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We Love Pastors!

One of the best parts of our 2013 White Horse Inn Weekend was interacting with pastors who have “boots on the ground” in churches all across the country. It was a pleasure sitting next to them, hearing their stories about the real work of personal and ecclesial reformation, and being encouraged by the way they use and promote White Horse Inn resources. We realize, however, that the cost of the Weekend might be beyond the reach of many pastors. So, we’re pleased to announce our “Pastor’s Special” for the 2014 White Horse Inn Weekend.

When you enter the promotional code, “PASTOR,” on the registration page for the 2014 Weekend, you will see a discount that covers the entire registration fee of $329. You can apply the discount to the “Conference Only” registration and attend for free or the “Conference with Meals” registration and only pay for the special meals that we will have with one another during our three days in Vail.

If you love your pastors and have the means to get them to Vail, Colorado, please encourage them to register today using the special promotional code, “PASTOR.” There are only a limited number of these free registrations. Hotel reservations are NOT included in the registration fee, but our conference venue, the Vail Marriott, is offering us a special rate of $199 per night.

Send your pastor to the White Horse Inn Weekend! I’m pretty sure that you’ll be the real beneficiary upon his return.

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You’re Invited to the 2nd Annual WHI Weekend

For more information or to register please visit the White Horse Inn Weekend homepage.

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White Horse Inn Weekend Special Offer

When we launched our first family event in 2012 with a cruise to the Caribbean, we weren’t just looking for an opportunity for Dad Rod to do the Lambada on the Lido deck. We wanted an extended opportunity to connect with our partners—the people at the core of our mission to help people “know what they believe and why they believe it.” Our partners are our biggest cheerleaders, most faithful financial supporters, and reformers in their own right—sharing the resources of the White Horse Inn in their own circles. Last year, we were pleased to gather our partners together once again in sunny San Diego for two days of learning and fellowship at the White Horse Inn Weekend. This year, we’re excited for our time together in Vail, Colorado. Each of these events are designed for our partners, so we’re offering a special discount to NEW partners for a limited time.

Starting today, any NEW Reformer partner to the White Horse Inn will get one free registration to our White Horse Inn Weekend in Vail. The registration covers the conference fees and hosted meals during the Weekend. Transportation and lodging are not included. To qualify for the free registration, you must be a NEW Reformer partner (or lapsed partner of more than one year) and pay your partnership in full via credit card.

To access this registration option, go to the Weekend registration page and enter “reformer” where it asks for a promotional code. Then choose “Reformer Special” as your registration option and follow the directions to complete your purchase.

We hope that you take advantage of this amazing deal and join with other Reformation minded friends from around the world this summer in Vail, Colorado as we equip you to defend the unique claims of Christianity in a pluralistic culture.

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2014 White Horse Inn Weekend

We’re excited to open registration this week for our 2014 White Horse Inn Weekend. The Weekend is our version of the “un-conference” with lots of time for face-to-face interaction, discussion, and good fellowship.

In 2013, we gathered in San Diego to talk about the big picture of the Bible (which we turned into the “How to Read Your Bible” study kit). In 2014, we’re heading to Vail, Colorado, to answer the question, “Do We All Worship the Same God?” Joining the White Horse Inn hosts are special friends from around the world: Greg Koukle (host of the popular Stand to Reason radio show), Isaac Shaw (the head of a church multiplication ministry in India), and Hicham Chehab (a Christian missionary to Muslims).

You can read more about our special guests, the sessions we have planned, and our schedule of events at whitehorseinn.org/weekend. Remember, the Weekend is an “un-conference”—we keep the numbers intentionally low so that we can enjoy quality time with one another. Don’t miss out on an opportunity that our 2013 participants said was “outstanding,” “excellent in all ways,” and “exceptional.”

Save time and money by taking advantage of our early bird rates. Register today and join us in 2014 for our second annual White Horse Inn Weekend!

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We Love Pastors

As we get closer to our inaugural White Horse Inn Weekend, we want to invite you to send your pastors to the Weekend for free! We have a limited number of free tickets available for pastors. If you or your church can pay for your pastor’s hotel room and transportation to/from San Diego, we’ll pay the way into the Weekend: all materials and two meals for two people during the Weekend.

There are ten tickets available. Each ticket covers one couple. First come, first served. Use promo code WHI4Pastors to get the discount.

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Our Inaugural Weekend

One of the most enjoyable and encouraging parts of my travel around the United States and across the world is meeting people whose lives have been changed by the work of White Horse Inn. It’s a great blessing to me to speak to believers in the Philippines, Brazil, and Germany and hear the same stories and sentiments that I hear from friends in Louisiana, Massachusetts, and California. It’s a humbling reminder that when Kim, Ken, Rod, and I gather around a microphone, we’re really engaging in conversations that make a difference—an eternal difference in the lives, families, and churches of friends like you.

