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 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).
According to the Apostle Paul, the resurrection of Jesus Christ is of “first importance” (1 Cor. 15:3). And yet, if this is such a crucial doctrine, then why are there important differences between John’s version of the story and the Synoptic accounts? How many women arrived at the tomb, and in what order? How many angels did they actually encounter? Shane Rosenthal discusses these questions and more with Lydia McGrew, author of Hidden in Plain View: Unexplained Coincidences in the Gospels and A...more
Our age is not known for it's love of the truth. Rather, some are calling it a culture of narcissism. And unfortunately, evidence of this is found not only in our secular culture, but in countless evangelical churches and bestselling Christian book titles. In his second letter to Timothy Paul warned that in the last days people would become lovers of themselves and would not endure sound teaching. With itching ears, he said, they'll raise up teachers to suit their own passions, and turn away fro...more
What is significant about the fact that Christ’s garments were divided up among the soldiers, or that he experienced thirst while suffering in our place on the cross? Why does John seem to emphasize the fact that blood and water flowed when a soldier pierced his side? On this program, Shane Rosenthal will discuss these and other questions with Justin Holcomb, author of Rid of My Disgrace, as they walk through the latter half of John chapter 19.
On this edition of the White Horse Inn, Michael Horton continues his conversation with special guest Os Guinness, author of The Case for Civility, And Why Our Future Depends on It, published by HarperOne (originally aired 02-22-09).
In John 19 we’re told that Pilate delivered Jesus over to the chief priests who led him out of the city to the place of crucifixion. If the chief priests were basically in charge at this point, where might they have taken Jesus? The book of Hebrews gives us a hint when it says that Jesus suffered “outside the camp” (13:12), which turns out to be a specific location mentioned in the Old Testament as well as in a variety of second Temple sources. On this episode, the hosts will discuss the meaning...more
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