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Entries for May, 2009

WHI-947 | Smooth Talk & Flattery

The Apostle Paul warns us in Romans 16:18 that by the use of “smooth talk and flattery” false teachers will “deceive the minds of naive people.” But has the contemporary church heeded Paul’s warning in this regard? That’s what’s on tap this week on the White Horse Inn. (Originally broadcast on Nov. 19th, 2006)

The Limits of the Law

One of our favorite radio programs around here – other than White Horse Inn of course – is This American Life. Rarely does a week go by without the program taking up some theme that makes us pause and reconsider some great truth about Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Consummation. The May 1, 2009 broadcast (available […]

Rent Asunder and Distressed

The familiar lines of Samuel Stone’s hymn The Church’s One Foundation have doubtlessly been in the minds of all those who long to see a unified Reformed witness–particularly in these days of celebration around the five hundredth anniversary of John Calvin’s birth. Such hopes seem to have been revived among evangelicals in the Church of […]

WHI-946 | Rightly Dividing the Word: Law & Gospel

What does it mean to “rightly divide the word of truth”? (2 Tim 2:15) On this program, the White Horse Inn hosts will be taking a look a one of the most crucial and fundamental distinctions in all of Scripture, namely the contrast between justice and mercy, precept and promise; law and gospel. (Originally broadcast on May 22nd, 2005)

The Last Gasp of Civil Religion

On the May 16, 2009, episode of A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor ended his The News from Lake Woebegone with a group sing of It is Well With My Soul. The entire episode is vintage Keillor: what happens when a lapsed Baptist from Georgia wants to walk the aisle at the Lutheran church?! As […]

WHI-945 | Christ The Center of Scripture

Is the Bible primarily a handbook for living a happy, moral lifestyle? Or perhaps its best understood as a how-to manual showing us how to fix various problems in life? On this program the White Horse Inn hosts offer their critiques of these and other related views as they make the case that the Bible is primarily about the story of redemption through Christ. (Originally broadcast on May 8th, 2005)

The High Places of Power and Privilege

The changes are dramatic and telling: Christians used to occupy the top jobs in government and universities, they made up the professional class, and were blessed with wealth they used strategically. But over the last one hundred years, and especially in the last generation, the Christian population of the Middle East is declining, both in […]

They Need a Choice

Michael Gerson, in today’s Washington Post, reviews the current project of sociologists, Robert Putnam and David Campbell, “American Grace: How Religion Is Reshaping Our Civic and Political Lives.” In their new book, Putnam and Campbell examine the religious commitments of the newly popular “nones,” or those Americans (predominantly youngish) who do not claim adherence to […]

WHI-944 | Culturally Relevant Preaching

Should Christian ministers work hard at being culturally relevant, or does the gospel of Jesus Christ create its own relevance? This edition of the White Horse Inn was recorded before a live audience near Washington DC, and features Michael Horton, Ken Jones, and special guest Rob Norris, pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, Maryland.

Caring for Orphans in Their Distress

The New York Times reported today on a new movement in foster care for the children of parents in distress. Instead of waiting until a parent’s distress turned criminal (through neglect, abuse, abandonment, etc.), state agencies are turning to nonprofit (primarily church-related) groups to provide temporary “parents” for children, often at a savings of hundreds […]