Recently, our board of directors determined to host an annual meeting of our closest friends and supporters. Even though we often run into you at other events hosted by other organizations, we wanted an opportunity to spend dedicated time in conversation and fellowship with those who have done the most to help White Horse Inn succeed over the last twenty years. So, coming up July 26-27, 2013, we plan to gather together in San Diego for two days of teaching, fellowship, sharing meals, and planning for the future of White Horse Inn.  We’re intentionally limiting the size of our gathering to just 100 people so that we can ensure that we will all be able to enjoy our time together as a company of friends. With such an intimate group, it is imperative that we receive your registration as soon as possible.

I’m also excited to let you know that we’ll be filming and recording our time together for use in a study kit that we are developing for release in late 2013. Our new president, Mark Green, has focused all of our energies on turning our content into bite-sized kits that can be used in Sunday school, home fellowship groups, and even personal study. With these new study kits, we’ll have an even better opportunity to change the conversation in our churches, living rooms, and neighborhoods by introducing our friends and family to the rich resources of the Reformation.

In order to cover our expenses and produce the best content we can, we’ve set the conference fee at $298 per person (discounted to $589 per couple), which includes two meals during your stay. Don’t delay and register today. The Paradise Point Resort in Mission Bay is our host. You’ll make your room reservations directly with them. They’ve set aside a block of rooms just for us for $249 per night. These rooms have either one king or two queen beds. You can also upgrade into more spacious suites or bay front rooms for a little bit extra.

You may want to bring the kids and extend your stay in San Diego this summer. Our conference hotel is just a short water taxi ride away from Sea World! The property also has an onsite marina where you can rent sailboats or try your hand at paddle boarding. We’ll be just a few minutes from downtown San Diego and the world famous San Diego Zoo. The same nightly rate extends out three days before and after our conference, so take advantage of our beautiful city and make a vacation out of it!

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Join Michael Horton in Heidelberg, Germany

“What is your only comfort in life and in death?”  The Reformation was provoked by that question.  Our lives are driven by it.  People look for comfort in all sorts of places, but find superficial and short-lived parodies of God’s comfort in the gospel of his Son.

This is the first question of the Heidelberg Catechism, whose 450th Anniversary I’ll be celebrating in Heidelberg, Germany, with brothers and sisters who still find comfort in the message that this amazing instrument has conveyed to generations of Christians in every part of the world.  The celebration includes talks from experts on the history and content of the Catechism as well as pastors from various countries.  We’ll even have a chance to visit the university where the Catechism’s author, Zacharius Ursinus, was  professor, and the Church of the Holy Ghost, where Caspar Olevianus was the pastor. Besides, it’s a charming, romantic, and majestic city with a rich history that is apparent from every angle.  Whether hearing talks, strolling along the Rhine with its lush hills, vineyards, and castles, or enjoying the Palatine cuisine, it will be a memorable time.

It’s open to the public!  So please join me.  I’d love to share with friends this opportunity to give thanks to God for a gift that keeps on giving.

Heidelberg Conference on Reformed Theology
July 18-21, 2013
Conference fee ranges from $100 – $200

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Teaching at the International Reformed Evangelical Seminary

This week, Mike Horton has been teaching at the International Reformed Evangelical Seminary in Jakarta, Indonesia. His course was called God’s Theater of Grace. It was a week-long intensive unit for the students at the seminary on Reformed spirituality. The lecture titles were:

Monday, 25 March—‘Living Before God’
Tuesday, 26 March—‘Living In God’
Wednesday, 27 March—‘Living In The Body’
Thursday, 28 March—‘Living In The World’

After class on Thursday, he was interviewed for Reformed 21, a television program that broadcasts sermons, lectures, interviews, and programs designed to spread Reformed theology in Indonesia (which is almost 90% Muslim).

Please continue to pray for Mike and Julius Kim, his colleague from Westminster Seminary California. Tonight, Mike will preach at a Good Friday service before coming back home to the United States.

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Preaching in Jakarta

Although it’s still relatively early on Saturday morning here on the west coast, it’s late Saturday night in Jakarta, Indonesia. Mike Horton has a habit of enjoying late night talks with his friends, but I hope his hosts get him to bed soon so that he can be ready to preach at the Reformed Millennium Center tomorrow morning.

His text will be Romans 4, “The Promise Driven Life.” You can tune in via the church’s livestream webcam at 10:00 am Sunday (Jakarta time, about 12 hours from now).

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Calvin in Singapore

It’s the middle of the night in Singapore right now. Hopefully, Mike Horton is sleeping off his jet lag because he’ll be speaking later today on Calvin and the Christian Life. He’s only in Singapore for a brief stop on his way later today to a week of lectures in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The goal of this free public seminar is to understand the Genevan Reformer’s view of the Christian life and its enormous relevance for our lives and our churches today.  Mike will draw from Calvin’s treatises, letters, sermons, and liturgy to address the following subjects:

  • The Triune God
  • Union with Christ
  • The Communion of Saints
  • Engaging the World
  • Exploring the Relevance of Calvin’s Piety Today

This lecture is the fruit of Mike’s new book on Calvin and the Christian life, which will be published by Crossway in 2014.

Please continue to pray for Mike and his WSC colleague, Julius Kim, as they minister to and with the Sekolah Tingi Teologi Reformated Injili Internasional (International Reformed Evangelical Seminary) in Indonesia.

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