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WHI-1054 | What Would Jesus Preach?

What kind of sermon would Jesus preach if he was invited to address your local congregation? As strange as it may seem, we actually have an example of this kind of thing recorded for us in Luke chapter 4. Speaking in a Jewish synagogue, Jesus opens the scroll of the prophet Isaiah and begins to proclaim himself as the fulfillment of this ancient prophecy. On this edition of the program the hosts walk through this amazing passage, along with the complete text from Isaiah underlying it, and discuss the implications it offers for our understanding of preaching today.

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The Gospel Commission
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The Unfolding Mystery
Edmund Clowney
Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics
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WHI-1053 | Him We Proclaim

Though many churches claim to be Christ-centered, most Christian sermons continue to present Jesus as a divine therapist, a motivating coach or as a political activist. So how does one faithfully read and study the Bible with Christ at the center? What does it mean to preach the Christ from all the Scriptures? That’s the focus of this edition of the White Horse Inn as Michael Horton talks with Dennis Johnson, author of Him We Proclaim, Preaching Christ in All the Scriptures (originally broadcast July 1, 2007).

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

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WHI-1052 | Dealing with Objections to the Resurrection

When telling others about the message of the gospel, objections of various kinds inevitably arise. So how are we to answer the person who claims that Jesus never really died on the cross, or that the miracle stories associated with Christ are complete fabrications? The hosts discuss these questions and more as they interact with some of the claims made by skeptic Michael Shermer in his recent WHI interview. Joining the panel for this discussion is Craig Parton, author of Religion on Trial and The Defense Never Rests.

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Religion on Trial
Craig Parton
Holman QuickSource Guide to Apologetics
Doug Powell
Resurrection iWitness iPad App
Doug Powell

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WHI-1051 | The Implications of Skepticism

On this edition of the White Horse Inn, Michael Horton talks with Greg Koukl from Stand To Reason and author of Faith is Not Wishing about the implications of the arguments put forth by skeptic Michael Shermer in last week’s broadcast. Is Christianity based on mythology; are multi-verses the best explanation for the fine-tuning that we observe in the universe; is it possible to believe in objective good and evil without believing in God? Mike and Greg will discuss these questions and more on this edition of the White Horse Inn.

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Faith Is Not Wishing
Greg Koukl
Tactics
Greg Koukl
The Reason for God
Tim Keller

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WHI-1050 | An Interview with Skeptic Michael Shermer

On this program, Michael Horton talks with Michael Shermer, editor of Skeptic magazine and author of numerous books including, Why People Believe Weird Things, Why Darwin Matters, and most recently The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies—How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths. The conversation centers on Shermer’s new book, and why he believes his skeptical and agnostic worldview presents a better explanation for the universe than the claims of the Christian faith. Following the interview, Michael Horton talks with Dean L. Overman, author of The Case Against Accident & Self Organization, about the mathematical improbability of life forming by chance.

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The Believing Brain
Michael Shermer
Holman QuickSource Guide to Apologetics
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The Case Against Accident & Self Organization
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WHI-1049 | Paul’s Defense of the Faith

The religions of the world teach doctrines that are believed to be timeless eternal truths. They contain moral and ethical instructions, which if applied will place adherents on the path to the good life here and now, and possibly nirvana in the next. But according to the apostle Paul in his numerous speeches in defense of the Christian faith recorded in the book of Acts, the Christian faith is not a program of life improvement founded on timeless truths, but is rather a truth-claim associated with particular historical events. The hosts will unpack the significance of this important distinction on this edition of the program as the wrap up their brief survey of the book of Acts.

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Christianity & Liberalism
J. Gresham Machen
Christianity Explored
Rico Tice
The Gospel Commission
Michael Horton

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WHI-1048 | The Whole Counsel of God

We often hear Christian leaders say things like, “I’m not inviting you to join a church, but to enter into a personal relationship with Jesus.” So in this approach, everything that is formal, official, planned, and public is seen as mere church-ianity, while genuine Christian experience is informal unofficial, spontaneous, and private. But is this biblical? Would the apostles agree with this kind of anti-institutional approach, or would they recognize it as part of the spirit of the age? The hosts will discuss these questions and more as they walk through Paul’s farewell address to the elders of the church of Ephesus in Acts 20.

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The Christian Faith
Michael Horton
Let’s Study Acts
Dennis Johnson
The Gospel Commission
Michael Horton

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WHI-1047 | Proclamation & Persuasion

As part of their yearlong study of the Great Commission, the hosts have been focusing on key events in the book of Acts where Christ’s mandate to preach the gospel, to baptize, and to make disciples of all nations is being worked out on the ground. In this program they’ll walk through Acts 18 and 19 to see how Christ is advancing his kingdom in this age, not by the power of the sword, but through Word and Spirit as we find the apostles reasoning in the synagogues and marketplaces about the basic truth-claims of the Christian faith.

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The Gospel Commission
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Selected Shorter Writings
J. Gresham Machen
Tactics
Greg Koukl

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WHI-1046 | Proclaiming the Cross & Resurrection

On this edition of White Horse Inn, the hosts take a look at the conversion of St. Paul and the numerous sermons that he and others preached from Acts 9 through 17. In all of these sermons, the message appears to be the same. The focus is Christ-centered, and the emphasis in particular is on his sacrificial death and resurrection from the dead. The hosts also discuss the different tactical approaches that Paul uses in a Gentile context as he delivers his famous Mars Hill address in Athens, Greece.

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The Gospel Commission
Michael Horton
Scandalous: The Cross & Resurrection of Jesus
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What is Faith?
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The Testimony of the Evangelists
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WHI-1045 | Stricken, Smitten & Afflicted

Continuing their series through the book of Acts, the hosts arrive at chapter 8 where they find Philip talking with an Ethiopian about the meaning of Isaiah 53, which says in part, “All we like sheep have gone astray, each of us to his own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Like Philip, the hosts take this opportunity to walk through the text of the original prophecy, showing how the Servant Songs of Isaiah are ultimately fulfilled in the gospel of Jesus Christ. White Horse Inn: know what you believe and why you believe it.

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The Atonement
Leon Morris
Pierced for Our Transgressions
Jeffery, Ovey & Sach
In My Place Condemned He Stood
J.I. Packer, et. al.

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