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WHI-1042 | Word & Sacrament

Many Christians today are preoccupied with the extraordinary over the ordinary. They see God at work only in the big events such as revival meetings or stadium sized worship events. But in the second chapter of Acts we find the apostles engaged in the proclamation of the Word and the administration of the Sacraments. Is this merely “church-ianity” or is this the apostolic fulfillment of the Great Commission? That’s our topic for this week as the hosts continue their study of Acts chapter 2.

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

The Gospel Commission
Michael Horton
The Preached God: Proclamation in Word & Sacrament
Gerhard Forde
A Better Way
Michael Horton

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WHI-1041 | Christ Centered Proclamation

In the second chapter of Acts we find the apostles gathered together at the Feast of Pentecost, receiving the promised gift of the Holy Spirit. But what did the Spirit enable them to do? What was the result of this supernatural outpouring? The result was a sermon. Peter, a man who had recently denied even knowing Jesus, began to proclaim Christ as the fulfillment of the Old Testament with boldness and conviction. The hosts are continuing their series through the Book of Acts on this edition of White Horse Inn.

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Him We Proclaim
Dennis Johnson
Preaching Christ in All of Scripture
Edmund Clowney
According to Plan
Graeme Goldsworthy

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WHI-Bonus | Heaven & Hell

Are heaven and hell subjective states of mind or real objective places? That’s the focus of this special BONUS edition of the White Horse Inn as the hosts talk with Kevin DeYoung, author of The Good News We Almost Forgot, and What is the Mission of the Church? The interview primarily centers on Kevin’s recent review of the controversial new release, Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived by Rob Bell.

UPDATE: Given the renewed controversy over heaven and hell, Zondervan has given us permission to give away “The Last Battle and Life Everlasting” (chapter 29 from Michael Horton’s new book, The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way). Feel free to download this PDF and forward! For more information about this new release visit Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com.

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The Last Battle & The Life Everlasting
Michael Horton
Bell’s Hell: A Review by Michael Horton
Michael Horton
God is Still Holy
Kevin DeYoung (offsite)
Hell: The Very Idea of It
Michael Horton
Heaven Came Down
Michael Horton

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

What is the Mission of the Church?
Kevin DeYoung & Greg Gilbert (forthcoming from Crossway)
Why We’re Not Emergent
Kevin DeYoung & Ted Kluck
The Good News We Almost Forgot
Kevin DeYoung
The Christian Faith
Michael Horton

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WHI-1040 | Word & Spirit

In the Great Commission, Jesus told his followers to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” But what did this commission look like on the ground? What kinds of things did the apostles actually do in order make disciples of all nations? That’s what’s on tap this week on White Horse Inn as the hosts begin a new mini-series through the Book of Acts.

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

The Gospel Commission
Michael Horton
Lets Study Acts
Dennis Johnson
The Message of Acts
John W. Stott
Poeple and Place
Michael Horton

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WHI-1039 | Discipleship in an Age of Mission Creep

Take a visit to your local Christian bookstore and you’ll likely find numerous books on discipleship that encourage spiritual disciplines such as journaling, solitude, silence, or fasting. You’re also likely to find books that focus on discipleship at home, or work, in financial decision making, or in the area of personal relationships. But you will probably be hard-pressed to find books on becoming a disciple through learning the Christian faith in all of its dramatic and doctrinal splendor. What are the keys of effective disciple making? That’s the focus of this edition of White Horse Inn.

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Life Together
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The Pearl of Christian Comfort
Petrus Dathenus
Communion with God
John Owen
The Gospel Sonnets
Ralph Erskine

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WHI-1038 | Lost Tools of Discipleship

Jesus tells his followers to “make disciples of all nations.” But what does it mean to become a disciple, and what are today’s churches doing to fulfill this mission? Is this something for new converts only, or is it something we all participate in and pass on to our children? On this edition of White Horse Inn, the hosts will interact with these question and more as they discuss “The Lost Tools of discipleship.”

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

The Gospel Commission
Michael Horton
Letters to a Diminished Church
Dorothy Sayers
Creed or Chaos
Dorothy Sayers

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WHI-1037 | The Strategic Plan

In the Great Commission, Jesus did not merely tell his followers to “go into all the world,” he also gave us specific instructions for the mission of the church. He said we are to preach, baptize, and make disciples. Sounds pretty simple, but are these elements high on the priority of the average Christian church? How about in your own Christian life? White Horse Inn: know what you believe and why you believe it!

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Mysteries of God and Means of Grace
Michael Horton
Why Baptism?
W. Robert Godfrey
Your Own Personal Jesus
Michael Horton
WHI Discussion Group Questions
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RECOMMENDED BOOKS

The Gospel Commission
Michael Horton
Water, Word & Spirit
J.V. Fesko
A Better Way
Michael Horton

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WHI-1036 | Abrahamic Faiths

What is the relationship between Christianity and other “Abrahamic faith traditions”? Is Abraham really the father of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, and if so, does this mean that each of these religions are legitimate ways to God? What are we to do with Abraham himself and with the other Old Testament patriarchs? Since they didn’t have explicit faith in Christ, how can Jesus be the only way of salvation? White Horse Inn: know what you believe and why you believe it!

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

The Gospel Commission
Michael Horton
The Intolerance of Tolerance
D.A. Carson
The Christian Faith
Michael Horton

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WHI-1035 | Is Faith in Christ Necessary?

According to a recent Pew study, 70% of Americans agreed with the idea that “many religions can lead to eternal life.” What’s more striking is that when this same question was put to self-identified evangelical Christians, 57% agreed. So is this view correct, or is faith in Christ the only way to heaven? That’s the focus of this edition of White Horse Inn as the hosts continue their series through the Great Commission.

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

The Gospel Commission
Michael Horton
Christ Alone
Rod Rosenbladt
Only One Way
ed. Richard Phillips

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WHI-1034 | The Mission Statement

The Great Commission is both deep in its intensity (making disciples, not just converts) and wide in its extensiveness (“into all the world”). But even where it was once strongly preached and professed, the Gospel’s light seems today to be a flickering candle. How do we take the message of the gospel into all the world? On this edition of the program the hosts discuss the meaning of Christ’s mission statement in the context of today’s religious pluralism.

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Bible & Mission
Richard Bauckham
The Gospel Commission
Michael Horton
The Christian Faith
Michael Horton

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