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 paying close attention to the text of Scripture in its original historical context. If you want to better understand what you believe and why you believe it, subscribe to this podcast!
On this special edition of the White Horse Inn, Michael Horton talks with Os Guinness about pursuing civility in a Post-Christian culture. How are we best to make our case in the public square? In what ways have Christians failed as they have attempted to do this in recent years? Os is the author of numerous books on faith and culture, such as Dining With the Devil, Time for Truth, and The Case for Civility, And Why Our Future Depends on It. (originally aired 02-15-09).
When Jesus was brought before Pilate, he was essentially accused of being a kind of rival king, a usurper to the throne. But when asked, he said, “My kingdom is not of this world.” What are the implications of this statement for us as Christians? For example, should believers separate themselves from the world? The hosts will also discuss the significance of Pilate’s words when he said, “Behold the man,” as he presented Jesus to the crowd wearing a purple robe and a crown of thorns.
On this edition of the White Horse Inn, the hosts contrast the historic Christian gospel with numerous popular alternatives, especially those found in the religion and spirituality sections of major bookstore chains. In particular, the hosts interact with some of the bestselling books on pop-spirituality (originally aired 04-13-08).
When a band of soldiers arrive at the garden of Gethsemane seeking to arrest Jesus of Nazareth, Jesus turns to them and says, “I am he.” In fact, this short phrase appears three times during this part of the narrative, which means that John is placing special emphasis on these words. So why are they significant, and what effect do they end up having upon the hearers? On this episode the hosts arrive at chapter 18 in their continuing study of the Gospel of John as Jesus is arrested and placed on ...more
What are the “Gnostic Gospels” and how do they differ from the four traditional Gospels? Why do books featuring gnostic forms of spirituality seem to dominate the religious sections of popular bookstore chains? The hosts will discuss these questions and more with the help of Cambridge New Testament scholar, Richard Bauckham, author of Jesus & the Eyewitnesses (originally aired 04-06-08).
In John 17, Jesus says that, though he has been given authority over all flesh, he grants eternal life only to those given to him by the Father. What are the implications of these words on the doctrine of election or our understanding of Christ’s Lordship? Also what did Jesus mean when he said, “For their sake I sanctify myself that they may be truly sanctified”? How are believers today sanctified by the work of Jesus Christ? On this episode, we’re airing a classic White Horse Inn panel discussi...more
Gnosticism was an alternative to Christianity that threatened the very life of the ancient church. And yet, in many ways this heresy is still with us. On this program the hosts will explore a variety of gnostic approaches to spirituality that are common today, even within the world of Evangelical Christianity (originally aired 05-21-95).
Some people in our day argue that the doctrine of the Trinity is something that developed many centuries after the time of Christ. Yet in John 15:26, Jesus teaches that “when the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.” So what are the implications of this statement, and what do Jesus’ words reveal about the respective roles of the various members of the Trinity? On this edition of the program the ...more
Who were Jonathan Edwards and George Whitfield, and what did they believe about the doctrines of grace? How did their views differ from the later revivalist, Charles Finney? On this program this hosts will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of America's First and Second Great Awakenings (originally aired 06-11-95).
What is the Old Testament background to the imagery Jesus uses in John chapter 15 regarding the vine, and what does this imagery reveal to us about Jesus’ identity and mission, or our union with him? And what is the point Jesus made when he said, “Already you are clean because of the word I have spoken to you”? How are we made clean by Christ’s declarative word? On this program, the hosts will attempt to answer these questions and more as they look at chapter 15 of John’s Gospel.
What's wrong with American Evangelicalism? Why are so many Evangelical churches in our day so obsessed with experience, and why is it so rare to hear clear presentations of the doctrine of justification by an imputed righteousness? On this episode of the White Horse Inn, the hosts will take a look at the influence of Charles Finney, one of the leaders of the Second Great Awakening (originally aired 11-6-94).
