Christian faith, using facts surrounding the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the veracity of their documentation, offering answers to agnostics and unbelievers which demonstrate evidence far more reliable than anything we have from ancient history, you don’t want to miss the 2009 Apologetics Symposium.
You can listen to the first two presentations for free and the rest of the recordings are available for a nominal price, including the Q&A. Additionally, you will find a linked bibliography all the titles, authors and materials mentioned in the presentations available in a list broken down by presentation so that you can pick those up as well for further study on the subject of Christian apologetics.
Between the linked bibliography and all the information Dr. Rosenbladt and Mr. Parton offer in their recordings (seven in all), this is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in learning more about Christian apologetics.
Dr. Rosenbladt’s The Gospel For Those Broken By The Church, is now available for FREE—both MP3 and PDF. Enjoy it and share it! Remember – the video of this presentation will become freely available very soon as well.
Last April, Dr. Rosenbladt joined C. FitzSimons Allison, David Zahl and others to speak at the 3rd Annual Mockingbird Conference, titled Guilt, Forgiveness and Freedom. You may know the crew over at the Mockingbird Blog from some of our prior blog posts. They offer a unique and fascinating take on contemporary media and icons through the perspective of the Christian faith and we always recommend you take a look.
Here is a short description they offer about their 2010 Conference:
Guilt, Forgiveness and Freedom are three words which carry enormous weight and power. They color our relationships (to put it mildly), they drive our decision-making, they inform many/most of our problems. And that’s just a start. This Spring in NYC we explored what Christianity has to say about these three deeply important realities, their dynamics and their implications. In other words, we looked at the mechanics of change (and the lack thereof) – personally, culturally and most crucial, theologically.
In this case, their 2010 Conference produced another great resource of Christ-centered preaching and teaching. They have made the recordings from their conference available for free on their website. On this “Dad Rod Thursday” we can’t help but recommend this free resource to you.
Finally, last week, we recommended that you listen to or read Dr. Rosenbladt’s The Gospel For Those Broken By The Church, now available for FREE. Don’t miss it!
We are introducing a new category here on our blog dedicated to Dr. Rosenbladt called “Dad Rod Thursdays.” As we are able, we will be featuring the works of Dr. Rosenbladt with some review and analysis, along with information about where you can access them. So without delay, here goes our first one!
Recently I had the chance to hear Dr. Rosenbladt give his lecture entitled The Gospel For Those Broken By The Church to a packed house. As I and my business partner, Patrick Kyle, sat and watched the impact of Dr. Rosenbladt’s words on the audience, I knew it was past time to give it away for free. Dr. Rosenbladt agreed, and so did the good folks at South Orange County Outreach (SOCO), who funded and recorded the presentation. So we are giving it away.
This lecture is a true tour de force–Dr. Rosenbladt at his finest. It may very well be that he will be known and remembered by many primarily for this seminal work. It was one of the reasons we created New Reformation Press, and it has been influential in the lives and ministries of many people. It has given hope to hundreds of bruised reeds and smoldering wicks barely clinging to faith in churches that have lost their way and lost sight of Christ. Others abandoned church long ago and considered themselves failed Christians. This is another word for them, not of cursing but of blessing.
This lecture was one of the main reasons our friend the InternetMonk, the late Michael Spencer, wanted us to put an ad for New Reformation Press on his blog, and he recommended it to his readers a number of times. The presentation speaks to many who find themselves in what Michael called the “Post Evangelical Wilderness.”
As we sat in the audience at the recent re-presentation of “The Gospel For Those Broken By The Church”, we watched as Dr. Rosenbladt read his script with tears in his eyes. Members of the audience openly wept.
If you will stop by and listen to the free MP3 or read the free PDF, I’m certain you will quickly understand why we think this lecture is so important.
I know this presentation will be of immense help to many, and I humbly ask your help in getting it out to those who need to hear it. Feel free to download, make copies and share them with others in their entirety, quote at length, link to, or print and hand it out. Additionally, in the not-too-distant future I will provide a link to a video version filmed in front of a live audience, including a question and answer session, which will be provided by Faith Lutheran Church in Capistrano Beach, California.