Dr. Horton was recently invited to speak about Rob Bell’s book Love Wins at the Richmond Center for Christian Study in Richmond, VA. His lecture and a time of Questions & Answers are available for free download on the Center’s website.
This is the last weekend for the “early bird” rates for the first ever White Horse Inn conference at sea, “Conversations for a Modern Reformation.” Many of you have already registered or indicated that you planned to attend. In a few weeks we’ll begin sending advance packets to those who have registered to help them get ready for the conversations that we hope will help lead to the transformation of the church.
Some of you have asked for more detail about the cruise schedule. So, here’s an updated schedule with a few more details about the time that we’ll spend together:
Sunday, January 29th
If you arrived on Saturday, be sure to worship in one of the local churches. Our good friend, Tullian Tchividjian, is the pastor of Coral Ridge PCA in Ft. Lauderdale. And, of course, Ken Jones (co-host of the WHI) is just down the road at Glendale Missionary Baptist Church in Miami.
After a day spent in worship and rest, we’ll gather back at the hotel for a special White Horse Inn taping to help kick things off.
Monday, January 30th
Let’s do breakfast before we head off to the port together. This will be a great opportunity to get to know some of the folks with whom you’ll spend the next week. The WHI hosts and staff will also introduce themselves.
We’ll leave together in buses arranged for transportation to the ship. We’ll be some of the first guests on the ship. Get settled into your rooms, head to the pool, or stop off at one of the restaurants for lunch. The ship gets underway at 4:00 p.m. Be sure to stand at a railing and wave goodbye!
We’ll eat dinner together around 6:00 p.m. and then gather together for a formal welcome reception.
Tuesday, January 31st
This is a full day at sea, nothing but ocean for miles around. It will also be our first full day together, engaged in that conversation that we hope will make a difference in our lives and in our churches. We’ll kick things off with a White Horse Inn live taping, a model of the kinds of conversations that we hope to have through the rest of the week.
Then, you’ll become a cohost of a WHI conversation! We’ll break up into groups to begin our discussion that will lead to theses for a modern reformation. You and several other conference guests will break away from other members of the group for a time of guided discussion that will help us identify the areas where we need to see reformation take place.
We’ll have a working lunch with our group members and then go right back to a time of discussion: After having identified some of the big ideas, we’ll begin breaking them down into workable theses that we’ll consider together as a large group later on in the week.
We are on a cruise ship, however, so after an early afternoon spent at work, we’ll spend the rest of the day enjoying the amenities of the cruise ship. About every ten minutes you’ll need to remind yourself that it is January!
After dinner with one of the WHI hosts, we’ll gather together one more time that night for a special presentation from Dr. Rod Rosenbladt, “What Drove Luther’s Hammer?” We’ll also have time for questions and answers, so don’t rush off to bed!
Wednesday, February 1st
Today is a “port day,” so enjoy the time in Falmouth and we’ll see you back in time for dinner and our evening presentation: Dr. Kim Riddlebarger on “A Reformation Pilgrimage.”
Thursday, February 2nd
Another port day. Enjoy Labadee and then gather together again for dinner and a presentation that night from the Rev. Ken Jones, “Reforming a Local Church: A Case Study.”
Friday, February 3rd
We’ll spend most of today together since we’ll be at sea on our way back to Ft. Lauderdale. First up is another live taping of the White Horse Inn. The hosts will be interacting with the work you’ve already done on theses for a modern Reformation.
Then, we’ll reconvene our small groups to get ready for an afternoon presentation on our theses. We don’t want our time to be spent in wishful thinking. We want to consider together what might really happen if the theses that we are considering together was actually adopted by a church: what would change? why would it matter? These are the questions that we’ll consider after lunch.
Again, we’ll break early enough that we can enjoy our last full day on the ship. After dinner together, Dr. Mike Horton will wrap things up with the evening presentation, “For a Modern Reformation.” Stick around for our farewell reception. Enjoy a few last moments on deck with the new friends you’ve made.
Saturday, February 4th
We’re back to Ft. Lauderdale today. We’ll disembark and head home. Our prayer is that the time we spent together will be refreshing and invigorating as you pursue and spread reformation in your lives and your circles of influence.
Our friends at The Gospel Coalition have invited us to record a live taping of the White Horse Inn in the Skyline Ballroom at the McCormick Place in Chicago on Tuesday, April 12th at 5:30 p.m. All four hosts will be in Chicago to discuss the important relationship between the Great Commission and the Great Commandment:
The Great Commission (making disciples through the gospel) and the Great Commandment (serving our neighbors through loving works) can neither be separated or confused. What is the relationship between the church’s divine mission and the Christian’s high calling? What is the relationship between our worship and our vocations? The hosts of the White Horse Inn want to equip Christians to know what they believe and why they believe it!
If you were at the Desiring God conference last September, you got to see first hand how much fun a live recording is. We’re very grateful to the folks at The Gospel Coalition for this opportunity. We have one or two other live tapings planned at other national conferences this year and next. We’ll post more information on that as plans are finalized.
We’ll be recording during the dinner break, but you’ll have time to grab something to eat before or after the recording.
