Do all paths lead to God? Is the Bible history or mythology? Are we saved by grace or good works? Featuring panelists from a variety of Christian traditions, this program seeks to answer questions like these by a careful examination of both the text and context of Scripture. Join us throughout 2019 as we spend a year exploring The Gospel of John. If you want to better understand "what you believe and why you believe it," subscribe to this podcast!
Martin Luther said that the doctrine of justification by faith alone was the article on which the church stands or falls.What do contemporary Protestants think about this doctrine today? On this program, the hosts discuss the Reformation slogan: “Faith alone” (originally aired 10-10-93).
In John chapter 7, Jesus arrives at the Jerusalem temple during the Feast of Booths and says, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.” When the authorities asked the guards why they didn’t arrest Jesus, they replied by saying, “No one ever spoke like this man!” What was so significant about Jesus’ words uttered at this particular festival? Shane Rosenthal discusses this with New Testament scholar Andreas Kostenberger, author of Encountering John: The Gospel in Historical, Literary and ...more
Does God help those who help themselves? Are we acceptable to God on the basis of our own good works? Do we get credit for choosing to follow Christ? On this classic episode, the hosts take a look at the Reformation slogan, “grace alone,” in order to get a better understanding of God’s unmerited favor (originally aired 10-03-93).
What does Jesus mean when he says in John 6 that “no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.” Is he saying that God must take the first step by inwardly wooing and attracting men to himself, which then gives everyone the ability to make a free-will decision? Is Jesus implying here that God is at work in the hearts of all men, even though most people reject him? Or is Jesus teaching in this passage that God sovereignly and mercifully draws the elect to himself and enables them...more
Is the church guided more by worldly wisdom than the text of Scripture? On this edition of White Horse Inn, the hosts begin a new series on the slogans of the Protestant Reformation and discuss how recovering these ideas are crucial for the health of today’s church. The first program in this series features a discussion of the Reformation slogan: “Scripture alone”(originally aired 09-26-93).
Throughout our current series on the Gospel of John, we’ve encountered numerous parallels to the story of the Israelite exodus from Egypt. For example, Jesus is presented throughout this Gospel as the ultimate sacrificial lamb, the true and final tabernacle, and the source of living water. Additional parallels to the exodus are explored in this episode as the hosts arrive at John chapter 6, in which Jesus miraculously feeds multitudes in the wilderness and proclaims himself to be the true manna ...more
The doctrine of justification is the main subject of Paul’s letter to the Galatians. And as he argues, it’s not merely one doctrine among many, but rather a crucial component of the Christian gospel. In fact, Martin Luther argued that justification by faith alone was actually “the doctrine upon which the church stands or falls.” But how does this doctrine fare in our own day among contemporary Christians? Tune in to find out (originally aired 07-18-93).
How should we read and interpret the stories of the Old Testament? Many Christians today would answer this question by saying that a person like David is basically presented to us as a moral example. We need to have faith and courage like his if we are to slay the Goliaths in our own lives. But in John 5:39, Jesus reveals that this way of reading the Bible is completely off track. “You search the Scriptures,” he says, “because you think that in them you have eternal life; but it is they that bea...more
Is today's church confused about the Gospel of Christ? Is it possible that Christian in our day are so preoccupied with living the Christian life that they have lost sight of the redemptive core of the faith? How important is the doctrine of justification by grace alone through faith alone? The hosts will discuss these questions and more on this classic edition of the White Horse Inn (originally aired 07-04-93).
In John chapter 5, Jesus graciously heals a man who had been lame for 38 years, and this man’s lameness is presented as a symbol of our spiritual inability. Just as we’re spiritually blind towards God and can’t even see his kingdom unless we’re first granted new life, so too, all of us by nature are unable to walk in his paths or climb our way up to heaven. As the authorities interrogate Jesus in this chapter for healing this disabled man, Jesus turns the tables on his accusers by revealing hims...more
Previous generations wore suits to baseball games. Now many Americans show up at church in blue jeans and T-shirts. How has this cultural shift toward informality affected Christian worship over the past half-century? Join the White Horse Inn hosts as they evaluate the effects of "radical informality" on contemporary Christian thought and practice (originally aired 11-27-05).
