Episode 7 – Give Us 45 Minutes to Change Your Mind, John MacArthur (Israel and the Church)

In 2007 John MacArthur delivered a nuclear message entitled, “Why Every Self Respecting Calvinist Should be a Premillennialist.”  Truth be told, it should have been entitled: “Why I think Everyone Should be a Dispensationalist.”  But that isn’t nearly so catchy.

Needless to say, the message caused quite a stir back in the day.  Even to this day one can still hear the distant echoes of Reformed groans reverberating across the plains of some lonely valley.

In this episode, we add to the echo, providing not only a critique of MacArthur’s inciting message, but a positive exegetical case for the church as New Israel.

Give us 45 minutes to change your mind, dispensational friends.  Just 45 minutes and an open mind.


Here is MacArthur’s original message.

Episode 6 – Hypothetical Universalism and the Boundaries of Reformed Orthodoxy (with historian Michael Lynch)

Can a black coffee Calvinist with the Canons of Dort tattooed on his back (he’s broad shouldered, of course) affirm that Christ did in fact pay an objective and sufficient price for the sins of the non-elect?  The answer is yes.  But of course, many today would recoil at the thought and demand that the “4-point Calvinist” or worse, “Amyraldian,” as he will no doubt be called, turn in his Reformed papers and hang out in the corner, somewhere near the cluster of shivering and pitiable Arminians.

But is this justified historically?

Join us as we talk with historian, Michael Lynch, about early Reformed thought and the issue of the extent of the atonement.


Works by Michael Lynch

I would especially point the listener to his lecture “Early Modern Hypothetical Universalism: Reflections on the Status Quaestionis and Modern Scholarship,” and his excellent entry”Confessional Orthodoxy and Hypothetical Universalism: Another Look at the Westminster Confession of Faith.”

It would also behoove the reader to check out John Davenant’s profound treatment of the subject of the extent of Christ’s death here.

I would also heartily recommend that listeners check out several of my posts on the subject over at “The Sound of Doctrine.” See especially:

Star Trek Transporters (Death Machines?), Poythress and Lying, and Marriage Rape Laws

Yeah, quite the spread of topics this week.  We ask whether or not transporters are death machines, wrap up the trolley problem discussion by pushing back on Grudem, and delve into the uncomfortable waters of marriage rape laws.  Note that this last section is for mature audiences only.  [Also, do forgive some audio hiccups during the first 30 minutes.  Every so often the audio skips a second of recording.  The computer we were using was struggling (probably updating while recording)].

A pretty in-depth discussion of the transporter problem here.
Grudem’s article.
Poythress’ article.







Episode 4 – Sam Harris’ Abortion Logic (Or Shall We Say His Abortion of Logic?)

In this crazy episode, we rail on the movie “The Last Jedi,” ask whether or not we would marry someone who is going to die in 6 months, rant about home-birthing (or at least one of us does), and dig into an audio clip where Sam Harris expresses moral certainty about the issue of abortion (which one has to wonder, after listening to him, whether he is certain at all!).


[*Note as well that I make some concessions about home-birthing in the next episode.  So before going monkey on me, wait and see what I have to say in the next episode 🙂 ]

Episode 3 – Hammering Home the Truth (With the Movie Prisoners)

Suppose you were 99.99% sure that you knew who abducted your child.  Imagine as well that the police were unable to do anything further with the suspect.  He is roaming free.  And the clock is ticking.  What would you do?

Welcome to the gut-wrenching movie, Prisoners.

Buckle up, grab your popcorn, and even perhaps a hammer, and join us as we wrestle with the ethical dimensions of this brilliant film.


Episode 2 – Vigorous Hebrews Near a Careening Trolley

It’s Trolley Problem time!

Listen in as we delve into the ethics of lying to preserve life, pushing fat men in front of careening trams, and bombing terrorists knowing full well that an innocent little girl will probably die (think “Eye in the Sky”).  It’s just another day of theologizing!


*Picture: The Footbridge Dilemma. (cc) David Navarrot.




Episode 1 – Force Majeure

Welcome to the podcast!  The inaugural, seminal, amazing- ok, you get the idea.  It’s the first episode of Sensus Divinipodcastis.

Anyway, this is the place where theology intersects with movies, books, and big ideas.   It is here where Dennis Louis and Austin Brown pontificate, gesticulate, and generally theologize about pretty much everything.

In this first episode, we dive into the fascinating, but largely unknown movie, Force Majeure, a wildly insightful film about panic, forgiveness, manliness, and restoration.

But note that this recording took place on another podcast.  Rob Looper, fellow friend of both Dennis and I, was sick, and Dennis asked me to fill in.  So when you hear the intro bumper music and title it will be the “Freewheeling with Loop and Lou” podcast.