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!
What is so unique about the Book of Romans that it has had such a great impact on the church throughout history? Tune in this week as the hosts outline the "big picture" of Paul's letter to the Romans and discuss its incredible historical influence. Joining the hosts again on this program is World Magazine columnist, Gene Edward Veith (originally aired 02-12-06).
If justification by grace alone through faith alone is such an important doctrine of Scripture, then why do so many Christians end up denying it? According to Michael Horton, much of this has to do with the mistaken assumption that at its root, Christianity is a kind of therapy. If all we need is renewal or transformation, then justification essentially becomes irrelevant. On this program, we’re airing part three of a four-part series of conference addresses by Michael Horton on the doctrine of ...more
Are we living in a predominately secular culture? If so, what impact does this have on what Christians believe? Have secular values infiltrated the church? Special guest, Gene Edward Veith, Cultural Editor for World Magazine, joins the hosts to reflect on these questions as we continue "The Romans Revolution" (originally aired 02-05-06).
Martin Luther once said that justification by faith alone was “the doctrine by which the church stands or falls.” So what’s so special about this doctrine, and why is it so crucial for our understanding of salvation? On this program, we’re presenting part two of a four-part series of conference addresses that Dr. Horton recently gave on the topic of his two-volume book project Justification. In this talk, Mike walks through Paul’s arguments in Galatians chapter 4.
In what ways do many of today's best-selling Christian books and sermons resemble the language and messages heard in the category called "Self-Help?" Is it true that "God helps those who help themselves?" How is a person actually saved? Join us each Wednesday for The Romans Revolution (originally aired 01-29-06).
Michael Horton’s two-volume set on Justification was recently awarded Christianity Today’s book of the year award in the category of Theology / Ethics. So as a way of celebrating this important achievement, throughout this month we’ll be airing a series of conference addresses which Dr. Horton recently gave on this crucial doctrine. In this first address, Dr. Horton presents a biblical overview of justification and discusses contemporary challenges to it.
Welcome to the first White Horse Inn program of the "Romans Revolution" series! The hosts begin to set the context for this series by discussing the state of American Evangelicalism and help us to get a better grasp of the beliefs and practices of American Evangelicals today (originally aired 01-08-06).
On this special bonus edition of the program, Michael Horton talks with White Horse Inn president Mark Green about things we've accomplished over this past year, as well as our plans for 2020 and beyond.
In the not-too-distant past, the transition from child to adult occurred around the onset of puberty, but now the process of what some are calling “emerging adulthood” has been significantly delayed. What role does technology play in this cultural shift, and how should we address these new challenges? What are the assumptions about “youth” in our time, and how do those beliefs differ from what we find in Scripture? Michael Horton discusses these important questions with T. David Gordon, author o...more
On this edition of the White Horse Inn, the hosts discuss how Christ is the primary subject of the book of Psalms. With special guest Dr. Robert Godfrey, this program also features our college student surveys concerning the basic message of Scripture (originally aired 12-18-05).
Especially at this time of the year, many people tend to think that the ultimate mission of the little baby Jesus was to inspire warm and sentimental feelings, or some vague ideal of peace on earth and goodwill towards men. But is this really what Christmas is all about? On this program, Michael Horton and Mike Brown join the panel as we conclude our series on the Fourth Gospel by taking a look at the way in which the mission and work of Israel’s messiah are presented throughout John’s narrative...more
Why did Jesus refer to himself as the Son of Man? Did he ever specifically make the claim that he was God? Why did the world need “God in human flesh” to rescue us in the first place, and was this idea of a divine descent ever mentioned anywhere in the Old Testament? The hosts will address these questions and more as they discuss The Incarnation (originally aired 11-06-16).
As we’ve seen this year throughout our study of the Gospel of John, Jesus did not claim to be merely a helpful teacher or some kind of spiritual guru. Instead, he actually made very specific claims that identified him as the Yahweh of the Hebrew Scriptures—the great “I Am.” On this program, we’ll be taking a look at the numerous “I Am” statements that Jesus makes throughout the Fourth Gospel, and we’ll also show how each of these statements appears to be rooted in the language of God’s own self-...more
What is the significance of Jesus’ incarnation? On this program, the hosts answer this by examining the key New Testament texts that announce the birth of Christ and walk through numerous Old Testament prophecies in which these promises are rooted. Joining the panel once again to discuss this important topic is Nancy Guthrie, author of the excellent five-book series, Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament (originally aired 12-20-15).