WHI-1466 • Most scholars today assume that the Gospel of John was written toward the end of the first century, but is this conclusion really consistent with the internal and external evidence? Also, how reliable is our present copy of John? Have various passaged been added or deleted over time? Joining the program to discuss these issues and more is Daniel Wallace, the executive director of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts and author of Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics.
Americans are addicted to pop-culture. But what exactly is popular culture, and how has it affected the way American Christians think about and practice their faith? Joining the White Horse Inn panel for this discussion is Ken Myers, author of All God's Children & Blue Suede Shoes (originally aired 09-20-09).
WHI-1465 • The Samaritan woman came to Jacob’s well in search for ordinary water. But after her brief conversation with Jesus, she ended up leaving her water jar behind as she went to tell others about the extraordinary man she just met who told her everything she did and who spoke to her about living water. “Can this be the Christ?” she asked them. On this program the hosts will discuss the implications of this passage as they wrap up their discussion of chapter four in their continuing series ...more
In order to attract larger numbers, many churches throughout America have made their services more upbeat and entertaining. On this episode, the hosts examine the history of this confusion between church and theatre with the help of W. Robert Godfrey who describes the life and ministry of Aimee Semple McPherson (originally aired 02-03-08).
WHI-1464 • Throughout Israel’s long history, true worship was limited to the area of the tabernacle, which was later transformed to become the Jerusalem temple. But in John chapter four, Jesus says that “the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth.” What are the implications of this statement, and are there any hints in the Old Testament that such a transition would take place? On this program, Shane Rosenthal discusses this with G.K....more
Tired of dull, moralistic sermons that don't proclaim Christ? On this edition of the White Horse Inn, the hosts talk with Rev. Dick Lucas, founder of The Proclamation Trust, about the state of preaching both in America and the United Kingdom (originally aired 10-08-95).
WHI-1463 • What does Jesus mean when he speaks to the Samaritan woman at the well about “living water,” and what are the Old Testament roots of this imagery? Who were the Samaritans anyway, and why were they so despised by the Judeans of the first century? Finally, what can we learn from this text about sharing the gospel with others? On this edition of the program the hosts will discuss these issues and more as they begin chapter four of John’s Gospel.
On this edition of the program the hosts walk through the significance of Christ's death, burial and resurrection. In particular, they focus on the importance of his resurrection from the dead, which vindicates his truth claims and provides a ground for belief in his sacrificial death on our behalf. (originally aired 04-04-2010)
WHI-1462 • Many people in our day argue that John is the latest of all the four gospels, and that as such it reflects the most idealized portrait of Christ, rather than the actual Jesus of history. But is this story accurate? Can any of its historical claims be verified? How does John differ from later spurious texts such as the Gnostic Gospels? On this program Shane Rosenthal will discuss these questions and more with New Testament scholar Craig Blomberg, author of The Historical Reliability of...more
On this edition of the program the hosts discuss the difference between the commands and promises of the Bible. Once you understand the root of this distinction, you’ll never look at the Christian life in the same way (originally aired 07-30-95).
WHI-1461 • If you’ve ever had the opportunity to help plan and prepare for a wedding, you know that it’s actually a lot of work. And that’s basically the way John the Baptist described his own ministry. He was the best man who came to “prepare the way” for the bridegroom. But once he appeared on the scene, John’s goal was to point away from himself and to place the spotlight entirely on Jesus. On this edition of the program the hosts will unpack this way of thinking about Christian ministry in o...more
We live in a world of constant distraction. Not only are we constantly being interrupted by cellphones, email, and text messages, but we're also distracted from thinking and contemplation in a culture of constant entertainment. Joining the panel to discuss this topic is media ecologist, T. David Gordon, author of Why Johnny Can't Preach and Why Johnny Can't Sing Hymns (originally aired 07-11-10).
WHI-1460 • John 3:16 is arguably the most famous verse in all of the Bible. But because it is so familiar to us, this well-known passage may have lost some of its original power. What does it really mean to say that God loves the world? And if he loves everyone, then why do so many people perish? On this episode, the hosts will discuss some of their differences on this issue as they attempt to interpret this section of the Gospel of John.