This is the last week to get the “Kick Off” rate for our January 2011 cruise. As I mentioned in the last blog post, the “Kick Off” rates for this cruise are as low as you can find at other websites that specialize in finding budget deals on cruises. So, you’re not just getting a great cruise filled with great content and opportunities for interaction with the White Horse Inn hosts, you’re getting it as cheap as you can probably find it anywhere!
Last week we were at the Ligonier National Conference in Orlando, Florida and got to speak to many of you who are considering coming with us on the cruise. After explaining what we hoped to do while out at sea to one lady, she looked at her husband and said, “we have GOT to be on that boat!” I hope that you share her enthusiasm! Let me share just a little bit more about our plans.
In a day and age like ours when too much inter-personal communication is decidedly NOT personal, we have to make the effort to have face to face interactions. That’s especially true for the work that we do here at White Horse Inn. We love producing a radio program and a magazine, but the interpersonal communication that takes place at events or through notes and phone calls that we receive from you is what really motivates us to continue our work. That’s the great value of this cruise: we’re building lots of opportunities for real interaction to take place while we’re on board the ship.
We want to hear from you, and not just about the impact that White Horse Inn has had on your Reformation pilgrimage. We want to hear from you and partner with you in creating 95 Theses for a Modern Reformation. That’s why the theme for the cruise is “Conversations for a Modern Reformation.” For 20 years we’ve been proud to host that conversation on the airwaves and in the pages of our magazine. Now, we want you to join that conversation: to put pen to paper, to pull up a chair, to think out loud with us about the future of the church.
Some of you have already registered to come with us. Thank you! In a few weeks we’ll be sending some information and materials to you to help prepare you for our time together. If you haven’t yet registered, be sure to take advantage of this last week of low fares. Starting April 1, the fares go up a little bit.
We only have about 150 cabins and when they’re gone, we won’t be able to welcome any more of you onboard. So, please make your decision as soon as possible! You can register here. We’re looking forward to seeing you in January.
I’m so excited to share this news with you: on January 30, 2012, the White Horse Inn is setting sail on our very first conference at sea! This Caribbean cruise will be unlike anything you have ever experienced and now is your chance to join us for what we’re calling “Conversations for a Modern Reformation.”
On October 15, 1517, a German monk named Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany, and started the Protestant Reformation. As we look forward to the 500th anniversary of that great event, we want to present the world with 95 Theses for a Modern Reformation. Will you help us write them?
The cruise will be part vacation and part conference with equal time given to receiving and participating: live White Horse Inn tapings and teaching sessions from our hosts will be paired with some exciting group activities designed to help us think more deeply about the issues facing our churches.
There’s so much to share that we’ve created a special webpage with all the details. I hope that you’ll make plans to join us in January 2012. There’s a special “kick off rate” that is as low a fare as I have seen for this cruise (even on the discount cruise websites). We’d love to have you come along…in fact, we need to have you join this conversation.
Did you miss Ken at the CrossLife Conference with Steve Camp in south Florida? The video of his session, “Who do men say that I am?” is now online!
A special invitation from from Ken Jones at the White Horse Inn:
The Apostle Paul says in 1 Cor. 2:2, “For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” The centrality of the cross in all areas of life is central to discipleship, fellowship, worship, and evangelism. That’s why I’m joining Don Whitney, Elliot Miller, Orrin Woodward and Steve Camp for “CrossLife Conference: Who Do You Say That I am?”
This conference is about making disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ to be better equipped to serve, evangelize, and disciple others. Jesus is a far greater Savior than you are a sinner! And it is through that foundation we long to make disciples by His Word for His glory. Join us February 25 – 26, 2011 as each event of the conference will strive to answer the key question Jesus asked of his disciples: “Who do you say that I am?”
This conference is for the entire family, and is completely free of charge.
Who: Ken Jones, Don Whitney, Elliot Miller, Orrin Woodward & Steve Camp
What: CrossLife Conference: Who do you say that I am?
When: February 25- 26, 2011
Where: The Cross Church, Palm City, FL
For More Information: click here
I hope to see you there!
If you missed last month’s conference at Coral Ridge PCA with Mike Horton, Tullian, Tchividjian, and J. D. Greer, you can now listen to the audio of each of the sessions and Mike’s Sunday morning sermon.
Will you be in southern California on February 18th?
Are you free from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.?
Would you like to help White Horse Inn create a study resource in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the publication of Mike Horton’s book, Putting Amazing Back Into Grace?
We’re looking for 15 people to be in the live studio audience on February 18th in Carlsbad, California as Mike Horton leads a small group through twelve sessions corresponding to the twelve chapters of Putting Amazing Back Into Grace. These sessions will be professionally recorded and packaged with a study guide and a new edition of the book later this year. All those who participate as members of the studio audience will get the complete package when it is published.
We have limited space available for this event and we need to know if you are committed to participating, so please leave a comment or contact us (please direct your comment to “Marketing”) to secure your spot and receive further instructions.
Thanks for your help!
Here are the audio files from Mike Horton’s messages at the recent Reformation Conference sponsored by New St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas. Enjoy!
(The player loads the audio in the background when you click on a “Play” button. You may experience problems if you click all the play buttons quickly. We recommend only listening to one at a time before moving on to the next one.)