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WHI-1189 | Holy War

Christians rightly condemn acts of violence by Islamic terroristsmdash;justified by the perpetrators as forms of jihad. But if the killing of innocent civilians is always wrong, how are we to explain the kind of holy war that we find throughout the book of Joshua? Is this a “text of terror” that we should reject and exclude from the canon of Scripture? How are we to understand the difference between the jihad of today and the holy wars of the Old Testament? That’s what we’ll wrestle with on this episode of White Horse Inn.

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WHI-1188 | Is God A Moral Monster?

On this program I talk with Paul Copan about the claims of Richard Dawkins and other “new atheists” that the God of the Old Testament is a petty, vindictive, bloodthirsty, genocidal, ethnic cleanser. Is God’s command to Joshua to invade Canaanite cities and to kill men, women, and children best understood in terms of ethnic cleansing? How should we think about the God of the Old Testament? These important questions are on tap for this edition of White Horse Inn!

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WHI-1187 | The Gospel According to Joshua

The Gospel According to Joshua

Moses is a tragic hero. Though he was called by God to lead the Children of Israel out of their slavery and bondage in Egypt, he was, nevertheless, forbidden to enter the Promised Land. After his death, a servant by the name of Joshua (which means YHWH saves) was called to lead his people across the Jordan into the land of Canaan. How do these events point forward to the deliverance provided by Jesus Christ, the greater Joshua? We will discuss this and many other questions as they introduce their new series: The Gospel According to Joshua.

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WHI-1186 | Top Ten Rules of Interpretation (Part 2)

Top Ten Rules of Interpretation (Part 2)

Many of us have memorized Bible verses, but we often remain ignorant of the larger context from which these verses originate. We often lose the forest for the trees. We’ve all heard interpretations of Scripture that reduce the meaning of a text to a kind of spiritual allegory. What are the problems with these ways of interacting with Scripture? We will address these issues and more as we conclude our discussion of the top ten rules of proper biblical interpretation.

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WHI-1185 | Top Ten Rules of Interpretation (Part 1)

What’s wrong with thinking of the Bible as a self-help book, and why do so many Christians seem to approach the Scriptures this way? Why is it wrong to think of the Bible as a book of ethics and morality tales? What are some common mistakes that people make when interpreting Scripture? On this program we will introduce the top ten rules for proper biblical interpretation as we continue our series, How to Read Your Bible.

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WHI-1184 | Understanding & Interpreting Scripture

The Bible isn’t actually a single book, but rather a library of sixty-six different texts, each with its own set of interpretive rules. Some of these books are historical narratives, while others are poetry or wisdom literature, and others are doctrinal expositions. How can we be sensitive to these different genres as we prepare to read and interpret the “library” of Scripture? That’s our topic as we continue the series, How to Read Your Bible.

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WHI-1183 | Covenant Theology Explored

What is covenant theology and why is it crucial for our overall understanding of Scripture? How does covenant theology relate to our understanding of law and gospel? What is the difference between the Abrahamic and Mosaic covenants? On this edition of White Horse Inn, we discuss these important questions with Mike Brown and Zach Keele, authors of Sacred Bond: Covenant Theology Explored (originally aired Nov 11, 2012).

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WHI-1182 | Understanding the New Testament

How do the Old and New Testaments fit together? Throughout this series we’ve observed that the Bible is not merely a collection of timeless eternal principles, but a historical drama which pushes through the centuries toward climax and resolution. In the New Testament we find ourselves at the climax. The stage has been set. Finally we’ve arrived at the new covenant in which we begin to see the dawn of redeeming grace!

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WHI-1181 | The Big Picture of the Bible

What is the Bible all about? Though this may sound like a basic question, it’s actually one that many people overlook in our day. It’s common in Christian circles today for pastors and Bible study leaders to lose sight of the forest for the trees. In other words, we need to better see how all the books of the Bible fit together and proclaim one big overarching narrative. That’s the focus of this edition of White Horse Inn as we continue our series on reading the Bible.

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WHI-1180 | Wisdom & The Prophets

What are we to make of the wisdom literature of the Old Testament? Are these writings solely concerned with ethics and practical matters? How about the prophetic writings? Why were they included in Scripture, and how should we interpret these texts? On this program we unpack these issues as we continue our series, How to Read Your Bible.

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