September 21 and 28, 2008 Commentary:
Christianity and Politics (Parts 1 and 2)
Good evening and welcome to another broadcast of the White Horse Inn. In this special edition of the White Horse Inn we are tackling the subject that is on everybody's minds right now: Christianity and Politics. We're doing that from the vantage point of Reformation Christianity where there is a whole history here that has a lot to say about the two kingdoms, about the way the kingdom of God and the kingdoms of this world relate to each other, about our citizenship in both kingdoms, and to discuss this we have highly qualified people as part of our round-table. Dr. D.G. Hart from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and author of a number of books on American religious history and the intersection of church and state. Also we have Neil McBride who is an operative within the Democratic Party who has helped to provide leadership in various election campaigns and also in Democratic administrations of the past, and also the same with Dan Bryant who has done that on the Republican side as the assistant Attorney General of the United States and other positions. So we are very excited about the discussion that we are able to have on this very important subject, and to talk to people who have actually made a difference in these respective fields and believe it is their Christian calling to write policy, defend policy, and legislate and enforce policy.
September 14, 2008 Commentary:
Obsessed with Rapture
Hello and welcome to another broadcast of the White Horse Inn. Like many kids growing up in the wake of Hal Lindsey's best-seller Late Great Planet Earth, I recall waking up in the middle of the night, startled by the thought that my parents had been raptured and I'd been left behind. Maybe I was a little more exposed than the average evangelical 11 or 12 year-old. My parents managed a camp for disadvantaged inner-city kids from the S. F. Bay Area at Lake Tahoe. And every summer we had about 4 sessions, repeating the same cycle for 4 different groups. At the closing night, with the infamous evangelical campfire crackling in our midst, each group would be treated to that quintessentially 1970s rapture movie Thief in the Night. As the plot unfolds, the moral to the story becomes perfectly clear: Don't be left behind during the Tribulation. Get right with God now before the rapture.
I had always been a little too tightly wound about whether I was really saved, but after 2 or 3 viewings of "Thief in the Night" per summer I was a basket case every August.
America has always been fertile soil for end-times apocalyptic scenarios. Hal Lindsey's book was the best-selling book of the 1970s and Tim LaHaye's Left Behind series was the best-seller of the last decade. The rapture is still big business in America. But does the Bible teach the doctrine of a secret rapture that is distinct from Christ's second coming? And is it possible that speculation and intrigue surrounding end-time events takes our focus off of Christ, who is after all the point of biblical prophecy? The Secret Rapture: that's our topic in this edition of the White Horse Inn.
September 14, 2008 Commentary:
An Interview with R.C. Sproul
There is no commentary this week because of the interview with R.C. Sproul on the topic of "Christless Christianity."