The opening of John’s Gospel declares to us that “the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Then later in verse 14, we’re told that this same Word “became flesh and dwelt among us.” So why did John refer to Jesus as “the Word,” and what Old Testament themes and concepts was he alluding to? Over the next few programs, we’ll be summarizing many of the important issues that we’ve addressed in our year-long series through the Gospel of John. On this program, we’ll be focusing on Jesus’ identity ...more
Do we have any evidence about the existence of Jesus or the rise of Christianity from sources outside the New Testament? Is it true that passages about Jesus in the writings of Josephus have been proven to be fabrications? Joining the panel is historian Paul L. Maier, author of In The Fullness of Time and editor of Josephus: The Essential Works (originally aired 06-27-10).
Though most people throughout church history have assumed that the Gospel of John was written by the Apostle John, as we’ve seen throughout our year-long study of this amazing text, this is actually an open question even among conservative scholars. On this special edition of the program, we’ll hear from Richard Bauckham who makes a case that the Fourth Gospel was written by someone known as “John the Elder.” Then D.A. Carson, Andreas Köstenberger, Craig Blomberg, and Lydia McGrew will present ...more
A recent study conducted by Willow Creek Community Church discovered that the most committed among their church members were the most vocal about the lack of theological depth, and were among the most dissatisfied with the worship. Yet the conclusion to the report was that Willow Creek needs to do a better job encouraging their members to become "self-feeders." The hosts will discuss this report and offer some conclusions of their own on this edition of the White Horse Inn (originally aired 08-0...more
In the second half of John chapter 21, Jesus turns to Peter three times and asks him, “Do you love me?” What’s the point he’s making, and how does it relate to events that have already transpired? How has John’s theological emphasis shifted as we’ve made the transition from the body of this narrative to the epilogue? The hosts will discuss these issues and more as they conclude the “verse-by-verse” portion of their year-long study of the Gospel of John.
Can we trust the New Testament portrait of Jesus, or is the Jesus of history radically different from the Jesus of faith? What are we to think of scholars like Bart Ehrman who suggest that Jesus has been "misquoted," and that the Bible has significantly changed over time? Joining the panel for this discussion is New Testament scholar Craig A. Evans, author of Reinventing Jesus: How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels, and the Holman QuickSource Guide to the Dead Sea Scrolls (originally aired 04-...more
Some scholars have argued that chapter 20 is the real ending of John’s Gospel and that chapter 21 is a later addition. But is there any evidence for this claim? On this program, the hosts will make the argument that John’s gospel has both a prologue and an epilogue, and will also discuss some clues that appear in this final chapter that may point to the identity of the beloved disciple. That’s the focus of this edition of the White Horse Inn.
On this edition of White Horse Inn, we continue our discussion of 1 Corinthians 15 in order to get a clear definition of the Christian gospel. In this very early text, Paul defines the gospel as the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, declared in advance by the prophets and proclaimed by the apostles and eyewitnesses afterward. If this particular event did not occur in history, Paul argues, then our faith is in vain (originally aired 06-09-13).
In John’s version of the resurrection account, after placing his hands in Christ’s wounds, Thomas says to Jesus, “My Lord and my God!” Was this just an exclamation of surprise, or was this a confession of Jesus’ divinity? Also, what did Jesus first say to his followers when he first revealed himself to them? On this program, the hosts will discuss the second half of chapter 20 in their continuing series through the Gospel of John.
There is a lot of confusion today about the nature of the Christian gospel. On this program, we will walk through the definition of the gospel given by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15. How early is this particular text in relation to other New Testament documents? What are the implications of Paul's claims for our understanding of early Christianity? Most importantly, what does he say the good news is all about (originally aired 06-02-13).