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WHI-1071 | Give Them Grace

Is sound theology only for people who have their act together? How is the gospel of free justification relevant to people who struggle with utterly broken lives? Michael Horton discusses this issue with Elyse Fitzpatrick, coauthor of Counsel from the Cross: Connecting Broken People to the Love of Christ. Mike also talks with Elyse about the problem of moralistic parenting as she addresses it in her new book, Give Them Grace: Dazzling Kids with the Love of Jesus.

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WHI-1070 | Christianity & the New Liberalism

Is Christianity primarily about what God is doing in your life right now, or what he did one afternoon two-thousand years ago? Is the idea of Jesus “in your heart” more important than Jesus “in the manger” or “on the cross”? Do you value your own personal experience of faith more than what God accomplishes externally through the proclamation of the gospel? In the not-too-distant past, theological liberals were the ones answering yes to questions like these, but increasingly American evangelicals are moving in this direction. On this program, the hosts discuss this troubling trend and offer some challenges to this “new liberalism” of our time (originally broadcast March 23, 2008).

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WHI-1069 | An Interview with Mark Galli

On this edition of White Horse Inn, Michael Horton talks with Mark Galli, senior managing editor of Christianity Today magazine and author of God Wins: Heaven, Hell and Why the Good News is Better than Love Wins. Mike and Mark spend time discussing some of the troubling aspects of American evangelicalism in general and the theology of Rob Bell in particular. They also discuss Mark’s other new book, Chaos & Grace: Discovering the Liberating Work of the Holy Spirit.

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WHI-1068 | The New Covenant

Over five hundred years before the time of Christ, Jeremiah prophesied that the days would come when God would “make a new covenant with the house of Israel” (Jer. 31:31). So how is this new covenant fulfilled in Jesus’ life and sacrificial death? How is it different from the old covenant received by Moses on Mount Sinai? Is it true that before Christ the Old Testament saints were really saved by works? On this edition of the program, the hosts will discuss these questions as they walk through Hebrews 8-10. White Horse Inn: Know what you believe and why you believe it.

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WHI-1067 | The Gospel of God

If you ask contemporary Christians what they think the gospel is, you’re likely to get a number of responses that focus on an individual’s life and testimony. But is the gospel really about what God does for us today? Is the good news we are called to proclaim in the Great Commission chiefly about our changed lives, or about Christ’s life, death, and resurrection? On this program, the hosts tackle this issue as they discuss the implications of Paul’s comments on the “Gospel of God” in 1 Thessalonians 2.

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WHI-1066 | By Grace Alone Through Faith Alone

Regardless of their denomination, most Christians would argue that the gospel of Jesus Christ is a free gift of God’s grace and mercy that no one deserves. By his righteous life and sacrificial death, Jesus provides for us what we cannot provide for ourselves. But at this point, some argue that the free gift of God’s grace still has to be “accepted,” and that it is on the basis of our embracing the gospel that we are saved. What do you think? Are we saved by “choosing” to follow Christ? Is believing in Jesus the “one work” we have to do in order to get to heaven? The hosts discuss these questions and more as they interact with Ephesians 2.

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WHI-1065 | Preaching the Gospel to Yourself

Throughout this year on White Horse Inn, the hosts have been making the argument that unlike the law the gospel is not in us by nature but must be preached into us from the outside. This is why the proclamation of “Christ and him crucified” is the primary task of the Great Commission. But if the gospel is really to be understood as a foreign announcement, is it enough to hear about it in sermons once a week? If the law is in us by nature and our consciences regularly accuse us of sin hour by hour, shouldn’t we learn to preach the gospel to ourselves? Michael Horton discusses this issue with Joe Thorn, author of Note To Self: The Discipline of Preaching to Yourself. The second half of the program features a discussion between Michael Horton and White Horse Inn executive director Eric Landry about our upcoming conference cruise, “Conversations for a Modern Reformation.”

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WHI-1064 | Preaching the Gospel in an Age of Super-Apostles

In his second letter to the Corinthians, Paul warned his readers about various slick preachers that he referred to as the “super-apostles.” Though their style was smooth and rhetorically attractive, the substance of the gospel was either being ignored, or distorted. So Paul admonishes the Corinthians church saying, “if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus…you put up with it readily enough!” On this edition of the White Horse Inn the hosts discuss Paul’s concerns about style over substance, especially as it relates to trends in the contemporary church.

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The Embassy of Grace

It’s common today to hear in various sectors of the church today that truly missional Christians are those who obey the call to participate in the redemption and reconciliation of the world. Some even say that the church is not to be the bearer of the message, but should itself be the message. Are these views consistent with Scripture? Is redemption or reconciliation something to be achieved, or rather a completed event? On this program the hosts discuss these views as they interact with Paul’s message in 2nd Corinthians chapter 5 about being ambassadors for Christ.

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WHI-1062 | Wisdom for Life & The Cross of Christ

One of Paul’s biggest concerns about the Corinthian church was that they were being distracted from the gospel. So he wrote to them saying, “Greeks seek wisdom, and Jews seek miraculous signs, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles.” On this program the hosts interact with this text and discuss the incredible popularity of “wisdom for life” style messages in Christian books and pulpits across the country. Has the gospel of Christ crucified become foolishness in the eyes of today’s church? That’s the focus on this edition of the White Horse Inn.

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