In his upper room discourse, Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit as “another advocate.” Why is this significant, and how does it relate to the theme of John’s Gospel as a whole? Also, many people in our day associate the work of the Spirit with ecstatic experiences or that tingly feeling you get during worship, but in this section of John’s Gospel Jesus refers to him as “the Spirit of truth.” How should we think about the person and work of the Holy Spirit in our own time and place? The hosts will d...more
According to media and technology writer Douglas Rushkoff, “Our society has reoriented itself to the present moment. Everything is live, real time, and always-on. It’s not a mere speeding up, however much in our lifestyles and technologies have accelerated the rate at which we attempt to do things. It’s more of a diminishment of anything that isn’t happening right now.” Michael Horton talks with Douglas about his new book, Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now, and asks him to apply his the...more
Many people today seem to think that Jesus was a groovy teacher whose ultimate mission was to teach the Golden Rule. Others say he came to show us the way to the good life—how we can all achieve our best life now. But what are we to do with Jesus’ words when he says, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”? On this program the hosts will discuss the Old Testament background to these words and will discuss the profound theological significance of this ...more
What do today’s college students think of Jesus or the Bible? What do they think about churches in our day and why have some of them abandoned their faith? The hosts will discuss these issues as they interact with the views and opinions of today’s college students in the fourth and final program on Questions of Faith (originally aired 04-28-13).
Jesus was not only despised and rejected by the Judaean authorities, but as we see in John 13, he was also betrayed by one of his twelve disciples. And yet, though all this was written about in advance by the prophets, John tells us that Jesus was deeply troubled by Judas’ actions, particularly in that it set in motion a chain of events that would eventually lead to his crucifixion. Nevertheless, it was for this hour that Jesus ultimately came into the world.
Are all religions basically the same? Why should a person choose Christianity as opposed to other faith traditions? Is evolution compatible with Christianity? Are miracles impossible? Joined once again by Greg Koukl, we will discuss these questions and more as they continue to interact with a number of "on-the-street" interviews recorded at a University of California campus(originally aired 04-21-13).
What lessons should we draw from the fact that Jesus washed his disciples feet? How did people think about foot washing in the ancient world, and why was it necessary in the first place? The hosts will discuss the fascinating cultural background to this scene which helps to shed light both on the significance of Jesus’ actions, and what it means for us today. On this program the hosts arrive at chapter 13 in their year-long series on The Gospel of John.
If there is no God, and matter is all there is, then how can we account for order and design in the universe? How are we to account for morality if we are nothing more than matter in motion? We recently asked a number of college students several questions like these. On this program the hosts will listen to and interact with their answers. Joining the panel again is Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason (originally aired 04-14-13).
If Jesus really was the Jewish messiah, then why did his own people end up rejecting him? Well, as we have seen throughout the Gospel of John, though Jesus was ultimately rejected by the Judaean authorities (Jn. 1:11), many Jews in his day did end up believing in him (Jn. 7:31, 8:30, 10:42, etc.). But as we’ll see on this program, the fact that the messiah would end up being despised and rejected was actually something that the prophet Isaiah described centuries in advance.
Most people in our day tend to think of religious faith as a blind leap, something that’s opposed to reason and rationality. Though that may be true for many religions, is this true of the Christian faith? Joining the panel to discuss this issue is Greg Koukl, author of Tactics and Faith is Not Wishing (originally aired 04-07-13).
What is the significance of the fact that Christ made his triumphal procession into Jerusalem in humility, riding on a donkey? What do Jesus’ actions on this occasion tell us about himself and the kingdom he came to inaugurate? Also, what Old Testament prophecies were fulfilled in this important scene? Join us as the hosts discuss these questions and more as they work their way through chapter 12 of the Gospel of John.
On this program, Michael Horton continues his conversation with Greg Koukl and Brett Kunkle about the importance of preparing our youth for a life of faith in a secular age. Not only should they be taught what they believe and why, but before they leave home, they should also be given some basic training in how to communicate their faith, and how to answer those with opposing points of view (originally aired 05-25-14).
After Lazarus has been raised from the dead, many people begin to believe that Jesus may actually be the Messiah. But this does not sit well with the Jerusalem authorities who begin to fear how the Romans might respond to all this. So Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, argued that it would actually be better that one man should die for the people, rather than that the whole nation should perish. On this episode, the hosts will discuss the significance of this statement and its implications...more